The opening of Querelle is really lovely and very understated. So understated that I almost felt like I had to bathe in the scent to get it to stick to my skin. Funny, it’s not until this is worn for a while that the scent actually comes to the surface. But let’s get back to the opening… Querelle opens with a mild citrus and black pepper spice. This would be considered a vetiver scent, but a vetiver without screaming “I am green!”. The citrus disappears quickly and you are left with a dryness which pushes out a mild incense. The incense, pepper and a bit of amber keep this fragrance in a place where few others go. What I mean is that at times it feels like a remote and distant scent, but at other times, it swirls around up to your nostrils with an engaging warmth. And every time you lift your wrists, you’ll note that you smell something a bit different. I really like fragrances that take you on a journey. Querelle is a different scent for me and I’m surprised that it falls into my lane of liking it. This scent feels masculine to me, but it is considered unisex. It hugs close to the skin, but had great longevity. I will be visiting this scent again!
Querelle Notes: citrus, Iranian black caraway, myrrh, cinnamon, Haitian vetiver, incense, oakmoss, ambergris
- Bone Rating: 3.5 out of 5 possible bones
- Scent: Spicy Oriental
- Classification: Unisex, but leans masculine
- Expense: $100 for 50ml EDP
June 5, 2012 at 8:21 am
I haven’t tried this one – to be honest it doesn’t sound like it would be like my sort of thing but interesting non the less.
That is the only probably with 50%+ of the Parfumerie Generale line – they are extremely close to the skin and some with terrible longevity. I was going to buy Praline et Santal for my partner as I absolutely love it but it lasts only an hour.
You still must try Intrigant Patchouli, if it’s not done soon I’ll be shipping you out a bit! Haha.
June 5, 2012 at 8:45 am
I haven’t ventured too far into the PG line. I always here such wonderful things about the fragrances and the fact that they are not cost prohibitive. I’ll keep trucking along. As for samples I need to get off my butt and send a bunch out to you as well!
June 5, 2012 at 3:09 pm
Lol! Well “Not cost prohibitive” is only the case when you’re a smart buyer. I made the stupid mistake of paying an extortianate price for my Intrigant Patchouli at Les Senteurs, before realising it was nearly £20 cheaper if I ordered from Luckyscent!! I was NOTE impressed! But I’ve learnt my lesson, and yes, they can be obtained cheaply enough.
They are a huge line, but absolutely wonderful in general – particularly in the field of gourmands (Musc Maori, Praline de Santal, Aomassai etc.). Get buying some samples!
Don’t worry about mine, I’ve been just as lazy recently too 😛