Monday, April 13, 2009

Castelbajac - transitional gourmand skin scent



In the past few weeks, I've gotten much more into almond scents than ever before. To be specific, it's ever since I discovered that not all almond scents smell like cherry. Nothing's wrong with cherry, but when I think of almond, I think of a warm and delectable nutty aroma with a bit of tactile softness, like nougat. If I were to compare it to a floral note, I'd say it's in the orange blossom (fleur d'oranger) range. Cherry, on the other hand, smells more intense to me, like violet candy. The difference between the two perceived notes could very well be as simple as concentration of the same base scent.

Castelbajac is among the most pleasant and unique almond-based fragrances I've come across. While it is a Gourmand with a pronounced almond note, it's also what could be considered a "clean" fragrance, or one which reminds me of detergent (or fabric softener, dryer sheet, something to do with laundry). If you remember Clean, the perfume oil roll-on made popular by celebrity wearers a few years back, or Philosoply Amazing Grace with its white musk-based, powdery, synthetic soap smell (the type you might find in some baby products), you might get an idea of what Castelbajac smells like, except it's much sweeter and more intricate than that. Castelbajac is advertised as "the transitional fragrance for adults", probably meaning it's a gateway perfume from teenybopper scents to more serious perfumey perfumes. Personally, I'd stay an "in-betweener" for as long as I'm able to wear fragrances in this niche right here - not too harshly perfumey and not too candyish. demographically, does that fall in the 18-25 age range? More perfume for all ages should be in that range just because I think they smell great, fitting into today's sensibilities and lifestyles.

Castelbajac walks the thin line between the two worlds like a seasoned tight rope acrobat. The additional notes of vanilla, orange blossom, musk and patchouli along with the almond make Castelbajac an easy-to-love-and-wear soft, casual Oriental. It's not too sweet but sweet enough for a Gourmand lover not to feel deprived; it's clean and upscale-smelling enough to give you the feeling you're wearing fragrance and not dessert. Orange blossom, often correlated with "innocence" in perfume (you would find this note in many "children's perfumes"), is an endearing note to give Castelbajac another added touch of Gourmand flavor, French kitchen style. The overall result is a sunny, slightly whimsical but still cool (not frilly), thoroughly modern sensual elixir of a skin scent, one with style and urbane edge.