Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Ginestet Botrytis

If we're going to go all gourmand, Ginestet Botrytis, is the way to go. Gingerbread, generous dollops of honey, candied and fresh fruit make a rich and delicious compote. It's probably utterly wrong for this muggy weather, yet being of sound mind and body (just humor me) I got a craving for it lately and fished it out of a drawer.

Yes, Ginestet Botrytis is as impossible and irresistible as I remembered. It's voluptuous to the point of spilling over- sort of like the feeling you get from watching Jessica Rabbit sashaying in that dress. Ginestet Botrytis walks the line of being treacly, and at least as far as I'm concerned doesn't cross it. I'm not sure what makes the huge amount of juicy ripe fruit bearable to me; probably a combination of no patchouli but generous use of honey, which smells very dark and complex here.

Ginestet Botrytis isn't your little sister's fruity-floral. It's a rich burgundy damask and velvet from an era everything was hand-embroidered in gold silk thread. It's considered a fall perfume and I definitely understand why, but I doubt it blooms to its full size and effect unless one's skin is hot. It's not that I recommend wearing Ginestet Botrytis to the gym (you're most likely to lose your membership if you do), but perhaps give it a try on an 80 degree day and see what happens.

Notes: honey, candied fruits, quince, pain d’epice, white flowers.

Ginestet Botrytis ($110, 100 ml) is available from Luckyscent and Beauty Habit.

Art: Still Life of Fruit and Musical Instruments by Antonio Pereda y Salgado


  1. I have never, ever heard of this, so thanks... I'm heading off to Googleland to investigate some more!

  2. I absolutely adore this (quelle shock, scent twin) but we don't get muggy here.

    But you know what? I think that muggy might be the best time to try it. Like some of Uncle Serges scents, to get the full effect you might need to get it on heat.

    In our desert heat we get comb honey with just a touch of rot, in the bast way possible.

    Love it.

  3. As soon as I saw the title of your post, I went and sprayed some on. I usually only bring it out in the fall of course! I absolutely love it and I'm going to wear it today and see what happens. It might smell entirely different. I'm in the humid, drippy south.

  4. Carrie, I first came across GB around the same time I started blogging. The line has at least one or two more perfumes that I have yet to try. I think you might really like this one.

  5. Tom, quelle shock, indeed. Sometimes I think you and I are the only ones unafraid of honey in the heat.

  6. Marsha, I hope you've had a wonderful day wearing GB.


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