April 24, 2012
As I’ve passed the halfway mark of my 20 city olfactory world tour courtesy of the new fragrance line The Scent of Departure I am very impressed with Gerald Ghislain’s creativity. The modest price ($45 for 50mL) combined with the creativity makes this a tour I am a bit sorry to see come to an end. Even so I must forge on with four more cities. I’ll start in Europe with Milano and Frankfurt before heading to Doha in the Middle East and landing in Seoul to finish.
Milano is the fashion capital of Italy and MIL is also a fashionable fragrance. It starts with a bit of spicy piquancy before giving way to a floral bouquet of jasmine. The base is a dusty dry cocoa powder sprinkled liberally over the final phase of this Scent of Departure.
Back to Germany to visit Frankfurt. As with MUC I found FRA to be surprisingly not what comes to mind when I think about German cities. The opening is a juicy apple. It is like biting into a ripe piece of fruit and it pairs beautifully with the woody floral magnolia in the heart. FRA ends with a forest walk full of strong wood accords.
Doha is the capital of Qatar on the shores of the Persian Gulf. The Middle East is a part of the world where much of my impression of what it would be like comes from the fragrances inspired by this part of the world. DOH mixes sunny citrus and intense florals. Lemon and tangerine start the experience before jasmine which is then followed by rose to complete the composition.
Seoul is the heart of South Korea and the Scent of Departure ICN captures that heart. A green leafy opening turns into a floral mix of light notes. There also seems to be a pinch of cardamom floating around. ICN ends with an earthy accord which literally grounds ICN.
16 down four to go, see you tomorrow for the conclusion of this Grand Tour.
Disclosure: This review was based on samples supplied by The Scent of Departure.
Thanks to The Scent of Departure we are offering a reader’s choice of a full bottle of any of the 20 cities in this first release. To be eligible leave a comment talking about your dream departure to a town different than your own. Each comment from all five parts will be combined for the draw. You get one entry for each piece so you could conceivably have five chances if you leave a comment on all five parts. You also can give yourself one more chance by “liking” The Scent of Departure Facebook page at this link. We will draw one winner via random.org from all five parts on April 29, 2012.
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-Mark Behnke, Managing Editor
Editor’s Note: Those of you who live in New York City have a unique chance to experience The Scent of Departure in a very special way. Wednesday and Thursday night April 24-25, at Henri Bendel from 6-8PM, Gerald Ghislain will personally curate the collection underneath 240 airplanes hanging from the ceiling. There is also a Proust Questionnaire which is supposed to help you narrow down your choice. -MB