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Technically speaking, a “croquembouche” is a fancy French dessert which is a conical pile of hollow pastry balls stacked on top of each other, and held together with nougat. There are also ribbons of clear spun caramel drizzled up and down the pastry “tree” which gives it a festive, elegant look.
To me, Demeter’s Croquembouche fragrance smells like a cross between freshly made angel food cake and suntan lotion (hint of musk), which may sound icky but it is actually quite pleasant in an innocent, child-like way. I am not much of a gourmand fragrance person (no Lostmarc’h Lann Ael for me!) so the lightness of Croquembouche makes it wearable and enjoyable. Furthermore, as an aside, if you tossed a handful of fresh lemon zest into Croquembouche, you would have La Perla’s Eclix. Yum!
Here are the notes, as gleaned from various internet sources: vanilla, musk, caramel, honey and coconut.
07 August, 2008