Esquel is a town in Patagonia, Argentinia, in 1951 a meteorite was discovered there, which brings Esquel into the fold of the Shooting Stars Collection, by our favorite bottle beauty contest losers, Xerjoff.
Esquel is an interesting perfume. It opens like a classic cologne, fresh, bracing. Bergamot and lavender give their best to act like a wake up call and a soft iris in concert with a barely there peppery rose, enforce the idea, you get at first, that this is indeed a cologne style scent. And just as you expect it to vanish into nothing but a memory as so many colognes are wont to do, it transforms into a rich and warm woody perfume, you never thought was in there. This striking base is longlasting and simply beautiful.
Like a second, different fragrance, Esquel – the Drydown, is what I really like.
The woody base really reminds me of something Pierre Guillaume could have created, an almost gourmand vanilla-sandalwood creaminess, with patchouli accents, this is quite up my alley. I am reminded of Cadjmeré and Cedre Sandaraque, as well as a stronger, more emphatic version of Estée Lauder Sensuous.
The herbal whiff of high quality lavender stays for some time, even after the bracing Esquel – Part 1 has long since faded, but eventually it goes away too, leaving the smooth, really smooth and creamy wooden base. Color me impressed.
So is this bottle going to grace my unmatchingly bland bathroom? No, but not because I don’t like it, but for the simple reason that, surprise two in one package aside, more economic variants of woody gourmand already have their place in my collection.
That said – a great perfume indeed.
And all without going to the trouble of Versace-ing my home.