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Padparadscha (2006)
by Satellite


Padparadscha information

Year of Launch2006
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 63 votes)

People and companies

PerfumerSandrine Dulon

About Padparadscha

Padparadscha is a shared / unisex perfume by Satellite. The scent was launched in 2006 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Sandrine Dulon

Padparadscha fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Padparadscha

Padparadscha's the first fragrance that comes to mind when I think of "fresh spicy." There's a very nice contrast between the hot chili pepper accord and cold juniper berry. The black pepper provides some extra punch and along side it is something that smells a little bit like cinnamon, spicy with a touch of sweetness. Everything rests on a solid, but mild base of cedar and sandalwood. Overall, it's a very easy and comfortable wear that kind of reminds me of some Comme des Garcons releases. Comparing it to some mainstream fragrances, it sort of reminds me Gucci Pour Homme II and Tous in Heaven, as it's warm and reserved, but also conveys some freshness through the use and contrast of hot and cold notes. It's a shame this was recently discontinued, as for a long time it was something of an under-the-radar gem and sold at a great price. Although I've found a few bottles floating around the European market, I haven't been able to find Padparadscha anywhere in the United States.

Here's to hoping they bring this back...
09th January, 2015 (last edited: 28th January, 2015)
Genre: Woods

A little disappointing to me, this one. The first thing you notice is the color: a rich pinkish orange, modeled indeed on the rare and exquisite padparadscha sapphire of Sri Lanka and Madagascar. On application I get a fierce blast of hot, dry cedar and black pepper, unadulterated by any hint of sweetness. The take-no-prisoners opening had me anticipating an intriguing development, but guess what? It stopped, plonk, and didn't go anywhere. Not for hours. Then it just bowed out and disappeared.

On my skin Padparadscha remains a one-dimensional, linear cedar scent with limited sillage and projection. Cedar shavings, and that's it! If there's any sandalwood, amber, or musk in there, it's entombed in a plain cedar box.

If you like sharp, unsweetened wood, I'd go for Tam Dao. It plays on the same theme as Padparadscha, but it's more limber, complex, and sophisticated. Otherwise you can save money by buying one of those moth-repelling cedar closet blocks and rubbing yourself down vigorously with it.
23rd June, 2014
This one walks a fine line between hot and spicy (pepper overload), but it has a nice amber base to support it. Juniper is a note that I despise, and despite the notes above, I don't really any from it at all. Instead, I get quite a bit of clove. There's some cedar and sandalwood, but both ride pretty low in the mix. Picture Ambre Sultan with a slightly more powdery amber base, then switch out the spicy opening with some serious peppers, and you'll get an idea of what this is. I think it'd be great for colder weather, but not exclusively so.
28th November, 2013
Padparadscha is a very rare sapphire; the rarest of all is the totally natural variety, with no sign of artificial treatment. The name is derived from the Sanskrit/Sinhalese "padma raga" (padma = lotus; raga = color), a color akin to the lotus flower. As rare is this kind of sapphires as rare is scent`s composition. Warm amber and musk put their arms around you, then comes cedar, juniper and sandalwood and it finishes with hit of red and black pepper, it doesnt remind anything else, it`s so special, so magical and deep, amazingly balanced like a symphony with bass accords, a real treasure in pink color. Even color of the bottle matches the color and beauty of sapphire...
08th February, 2013
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United States
Padparadscha opens with an amazing combination of jasmine, supported by both cinnamon and clove (even though neither are listed as official notes). The spiced jasmine is shortly joined by a very well-done fiery red chile pepper that is the primary heart note with a juniper berry undertone that is somewhat reminiscent of pine needles. A woody base of cedar creeps into the heart notes but stays relatively well-concealed, content to remain in the background while the hot spice smolders. Sandalwood adds a last bit of sweetness working with the remnants of the jasmine presented earlier to counter the continuing spicy nature of the scent. Projection is above average and longevity is average.

Padparadscha is a hidden gem of a scent (and it is named after a rare sapphire so I guess that is apropos). It is a chile pepper lover’s dream come true as that aspect is extremely well-implemented. With chile pepper as the star you might expect it to be a very dry and hot scent, but the jasmine, clove and cinnamon temper the heat and add just the slightest touch of subtle sweetness to the overall composition with the juniper and cedar adding perfect support. This is definitely a superb composition crafted by a nose I confess to have never heard of in Dulon. I will endeavor to keep an eye out for further releases by Ms. Dulon and her company Satellite as not only is Padparadscha a powerful release, it is very reasonably priced at $80 retail for 100ml. That is a steal for this type of quality, scoring a very strong buy recommendation. Bravo Dulon! Padparadscha is beyond excellent and earns a well-deserved 4.5 stars out of 5.
31st July, 2012 (last edited: 17th August, 2012)
Cedar and pepper...then up close cloves and sandalwood. No structure.
01st February, 2011

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