- Launched: 2009
- Type: Shared / Unisex / Unspecified
- Availability: In Production
- Perfumer: Unknown - Let us know
- Bottle Designer: Unknown - Let us know
Extraordinaire Camelia 209 Fragrance notes
Camellia flowers, Corsican Lemon, Pink Peppercorn, Indian Cardamom, Bourbon Vanilla, Musk, Cedar, Chinese Tea
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It starts off as a semi-aquatic fruity floral, with round flowers played against artificial berries over just enough laundry musk to make it smell kind of like a fabric softener. There's a big slug of pink pepper, which combines with a hint of mint to give it both a familiar-smelling richness and a surprising piquancy. This stage is well put together, but strikes me as halfway between my nemesis Acqua di Gioia and something Bond No 9 would do, not bad but very clearly trying to pander to less educated tastes.
It got more interesting at the base, as the round watery florals fell away, leaving a surprising tobacco leaf note mixed with a touch of vanilla (kind of like the basenotes of Le Male, but much drier and with the remaining laundry musks making it feel rich without being gourmand at all). The mint lingered longer than I expected, making for a some moments that I found a bit conflicted (mint and tobacco over sweet vanilla laundry musk? Um, ok....), but I'll gladly take strangeness over predictability.
All in all, Extraordinaire Camelia feels well put together to me, richly concentrated with all the proper longevity and technical merits, which is quite impressive because Krigler doesn't use outside industry perfumers. It feels like a well made designer perfume, which is a compliment on technical achievement but a complaint about originality. So, I'm voting neutral.
17 October, 2012
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