Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
Gourmand fragrances are some of the funnest perfumes you can wear. You can get away with anything – no matter how forbidden, sinful, delicious, or sensuous a flavor, and drape yourself in it for as long as you want. And there’s no need to count calories, order special foods online, or push yourself away from the table.
If that weren’t enough, there’s a perfume for whatever pastry, dessert, coffee, or ice cream flavor has you under its spell. Juliette Has a Gun’s MMMM…is a scent that’s for slaves of high-end French bakeries loaded down with vanilla creams, fruit tarts and puffed pastries stuffed with orange blossom filling.
MMMM starts off with a thick, creamy jasmine sambac note, decorated with a lacy, delicate orange flower and neroli icing, that hovers under your nose until you can perfectly picture a light, flaky, butter-saturated pastry with rich Bourbon vanilla filling oozing out the sides.
The texture is everything here: the jasmine is lusciously full while the orange flower and neroli are lighter than air, and each note is dead set on making your patisserie cravings take over in the worst way. MMMM works on you on multiple levels – if it just had the sweet smack of dessert notes and nothing else, it couldn’t prey on your proper sensibilities half as well. But this perfume takes pains to be as distracting as possible, and its layering of heavy and thick versus light and airy notes is deliciously devious.
So if you still think you have any self-control left, there’s ALSO a mischievous, freshly-picked raspberry note infusing the scent from the very beginning that floats on top of the tuberose and iris florals in the heart. MMMM is constant, wearable temptation, and it knows it from the first spray on your wrist.
As the perfume dries down, a definite powdered floral impression appears, as the tuberose and iris assert themselves a bit more against all the creamy delectability, but by then it’s much too late. You’re already out the door, cash money in hand, and practicing your best French for “give me everything behind the counter, NOW!”