Perfume Review: Satellite Padparadscha
Padparadscha, the first fragrance launched by Satellite, a French jewellery line created by Sandrine Dulon, was named after the rare pink-orange sapphire, a symbol of purity. It is a spicy-woody composition with notes of cedar, sandalwood, juniper, pepper, amber and musk. It starts on me strangely reminiscent of the doughy Bois Farine, only in this case this is a very spicy Bois Farine. Within second all the doughy-ness and with it any similarity to L’Artisan’s scent is gone; Padparadscha gets darker, spicier, and acquires a wonderful balsamic, almost leather-like undertone that I enjoy immensely. At this point, its resinous, ever so slightly medicinal darkness actually reminds me of yet another scent, this time Idole de Lubin.
Unfortunately, the fragrance loses intensity very quickly; fifteen minutes into the development, it more less turns into a straightforward cedar scent on my skin, with but a hint of amber and less than a hint of pepper. It is an enjoyable, attractive, versatile, very wearable perfume. If you are looking for a fairly spicy and “exotic” woody scent for everyday wear, look no further. If, like me, you are a “bois junkie” who requires increasingly intense and more and more unique offerings in this genre, Padparadscha might leave you unsatisfied. That balsamic, vaguely leathery top note does tempt me to buy a full bottle, but I will most probably not yield to this temptation.
Padparadscha is available at Luckyscent, $65.00 for 100ml.
*The image is from satelliteparis.com.
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