Launched in 2005, Songes, which means ‘dreams’, was inspired by Camille Goutal’s honeymoon on the island of Mauritius. During an evening walk in a garden she was taken by then the intoxicating and exotic scent of white flowers at dusk.
Now, I’m not a blind fool for the ‘great whites’ - gardenia, tuberose and jasmine. They can be big and overpowering, so I’m fussy about them – they have to be done right or they put me off.
Which brings me to Songes.
I must confess, the first time I smelled it, I was, well, underwhelmed. And yet, I kept coming back to Songes and I realised that I didn’t want to go home without it.
The first thing I always smell when I spritz Songes on my skin is the smell of a tropical summer from the frangipani, tiare and jasmine. So embedded is this scent memory that I can’t really separate the notes, so I don’t. I just enjoy them – their rich opulent fleshiness awakening and arousing scent memories from so many different points in my past.
These whites are big girls and if they aren’t handled just right, they can run roughshod over the whole frag. Frankincense tempers them at the heart, giving Songes a resinous depth and darkness, while French vanilla sweetens them up a bit, toning down the indolic aspect while getting the best out of it and adding a velvety creaminess. Copahu balm gives it a balsmay, camphourous note tricks my nose into smelling tuberose which always makes me smile. Ylang-ylang bolsters the presence of the white florals right to the woody base where vetiver and amber cut through their richness and styrax adds a note of creamy vanilla.
Songes contains some pretty heavy, opulent notes, but the fragrance, especially the EdT doesn’t wear heavy. It wears rich, warm, sultry and at the same time, tender, delicate and feminine. It is the smell of summer dreams on your skin.
Notes: frangipani, tiare flower, Sambac jasmine, frankincense, French vanilla, copahu balm, ylang-ylang, vetiver, sandalwood, amber, styrax
Parfumeurs: Camille Goutal and Isabelle Doyen