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As a gourmand woody oriental, Indochine is sited firmly at the center of Pierre Guillaume’s compositional comfort zone. Guillaume has built quite a collection of fine scents in this vein, including, though not limited to, Aomassaï, Praline de Santal, Felanilla, and Iris Taïzo. Right out of the bottle, Indochine bids fair to join their ranks. The scent seems to skip the traditional citrus top notes and jump right to a central arrangement of sweet resins and honey. The composition feels simple, but also weighty enough to satisfy, as if a Serge Lutens spicy oriental – say Arabie or El Attarine - were stripped of all its ornamental spices and flowers, leaving its resinous core exposed for observation.
05 April, 2012