Psychotrope 2006

Psychotrope by Pierre Guillaume
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Psychotrope is a perfume by Pierre Guillaume for women and men and was released in 2006. The scent is floral-leathery. The production was apparently discontinued. Pronunciation
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesCyclamenCyclamen VioletViolet
Heart Notes Heart NotesAquatic notesAquatic notes Persian jasmine LeatherLeather
Base Notes Base NotesLilac woodLilac wood MuskMusk

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6.458 Ratings

Longevity

7.051 Ratings

Sillage

5.438 Ratings

Bottle

7.142 Ratings
Submitted by Andi136, last update on 02.02.2022.
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Synthetic to the sea
The year is 1995. Pierre (any resemblance to living persons is purely coincidental) achieved 20 points in the Baccalauréat. That's as good as it gets. But his dad gave him a brand new BMW Z3. The streaker had just come out. The young Pierre, gangly and at that time still with longer hair, wanted to make an immediate trip to the sea with his best friend Guillaume (name invented by the editors). The sea was wide. Pierre comes from a city in the centre of France. The trip took three and a half hours. The car had leather seats, everything smelled so new, the two young men laughed, while their hair was tousled by the wind and Celine Dion's "Pour que tu m'aimes encore" (so that you love me again) shot out of the car radio. They drank "Limonade Pink" from Lorina and reached Montpellier at sunset. Guillaume had already puffed up a few rubber animals. The boys ran with it to the sea and threw themselves into the floods (21°C). They laughed and splashed, lay afterwards a little shivering on the beach and moved together.

That never happened, of course. Pierre is a student of chemistry and has made a light blue perfume that olfactorily takes him back to his youth. A better youth than he ever had. Wilder and freer. Because he had actually been a good kid. When he sniffs at the test tube, he has Guillaume before his eyes, who lights him up, rolling a beach on the gentle waves of a warm sea, as well as the smell of a new car and the squeaking of an air mattress. Satisfied, Pierre puts the test tube down and calls the stuff psychotropic.

Psychotropic smells aquatic and leathery but also very synthetic. Probably vegan leather. You can wear this when you sell cars or car parts, or rubber goods of any kind. Psychotropic is more suitable for the warm season. You can wear it as a woman or a man if you think the environment tolerates it. Which - as mentioned above - will rarely be the case. But the (second) test was entertaining. Since my arms were already full today, I sprayed my knee. Full use for PG.
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Freak passing for normal.
Psychotrope makes me think of two things. The first is dousing myself with Donna Karan Gold while sucking on a mouthful of Jolly Rancher candies. The second is that creating something disturbing while coloring within the lines is an artistic challenge. 1970s punk was easy. Find the easily offended, then offend, then gloat. But when you try to keep the garrulousness while staying within the mainstream you can wind up with something along the lines of the American Idol “Rocker.” It’s an image of rock in the same sense that The Sound of Music is an image of the Second World War.

Psychotrope does veer close to the mainstream. The question is there: could this be any other department store perfume, just sold in niche venues? A mistake? Laziness? Good questions. I find the leather/flower misdirection very much along the lines of Etat Libre’s Vierges et Toreros. Not so much flower as sci-fi candied fruit vinyl.

Psychotrope successfully sends a shiver through the mainstream for those attuned to its particular frequency. It’s deceptively close to normal. It’s like Dior’s Dune in that what registers as perfectly normal flips to the jarringly alien when you look at it askance. The camouflage of normalcy falls away and Psychotrope becomes frightening.
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