Amongst the numerous niche perfume lines that have appeared in the past year or so, Parfumerie Generale undoubtedly stands out as the most innovative and classy. Innovative not only for their choice of unusual perfume notes but also for extraordinary, well-balanced compositions. Classy for renouncing pretentiousness and flamboyance while sticking to their own polished style. While I do not have equal appreciation for all Parfumerie Generale scents, I respect Pierre Guillaume’s approach, commitment, and taste. The news of every new Parfumerie Generale scent always brings me immense excitement, and I’m rarely disappointed. Psychotrope, originally created for the Moscow store Aromateka, is my most recent perfume love.
“A jasmine and leather floral, a strange floral drug, a jasmine with leather petals elaborates a sombre, pervasive fragrance”. I could stop right here as the official description says it all. Impossible as it might sound, it smells just like a flower with leather petals. In my perception, the flower isn’t jasmine, however. I envision the tranquil, polished beauty of a water lily. Psychotrope is a cold leather scent. On my skin, the leather is most prominent in top notes, yielding to green floral notes in the heart. The entire composition is permeated with an almost chilly, aquatic accord that I find extremely appealing, despite my usual dislike of such themes. Psychotrope is simply mesmerizing – it draws you in just close enough to admire but never possess.
Psychotrope features the notes of cyclamen, violet, jasmine, lilac wood, black leather, musk. It’s now available via Parfumerie Generale online boutique under the reference of Private Creation No 617 for 50 ml and No 633 for 100 ml.
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24 comments February 27th, 2007