French niche perfume house and costume-jewelry maker Reminiscence have added a new fragrance called Guimauve to their collection entitled Les Notes Gourmandes dedicated to gustatory perfumes. Launched in 2008, the range originally rests on the concept of tapping into the synesthetic pleasures of music, perfume and food while drawing inspiration from fashion icon Marie-Antoinette...
Guimauve is named after a French treat which you can describe as a kind of elongated marshmallow called "lanière" scented with orange blossom, or rose, or almond, or violet, or aniseed etc... They usually come in pastel colors. Originally, the mucilage obtained from the roots of the plant guimauve (Althaea officinalis L.) served as the base for this natural marshmallow. Nowadays, substitutes like pork gelatin are used by the industry and artisans alike.
The eau de parfum is more than the sum of the parts of the classic sweet. Its composition includes head notes built around a fresh accord of bergamot, mandarin, orange, bitter almond, lavender, rosemary, mint, green notes, ozone. The heart features a floral interpretation with neroli, petit grain, black pepper and jasmine. The base is where the gourmand character of the perfume is most developed with notes of tonka bean, vanilla, cedar wood, patchouli, sandalwood, amber and musk.
En français, the list of notes reads like this:
Notes de Tête : Fraiche (Bergamote, Mandarine, Orange, Amande amère, Lavande, Romarin, Menthe, Vert, Ozonique).
Notes de Coeur : Florale (Néroli, Petit Grain, Poivre Noir, Jasmin).
Notes de Fond : Gourmande (Fève Tonka, Vanille, Cèdre, Patchouli, Santal, Ambre, Musc).
Price is 94,90€ for 100 ml of EDP.