The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.

Cinabre by Maria Candida Gentile


cinabre__24845.1351202726.345.400WHAT I SMELL:  Hatchi-matchi…Cinabre opens with a dirty peppered gingered-rose.  The ginger really stands out  in center stage while the rose sits quietly in the back.  It’s loud and it’s strong and smells like a heavy petroleum.  I know this sounds bad, but it’s not.   The rose starts to come to the forefront after a short while.  It’s a dirty rose, one that isn’t fresh but one that’s thick and ready to mold off of the vine, almost as if it’s liquifying.  I can’t say that I like it and there’s something almost repulsive about it;  but it keeps drawing me back in.  After a bit Cinabre bring forth a resinous sweetness which radiates and cuts out some of the dirt, but the fragrance continues to retain its earthy living state and still remains shockingly large.  Finally, the dirt get whisked away and Cinabre moves into a phase that is slightly powdered and very sweetened rose of which the sweetness is sickening if you bring your arm to your nose.  In other words, at this point Cinabre is best from a distance.  Finally, the fragrance mellows into a lightly sweet vanilla rose, tinged with a hint of opoponax.

Cinabre Notes:

Ginger, black pepper, rose baies, Splendens rose, Morroccan rose, benzoin, vanilla, opoponax.

downtownlapenitaWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  A working mexican village.  So what does that mean?  The combination of and smells of food, dirt, and flowers in the hot sun.  It’s alive and earthy and the smells are sometimes beautiful and yet sometimes can be too thick with real life.  After the heat of the day settles down, the sweeter smells of the town make their appearance.


WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT CINABRE:  Scent for Thought, Perfume Shrine, Make Perfume Not War

BOTTOM LINE:  Cinabre is one of the more interesting fragrances that I have sniffed in a long time.  I can say that I actually quite like it but a little goes a long way and if they offered it in a 10ml offering I would probably pick up a bottle.

  • Bone Rating: 3.5 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent: Oriental
  • Classification: Unisex more at the opening – more feminine in the drydown.
  • Expense: $185 for 100ml EdP, currently offered as a May 2013 Olfactif offering

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

18 thoughts on “Cinabre by Maria Candida Gentile

  1. Sounds interesting Mr. Hound. Will have to check if someone in Poland carries this brand.


  2. Great review Mr Hound! Who can resist trying a scent that smells like a working Mexican village? I think there is definitely room for fragrance that smells interesting and conjures up pictures in our heads, even if we don’t want to actually smell like that!

    I feel like this about Serge Lutens Daim Blonde. It reminds me of school corridors. I don’t want to buy it, but it keeps pulling me back. Can’t explain it.

    It’s mysterious stuff this perfume lark, eh?

    best wishes


  3. Thank you for the mention! This is such an odd fragrance and you have described it very well. I hadn’t noticed the petroleum but in retrospect, you’re absolutely right, and it is one of the more pleasant notes.


  4. I would love it if perfumers offered 10 ml bottles! Interesting review Mr. Hound….I like that her offerings are all natural!


  5. As far as reviews for a scent that I do not plan to try go, I enjoyed this one 🙂 And yes, all brands should offer 5-10-15 ml options!


  6. A working Mexican village? Brilliant!

    Sometimes I think that when you get to smelling a lot of stuff, what would have once been repellent to you just becomes interesting and then you appreciate it because it doesn’t small like anything else. This sounds like one of those.


  7. This one is really special and dark – it recreates the Ayrshire rose Splendens, an ancient rose well known for having exquisite and extremely rare notes of myrrh. I’m not fan of rose perfumes but this deserves to be said it is mystirious.
    You can actually buy 15 ml travel size on their web site for 25 EUR or less, because it is on sale ;-).


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