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Manos Gerakinis Petitgrain belongs to the Parfums de Jour collection along with Oud (discontinued)and Gardenia. These are "easy-to-wear" fragrances that can be worn any time throughout the year for any occasion. Black Oud will soon take the place of Oud (which has been unfortunately discontinued.) Petitgrain opens with an incredibly soft and smooth, mildly spiced, woody vanilla accompanied by powdery iris and sweet coconut. This scent is somewhat reminiscent of Infusion d' Homme in that both are fresh and clean but contain a strikingly similar powdery soft iris accord. I also find that Petitgrain is equally as opulent as it's relative Manos Gerakinis "Oud." You can definitely tell that Petitgrain and Oud share the same DNA. I really enjoy having fragrances like this in my collection because I tend to find myself reaching often for fragrances that require no consideration of the weather or occasion. Petitgrain is in the same vein as Santal Carmin by Atelier. Both have this velvety, soft-spiced, mildly sweet woody alluring and addictive trail. It took a few wearings before noticing a slightly jammy rose and after seeing the red rose listed as a note, I can confirm, it is undoubtedly there. Overall, I would describe Petitgrain as a versatile, unisex, warm, incredibly soft, smooth, powdery, sweet comfort scent. I usually have a hard time with fragrances that are sweet but this really isn't cloying at all. Mr. Gerakinis has blended the notes so well that I don't find any of the accords stand out over the other. I purchased this fragrance on the spot after testing a sample. This fragrance has impressive projection and longevity.