"One late afternoon, while sitting at my desk writing my perfume formulae, I had a kind of vision: It merged the scent of the elephant’s image with a large field of intensely-colored roses, almost fuchsia. The elephants were running and trampling on the roses, dispersing a scent of flowers mixed with the strong smell of their bodies. This fragrance is derived from the blending of two different formulae, using the so called “dans le tiroir” method, by which I merged animal notes with skin and floral ones." ~ Maria Candida Gentile
Posted by Tania on 2nd May 2016
I am a fan of Maria Candida Gentile's fragrances. Noir Tropical is my second favorite vanilla ever (after Indult's Tihota), Sideris is my favorite resin ever, and Barry Lyndon is my favorite lavender. A few of her fragrances aren't for me personally, but I can still appreciate them.
I was expecting this to be over the top dirty/animal musk and sour roses for some reason, and it is not that at all. The herbal top notes of this are amazing, and I am one who usually dislikes green and herbal scents. It smells like crushing delicate, green plants (I was thinking geranium and spearmint more than thyme) between your palms. Then the rose and animal accord come in and the rose is a delicately sweet, creamy, dewy rose with an almost citrus brightness to it (but not sharp at all). Then there's a warm, musky amber thing happening to represent the Elephants in this beautiful garden.
It settles into this sweet, creamy, gorgeous fragrance that's warm, comforting and fun. It smells like pure sunshine, but isn't sharp at all.
I just have the sample size now, but will be getting a bottle of this in my next order, for sure.