The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective

Luberon by Maria Candida Gentile

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LuberonWHAT I SMELL:  Luberon opens with a deep and earthy lavender bouquet.  It starts off a bit dry, but then it is met with a light mint which sweetens and moistens the fragrance.  It’s surprisingly refreshing but warm at the same time.  After around 20 minutes or so, there’s almost a light layer of caramel or honey on top of the mint .   After a bit more, the oakmoss starts to make its appearance, which then brings out a bit of dryness to make Luberon slightly powdered.  Funny, after a while, the drydown reminds me somewhat of vintage Miss Dior.  In the end, Luberon retreats to a lovely subtle dry and earthy powdered light lavender.

From the Maria Candida Gentile website:

Luberon is a composition which comes directly from the natural valleys of the south of France in spring.  It carries the gently relaxing and comforting scents of this beautiful and happy region, the Luberon.  The delicate fresh herbs are blended with an oak musk.

Top note:  Mediterranean lavender

Heart note:  May Rose

Base note:  Oak Musk

provence lavenderWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  What I think Provence smells like…old, earthy, rural and beautiful.

THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE LUBERON:  comfortable, earthen, warm

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT LUBERON: Scent for Thought, Notable Scents

BOTTOM LINE:   Luberon is another solid fragrance from Maria Candida Gentile that in this case is not earth shattering, but clearly is a fragrance of quality.  My one regret that as a parfum extrait, the fragrance seems to disappear on me rather quickly.  However, I do notice that even though it vanishes, I do find traces of it still clinging to me in the morning.

  • Bone Rating: 3.5 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent:  Aromatic, Flower, Citrus
  • Nose:   Maria Candida Gentile
  • Classification:  Unisex
  • Expense:  $165 for 30ml Parfum Extrait

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

11 thoughts on “Luberon by Maria Candida Gentile

  1. I love lavender. I was cutting mine back today a bit and it smelled wonderful. Would this be a good bedtime scent? I’m one of those nutty people who actually does buy scents to wear to sleep.

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    • You’re not a nut, because I do the exact same thing. I typically like really feminine scents to lull me to sleep…this could be a nighttime scent, but for me it’s not really. I’ll bring you some at the end of the month and you can decide for yourself. I love it, but VP Kiki is still my first love.

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  2. I MUST try it! Sounds like my perfect type of lavender.

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  3. This sounds very appealing. Thank you for a couple3.5 lemmings 🙂

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  4. I have never tried any Maria Candida Gentile perfumes and this sounds like a perfect start!

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    • Haju – Maria Candida Gentile is going to be at Sniffapalooza and is supposed to be previewing two new fragrances. I really like her perfumes thus far and like the fact that she sells them in 15ml sizes. The only problem is that they’re not available in that size here in the US!! I need to talk to her about that!

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  5. If you are curious about the scent of the Provance, try L’Artisan Caligna! It’s very feminine and it gives another floral aspect…
    You’ve said it gives lavander, this one gives clary sage…tons of it! 🙂
    P.S. I was never wearing lavander scent… And I love the .com look! I will also switch very soon to wordpress 🙂 🙂

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