My, I'm just astounded that I'm the first one reviewing this fragrance! Is it that much of a sleeper? Oh well, that suits me just fine - I'll keep it for myself.
I'm no fan of fruit or citrus scents, but I have so much respect for Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier that I was willing to give Bahiana a go. After all, I do need something new for the summer.
With listed notes like mandarin and coconut, I feared this might be a pina colada for the skin. Surprise!
The opening is tropical fruit alright, but the accord comes off more like ripe mango, guava, and perhaps even a bit of passionfruit, rather than conventional citrus.
Soon after application I found a buttery-smooth woody note welling up under the fruit. Could it be sandalwood? Checking the notes, I decide it must be the rosewood and gaiac at Bahiana's heart. And a beautifully handled wood it is! It blends with the bone-dry coconut note to form a warm cushion for the exotic fruits.
The fruit notes and the amber meanwhile manage to steer the wood and coconut around the suntan lotion sand trap I got mired in with this house's Santal Noble.
This is indeed tropical, and strictly for summertime. That said, Bahiana is the richest, most complex, and most lasting fruit fragrance I've encountered. It persisits for at least 6 or 8 hours on me, with a lingering amber ,musk, and wood drydown just lightly touched with fruit esters. How MPG gets them to last that long is beyond me, but I'm certainly not going to complain. There may well be a bottle in my future...