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