Rouge Avignon by Pierre Guillaume for Phaedon 2013 + GIVEAWAY


Post by Val the Cookie Queen



I received a text from my daughter last week: “Stole two spritzes of your new perfume. I feel like I could conquer the world and just hop on a plane and go anywhere I want.” No fear of her turning into a perfumista then!

Rouge Avignon by Phaedon 2013

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Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Raspberry, ylang-ylang
Heart: Rose, cacao pod, hinoki wood, tuber
Base: Vetiver, sandalwood, musk, amber

Oxana at Bloom Perfumery, London tucked a big sample of this into my bag as I left her shop. I had never heard of Phaedon, although I know Pierre Guillaume of course.

From Phaedon: A Gothic composition, as opulent and dark as the shadow of the Papal Palace looming over nations and centuries… The carmine red of the papal stole is conjured with a fleshy, spicy rose facetted by ylang-ylang and raspberry. In the heart notes, waxed woods, cocoa bean, black truffle and earthy smoky vetiver lure us into the private apartments of the Supreme Pontiff. Gilt moldings and religious ornaments glint in the firelight while gray tendrils of smoke rise from a censer burning sandalwood chips mixed with musk and amber.

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So you know what – it´s pushing 40°c here in Austria so let´s skip the usual banter.

Rouge Avignon shocked me with it´s splendour. It´s unusual and beautiful enough that someone may well ask what you are wearing, but you don´t need an instruction manual to understand it. It’s a gliding, seamless scent and it will be a stunning fall to winter fragrance, but it is beyond fine now too. I feel an addiction coming on.

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Rose. Red. Opulent. Velvety. Ylang ylang. Spicy rose. Earthy rose. Gorgeous, succulent, but never gourmand raspberry. It is so vibrant and cerise and strangely pretty. But don´t be fooled, it mingles with amber and vetiver and sandalwood and musk. To all that you may indeed add a little smokiness. Dark and sparkly. The fruity note is always there though, hiding in the shadows. I could see Ann Boleyn wearing this. Quite medieval.

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So you wanna try it? Thanks once again to Oxana at Bloom perfumery in London Town, I can give away three samples of it. But hey – no – not for nothing.

Rouge Avignon GIVEAWAY

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There are 3 prizes this week. Each winner will receive:

1 x Rouge Avignon by Phaedon 2013  Sample
P&H Anywhere in the world


Open to everyone worldwide who follows AustralianPerfumeJunkies via eMail, WordPress, Bloglovin or RSS. Please leave how you follow in the comments. Yes, you can start following to enter, in fact it’s encouraged.

All you need to do is tell us how you follow and exactly why this juice might float your boat!

Extra Chance?
Tweet: @OzPerfumeJunkie Rouge Avignon by Phaedon GIVEAWAY #Perfume #Review #Giveaway


Entries Close Midnight Sunday 18th August 2013 in Austria and winners will be announced in a separate post.
Winners will be chosen by putting names on same sized papers, folded similarly, I will then put all the names into my long dead armadillo and three winners will be drawn. Alright?.
The winners will have till Wednesday 21st August 2013 to get in touch (portia underscore turbo at yahoo dot com dot au) with their address or the prize will go to someone else.
No responsibility taken for lost or damaged goods in transit.

Bussis from a melting CQ


Ambre Ceruleen by Pierre Guillaume for Huitieme Art Parfums 2010

Hiya Everyone,

I am a bit of a sucker for a yummy amber but I though I’d reached my limit of FB in the amber range. Since the Huitieme Art Parfums were released in 2010 I had thought the bottles drool worthy, they look like modern art sculpture in the photos and so while visiting LA for the Scentsation Bus Tour my new buddy Tom from the Perfume Posse and Perfume Smellin’ Things and I snuck back into Scent Bar, the physical store for the Lucky Scent Crew. I tried a few of the set and the one that was most interesting on the day, on my skin, in the first 30 minutes was…

Ambre Ceruleen by Huitieme Art Parfums 2010

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Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Sandalwood, opoponax, tonka bean, lemon verbena, powder

Straight up the bottle is hefty and the matte finish feels like carved soap stone, porcelain or clay and is cool to the touch, already the experience feels luxurious and interesting. I also like that no light can enter to get to the juice meaning I don’t have to worry about leaving the bottle on my desk which doesn’t get loads of light and is cool. I have found myself reaching for Ambre Ceruleen quite a bit since my return from LA and have worn it almost exclusively since my return from India, I want to feel the bottle and smell the opening rush again and again.

How does it smell on my skin? I absolutely adore the resinous, sweet, crunchy opening that is tempered by the lemon, and made unusual by it. It’s not a lemon cake but there is certainly a nod to that genre and if you love gourmand but are looking for something a little more grown up and sophisticated then this could be the one. It feels like being wrapped up in love and hugged till you can’t breathe with joy. An elegant, inviting and, to me, interesting amber that throws a golden patina over everything. There is a story here but it’s not a huge one, some of the lemon burns off after about an hour and Ambre Ceruleen becomes slightly more woodsy and as it fades the powder becomes more intense. There is still the amber all the way through and it gets a little deeper, a little sweeter, a little deeper again through the long fragrance life which is another great thing.

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I am getting around 7 hours of fragrance life and when I wear Ambre Ceruleen outside the house it gets noticed, people that don’t normally comment on my fragrance ask questions about it.

This could be the perfect gateway amber for anyone toying with trying the style, beautiful, wearable, practical fragrance that smells excellent. It was lovely in the heat of late LA spring and is gorgeous in the soft winter cool of Sydney, I’m wearing it again today and tonight.

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Further reading: EauMG really didn’t like it and CandyPerfumeBoy did
has $125/50ml or samples available
SurrenderToChance starts at $6/ml

Till tomorrow, waft fragrantly and fearlessly,
Portia xxx

PG04 Musc Maori by Pierre Guillaume for Parfumerie Generale 2005


Guest Post by Madeleine


Hello APJ friends! I do hope you’re all having a great festive season and for those that celebrate Christmas, I hope Santa brought many scented goodies your way.
I respect the Parfumerie Generale line enormously. I might not own many full bottles of Pierre Guillame’s concoctions but I love how he makes the conventional extraordinary and makes the unconventional tremendously beautiful.
Take his version of tuberose, the sumptuous Tubéreuse Couture, where the ‘conventional’ tuberose is taken to new heights by the addition of sugar cane and papyrus. Or Bois Naufragé where the inspiration was a photo of a nude on driftwood. The unconventional idea of skin and washed up flotsam and jetsam is transformed into a transparent milky fig and woody scent that is much more than a day at the beach.

PG04 Musc Maori by Parfumerie Generale 2005

Musc Maori is his take on the conventional note of chocolate. Now, I am not sure about you, but I am not really a fan of gourmand scents. I’m also one of those weird women that missed out of the chocolate-loving gene when I was born. The taste of chocolate, let alone the thought of a perfume centred around it, doesn’t exactly set my world on fire.
Musc Maori, however, is much more than just a chocolate perfume. It is an exploration of all chocolate’s elements: its taste, its smell, how it makes you feel and the memories it brings.

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Fragrantica gives these notes:

Cacao pod, tonka bean, amber, vanilla, white musk, woody notes, coffee, floral notes and green notes.

Musc Maori’s opening is much more intriguing and complex than the whiff of a freshly opened chocolate bar.
Languid floral notes (which I suspect here is orange blossom and a little jasmine) combine with the cacao and tonka bean to create a vivid impression of entering a really good chocolate shop. The refrigerated air is perfumed with the sweetness of rows upon rows of prettily decorated and delicately flavoured chocolate nubs. It is at once rich, yet transparent, like an aerated veil of all varieties of the sweet: from plain dark to milky white; from raspberry fondant to orange crème.

The woody notes then underscore the floral sweetness but lend a tart, slightly astringent vibe that is almost crunchy in nature. It reminds me of my younger years when I did in fact enjoy the occasional tube of Smarties or two: biting into the brittle candied shell to devour the silky milk chocolate inside. It also evokes a flood of memories of birthday parties. There’s the sweet, powdery acidic smell of packets of balloons. There’s the scented melange of jelly sweets, chocolates and plastic trinkets in the take-home lolly bags mixed with the remnants of the perfume the mother wore when she carefully packed them the night before.

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Musc Maori then develops a strong lactonic character, but it’s not hot milk or even hot chocolate I smell. The milk note here is tepid with the gentle aroma of white flowers. Masses of jasmine and gardenia blooms steeped in white liquid. The drydown is the soft chocolate mixed with gentle musk and woody notes: the scent of a young child’s skin after a Friday night chocolate treat and a bath: warm, tender and sweet.

I find Musc Maori to be a compelling perfume to smell and experience. It’s one that really surprised me because it is just that much different from anything else I have tried. But while it has taken me on a lovely olfactory journey and evoked strong memories, it’s still not something I would actually want to smell like. I’ll keep a vial handy for the memories, but full bottles are for true chocolate connoisseurs only.

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Further reading TheCandyPerfumeBoy and Olfactoria’sTravels
Perfumerie Generale’s site
starts at 30ml/59
SurrenderToChance starts at 1ml/$5
Have you tried Musc Maori? What are your favourite gourmand scents or ones with chocolate notes? Have you tried any perfumes recently that have inspired strong memories of childhood?
With much love till next time,
M x