That vetiver is not my best friend is known by regular readers, I found some to like, but I do not seek them out. Sometimes though, a vetiver scent sneaks up on me, dressed as something else and takes me in. It would not need much effort for Pierre Guillaume, the man to take me in, and as it turns out, after sample after sample, it does not take his perfumes much effort to take me in either.
Cedre Sandaraque is another example of PG’s mastery in the gourmand genre. He makes everything delicious. Even vetiver.
Cédre Sandaraque was created as part of the Private Collection in 2005, notes include vetiver, African cedar, Sandarac resin, cereals and pralined amber.
Cedre Sandaraque opens very yummy – cereal grains, something nutty, not very sweet, indefinable but definitely delicious. Then there comes the vetiver, dry, reedy, cool and laced with that indescribable deliciousness, then the perfume gets woodier and drier still, the cedar and sandarac resin (a resin similar to frankincense, but less smoky) take over and shine for many hours, always shot through with that edible/nonedible je ne sais quoi that renders an otherwise dry and masculine wood accented perfume perfectly genderless and perfectly interesting.
Cedre Sandaraque smells first and foremost of wood, it feels like standing in a carpenters work room, sawdust on the floor, fresh and clean wood all around. Pinocchio would have chosen it as his signature scent, of that I am sure.
Cédre Sandaraque is reminiscent of Hermessence Vétiver Tonka in its combination of vetiver and gourmand notes. The difference is that in the Hermessence vetiver retains its character more, here in Cedre Sandaraque, vetiver is bent into a new angle. An angle I like very much.
One more woody-gourmand perfume that cements the fact for me, that Pierre Guillaume is a genius in that category. Also, as I might have mentioned once or twice in passing, he looks very good, even Pinocchio would agree. But that is not the point here at all, is it?