I love Guerlain, I love gourmands, I love the L’Art et la Matière line, so Tonka Impériale was a slam-dunk for me. One of those rare perfumes you know you will love just by reading about them.
Tonka Impériale was created by Thierry Wasser in 2010 and includes notes of bergamot, rosemary, tonka bean, honey, spices, almond, jasmine, vanilla, cedar, pine, incense, tobacco and amber.
Tonka Impèriale starts with a subtle sparkle of citrus and rosemary before it fully falls into the warm soft blanket of almost tangible sweetness. On my skin the honey plays a prominent role once more (like here), but it is balanced well by tobacco and spicy amber. On me Tonka Impèriale does not change very dramatically, it is rather linear in its development, sillage is a little above average especially in the first hour, and it wears for at least 6-8 hours on me.
Tonka Impèriale is the ultimate security blanket. Soft, worn-in, a little faded, cosy, warm and fuzzy, Tonka Impèriale gives protection from the harsh world, feels like an additional layer of secure familiarity. It smells like everything and nothing, at once familiar and satisfyingly surprising, it is just there for you whenever you reach for it.
You might reach for it, because you are cold – it warms you. You might reach for it because you feel insecure – it strengthens you. You might reach for it because you feel lonely and sad – it gives you comfort. You might reach for it because you just want to smell really good – it does that too.
Tonka Impèriale is an olfactory band aid, it helps just by being there and doing what it does. Applying it makes it all better.