Last year, a friend from India gave me a gift of a 12 ml bottle of Mysore sandalwood extrait, and every time I wear it I swoon — it's glorious, intense, almost smoky and certainly spooky (like a ghost, Mysore sandalwood is rarely encountered but when it is, you can't believe your nose). I'm not a snob and I'll take any real sandalwood I can get; Memo Quartier Latin is a sandalwood perfume that uses great-smelling Australian sandalwood.1
I've encountered all sorts of edible goodies that contain "perfume" ingredients of one sort or another. Fruit and spice flavors abound in all manner of cooking; jasmine, violet, lavender, orange blossom and rose scent syrups, ice creams, cakes, puddings and custards. I've enjoyed vetiver-flavored soda in Thailand, and I recently came across a shortbread recipe that calls for frankincense. Quartier Latin reminds me of an exotic, wood-flavored macaron; it has a sweet character and is a "dessert" you can indulge in all day.
Quartier Latin's macaron consists of a top layer gently scented with citrus-y cedar and a bottom layer flavored with coconut-y sandalwood...both layers contain sweet vanillic tonka bean. Between Quartier Latin's melt-in-your-mouth macaron layers there's a fresher-tasting gelée filling flavored with tongue-numbing cloves and lemon peel. The Quartier Latin macaron is topped with a milder clove and more intense tonka bean glaze (this would be your "aftertaste" or base notes).
All Quartier Latin's ingredients smell great (and expensive). Though the sandalwood-cedar notes seem on the sheer side, they are tenacious: they mingle, separate, fuse and then diffuse for hours. I got raves on Quartier Latin 12 hours after I applied just four sprays of the perfume. If you love sandalwood and cedar, try it.
1. Other listed notes: clove, cedar, tonka bean, amber accord.
Note: top right image of macarons via Wikimedia Commons.