Val the Cookie Queen.
Well hello there everyone!
It is an extremely rare thing for me to go to a store and ask for a sample of a fragrance, and even rarer that I write about something that I do not own. And yet here I am. It was the chamomile note that intrigued me. I am no chamomile in perfume expert, but several years ago Vero gave me an old Hermés parfum with chamomile in it, and it gives a most exquisite scent. This knowledge allowed me to recognize the chamomile clearly in the Gucci.
Gucci Mémoire d’Une Odeur by Alberto Morillas 2019.
Notes include chamomile, some jasmine note exclusive to Gucci, musks, vanilla, sandalwood and cedar wood. The gorgeous green flaçon was inspired by a Gucci perfume from the 90s. It sprays beautifully.
Although there are other perfumes with chamomile in them, it’s not a note generally found in your mainstream-aimed-at-the-general-population perfumes. And it is this edginess/nicheness that will make it appealing to the discerning perfumista.
It opens with sharp, aromatic, green and herbal chamomile. There is perhaps a bitterness to it. Quite cutting edge for a mainstream scent. As it settles down and moves into the heart it becomes more floral, perhaps a little honeyed. The base is warm and heady with musks and sandalwood. The translucent chamomile remains throughout.
If you are sick of searching out niche perfumes, ordering samples from f*** knows where, only to find that they are well, let’s say not all that you hoped they would be, then give this Gucci a try. You can get it everywhere, 40ml, 60ml, 100ml, 30ml rollerball. Prices starting from around 55 Euros. It is a damn good perfume.
I drink chamomile tea every night before I go to bed. Sweetened with honey. The habitual making of it already signals to my brain that it is time to switch off and relax. And I have such a hard time finding laudanum these days you know?
Any chamomile lovers out there?
Above photos from the Gucci website and Unsplash. The horse chestnut tree is one near my in-laws that I have been photographing for a couple of years. I was looking for some chamomile by it but it is too late in the season.