Getting To Know Phaedon: Reviews – Sable Marocain, Lentisque and Dhzari, Phaedon Paris

By Tara

Phaedon Paris is another “new to me” brand I found at Bloom perfumery in February. Originally established in 2011, the line was re-launched in 2013 under the helm of Pierre Guillaume of Parfumerie Générale and Huitieme Art fame. The collection has been expanded to 14 perfumes and now includes candles and home fragrances.

The compositions are mostly by guest perfumers although I’ve read that a couple have been done by M. Guillaume himself. The fragrances seek to take you on an olfactory journey through the Mediterranean and are described as smooth, refined, simple and linear. Below are mini reviews of the three I obtained samples of:

Sable Marocain

sable marocain

Sable Marocain (Moroccan Sand) was inspired by the Moroccan Fantasia which is an exhibition of traditional jousting on horseback performed during cultural festivals.

Notes include amber, labdanum, citruses, ginger, woody notes, cocoa, vetiver, guaiac wood and copahu balm.

The opening to Sable Marocain features a strong kick of sugar-coated amber. Very unusual but I’m not sure if it’s in a good way. Thankfully the ginger is not too strong – just a spicy warmth – and there is a suggestion of citrus peel. The cocoa is also underplayed which is a bit of a shame. A stronger chocolate note could have given this oriental a more distinctive character.

The beginning is nothing if not interesting but its development is less so. Once the sugar has evaporated, we’re left with labdanum laid over a green, murky vetiver and it now feels decidedly masculine. This is in keeping with the macho show of horsemanship that it is supposed to represent, but it’s not my thing at all. Matters improve later in the base which is pleasantly balsamic with a little smokiness.

Lentisque

lentisque

Lentisque is named after Pistacia Lentiscus, a shrub that grows widely throughout the Mediterranean. It has a very distinctive scent and produces a resin known as mastic.

It features notes of mastic, galbanum, labdanum, woody notes, vetiver and cedar.

Lentisque is chartreuse green, starting off zingy and invigorating. A good galbanum note is always welcomed by me and there’s lots of it in the opening. I’m not familiar with the smell of mastic but apparently it has facets of pine and cedar. I definitely get a pine note from Lentisque and luckily it’s like pine needles rather than air freshener.

The dry down retains the greenness but focuses more on a nicely fuzzy labdanum and woods. All in all, it’s not too sharp the way some greens can be, but it is rather thin and one dimensional. It lacks the sparkle of a green like Atelier Cologne’s Trefle Pur or the simple sophistication of Eau de Campagne by Sisley.

Dzhari

dzhari

Dzhari is named after a famous wind that blows through the Libyan Desert.

It features notes of Malaga wine, dates, cedar, cashmeran, sandalwood, tonka beans and accord of terracotta.

When I stuck this under the nose of Freddie from Smelly Thoughts, his instant reaction was “prune juice”. I have to say however, that this was the one I admired the the most of the three. To start with it does smell strongly like dates (or prunes) steeped in sweet wine. It’s not an accord that I find personally appealing but it is distinctive and well balanced, being not too heavy or too sweet.

Unfortunately this spicy, fruity, alcoholic stage fades to a whisper within just a couple of hours. It loses its potency and turns into a very light skin scent for the rest of the duration. However, it could be that the cashmeran musk takes over at this point and my nose can’t detect it.

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After spending some time with these fragrances, I couldn’t help but compare Phaedon with my recent experience of Arquiste. They are not badly done at all but the quality doesn’t shine through the way it does with the Arquiste perfumes. They also lack the excellent staying power and projection of that brand.

I can see PG is trying to make a virtue of simplicity but I crave complexity and I don’t feel inspired to explore the line further. To be fair, this may be in part because the three fragrances I tried all had a distinctly masculine feel to them and that is a style I don’t much care for.

Have you tried any of these fragrances? Are there other perfumes from Phaedon you would recommend?

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31 Responses to Getting To Know Phaedon: Reviews – Sable Marocain, Lentisque and Dhzari, Phaedon Paris

  1. Azar says:

    Hi Tara,
    I LOVE the roses and raspberries in Rouge Avignon. I am almost out of the thoughtful decant sent to my by a Raving Reporter who bakes cookies. Looks like I will have to buy my own bottle.
    Azar xx

    • Tara says:

      Azar, roses and raspberries sounds good to me. I will be sure to check out Rouge Avignon next time. Thanks for the tip.

      That Roving Reporter who bakes cookies is a thoughtful and generous soul!

  2. cookie queen says:

    I have and like Rouge Avignon, and was lucky enough to receive that as a gift. It is pretty powerful stuff, so I need to be in the right mood for it. Tabac Rouge seems to get good press, but it made me queasy. Have not tried the others, and don’t have plans to actively seek them out!! If they fall into my lap though …….. but not the masculine ones. Not my thing. xxx

    • Tara says:

      I think I was unlucky picking out the masculine ones because that’s not my thing either. Will definitely give Rouge Avignon and Tabac Rouge a sniff, albeit a cautious one!

  3. Sandra says:

    I really enjoy Rouge Avignon. I tried the original line and they were good and enjoyable.

    • Tara says:

      It’s great getting feedback like this because if you see the same name popping up like Rouge Avignon, you know there must be something in it! Thanks, Sandra.

  4. Parfumista says:

    Cotton Egyptien is a great green for summer, in the old bottle anyway.

    • Tara says:

      Hmm, that one is not in the new line-up at Bloom perfumery anyway. I wonder if it was dropped or they just don’t stock it. Shame, it sounds nice.

  5. rickyrebarco says:

    I really like this house. I have the lovely Rouge Avignon and have ordered Tabac Rouge, which is a gorgeous sweetish tobacco scent. It’s not as ‘loud’ as Lutens Chergui and it’s really soft and nice. Perfect for men and women. I like Sable Morocain also but it’s not FB worthy for me right now. Thanks for the great comments!

  6. fruwinther says:

    Haha, what a coincidence! I bought Lentisque quite recently- was looking for something fresh’ish, aromatic and greeny, and this was what I ended up with. I love it, and think it will be perfect for the months ahead. Other than that, I also love Rouge Avignon. It’s on my list….as are many things…

    • Tara says:

      Lentisque absolutely is green, fresh and aromatic so it certainly fits the bill. Enjoy wearing it.

      Oh that ever growing wish list… :)

  7. I love the bottles and the clean aesthetic Tara but I haven’t found one I want to splurge on yet. I like the Huitieme art collection better, they seem to resonate with me more. I smile when I spritz the Huitiemes.
    Portia xx

  8. Vanessa says:

    The only Phaedon scent I have tried was Coton Egyptien, which I found off-the-scale sharp and acidic to be truthful. Of the ones you feature in your reviews, I am intrigued about Lentisque and Dzhari, the latter because of its intriguing prune juice / date accord(!), and the former because I used to love Parfums 06130’s Lentisque, but my decant went bad. I am familiar with that very specific note of mastic, which is evocative of happy holidays in Corsica. Like you, though, I veer away from overly simple scents and masculine ones, so it could be I wouldn’t care for any of this trio! Thanks for featuring them though. ;)

  9. Lady Jane Grey says:

    In spite of your reviews being not entirely positive you made me curius about Phaedon. Strangely, I’ve never tried any of their creations.
    (And you know I sometimes enjoy masculine parfumes)

    • Tara says:

      Yes, they are definitely more your kind of thing than mine. I don’t know if you have them in Vienna but might be worth a sniff if you see them.

      • Lady Jane Grey says:

        I haven’t seen them in VIE yet, but I’m thinking about asking my MIL to grab some of them in France and bring them when she’s coming to Austria in two weeks… ;-)

  10. Undina says:

    The only perfume from Phaedon I’ve tried is Rue des Lilas. I enjoy wearing it from time to time (I bought a decant of it) but I don’t think it’ll become a bottle. I will try anything else from the brand if I come across those perfumes but I won’t be actively seeking them.

    • Tara says:

      Hi Undina

      Yes, I wouldn’t urge anyone to go out of their way to seek out the line but it might be worth checking out if you happen across it. Tabac Rouge and Rouge Avignon are the ones to go for if the feedback from this post is anything to go by – which I think it is!

  11. Natalie says:

    These really were not on my radar at all until reading your review and one on Portia’s blog today. Although I generally like PG, these don’t sound my speed. You do such a fair job of pointing out where they “fall down” from your perspective that I can feel pretty confident they won’t work for me – thank you! Will not rush out to try them. :)

  12. I must admit that I really struggle with Phaedon and PG in general. I’ve found a few I like in the PG and Huitieme Art ranges but none that blow me away. The Phaedon ones were all just a bit ‘meh’ to me.

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