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Napoleon is said to have said during his years at St Helena that he would recognise Corsica by its scent when blindfolded. Apparently, various plants are responsible for this typical Corsican smell, which Sables refers to. So a pure scent of daisies was not to be expected - nevertheless Sables with his variety simply swept me away:
Herbal liqueur, spicy-foral, green-potato, strawy, slightly citric, waxy, caramel-like, curry-like, sweetish resinous, honey-like. All this is Sables within a very short time and remains so for hours. A lush and voluminous, yet amazingly not at all overwhelming, rich bouquet of billowing aromas arches up. Little progression, much variety.
In the course of the morning the fragrance merely becomes a little quieter. As if a form of mildness of old age had gradually set in, which admittedly loses none of its excitement, but certainly not its profile and character. All the components mentioned can still be perceived, they are only dimmed and gently sweetened. This is not surprising, it should become sweet towards the end! Allegedly...
But always anew, other impressions surprise in between, which may be explained by existing things, but still seem to be independent: A charge of essential oils of a sweet freshness that reminds me of aromatic lavender and aniseed. Or, around noon, aspects of fennel and celery suddenly seem to come to mind. Soon after, the Immortelle remembers her real name 'strawflower' and it no longer resonates with profane straw alone (see above), but a touch of dried summer flowers can be waved or even mentioned.
The fact that Sables turned a little bit towards curry in the afternoon fits well, after all the Immortelle is also called curry herb. Hm. Shouldn't it get sweet sometime? The persistence of the fragrance is really enormous. The base notes given stay out to the back, well into the evening, mere accessories.
It's weird. Many Goutals are a target for complaints about lack of stamina. This is contrasted by some real durability monsters. Like this one
Sables was a real surprise to me. My pre-associations, be it on the subject of "strawflower" or - in relation to the name - on "sand", possibly even on shortbread, went completely wrong. A great scent
I thank Mocha for the sample.