WHAT 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
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: Lady with a Fan by Spanish painter Diego Velázquez
THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE SIDERIS: dreamy, serious, classical
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
September 20, 2013 at 11:11 am
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.
October 30, 2013 at 5:10 am
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!
October 30, 2013 at 12:26 pm
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.
October 30, 2013 at 7:41 pm
The full line huh? Wow. I love Exultat too, but it’s so closely related to Sideris so I thought I didn’t need a bottle of that too!
September 20, 2013 at 11:27 am
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.
The Perfumed Dandy
September 20, 2013 at 5:49 pm
Mr. Dandy…so glad to see you back in circulation! I’m so glad that I could make you think about opening your wallet. Maybe I need to change professions and get into sales! 🙂
September 20, 2013 at 3:10 pm
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.:/
September 20, 2013 at 5:47 pm
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!
September 20, 2013 at 6:16 pm
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!
September 20, 2013 at 9:09 pm
Lemming away my dear. I’m going to go to bed tonight swimming in Sideris… ahhhhh!
September 21, 2013 at 12:38 am
Woo hoo! I predicted 4.5 bones and I was right. Like Undina said this is lemming worthy!
September 21, 2013 at 3:41 pm
H – Maria Candida Gentile is going to be at Sniffapalooza next month and is supposed to be introducing 2 new fragrances. I can’t wait. I just tried Exaltut and I have to say that I am digging her perfumes alot!
September 21, 2013 at 9:04 pm
Yay! I just hope I don’t get olfactory overload! See you there!!!
September 21, 2013 at 1:48 am
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.
September 21, 2013 at 3:42 pm
I just tried Exultat myself Portia. Sideris is a bit prettier, but in the end they are very similar.
September 21, 2013 at 7:41 pm
Aha! That is a shame, although you just saved my wallet Steve and I thank you.
September 21, 2013 at 9:09 am
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!
September 21, 2013 at 3:43 pm
Please do. They started selling her perfumes in 15ml sizes which is incredibly smart, but I don’t think they’re available yet in the US. I wish they would, that’s perfect!!!
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September 23, 2013 at 6:15 pm
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!
September 23, 2013 at 7:09 pm
I have so many missing in action samples around here too. I wonder what treasures I have buried and hidden. So does this mean that you loved Sideris as much as I do? Thanks for stopping by!
September 23, 2013 at 8:08 pm
Saffron + Dreamy = want!
September 24, 2013 at 5:30 am
I was lucky enough to get a bottle on eBay for 1/2 price with just 5% gone. I love bargains like that 🙂
September 24, 2013 at 4:30 am
I do. When my decant is finished it will be a full bottle for me!
September 24, 2013 at 5:31 am
September 27, 2013 at 8:23 am
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.
September 28, 2013 at 5:14 pm
I think Sideris is very easy to wear, at least in cool weather. I have a sample of Barry Lyndon and it’s not my favorite. I was expecting it to be a bit lighter than it is. As for the prices on these… very reasonable.
October 1, 2013 at 5:57 am
Good for you, I find it to heavy and reminds me a bit too much of church. So I’ll wear it on Christmas ;-).
September 30, 2013 at 6:00 pm
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!
October 1, 2013 at 4:54 pm
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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