I love gourmande scents. This is a very unusual scent. Kind of vanilla and heliotrope with some gentle floral coming through. Not something I would normally buy. I tried it on in the nicolai shop in paris and left. It stayed really nicely on my skin and actually melted well into a very sophisticated and complex but easy blend. Love it. For those of you wishing to try something a little bit complex but still in the gourmande family.
I love Beige by Chanel, so I bought another decant of it from Posh Peasant. While I was there, I picked up Kiss me Tender and KM's Datura Noir. When I got the package, one had minimally leaked....but I could not, for the life of me, decipher which one it was.....because all three are extremely similar.
KIss me Tender's notes are listed as aniseed, vanilla, almond and fresh cut hay. When I first sprayed this, I could swear it had lilac in it as well, as it seemed like the love child between Beige and Stila Creme Bouquet. 30 minutes later the lilac had faded and it was...Beige with a touch of PdN SacreBleu lite. The almond and hay combine to create a lovely, heliotrope-like scent that is enhanced by the aniseed, on a bed of the clearly PdN vanilla. This is a great, well-behaved scent and if you love Beige this is a great choice for you. It's a little 'lighter' than Beige and is a great summer evening scent.
I would actually use a full bottle of this, but for the price will have to settle for decants.
The person before me broke it down really well, so I will just add that this smells like love to me.
Notes: heliotrope, vanilla, anise seeds, almonds, fresh hay, orange blossom, jasmine, ylang ylang, cloves, cinnamon, woody and musky notes.
This fragrance opens with ylang-ylang enhanced by heliotrope. A third note, slightly vegetal-watery, balances the first two notes: it underlines the floral aspects of the accord and keeps the sweetness in check. Without this last component the whole composition would have definitely been undoubtedly cloying. This mix of vegetal-watery and vanilla-sugary reminds me of Vanille Galante - although the Hermessence is much more sophisticated and aqueous than this offering.
Roughly half an hour after application, the floral and the gourmand accords merge into one, forming the olfactory image of marshmallow. I see vanilla, powdered sugar and almonds - spices and woodsy notes contrast them, thereby balancing the marshmallow accord. If I were to name a colour representing this scent it would be a swirl of pastel pink and ivory. What I truly like about this scent is the adept use of heliotrope: it is well-dosed not to overpower the other notes and it does not remind me of plasticine like Etro's Heliotrope. Kiss Me Tender is a comfort scent for the evening, the equivalent of a cozy oversize cashmere sweater. Lasts more than 6 hours on my skin.