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When I made my first comment here about a year and a half ago, with a shy disposition, I would certainly not have guessed that reviewing the smells that could be bought would be such a pleasure and a habit for me that I would soon drop my hundredth gloss here.
Thank you to all for the friendly and encouraging feedback that we received. I still don't think of myself as a grandmaster of fragrance analysis, just as I did at the beginning of my active career here. But the regular encouragement from this quite unique community has strengthened my self-confidence, not only entertaining some readers well, but also, at least occasionally, in the more successful comments, in my way - perhaps by a suitable picture - the core of a fragrance for others to be able to capture helpful.
Congratulations may be ignored, because I have already given myself a gift for the anniversary by freeing myself from all rules for this comment. Not by those of good taste, but, so to speak, by the "Parfumo-ISO quality standards". I didn't test this scent on my skin, but only on a test strip, and only once. Namely in the 'perfect perfumery' in Brussels - readers of my blog know them - which I recently had the opportunity to visit again and was thrilled again. You can still get your used test strips wrapped up in doggy bags, so that you can further test the scent at home. So I allow myself the freedom now, but the reader now knows that everything is to be enjoyed with caution.
To the point: Saffron as the (main) component in perfumes hadn't come under my nose until then, but I guess, yes, I love this noble spice in the kitchen for the smell (and the colour) it gives to the food (I like to use it for risotti) almost more than for its taste. And even if I don't necessarily want to smell like my favourite risotto, I find the idea of building a fragrance around it convincing at the first go - actually surprising that the perfume world came up with this idea so late (again?); but perhaps this also has manufacturing reasons.
Saffron Troublant is - not surprisingly - wonderfully saffrony. The spice is authentic, almost suitable for kitchen use, therefore, in an extremely high-quality, dignified and polished quality. There is nothing, but also nothing at all bitter, stinging, musty or otherwise inharmonic, as may be the case with cheap or superimposed saffron - this is a radiant 1-A saffron, which would always find mercy in front of a star chef.
The accompanying programme to this delicious spice is wonderfully balanced. It's like in a beautiful, let's say, oboe concerto (I don't know exactly why the oboe comes to mind most for saffron now, but it seems fitting to me that the viola would perhaps work as well), in which the solo part (of the saffron) and the orchestral part (of the other notes) each make up about half of the complete work and are beautifully coordinated. "Troublant", therefore disturbing, is nothing here, I encounter this fragrance as Safran Gai (or Serein), as a cheerful, tidy, cheerful fellow.
Contrary to all scent notes and also contrary to the majority of comments and statements I don't take the candidate as a heavy cuddly bear at all, especially the rose is very fine and airy, so that the impression of a sometimes already citric, but in any case light-footed floral freshness is created; in the further course everything then gains a greater firmness, but without ever dulling into diffuse soft dullness (perhaps the wood is responsible for it).
So that a sympathetic, highly successful saffron composition, which appeals to head and heart and which I will certainly test again (and then "correctly").