La Douceur de Siam
La Douceur de Siam was more challenging for me, difficult to connect all aspects of creation. The name made me wait for perhaps an oriental creation with some well-marked resin -benjoin perhaps, while the poetry chosen links to what seems to me a sense of contemplation brought on by dusk - one that "sweeps the grief into the anonymity of life." I believe this is related, however, with La Douceur de Siam being the perfume that chronologically represents remote times, of a Thailand that no longer exists. So instead of sensuality the chosen flowers seem to balance a more sober and clean feeling with a sense of contemplation. Nostalgia for times that seem perfect is present by the opening, in the choice of a balanced Champaca flower accord - a flower that symbolically expresses the supreme perfection and truth. The Champaca accord seems to capture its fruity nuances with its slightly waxy aroma texture and is beautiful and delicious. Unfortunately it is ephemeral, and makes the transition to a moment of fact a little more anonymous, in an accord of greener, dewy roses and a musk base with light touches of wood.