The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective

George Sand by Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier

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The weather today was actually decent today, so after going for a long walk and then tending to the yard, we took out the convertible and headed into Washington DC.  Every now and then I lament the fact that when we moved to this area we purchased a house in Virginia instead of the District of Columbia.  DC is progressive and liberal.  Virginia is conservative and Southern.  We may only live 3 miles to DC, but the laws and politics are diametrically different.  In any case, I wanted to go check out some townhomes in the upper NW side of the city.  The townhomes are right off Rock Creek Parkway so it seems that you are in the country in the middle of the city.  In fact, when we were at one of the open houses, we walked out to the car only to be greeted by 4 deer grazing across the street.  So these townhomes were built in the 1970s and were designed for entertaining and adults in mind. Beautiful neighborhood, beautiful home that needed a little updating.  But I could imagine the wonderful parties and entertaining one could do.  Which leads me to George Sand by  Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier.  It was the perfect fragrance to wear for such elegant surroundings.

WHAT I SMELL:  George Sand opens with a flash of lemon and bergemot, but you can’t barely blink before the patchouli comes out with the amber.  Whenever I see patchouli as a note in a fragrance, I typically will go running.  I have learned however, that patchouli doesn’t always mean hippieish.  This is definitely one of those cases in which the patchouli and the warm amber and musk meld to make for an incredibly warm and luxurious and boldly feminine fragrance without being girly-girl.  George Sand is a fragrance that changes with your body temperature, one minute seemingly strong and musky, the other vaporishly spicy.  I also find that this fragrance hugs close to the skin and with dabbing on it seems average in sillage.  But I have the feeling that if this were to be sprayed on the sillage would be substantial.

George Sand Notes:  lemon, bergamot, patchouli, rose, amber, musk, Mysore sandalwood, spices

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  This fragrance is a limited edition as part of Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier’s collection of fragrances dedicated to remarkable and influential French people, who marked the 19th century with their high class scandals.  George Sand was an aristocratic writer who had a penchant for speaking her mind and wearing men’s clothes.  Very much a woman ahead of her time.  The funny thing is, I find this fragrance incredibly elegant and very proper. George Sand should be worn at the opera and at the ball in full gown attire.  What drew me to this fragrance is that I thought it would be a bit masculine; it’s not, but I can see men wearing it easily.  I really love this fragrance and could see myself wearing this often.

THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE GEORGE SAND:  warm, elegant, haunting

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT GEORGE SAND: The Scented Salamander, Nero Profumo, Scenteur7

BOTTOM LINE:  I’m in love.  The more I wear this fragrance, the more I am enraptured by its incredible beauty.  Unfortunately I don’t believe my words give this fragrance justice.

  • Bone Rating: 5 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent: Oriental Woody
  • Classification: Feminine
  • Nose:  Nicolas de Barry
  • Expense: Approximately $120 for 70ml EdP

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

18 thoughts on “George Sand by Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier

  1. Sounds very dashing – I’ve never heard of this, I really must explore this line more..
    It sounds very classic 🙂
    Oh and you still must try Intrigant Patchouli by Parfumerie Generale if you haven’t already. I think you’ll really like it, or I could be completely wrong 🙂

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    • I looked for it when I went to the beach, but it was one of the PGs that they didn’t carry. Yes, I want this bad, but it seems like all places are out of stock since this is a limited edition and it came out years ago ;(

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      • Uhoh – I guess I’ll have to send you some!
        Owwww, that really sucks – how did you get your sample then?
        I’m sure you’ll hunt it down 🙂 it is wierd though – didn’t know this range of MPeG existed.

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  2. I’ve never heard about this one. When it comes to patchouli I’m always very careful. It’s one of my difficult notes and as for now I said no to so many

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    • I’m with you, Patchouli can be rough, but if treated right can be really beautiful as in this case. Thanks for stopping by!

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      • Would you mind sharing with me which patchouli worked for you?
        At the moment the only wearable for me is Mon Parfum Cheri, par Camille by AG. There’s ton of patchouli but it smells like iris

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        • I really like L’Ombre Fauve by PG.. again, this had some amber and musk which I think warms the patchouli. Some people either love Musc Kublai Khan by S. Lutens… I waffled on that one. Freddie from Smellythoughts keeps raving about Intrigant Patchouli from PG, but I haven’t tested that as of yet. It’s fun exploring though. Don’t hesitate trying a fragrance with it!

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  3. I have a sample of this perfume so I should try it again soon. When I tested it once I remember liking it but not loving. I’ll try again.

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  4. I really enjoyed the trip into DC AND a visit with George Sand. Any perfume that is “Haunting” gets my attention. Lovely post.

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  5. This sounds like an original perfume and an original idea. I never read George Sand, but she’s on the list.

    It’s good to see another DC area perfume blogger. I’m from Bethesda.

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    • Joan!!! So glad you stopped by. I just checked out your blog. Love it. I’m happy there are some other parfumistas in the DC area. We need to talk offline about local perfume groups, etc. As for George Sand, it’s quickly becoming my obsession as I can’t find it anywhere, limited release, etc. I don’t like being told I can’t have something I want!

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