I don’t miss summer months yet, especially that we currently have even 15°C during the day which didn’t happen in November over last century or so. But due to reversing time by 1 hour few weeks ago the sun sets so early. It’s only a matter of couple of days until it’ll be down before I leave from work – just a though of that is a bit depressing. If something can keep my spirits high it’s tea, cinnamon cookies and perfume of course. My recent issue is that I didn’t bring that many samples from Pitti. I need more blog-worthy material. Good that Pierre Guillaume doesn’t disappoint.
To my nose Jasmagonda opens with tart juiciness of an apple. Crispy & crunchy facets of apple create a delicious symphony of intertwining flavors. At the beginning I have an impression of freshly cut fruit ‘dressed’ in green peel but after a couple of minutes it starts to blush – red color appears on our apple and at the same time a timid sweetness appears. Followed by acidic facets introduced by bergamot & grapefruit the perfume now gains a contrast of tastes. It’s mouth-watering in multiple ways, not to mention that apple slices dipped in citric juice sound like an apple pie baking tip.
After around 20 minutes the scent becomes noticeably more watery. Dilution of Jasmagonda is an effect of aquatic notes which are a part of this composition. Its smell turns more transparent and gains more clarity. Personally I detect a marine breeze with faint salty algae floating in the background. At this point Jasmagonda sure takes more of an airy approach. Floral nuances of jasmine form an element of surprise since it feels very pure and translucent. It’s like white-tinged sunny brightness. A lightweight, innocent jasmine staying very far from its indolic self.
Such nature of jasmine in Pierre Guillaume Jasmagonda finds its explanation later on – that is when magnolia joins the composition. Through this flower we remain in the same narrative. Silky petals that marry together watery, floral and citrusy properties serve as a great continuation of jasmine that is so white and delicate as snowflakes. In addition to that the perfume also develops a verdant facet that smells like flower stems and reminds me of the way it smells inside of flower shops. This whole feeling of white becomes more creamy over time and some heaviness is added.
It happens because of tonka bean – it makes floral tones creamy, almost milky with some added sweetness and facets of subdued, warm spiciness braided with aromatic properties. It’s the smell of comfort & safety. Cedar is responsible for bringing more substantivity but to be honest I didn’t notice that it made any big impact on Jasmagonda. Vanilla on the contrary – it enhances the comforting feeling of tonka by adding warm, buttery sweetness. Once it combines with woody/grassy vetiver I get an impression of a woody pudding. A concoction of sweet & wood notes that go well together.
I was intrigued by this new fragrance made by Pierre Guillaume. On one hand it evokes memories of the past Summer but on the other hand it offers the warmth of a scent that I’m happy to wear in the Autumn. I guess it fits both of these seasons in a specific way. Jasmagonda lasts for a good amount of time and has moderate intensity. After recently launched Komorebi this is another scent to join Collection Rework. Numbered as 23.1, Jasmagonda is an alteration of Drama Nuui from 2008. This new eau de parfum is available in 50 ml and 100 ml bottles (with now updated label-stamp look).