Praliné de Santal (2011)

Praliné de Santal by Pierre Guillaume
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Praliné de Santal is a perfume by Pierre Guillaume for women and men and was released in 2011. The scent is gourmand-woody. The production was apparently discontinued.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesHazelnut
Heart Notes Heart NotesHeliotrope, Cedar
Base Notes Base NotesSandalwood, Musk, Cashmeran

Ratings

Scent

6.9 (87 Ratings)

Longevity

7.2 (67 Ratings)

Sillage

5.9 (61 Ratings)

Bottle

6.5 (60 Ratings)
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 13.07.2018
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Bottle 2.5/10 Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 8.0/10
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Roasted hazelnuts on freshly cut wood
I fell in love with this fragrance at first sniff, after initially testing Tonkamande (which is also a beautiful composition). The smell of praline in this one is exquisitely gourmand, real and fascinating. The burnt, cruhed, sugar-coated hazelnuts are crunchy, tasty, sweet, irresistible to any real gourmand scent lover.

I very much enjoy the way the sandalwood and (less so, but noticeable) cashmere wood work together to provide a dry, fresh wood shavings base for the playful edible nuts, turning Praline de Santal into a more sophisticated, one-of-a-kind gourmand.

Late to the party, the cedar is most noticeable towards the drydown, offering a refreshing, slightly more masculine vibe to the composition.

Praline de Santal is a roasted sweet and somewhat dusty woody scent, beautifully done for those who enjoy a touch of gorgeous, mouthwatering praline.
Bottle 5.0/10 Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 10.0/10 Scent 8.0/10
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Nut cracked
For long, very long time, I was nuts about nut fragrance and looking for the perfect nut perfume.
"Nut" as perfume is actually not an easy matter, as I naively thought first. Hazelnut, apparelled with a little creaminess and sweetness, in the end simply smells like nougat. Nougat is very tasty, but not „nut“. And nougat fragrance on the skin is only bearable with greatest gourmand-tolerance (for instance: "Coeur de Noisette" by Sinfonia di Note). The hazelnut note, to avoid a gourmand-overkill combined instead with bitter and woody accents, gives a wonderful scent, but not truely nutty and only for men ... not a little unisex, no matter what the marketing declares (for instance: "Forêt de Becharre" of Nez à Nez or "Aomassaï No.10" by Parfumerie Generale). Nutty, but not hazelnutty, not nut-nutty, only quasi-nutty, are pistachio scents, I found. The sunny, fresh pistachio of "Lentisques" by 06130 excites me regularly. As well pistachio ice-cream ("The Iceberg Fragrance" by Iceberg) and the supposedly (but not really) extremely sensual porn-pistachio of "Nuda" by Il Profvmo could win my favour, but the nutty supernut was not found. I could not crack this nut, so I gave up the search.

Until there was the meeting of Parfumo-members in Hamburg in November 2011. The skillful and odoriferous group visited as well the wonderful master-niche-shop „Lubner“ and there finally I found the true nut fragrance: Praliné de Santal.
The name (praliné) promised the already-known nougat, but no… ! There was it! The pure, true, clear hazelnut!

This fragrance is nut! Nut, nut, nut! Such a supernutty nut, real nuts can´t be so nutty. The substance of nut itself - the hypernut!

In the top note this hypernut is accompanied by a shortly lasting bergamot and a hint of light and bright flowers. After just a few minutes, the central, dominant, abundant hypernut becomes darker and darker and a little bitter. It is roasted! This effect is achieved by dusty and dry wood. The name-giving sandal is easily recognized and the cedar is flanking. The fragrance gets darker and drier in the course: Ultimately dark and ultimately dry. Still, this ultimate nut is very shiny. The hazelnut is not simply a component that gives its part, but the pivotal point of PdS. Without any compromise.

There is a certain degree of salinity when the middle note developes and a slight smokiness. But I cannot smell the pretzel-association reported by other Parfumo-members.
With the drydown PdS becomes less loud and outgoing, but stays still very distinct hazelnutty. It calms on a smooth and warm cushion of sandal and (not mentioned above) amber.

PdS is (even if you have not carried an unfulfilled nut-lust for long time) a beautiful winter fragrance. Very dark, very dry and woody, soft and warm. A scent like black-brown cashmere-wool. PdS is very sensual and has depth. The development is surprisingly not monochrome, unfolds in several chapters the in fact multi-dimensional appeal of nut.
My 100% testing is not only a result of my own nut-desire, to which I can now abandon myself licentiously. I recommend very much testing this artfully composed, exciting and beautiful hypernutty fragrance!

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