Notes: Madonna lily, Jasmine Grandiflorum, Orris butter, Sandalwood Mysore
I am a Leo, and we lions go gaga for luxury. When I read that The Peradam contained real orris butter, Mysore sandalwood (sustainably harvested) and a rare extraction of Jasmine grandiflorum, I could not wait to get my paws on it.
It's a simple perfume in a way because (it would seem that) it's purpose is to showcase those three key ingredients. Imagine the scent of orris butter, pure jasmine and sandalwood individually, and then imagine them blended 1:1:1. That's what The Peradam smells like.
When it hits my skin, it smells like a glob of wet, starchy, gray chalk. The jasmine is equally intense, luminous, almost too sharp. These two ingredients blended together create an odd juxtaposition of dark and bright. I have never experienced them together so prominently, so at first it feels confusing and unfamiliar; uncharted territory for me.
Soon I begin to smell something faintly woody and smoky, like the scent of burnt wood that lingers in the air from a wood-burning stove. The perfume behaves like smoke too. It clings to things. For days after I sprayed the perfume on my wrists, I could smell that smoky note each time I walked past the spot in my room on which I was standing when I sprayed. It only smelled smoky, not like jasmine or orris, so it took a while to realize it was The Peradam. The smokiness is one of my favorite features of the perfume....after the orris butter.
Sometime in the drydown, the orris butter blooms. No longer is it the chalky, gray, arguably oppressive scent of which it started out. It softens, sweetens, and literally melts into an oily, creamy scent that resembles salted sweet cream butter. This is my very favorite part of the perfume's development [sound of clapping hands, with eyes bulging and tongue hanging out of mouth].
As the jasmine relaxes and mellows, the three key ingredients combine to create something more cohesive and familiar. The drydown smells like something I would describe as femme fatale, oozing with allure, stylish, modern-vintage and a little bit shabby-chic. The scent is a soft, plush, cozy, rounded, rich floral with a delicate sweetness that reminds me of violets. Very beautiful and addictive.
From my subjective standpoint the notes are: Jasmine, orris powder, sandalwood, smoke, wet paper, salted butter, suede, violet
The Paradam is a gorgeous perfume, not to be missed. This is one of those perfumes, like Tauer's masterpiece L'Air Du Desert Marocain, that every niche newbie or seasoned niche aficionado should at least sample, even if sheerly to experience the qualilty of the raw materials.
I purchased my bottle from Indigo Perfumery. It's $130 for a 50 ml bottle and $4 per sample.
>Perfumes that seem related: Hedonist Iris by Viktoria Minya, 28 La Pausa by Chanel and Angelique by Papillon Artisan Perfumes