For the longest time I owned only one PG perfume, Felanilla, and was perfectly happy with that status. But all of a sudden – that is how it is with us Perfumistas -I got a craving for all things PG (the man as well the line, although I have more success getting my hands on the perfumes 😉 ) and samples were sought out like crazy. Thankfully my sample box yielded many treasures, a lot due to the lovely Dee, a fan of the line, but also many from swaps or shops.
To start we took a look at the two newest releases Tonkamande and Praliné de Santal recently, and for the sake of full disclosure I will admit that in a birthday related buying frenzy, both of these are finding a home at my house now. Yes, I am weak and yes, I did as I forbade myself to do, but I stand behind it. Sometimes only perfume shopping will do. 🙂
But this is a review about Cadjmeré, so let’s quickly move on to that:
Created in 2007 by Pierre Guillaume, Cadjmeré is part of the numbered collection, N°18 to be exact. It includes notes of myrtle branch, sap, red tangerine, rosewood, Kenyan cypress resin, coconut milk, sandalwood bark, ambrette seed and vanilla.
Cadjmeré is one of those fragrances where reading the notes list makes me salivate already, which is usually a recipe for disaster as I set myself up for disappointment. Luckily not in this case.
Cadjmeré starts fresh and herbal, but almost immediately the star of the show – wood, soft wood – peeks through. The heart of sandalwood (what does PG do with Sandalwood? He is the master of this material!) and rosewood is smooth, soft, malleable and deeply, deeply elegant. Imagine a very old piece of carved wood, smoothed over by thousands of hands, touched and caressed into something infinitely softer than you would imagine wood ever capable of being. That is how Cadjmeré smells. Its drydown is softly musky and sweet, but not too much. Maybe it is the coconut milk in combination with the woods that make Cadjmeré at once distinctive and strangely familiar.