Parfumerie Generale has launched two new fragrances, Felanilla and Drama Nuuï:
No. 21, Felanilla: (shown) ~ a soft, spicy oriental; "Ferociously luxurious. A feline Vanilla on the coat of Iris and Saffron". With notes of vanilla, saffron, iris, banana wood, hay and amber. Available in 50 and 100 ml Eau de Parfum.
No. 23, Drama Nuuï: ~ a woody floral; "Bitter jasmine with a fusion of Absinthe highlights". Notes are listed as "bitter Jasminade, absinthe, woods infused with spices, musk...". Available in 50 and 100 ml Eau de Toilette.
(via parfumerie-generale) Update: see a review of Parfumerie Generale Felanilla.
Other recent launches from Parfumerie Generale: No. 19 Louanges Profanes, L'Eau Guerrière.
Well, I just managed to hit Les Senteurs as they were unpacking these from their box to put out! Felanilla was not very nice – think vanilla poured on hay which has been allowed to ferment. We're not talking manure here, but you sense that the process of corruption has begun. Drama Nuii on the other hand was pretty, though much more interesting on card (and probably on other people's skin!) than my skin. On card it was a beautifully balanced green jasmine – like a much softer, less in-your-face, more floral and vaguely spicy Bois Blond. Based on the card performance, I thought it might even be FBW, but was quite disappointed on first trying it on skin, as I amplified the jasmine note to the exclusion of pretty much everything else. It never became heady or too much for me, ie still understated as jasmine goes on my skin, but it wasn't memorable, sadly.
However, based on the card I would say do go out there and try this one – it felt like a modern, quite different take on jasmine, and it would make a sophisticated and distinctive day scent on the right skin!
V, thanks for the detailed descriptions! I am now perversely wanting to try Felanilla — that sounds weird, and hopefully will get to try them both.
Marina reviewed them recently on PST:
Felanilla sounds sniff-worthy (I'm a sucker for hay, what with all my farm memories; plus, I mean, iris). However, jasmine hasn't done anything for me yet and I'm not holding my breath.
I completely agree with Marina on the Drama Nuui, which I must make an effort to spell correctly. It was everything she says on card and while still pleasant on my skin, much of the fine nuances had been lost. If this could smell on my skin as it does on hers, I would be smitten too – it absolutely feels different from a certain subset of the PGs (not heavy/spicy/sticky), and indeed feels different from most jasmine frags. It really has a 21st century edge if I could put it that way. And given how I amp up jasmine, the fact that I am not running scared as I am with things like Jasmin de Nuit by TDC, is a pretty big plus.
Her review of Felanilla contains the telling terms “animalic” and “cat”. I see no reference to the “c” word as such, but I am not at all surprised it isn't my thing… I nearly knocked out myself out the other day with YSL Y and Rochas Femme. Ethereal – even bland – jasmine is much more me!
In case it wasn't clear, that's “c” word as in “extract of cat”…
No worries, I knew what you meant!
Ah, but never say never! Jasmine may get you yet one day.
I really wish it wouldn't; God knows I'm gonna be paying through the nose because iris got it's claws into me!
Of course I would use the wrong “its.” Dx
I saw Marina's review the other day and she made Drama Nuui sound pretty delish, even for a guy (jasmine is pretty dang nice, even if I'm a little scared of wearing it in public). It might be on my to-sniff list, even though both these asinine names might be really tough for anyone to remember.
They did both sound very enticing, esp. the Drama one. What does “Nuui” mean, anyway??
It is true, it is enough to have to buy up every iris perfume that comes out, LOL — who needs more notes you have to follow?
I want to try no. 21 please! I actually think Perfumerie Generale's scent are long lasting frags. I actually wore Tubereuse Couture to my friends b-day party and it lasted and lasted for hours… and smelled good too…
That's the scary thing about needing to know everything there is to know: your money finds more ways to fly from your wallet.
“Ferociously luxurious.” Love that. But I don't know, Felanilla sounds close to cat pee + vanilla = just no.
It is, it is!
Yes, they mostly are very long lasting.
Hey, but that's Jicky!
PG never fails to intrigue! Seeing as I love both jasmine and absinthe scents, Drama Nuui sounds like a must-try. Thanks for posting about these!
Haha! – it is a bit. No lavender, mind…