Two words for you - Iris Frankincense!
The iris note here is definitely NOT the 'grated carrot' type note in iris silver mist. It is rooty iris, but not earthy, if you know what I mean! To me the rooty iris note seems 'polished' & 'refined'.
Its like someone took the peppery frankincense of armani prive bois d'encens and made it much more transparent and less austere and added a refined rooty iris note.
It opens with citrusy aldehydes, the main event is peppery citrusy frankincense and rooty iris and finishes with a woody drydown.
I think it is completely unisex. My husband sniffed it and said "its beautiful. It is definitely incense, but wearable".
To me it is an elegant resinous transparent woody iris frankincense. I have never smelled anything like it.
Bonus Points: Cloon Keen Atelier is an Irish Niche Perfumery. Federic Malle has competition!
06th August, 2012 (last edited: 27th January, 2013)
Fantastic 5 star boozy vanilla opening.......
.........terrible sickly sweet cloying drydown
Castaña is a beautiful unisex vetiver fragrance.
Castana has the creamy tonka/vetiver combination I liked in vetiver tonka, but replaces the 'hazelnut syrup' with jasmine & cassie.
To me castana opens with cardamom, bergamot and vetiver, develops into vetiver, cardamon, jasmine (and other beautiful floral notes I cannot identify), tonka and woods for the main part of the fragrance and then fades to tonka and woods.
29th December, 2011 (last edited: 08th May, 2012)
Boozy amaretto, cherry tobacco, vanilla and woods - similar to guerlain spiritueuse double vanille with a better less cloying drydown.
30th November, 2010 (last edited: 05th January, 2012)
Loulou Blue will always be my 'first love' perfume and it was my signature fragrance for several years. I discovered it when I was 14 years old and it was love at first sniff! It is long discontinued. I have a little stockpile of four bottles!
LouLou Blue is a oriental floral fragrance, launched in 1995, as a lighter, fresher version of Loulou. Loulou Blue was created by Jean Guichard of Giavudan-Roure in conjunction with Annette Louit of Cacharel.
Top notes: green notes, peach, anise & bergamot
Middle notes: honeysuckle, orchid, freesia & orris root
Base notes: sandalwood, tonka bean, vanilla & vetiver
If you can weather the initial burst, Loulou blue is sweet, deep and mysterious.
I cannot understand why cacharel discontinued it, but I suspect lolita lempicka which came out two years later with similar notes - anise, vetiver, tonka, vanilla, orris - stole its thunder! Loulou blue is the better fragrance of the two IMHO.
23rd October, 2010 (last edited: 28th June, 2012)