To Eat Or Be Eaten – Review: Reminiscence Les Notes Gourmandes Do Ré And Mi Fà

Gourmands can be tricky. No one wants to smell like dessert. (Those who do, can skip this paragraph and go directly to the review).

Marla of PST once told me that a goat bit her wrist, where she had applied Mandorlo di Sicilia by Acqua di Parma /Blu Mediterraneo. I found that story hilarious, but it is always at the back of my mind as a warning: She who smells like food, is bound to be eaten.

A good gourmand scent is more than a food smell, I think we all agree on that. Guerlain and Parfumerie Générale are the houses of choice for me, when I get the craving for something sweet, but I recently found two lovely and affordable perfumes that satisfy my sweet tooth just as well.

The Les Notes Gourmands line includes four perfumes named after the Italian musical scale – do re mi fa sol la si do. The bottles tread the fine line between cute and kitsch, but on a good day, they fall on the side of cuteness for me.

I have tried the first two: Do Ré, an ode to Heliotope and Mi Fa, a song for Marshmallows.

Do Ré:

Do Ré was created in 2008 by Jacques Flori and includes notes of green notes, fig, heliotrope, almond, virginia cedarwood, sandalwood, patchouli, vanilla, tonka bean, benzoin, and musk.

Do Ré is all about heliotrope/almond. Sometimes, really all I want, is to smell a good almond note. My go-to perfumes in this department are Carner Tardes, Caron Farnesiana and Etro Heliotrope. It is the latter, that Do Ré most resembles.

A green tinged, not overly sweet, lovely confection reminiscent of marzipan, but fluffier and a lot greener and airier than one would imagine reading the notes list, Do Ré is not heavy at all. It is easily wearable with discreet sillage, and lasts for at least six hours on me.

It is often available on eBay or at discounters for a very good price.

Mi Fà:

Mi Fà, also a Jacques Flori creation, inlcudes notes of bergamot, tangerine, orange, almond, lavender, rosemary, peppermint, green notes, ozonic notes, neroli, petitgrain, black pepper, jasmine, tonka bean, vanilla, virginia cedarwood, patchouly, sandalwood, ambergris and musk.

Mi Fà is all about marshmallow and that is the truth. It is a sweet, but airy, spun sugar scent that somehow manages to evoke images of soft pink marshmallow clouds to bounce around in, without being overwhelming or cloying in the least. The fresh citrus top notes stay for a long time, diffusing the sweet rose-jasmine vanilla core into a gauzy and weightless affair.

Mi Fà has excellent staying power and moderate sillage. It is a lot classier than one would think, and it is really not only a perfume for the teenage set. I don’t feel even vaguely mutton-ish when wearing it.

By Kilian Love is very close in smell actually, so Mi Fà would be a vastly more affordable dupe.

The credit for discovering the line goes to Vanessa, who found the perfumes in Budapest and wrote about them, and my friend Florence, who generously shared samples with me. Thank you, Ladies!

Image source: reminiscence.fr, lesliesteinberg.com, sugar_rush confections via flickr.com
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35 Responses to To Eat Or Be Eaten – Review: Reminiscence Les Notes Gourmandes Do Ré And Mi Fà

  1. andreawilko says:

    Florence the lovely enabler, she also generously sent me some do re which I wore last night, I have to say I really enjoyed it and found myself internet shopping for some at a bargain price, sadly to no avail but I will keep trying as you never know when one might turn up.

  2. Guerlain and Parfumerie Générale really do create the best gourmands, although Mugler does a good job too, but I know you feel about them :P

    Mi Fà definitely sounds more delicious than Do Ré. How does it compare with Kilian’s Love?

  3. raab says:

    Thank you Birgit and Andrea for your kind words. Birgit, once more, you describe perfumes with notes and with the heart. It’s so true, I’m not crazy about gourmand perfumes and like Coco Chanel used to say ” a woman must not smell food”, but, here, we have got a particular line, very sweet, gourmand but never, never heady and never heavy (it’s the queen of headaches who speaks!).
    Do Ré allows me to enjoy my love for almond without being sick or smelling like a baby girl.
    Mi Fa, as you say, is more than a teenage perfume, it’s more mature and is wearable by every woman.
    Anyway, I think, you all want, sometimes, to smell like those perfumes and with Réminiscence line, we can do it without being sick of sugar……
    Candy Perfume Boy, I don’t like By Killian because they don’t last on me and because, each one is the twin of a perfume I know, well I love Love’s smell and Mi Fa is quite the same, like Birgit wrote.
    Bon appétit!!!

    • Olfactoria says:

      Thank you, Florence, for your lovely comment and for the samples you sent!
      I totally agree, with you, this line is lovely and uncomplicated, very wearable and still sophisticated (well, apart from the bottle. ;) )

  4. lady jane grey says:

    I have a weekness for almond scents, but somehow Do Ré wasn’t almond on me at all. I won’t give up though, will retry it again. I have a sample of Mi Fá and today will be a good day for thorough test (although I’m not sure I want to smell like marshmallow…)

  5. Alexandra says:

    I am still a little wary of gourmands, but as vanilla is a favourite note (when handled well…) it’s an area I enjoy testing. I just tend to find that when a gourmand goes wrong it really does go wrong – Musc Moari I am talking to you.

    These have definitely provoked my curiosity: against all expectations I keep returning to my sample of BK Love and a more affordable option might be one solution. Then I like the idea of almond as a note (I have only just discovered that I love marzipan!), but have yet to find the right version, maybe this is it?!

    The bottles are the epitome of kitsch, I’m not sure how they will look alongside my precious bell jars!

    • Olfactoria says:

      Haha, I agree, those bottles do not make a good figure next to the sacred bell jars or sleek Chanels. I bury my own green Do Ré bottle unceremoniously in a drawer, not deeming it worthy to stand in the company of chicer fare. :)
      But when it comes to the juice, it can stand up right next to those favorites.

  6. masha7 says:

    Hee, hee! You brought back funny memories for me of my neighbor’s goat, Dupin! I love a good marshmallow scent. Tauer’s Pentachords White is my current favorite, how does this compare with that, if you’ve tried it? My favorite almond/vanilla is Strenesse, which Marina of PST alerted me to.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Dupin – what a great name for a goat! It must have been a quite sophisticated goat, as evidenced by its good taste.

      I find Pentachords White very stark and unemotional, but I have only tried it once, so that is just a first impression (and those are absolutely not to be trusted with me). Thanks for the Strenesse tip.

      • masha7 says:

        Actually, a “stark and unemotional” marshmallow is a good summary of White. I called it a “fluffy cloud alien”. That’s probably why I like it, the weird contrast of what should be soft and mumsy with the steel robot underneath! Strenesse works very well on me, though on a few friends, it veered into screechy-sweet. If it works with your chemistry, it’s gorgeous- I get lots of compliments when I wear it.

  7. Parfumesse says:

    These two scents have been haunting me since Florence spoke so highly of them and of course I’m a sucker for heliotrope.I do own Etro heliotrope and also Kilian Love,now would it be silly to seek these two? I mean if they are that similar,Id rather save my money for another..(there is always another) :-D

    • Olfactoria says:

      Suny, if you have those two already, I think you’ll be set. They are not identical of course, but close enough to be satisfied with either. And you are so right – there is always another… :)

  8. tara says:

    Vanessa did a good job sniffing this line out!

    Mi Fa sounds great for a sweet fix at a good price and I love that marshmallow cake!

  9. chris says:

    Have you tried yet Anima Dulcis by Arquiste ?.

  10. flittersniffer says:

    Lovely review and that cake looks most *ent-icing!*

    You have lit upon my two favourites of the line (least was yellow, second least mauve), and I agree with your assessment, especially the non-muttonish character of Mi-Fa – which seems so counter to the notes and general style, but is nevertheless so!

    And Do Re is indeed green and airy and not too almondy in my book. As almond as I can comfortably go, and no further. (I think we may also have discussed this when you posted about your bargain bottle a while back.) And this is probably as late as I can comfortably go and still function tomorrow – or maybe later. Why, you’ll be getting up in an hour and a half and we both live in Europe, hehe!

  11. deeHowe says:

    I’ve been loving By Kilian Love since my little discovery kit arrived, and a more affordable version would be great! Alas, there are none available now… But that’s what eBay alerts are for! ;)

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