The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.

Sideris by Maria Candida Gentile


SiderisWHAT I SMELL:  Sideris opens with a deep warm breath of saffron, incense and myrrh.  It smells like it’s from another world; like it’s been around for ages only to reveal itself again.  Sideris sits in a haze.  You feel that it’s there, but somehow it exists in aura around you rather than directly on you.  Sideris takes its time to transform and when it does, it doesn’t do so in a dramatic fashion.  Everything is seamless and it mixes so perfectly that you can easily miss the differences; but they’re there.   After about 30 minutes, the light sweetness of the rose makes a rather subdued appearance in a manner that you barely notice.  To me this is not “rose,” but a veil of earthen rose shrouded by incense.  Sideris then becomes more creamy and yet woody which sounds contradictory, but trust me it’s not.  As Sideris continues to progress, the incense from the early stages starts to subside, and the benzoin starts to become prominent and along with the rose and sandalwood, the fragrance becomes a bit sweeter.  Sideris is a fragrance that I feel like I just can’t give enough justice to… It’s all too beautiful and sometimes words are just too hard to convey.

Notes from the Maria Candida Gentile website:

Top notes:  Incense, Cysts, Corsican Myrrh, White Pepper, Saffron

Heart notes:  Turkish Rose, Rose Ayrshire Splendens

Base notes:  Sandalwood, Benzoin, Waxed Woods

Sideris 429px-Diego_Velázquez_057WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Lady with a Fan by Spanish painter Diego Velázquez


WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT SIDERIS:  Scent for Thought, Cafleurebon, The Non-Blonde

BOTTOM LINE:   Sideris is unique and incredibly beautiful.  I’ve only been introduced to two of Maria Candida Gentile’s fragrances thus far, Cinabre and this.  I have the feeling I need to explore some more.

  • Bone Rating: 4.5 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent:  Aromatic Spicy
  • Nose:   Maria Candida Gentile
  • Classification:  Unisex
  • Expense:  $180 for 100ml EdP

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

32 thoughts on “Sideris by Maria Candida Gentile

  1. Well, I haven’t tried Sideris or Cinabre, but I did try Lady Day and Luberon both of which I loved. It was so hard to decide which one to buy first. I made the choice of Lady Day based on our weather and will definitely try Sideris when I go back to buy Luberon. Thanks for reviewing it.


    • Cymbaline – I have no idea how your comment got lost, but so sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I have to give Lady Day more of a try, I just managed to get a little whiff the other day. Please note that Maria Candida Gentile has two new fragrances out now, Noir Tropical and Finisterre. I hope to have some reviews out on them soon!


      • No worries😊
        Enjoyed your post on Sniffapalooza.
        I was surprised that I liked Lady Day enough to purchase a bottle. White florals aren’t usually my thing, but this one smelled more of “greenery”, and that is definitely my thing! I sent for the complete sample set after reading your post and have enjoyed them all, but Exultat is in the lead. Looking forward to trying the new releases – especially Finisterre.


  2. Dearest Hound
    But you did give it very fine words..’ ‘creamy wood’ ‘dreamy, serious, classical’.
    You’ve sold it to The Dandy.
    Incense and roses are an easy sell though as far as I’m concerned.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy


  3. I loved reading your review of Sideris. Earlier in the summer I was able to try several perfumes from this line at a local store and bought Lady Day – it went well with our beautiful sunny weather. It was really difficult to choose though, because I loved them all and will probably indulge in Luberon next just because lavender is one of my favorite notes. I’ll definitely retry Sideris and (unfortunately?) it’ll probably go the ‘must-have’ list.:/


    • Cymbaline – my must have list keeps growing (then shrinks because I invariably give in! Luberon sounds wonderful and I would like to give it a try too. Lavender is a comfort scent to me if done right. Although too much can be a bit boring. Let me know if you get a chance to test it out!


  4. Even though I’ve never been attracted to this brand your description of Sideris makes me want to test it. It’s a definite lemming!


  5. Woo hoo! I predicted 4.5 bones and I was right. Like Undina said this is lemming worthy!


  6. Heya Scented Hound,
    I love the line but only have Exultat, Jin and I tried a couple of others but were so in love with Exultat that we stopped sniffing. Thanks for reminding me to go and try some more.
    Portia xx


  7. Your reviews of this line really, really make me want to try it. I wish Surrender to Chance carried them, because I’m not one to order samples from Luckyscent for the most part. Still, I’m going to have to really hunt down Sideris, and possibly the cinnamon-rose-vanilla one that you reviewed a while back. Sideris sounds lovely!


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  9. How is it that I came across my decant of Sideris (that I forgot I had) just a few days ago? And now this wonderful review. Thank you!


  10. Saffron + Dreamy = want!


  11. I do. When my decant is finished it will be a full bottle for me!


  12. Sideris is a masterpiece from the opening to the bottom. It is not very easy to wear and of course man can’t get unnoticed. To me it smells like old church full of flowers and incense, with ancient pew full of wood wax or polish….
    My favorite from the line is Barry Lindon. I used the sample to the last drop and I’m seriously thinkink of buying some. The quality is superb and the price is normal.


  13. Well this just sounds friggin’ beaut Houndy! I’m not a big incense fan (on it’s own – or dominating), but mmmmm sounds good, glad you’re found a new love!


    • You know, I always surprise myself because I really haven’t considered myself a big incense fan as well, but I have to say between this, Incense Oud by Kilian, and Maria Candida Gentiles Exultat…I think I am changing my mind. Although, if it is an incense perfume it must have some other notes that are predominant for me to like it…. if it’s all incense, no thank you (e.g. Tom Ford Sahara Noir).


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