WHAT I SMELL: Intoxicating is what the opening of Secrets du Paradis Rouge is as it’s sweet and lush with this incredible honeyed rich orange. It’s also waxy and thick, incredibly gourmand and head spinning pretty. The thickened orange like a sheen of wax paper feels like it’s covering the skin like a sheath. After a little while, the perfume begins to warm ever so slightly with an almond hue. The scent is delightful but at the same time has a very comforting and reassuring edge that makes you feel that all is right with the world. A lovely understated musk enters and the waxy begins to dry. The orange blossom sweetness makes way for a sweetened woody patchouli and vanilla. All combined, the experience is opulent and grand. The perfume dances between the orange and the amber with a radiance that burns brightly. This is a perfume that cannot help but be noticed, but it does so in the most benevolent manner. As the perfume continues it’s journey, the musk becomes more prominent, but still warmed by the benzoin and amber the fragrance continues to radiate a warmth and glow that makes this shimmer on into the night.
From the Jul et Mad website:
A timeless ode to the Orange Blossom, opening on a note of Neroli Absolut and sublimed by the freshness of the orange peel and the Davana essence. Scents of almond, honey and rose accompany us through the mysterious streets in the heart of the Medina.
The gates of a Secret Paradise open suddenly, unveiling a majestic Orange Blossom that blends perfectly with sensual notes of vanilla and Tonka beans; the whole, sustained by a perfectly balanced accord of benzoin, amber and musk.
Head : Orange, Mandarin, Davana, Neroli Marocco, Cloves
Heart: Orange Blossom Absolut, Damascus Rose, Bees Wax, Almond
Bottom: Patchouli, Timbersilk, Tonka Beans, Vanila, Benzoin, Amber, Musk
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE SECRETS DU PARADIS ROUGE: grand, gracious, sublime
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT SECRETS DU PARADIS ROUGE: Persefume
BOTTOM LINE: OK, I know that the inspiration of the perfume is the beauty of Marrekesh, but to me, it’s full on French court. The perfume is elegant, big and a bit over the top at the beginning, but in all parts, it’s just perfect. I would have to say that Secrets du Paradis Rouge is one of my favorite releases of the year!
- Bone Rating: 4.5 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent Floral
- Nose: Luca Maffei
- Classification: Unisex
- Expense: $175 for 50 ml parfum extrait
Sample provided by Jul et Mad. Opinion my own.