Clarins Par Amour, 2005

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Par amour

(image A-Sex Party)

Perfumer Rafael Haury

A cedar-based transparent woody floral would make this sound like the recipe for a Lutens “Bois de [insert note]” fragrance. But this doesn’t seem like any of the Bois fragrances except for a shared sheer-but-sweet quality. This is more sugar-sweet than fruity-sweet, which would usually scare me off, but something in the undercurrent of this fragrance keeps it from getting too ditzy. There is a peppery astringent note that  enhances both the rose and the cedar and  makes Par Amour seem like Barbie’s version of Parfum Sacré.

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