A very high end,classy and elegant Masala, Fenugreek heavy. Hugely creative and avant-garde juice in the mid 80's. The most flamboyant and creative Chef's in our French Hotel bathed in it. Goutal was ahead of the times and we all learned how to roll the name in conversation. Always in a way most Paris(ian)
Trouble is, that I was never flamboyant and only mildly creative.
My taste for Curries has always been Cumin and Cinnamon heavy, Fenugreek light.
In the 80's I could'nt understand why anybody would really want to perfume themselves in this way.
Recent tasting has reinforced that view.
Always be a peasant I guess!
19th March, 2016 (last edited: 22nd June, 2016)
Take a red herbal liqueur of cherry, dried apricot and salted plum.
Mix with burnt sugar and spice.
Pour onto hot dry sand.
Observe that while the liqueur drains away, the massive blocks of Helichysum and peppery amber & sandal do not change much.
Find Sables below Eau du Sud, Voyageur and Fleurs de Sel on the Perfume Periodic Table, in the column marked Salt.
well..being indian ...we use fenugreek in most cooking and its a common ingredient ..but I was really not prepared for it in a scent ..I mean I couldn't fathom the first blast initially and couldn't relate it to fenugreek ...but then read some reviews above and bingo ...! holy moly this IS fenugreek all the way ..very heavy fenugreek at that ...so not for public but personal wearing --strictly ..unless you want to be known as the the guy who plays with herbs ..in a bad way ! ...don't know whats the inspiration for it as fenugreek is not listed as one of the ingredients but that's what its all about ...the immortelle ...flower maybe the reason for it ...but its a woody / herby dominant fenugreek note ..and gives a feeling that you have come out the kitchen of a indian cooking house ...very familiar to me...
pros : very niche & different
cons : strictly for private wearing / or in the kitchen...
Blind buy. Decent tea scent but nothing work owning.
I love cooking with fenugreek and have for years.
I don't like smelling like it, unless I'm working in the kitchen and find it a badge of pride. Everyone asks what are you wearing and I just tell them it must be the fenugreek I cooked with. Since most people are unfamiliar with this burnt sugar, bacon scent, they are intrigued. However, wearing this out in public is another story.
As Barbara Herman notes, there is a hint of celery, bacon, ham, maple syrup, cinnamon etc. in both fenugreek and immortelle, the flower that is centered in this scent.
To wear it, one is redolent of it, for it is not subtle and lasts for days. More a scent for self-indulgence than one for wearing around others.
Totally original but with limited appeal. Cannot begrudge it its thumbs up, though, as it is a revelation for those unfamiliar with cooking with fenugreek.