The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.

Gaiac by M. Micallef


WHAT I SMELL:  Goes on herbal and astringent to the skin.  It smells of bergamot and light jasmine and an almost brown sugar sweetness that’s slightly spiced by the clove.  Gaiac to me is a very different fragrance and I’m sure that I am smelling the gaiac wood, but I’m not familiar with what that smells like so I can’t say for sure, although as it starts to dry down a bit of sourness comes forth, almost oud like in its composition. Gaiac is a vetiver fragrance in its best form in that it’s not green, but more woody in its dryness.  After a good 45 minutes Gaiac completes its transformation and what you’re left with a sweet honeyed vanilla that is incredibly pleasant.

Gaiac Notes:  bergamot, jasmine, cloves, gaiac, vetiver, vanilla

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  A medieval forest tinged with sunlight.

THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE GAIAC:  ancient, otherworldly, sweetened

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT GAIAC:  I Smell Therefore I Am, Confessions of a Perfume Nerd, Nathan Branch

BOTTOM LINE:  This was a very pleasant surprise.  I could see this as a future full bottle purchase.  And if you’re not a big fan of vetivers like myself, this restores my faith in the vetiver note.

  • Bone Rating: 4 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent: Woody
  • Nose: Martine Micallef
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $90 for 30ml EdP

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

15 thoughts on “Gaiac by M. Micallef

  1. I haven’t tried anything from this line but always hear good things – the bottles are gross though 😦 This sounds pretty good – the clove note always scares me but I dunno why becuase I tend to get on with it now. The “sourness” got me excited haha. Nice write up Houndy!


  2. That’s so funny SmellyThoughts,
    I love the Micallef bottles, I think they are all really gorgeous and interesting. MMMMM Sounds like it smells amazing Hound, I have been 50/50 with the ones I’ve tried, adored half and can’t wear the other half.
    Portia xx


  3. A medieval forest tinged with sunlight…. That sounds wonderful really.


  4. I am feeling lemmingish. Again. Between you and Lucas….you are sending me to the poorhouse!


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