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Geste (2008)
by Humiecki & Graef


Geste information

Year of Launch2008
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 11 votes)

People and companies

HouseHumiecki & Graef
PerfumerChristoph Hornetz
PerfumerChristophe Laudamiel

About Geste

Geste is a shared / unisex perfume by Humiecki & Graef. The scent was launched in 2008 and the fragrance was created by perfumers Christophe Laudamiel and Christoph Hornetz

Geste fragrance notes

Reviews of Geste

This is an odd duck.

I get pine tree sap, bitter and resinous, over sweet amber and powdery violets. The pine note is quite promising, conjuring up brief flashes of summer in the south of France, pine trees around a lake in the high Alps, sunshine and the sound of crickets. However, the other notes don't seem to play well with this note, so the illusion never fully forms.

I keep smelling it, hoping it develops into something interesting, but it doesn't really go anywhere.

My rules for thumbs up, down or a neutral review are simple: if I never want to wear it again, it get's a thumbs down. If I want to finish the sample, but would not be tempted to buy more, it's a neutral. If I want to own the fragrance, it gets a thumbs up. This one sits between negative an neutral, but i'll give it the benefit of the doubt.

09th July, 2017
Geste is an excellent vegetal/musky and aromatic "cultured" fragrance with a marvellous floral sophisticated laundry/barber-shop and aldehydic undertone and a classic musky/hesperidic backbone. Parisian or Roman aristocratic buildings jump on mind with their frescos, the marble statues, the high chiselled ceilings rooms, bronze armors and massive frames pictures. Radiant, refined and somewhat old-school with vague point in common with the "neo-classic vegetal chypre" Oriza L. Legrand's style (the new Chypre Mousse comes on mind for instance). Yes there are aldehydes in the recipe in my opinion strictly joined with a slightly pharmaceutical-clean clothes type powdery soapiness (a Humiecki&Graef landmark), hints of talc (anyway floral and not utterly dry), dill and marvellous woodsy/incensey resins from the high mountain forest. The violet touch provides a faint white powdery floral subtleness extremely fresh, airy, manneristic, "soapy/Victorian" in style and refined while hints of fennel perform a general musky slightly anisic widespread coolness. I see the Colin Maillard's reference to an unfriendly modern non-place such like an airport lounge of stuffs like that even if the mental association which mostly jumps on (my) mind is the aroma of a grandmother's style airy vintage bedroom in the old high ceilings aristocratic houses of the south with their typical vintage/mouldy/soapy-medicinal rampant aroma. The dry down enhances some hesperidic, spicy/incensey, waxy-soapy and still balmy nuances yet extremely refined, honeyed, musky and retro. Yes, to me this fragrance is mostly a "neo-vintage/chypre" in style with a performed nostalgic "faded in memory" general aura but all is actually appointed with a decidedly modern and avant-garde minimalistic touch resulting uncompromisingly glamour, eccentric and modern at distance. This is for "freak" and selfish temperaments with no fear to combine aristocratic classicism with a contemporary modern/chic and "palatin" "baroque/decadence".
25th May, 2014 (last edited: 16th April, 2015)
The opening is nice and interesting, and unlike other Humiecki & Graef scents, at least here it manages to stay like this for its whole life cycle. Aldehydes, some camphor-medicinal vibe, a lot of spices, an anise-amber base, some sticky/silky note I do not get entirely but fits perfectly, aerial and geometrical floral notes which smell almost like magnolia and tuberose, some slight honey notes, and finally a balsamic-incense subtle accord. A bit hard to describe: in fact it's a round, thick and dense smell, overall really nice, wearable, interesting and fresh, which feels like a double face half-velvety half-metallic piece of some avant-garde cloth, icy and intriguing at the same time, although a bit cold and unfriendly like a "non-place" (airport lounges and those kind of "non-lieux" as Marc Augé called them). As minutes pass the scent gets a simpler and more defined shape, becoming a pleasant, cozy and well-executed narcotic and musky floral on amber and aromatic woods. Really nice, still with a bit of "weird", which is cool and keeps your attention and curiosity up. It then slowly kind of loses this contemporary "avantgardeness" and goes back in time, settling on a rich, nostalgic, bold central note of honeysuckle on vanilla, quite dusty and round, pleasant and with a slight boozy feel. This is what remains from the initial structure, like a futuristic building collapsing and revealing ancient ruins. It's an interesting and nice feeling, although the the "con" counterpart of this is that at this stage it is also a bit more predictable and dull – in fact, the drydown is nice, soapy, silky and floral: tons of scents do that, but if you want to, say, "reach it" via a different way, then this is worth a try.

09th May, 2014
Lovely Violets, But...

This has a quite lovely opening of fresh, lightly powdery, woody violets, quickly joined by a slightly salty note reminiscent of a softer Dans Tes Bras. Then ten minutes in, l get a note l can only describe as "lightly used ladies underthings". This is not a "dirty" note exactly, more the scent of underwear which has been worn for just an hour or two after bathing. Not altogether unpleasant, but an unmistakeable scent nonetheless! l'm guessing this arises from whatever variety of musk is being used here, but l have never detected this disconcerting note in a perfume before. From here, the fragrance does not develop any further, & stays close to the skin, but it lasts a very respectable ten hours before fading.

l really love the opening of this one, but "that" note would prevent me from ever wearing it in public; way too embarrassing!
07th June, 2013 (last edited: 21st April, 2014)

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