Flourishing mystery, Le Galion L’Âme Perdue

I reviewed many different perfume in the past. Some were inspired by various places or landscapes. Others workes as a time capsule – they were meant to evoke a specific moment from the past. There are also perfume inspired by people, their good or bad fame. There is also a category of perfume that take inspiration from ingredients and nothing else. They are ode to rose, vetiver or pepper. And finally there are fragrances simply come from vivid imagination. They smell of flowers, places that only exist in the head of inspired one. But that doesn’t mean they can’t exist for real. Such is the case of a newest Le Galion perfume, a tribute to an imaginary flower.

My first experience with L’Âme Perdue brings forward a delicious tang of a citrus blend. I can’t smell much juiciness but there’s a lovely aromatic peel going on here. Lemon peel is more zesty & sour while mandarin peel is milder and tad more sweet. They are followed by some spicy elements that start to appear few minutes later. Cardamom adds almost nutty facet while at the same time cardamom gives the perfume some crispness. Couple more minutes pass before L’Âme Perdue will develop further into a white pepper note which I find particularly interesting.

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White pepper is in my opinion a unique one among other species of pepper because in a perfume it smells much less pungent, its spiciness is very toned down and has no metallic effect. It also has many floral tones that make it rounder. Its floral aspect in L’Âme Perdue transitions to datura that puts a creamy veil on top. Going further the perfume releases an elegant cloud of jasmine. There are 2 kinds actually – Egyptian and sambac one. They are not overly jasmin-ey – they possess a white flower trademark but no indolic elements. There’s more glamour and modesty to it.

Afterwards I could smell broom that introduces an old-fashioned dustiness to the complex structure of Le Galion L’Âme Perdue. There’s something slightly woody about it. To me it brings a picture of flowers mixed with some twigs. I didn’t smell rose that the brand listed on their website. Immediately after the jasmine part the perfume began to saturate on my skin, it was becoming more sultry through ylang-ylang. Its scent brough facets of something creamy, buttery, tropical. It spreads the aura of seduction and temptation. What I also notice is that a temperature of this perfume is rising.

L’Âme Perdue heats up because of the spicy notes hiding in its heart. Clove add this warm, slightly sugary spiciness while cinnamon makes it more vibrant, shimmering. There’s also an accord of lily that’s responsible for creating a more powdery vibe in this stage. At some point a candied fruitiness of plum appears and it instantly softens the scent. It’s also slightly smoked. Base of this perfume is going to hug you & embrace you like the softest plush blanket. Tenderness of amber make L’Âme Perdue very luminous and bright. Its radiant nature is a kaleidoscope of multiple rays of light.

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Benzoin from Sumatra introduces an element of fluidity to the newest Le Galion release. It’s resinous and balmy aroma enriches the perfume and gives it more intensity. It has a synergy with peru balsam. Later on honey appears as a layer of liquid gold. It blends sweetness with carnal desire in perfect proportions that are additionally accentuated with earthy patchouli. In the very end a sensual floral woodiness of rosewood provides a background to vanilla notes from Madagascar and Mexico. Oakmoss is the last ingredient that gives a dusty yet sophisticated finish to the scent.

L’Âme Perdue from Le Galion has an undeniable retro vibe. It feels stylish in an old-fashioned way and that fact puts it in the same category as Puredistance Warszawa I reviewed a while back. In case of L’Âme Perdue its complexity and olfactory profile kind of make me think of this perfume as something fitting for a ballroom gown with multiple layers of material. It feels very feminine but instead of overflowing with it, it’s more subtle femininity. Perfumer Rodrigo Flores-Roux is a creator of this perfume and he did very well with this beauty. L’Âme Perdue has great longevity and rather low sillage. It’s eau de parfum concentrated and is available only in 100 ml bottles for now.

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18 thoughts on “Flourishing mystery, Le Galion L’Âme Perdue

  1. Marcus says:

    I have a feeling that a big part of the whole inspiration talk is scam. Some marketing assistant rushes to a perfumer talking about all the things you mention in the first paragraph and often he then pulls something from the shelf which he has been working on anyway. Later the story is completed, images are drawn, so that for us potential customers there are emotions involved to buy and buy more. Notes alone don’t trigger the willingness to spend money (us fragheads excluded).

  2. Marcus says:

    You are right that the emotion button is pressed in probably all industries. The difference is that here’s even less content to advertise. For a watch you talk about precision, a body lotion is easy to spread and not sticky, a car is reliable etc. For a luxury product like perfume there’s nothing left but subjective odour and emotion. There is no such thing as usefulness. – Please understand this as near neutral observation only, since I happily fall for a new fragrance praise quite often!

  3. Holly says:

    Oh my, this sounds fascinating! It’s quite incredible that you were able to discern all those notes which is probably due to your expertise and also the quality of the composition. I’m looking forward to trying this one.

    • lucasai says:

      If you like Warszawa you might like L’âme Perdue. It’s really complex but feels younger than Puredistance.

      • Holly says:

        I haven’t tried Warszawa yet, but I can understand what you’re saying about comparing this to the typical Puredistance profile which I feel skews quite mature.

        • lucasai says:

          You’re so right. Puredistance fragrances are all very refined but I also have the idea they are targeted at perfume lovers from a certain age (I would say some are 30+, or even 40+)

  4. hajusuuri says:

    This sounds wonderful. The comparison with Warzsawa makes me a little leery; however, despite this, I will definitely find a way to try it!

    • lucasai says:

      Thank you sweetie! You recently wrote you didn’t care for Puredistance Warszawa.
      Hopefully the fact that I thought L’Ame Perdue is much younger character will help!

  5. Undina says:

    Le Galion is one of the brands that do not inspire me. I don’t know why: other than huge bottles, I have absolutely nothing against the brand. But somehow I think of them as of “lesser” brands, niche wannabe. It won’t prevent me from trying any new perfumes from them if I come across them but I’m not tempted even by your review… Well, to tell you the truth, it doesn’t sound like you are really tempted by this perfume 😉

    • lucasai says:

      Oops, that’s an interesting remark from you. I also consider some brands as wannabes but Le Galion, especially that the brand was created before niche segment even existed, but they disappeared for decades before returning few years ago.
      I know 100 ml is huge, some time ago I saw their 50 ml bottles (don’t know why they are not available yet) and There is also chance for 10 ml travel sprays.
      But ok, I understand that you’re not tempted and that’s fine. Can’t love them all

      • Undina says:

        The thing is: there is not much to the original brand other than the name and several perfumes recreated «based on original formula.» The company was sold, died and a couple of years ago re-launched by somebody who decided to cash out on the historical name instead of creating a completely new niche company. I nlike situations where somebody creates a new company or brings back to life the brand created by a family member, in this case cynical me can’t even imagine that it’s done because of love to perfumes. Not that there is anything wrong with this business model but when someone wants just to make money on me, I become very demanding. So once they release smaller bottles, I’ll consider testing them 😉

  6. rickyrebarco says:

    This one sounds very lovely. Florals and spice, a great combination. This is not a brand I have tried before but I will definitely sample this one. Thanks for a beautiful review!

  7. Natalia says:

    I can already smell this beauty from Rodrigo. Beautiful!

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