They say that music soothes the savage breast & there’s something very true about it. Especially that with so many various music kinds it’s so easy to find one that will have a positive effect on your mind. I love jazz & smooth jazz, I could listen to saxophone, piano and trumpet for hours and feel relaxed. Music is also a graceful inspiration for fragrance – there are quite many bottles out there that were created with this muse. A perfume that I want to tell you about is more special. Its creator is fascinated by Gothic and loves church music. Branched from UNUM, Sauf was created.
From the very begininng Contre Bombarde 32 effuses a shape-shifting cedar note. At first cold and unfriendly it becomes warmer in no time. As soon as I smelled it for the first time I couldn’t escape the association that this perfume smells like wooden churches in Zakopane (Polish capital city of Tatra Mountains) – as soon as you enter one of them you can’t miss a specific scent of damp wooden boards soaked in the scent of incense over the years of existence of this place.
That said, cedarwood accord is quite soft in this fragrance. It even doesn’t smell like a chunk of wood but more like a still living forest. I somehow get the undertone that suggests pine cones and green needles to me. Then there is elemi resin that comes from underneath a smoky wood in a smooth, seamless manner. It smells balsamic but in a delicate way again. Perhaps it’s like that because of caramel that joins next and wraps parts of the composition altogether.
Caramel note in Contre Bombarde 32 is relatively not sweet and due to incense maintaining its high presence in the blend it almost feels as if it was more salty than sugary. Juniper berries add an aromatic touch with a glimpse of metallic vibe that is pretty enjoyable. After some time this Sauf offering develops a powdery vibe that lasts until late drydown phase. I would say that the source of this sensation lays somewhere in the structure of sandalwood which is soft and creamy.
In the end we have vanilla joining the composition and once it appears the entire perfume becomes simply divine because it smells to me like some fluffy cuddlepuff. The smell of incense, burning wood, caramel and vanilla – despite being so different separately – they smell absolutely amazing when combined. Contre Bombarde 32 is an amazing option for those who are not sure if they like incense in their fragrance or not. It’s a warm, sensual encens blend to wear on chilly days.
Sauf Contre Bombarde 32, despite being inspired by church organ music, is not that much churchy than other incense fragrances that I’m familiar way. It’s definitely different, more alternative, more off-road but oh so good! Incense fragrance that is cuddly and warm and that doesn’t make me feel like I was sitting in the cathedral is something worth noting and giving a test. It comes in extrait concentration so a little goes a long way. Its 50 ml bottle was designed to remind of pulls in a real church organ. Perfumer for this fragrance (also brand owner) is Filippo Sorcinelli.