Genre: Fruity Floral
Dreams? Nightmare is more like it.
The sinus-hammering candied fruit and indolic white flower accord upon which Songes opens smells entirely artificial. Its central element is a Godzilla-sized tuberose that’s been miraculously shorn of every trace of grace or charm. If a flower could chew tobacco and expectorate loudly into a spittoon, this one would.
I was pleased to discover that the sweet “froot” recedes within an hour, but I can’t decide whether leaving the nasty plastic flower accord exposed on its own amounts to much of an improvement. In all honesty, this is the kind of perfume that gives tuberose a bad name. (Amarige and Giorgio are its co-conspirators.) The good news is that the entire experience is over rather quickly, as Songes slides into its soapy, woody-vanillic drydown within a couple of hours. Thank heaven for small mercies.
I love this so much that I have it both in Eau de Parfum and Eau de Toilette.
Both are breathtakingly beautiful and in my opinion the best tropical scents.
Both are very similar but there are still a few differences:
The Eau de Parfum is my true love as the ylang note is a little less prominent and the frangipani note which I adore a little more present.The Eau de Parfum also has an almost edible,addictive vanilla note which made me fall in love with it.This note is more present in fresher bottles.I definitely recommend buying it in reputable stores as Songes seems to lose its freshness within a couple of years.
Due to the complexity and deepness of Songes it seems suitable as a winter tropical,but I still find it best on very hot days when it's mellowed out a little and envelopes me with a sensual,creamy cloud.
The initial blast of strong jasmine, gardenia and tuberose with yang yang is reminiscent of Fracas, but Songes does not remain at this high level of concentration for long. Within half an hour it has calmed down and a pleasant light wood scent is balanced with the white florals. Somehow though one misses that initial blast and wishes it hadn't shared the stage with the wood notes.
In the opening blast there is a short moment when the rubbery banana note mentioned by another reviewer takes center stage and one wonders if this is going to be Fracas with banana replacing peach, but the moment is fleeting.
Since it so resembles Fracas with nothing new of note to say, I can't give it points for originality, hence the neutral review. Perfectly decent, but if you like white florals, stick with the grande dame, Fracas.
02nd January, 2014 (last edited: 10th January, 2014)
The mixed floral is a very particular exercise. For many, the term perfume implies floral, though for the connoisseur a mixed floral might be a cliché. Given the icons, Joy, No. 5, Amouage Gold, anything less than outstanding doesn't measure up. And given the ubiquity of floral scented functional products any floral perfume with less than a certain degree of sophistication or intention will be considered cheap. Forget the fact that any perfumer considering the challenge is haunted by the two classics: 'smells like soap', and unintended complement of appearing 'like an old lady'.
Songes focuses on the qualities of floral fragrances rather than storytelling. It is identifiably fruity, white, tropical. And while some call it a floral oriental, I consider it a woody floral. The house of the Goutal know florals, and their line shows a wide range of floral perfumery. In Songes they perfect the woody sub-genre. It's not just a floral that eventually dries down to woody basenotes. From the focused sweetness of the opening notes through the ambery-sweet, woody tones Songes remains taut and crisp without feeling uptight. It's fitted, and in this respect can be both sexy and formal simultaneously. Composure is Songe's defining attribute, and from its heady top to it smiling tightlipped base it never takes a wrong turn.
While smelling nothing like one, Songes is a sort of ripening banana in reverse. Expansive, bombastic, even dizzying at the start. A bit more subtle, starched, equally satisfying in the end.
On me this smells like a perfume-y perfume made of pencil shavings. I suppose it's some cedar note. Teardrop mentioned pencil shavings too in her review and I share her feelings. The woodsy smell is too strong to go unnoticed. It covers all the notes of flowers and vanilla. I know they're there but can't smell them properly because of the pencil shavings. Not very nice!