Parfums de Nicolai Kiss Me Tender, 2010

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Perfumer Patricia de Nicolai

Kiss Me Tender is lovely and smells quite a bit like muffled marzipan. Despite the foody description and sweetness, though, it doesn’t read like any other gourmand fragrances I can think of. Something balances out the food element. I can’t put my finger on it yet, but it’s alluring. I suppose that the heliotropin is similar enough to almond that it rings some bells, but different enough that it doesn’t actually read as a confection.

I don’t wear Kiss Me Tender, but I love its haunting character, and if I were to smell it in a crowd, I’d have to trace it to its source.

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