Helpful Review 3
With both the Tahitian and Madagascan varieties present, vanilla is what Contre Moi (Against Me) is principally about. Pretty sure Contre is meant to mean "against" as in "opposed to" rather than "contacting." At any rate, with cocoa present this fragrance has a gourmand feel, deepened by muskily interesting ambrette seed. The non-sweet florals make it perfume. What does it smell like? You're in Paris, heading back to your hotel with everything needed for a picnic in your room--flowers from the fleuriste, slices of flavorful cold cuts from the charcuterie, cheese from the fromagerie, a fresh baguette from the boulangerie, a sinful dessert from the pâtisserie, a bottle of wine, of course. Nowadays it's possible to grab them all in one place, but for me this is the smell of a traditional food adventure--deliciousness bought individually to assemble. The website implies Jacques Cavallier-Belletrud wants the fragrance to say rebellion, but smelling Contre Moi makes me want to be in Paris, about to have this meal. A man or a woman could wear it and be found worldly.