I can’t stop testing H&G scents. And I’ve learned to observe two rules: Don’t judge them on first sniff. And don’t test them on paper, only on skin. It’s quite the first time I can appreciate fragrances I immediately perceive as synthetical, if not chemical.
In a sense, they all are related. “Skarb” is related with “Bosque” is related with “Eau radieuse” ist related with “Askew” … The H&G crew renounces deliberately to establish a “pyramid”, which is a smart move, but even so don’t trust the alleged fragrance notes: There is undeniably cardamom with “Skarb” although it’s not indicated, but instead with “Askew”. In “Askew” again, you will find a heavy dose of cinnamon, even if not listed.
I am almost unable to interpret either of these scents – what they have all in common is a most artificial way of representing some well familiar natural substances.
The strangest for me so far has been “Candour” which I can only describe as: ‘grassy green, metallic and sweetly milky’.
(In this case, my favourable rating ist not for wearibility, but for inventiveness.)
Milky fragrance, powerful and sweet. A hint of spice (?cardamom) is said to be present, reinforcing the impression of a warm rice pudding. The milkiness is amplified by smooth sandalwood/vanilla/coumarin, a similar base to that found in Kenzo Jungle pour Homme, Samsara etc.
There is also a fruitiness, like Mirabelle plum, taking it in the direction of Dior's Poison.
The official description mentions green and earthy aspects, and good luck to you if you can find them, such qualities are far from obvious. Eventually I thought I could detect a hint of blackcurrant bud, but the stated galbanum still eludes me.
A "Perfume of Attachment" to quote the marketing razzmatazz, may be rather apt for once in that Candour is the sort of odour that might surround a baby at feeding time.
I found the fragrance repellent at first, but later a fascination grew on me. It has a lot of character and should do well in the modern trend towards gourmand notes.
30th April, 2014 (last edited: 14th December, 2016)
Chromatic scale: Unripe green, green, white, deep white, fluo yellow undertones, opaque notes.
Immaginary Accords: unsweetened milky-green fig, grass, stone-cold milk, fizzy ginger, orris, galbanum, sour-ish unripe citruses, man-machine, white velvet, stylized flowers.
Tags: fresh, creamy, yogurt, green, bizarre, WTF, illusion / mirage, future, mutant-pop, mainstream, twisted.
Projection: Above average.