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Friday, April 28, 2006

Perfume Review: Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Bahiana

Continuing on my quest for a perfect pineapple fragrance, I stumbled upon Bahiana by Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier. The company’s latest offering was launched to celebrate the Year of Brazil and named after the state of Bahia. With notes of Brazilian orange, caipirinha limon, mandarin, tagette, green leaf, rosewood, gaiac wood, elemi, amber, musk and coconut, it reminds the lovely Luckyscent people of pineapple, “not drenched with syrup, but freshly cut, with a startling trace of green”. I am happy for them and not too unhappy about the fact that personally I do not get even a hint of pineapple in Bahiana. What I get instead is a lovely, soft and fresh citrus, the essence of a carefree summer in a bottle.

On my skin, the two main notes in Bahiana are orange and mandarin. Sprinkled with sparkling lemon juice, softened by a judicious touch of coconut, the fruits are resting on a slightly dry, vaguely woody base. Judging by the notes (rosewood, gaiac wood), I expected a richer, darker drydown and a much drier, perhaps even harsher scent in general. However, every note here seems to be in just the right proportion; the fruits and the woods balance each other beautifully. The result is a scent that never leans dangerously close to being fruit-salad-like and yet achieves that effervescent, lighthearted, exotic quality that so many summery scents struggle to attain and fail miserably, in effect ending up smelling like the much dreaded fruit salad. Bahiana is not the most long-lasting fragrance (it lasts three-four hours on my skin), however I do not mind re-applying. Each new spray of Bahiana puts me in an irrationally happy mood.

This joyful, bright fragrance is available at Luckyscent, $145.00 for 100ml.

*The image is from Luckyscent.com.

28 Comments:

Blogger Christina H. said...

Hi!
You have done such a wonderful review of this perfume that I have nothing more to say but Bravo!I really enjoyed this and must get myself a bottle of this soon!As with the Ananas Fizz,this is such a perfect scent for hot,summery days.I didn't get any pineapple either but I think I'm glad of it.

10:33 PM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Christina,
Thank you!!
At first I thought I could get away with choosing *either* Ananas Fizz *or* Bahiana for this summer. Yeah right. I've got to have both. Why can't I win Jackpot, why? :-)

10:53 PM EDT  
Blogger Sexy Sadie said...

This one sounds like a scent I would try.

(I am my self doing a research of rose scents.)

5:50 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Sadie,
I would definitely recommend Bahiana for sunmmer. But tell me more about your rose quest? Which rose perfumes do you like?

8:28 AM EDT  
Blogger Sexy Sadie said...

My rosescents these days are

Love in Paris (Nina Ricci) (A modern rosescent)

Stella Rose Absoulute (I adore this one, but hate "Stella".(too weak))

Par Amour tojour (Clarins)

Perhaps you can suggest some scents based on the rose I can try?

10:40 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Sadie,
Stella Rose Absolute is beautiful!

I would highly recommend the whole Les Parfums de Rosine line. They specialize in rose scent and have them for every taste. There is a fruity rose and a spicy rose and a citrusy rose...great perfume line!

10:53 AM EDT  
Blogger Cait Shortell said...

Dear Marina,
I like your review of this one. I had a different impression because the woods in it (popsicle stickish) do render the pineapple for me. "Is that how they do it?" I ask myself.

11:12 AM EDT  
Blogger Sexy Sadie said...

Les parfumes des Rosene is a line I will check out. I want my rose parfume to be dark and sensuell. Not "haggy".

11:21 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Cait,
Do you like the fact that you do get the pineapple note? I am happy with Bahiana as it is on me, but I would love to smell what you are smelling :-)

11:27 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Sadie,
OK, then definitely try Un Folie de Rose, Poussiere de Rose and La Rose- all 3 by Les Parfums de Rosine. I also highly recommend their Rose d'Homme (dark and smooth but not manly at all).

11:28 AM EDT  
Blogger Sexy Sadie said...

Spasiba Horrosjo!

11:48 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Pozhalusta! :-)

11:59 AM EDT  
Blogger boisdejasmin said...

I like how you've described it as "the essence of a carefree summer in a bottle." Unfortunately, I recall Bahiana turning sticky sweet on me, and I got more mango out of it than pineapple. In general, I like mango, but neither this one nor Fraiche Passiflore work for me.

12:46 PM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

V,
Then I am so glad my skin seems to eat up all the sweetness in Bahiana. Mangos...so often they end up smelling like very sweet carrots to my nose :-)

12:50 PM EDT  
Blogger marchlion said...

Okay, I can't believe you have made me want to try a pineapple perfume. Do you think this sounds like me? (I really do NOT like coconut in my fragrance, unless the idea is the whole thing smells like tanning oil, like BB Beach.) PS is it me, or are you having trouble with internet speed today?

3:09 PM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

March,
There is just a hint of coconut, I swear.

How do you mean, troubles with the Internet speed? Is the darn Blogger slower to load the usual?

3:30 PM EDT  
Blogger marchlion said...

No, not just you ... everyone. Very slow loading pages, getting messages today. Must be a local problem.

4:58 PM EDT  
Blogger katiedid said...

You know, sometimes I think the Maitre line gets underpraised to a certain extent. I mean, obviously not everything they make is gonna be a homerun or anything, but given its start by L'Artisan's Laporte, you would think more folks would be curious about it...

Of course, somehow I think I will remain uncurious about this one ;) It just does not quite sound like "me." I love that dapper feather on the bottle, though - what an inexpensive and clever touch.

6:41 PM EDT  
Blogger gingele said...

Yes!! Bahiana! I love this fragrance - it is a wonderful, delicious summery scent (also glad about not getting any pineapple). I am taking a nice sized decant with me when I go sailing next week (about 5 degrees north of the equator). I imagine it to be a perfect scent for evening in the tropics. I'll let you know ;)

7:02 PM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

March,
It's funny because I thought today that the end of the world must be coming since the Blogger was working so well :-)

10:31 PM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Katie,
I can't figure out why isn't MPG appreciated more. Some of their things (Or des Indes for example) are really good. It's strange...

10:32 PM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

A,
Oh, I am green with envy about your holiday...as green as...well, as some very green exotic cocktail *cries*

10:33 PM EDT  
Blogger Cait Shortell said...

Dear Marina,
This message is from Flora, who posted it on my blog for you:

"P.S. speaking of tropical fruits, I can't comment over at Perfume-Smellin' Things since I lack a Blogger account - would you please tell her that if she wants pineapple she needs to go to Patou - yes! - for the stupefyingly delicious vintage fragrance Colony and the lovely, newer Patou For Ever. Pineapple heaven, both of them!"

6:10 PM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Dear Cait,
Thank you so much for being the messenger!!

Dear Flora,
Thank you very much for the information. It comes at the very right time, because I was just thinking how I really need to finally get to know the Patou line better.

And by the way, I changed the settings, so now you could comment without having the blogger account. If you wanted to, of course :-)

10:32 PM EDT  
Anonymous Flora said...

Hi Colombina,

So glad I can comment now! I have been reading your blog for some months, along with what must be most of the other perfume sites out there - it is so much fun! I have learned a lot of new things and I am more than happy to share my own perfume faves & tips.

I love your new design too, it is just stunning. It actually reminds me of vintage Patou and Caron perfumes whenever I look at it - some of the best ones came out in the 20s and 30s.

Having said what I did about the Pineapple Patous, I must add that Bahiana sounds so perfect for summer, whether it smells of pineapple or not; it's going on my wish list - fortunately I have access to a boutique that carries niche lines and I can go try it. I probably should NOT, but I will! ;-)

12:58 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi!

have you tried Caron's Acaciosa? It's a lovely white floral with a distinctive (on me anyway) pineapple note. happy hunting and thanks for all the lovely reviews.

Sara

7:31 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Sara,
I have tried Acaciosa and I don't remember a pineaple note, but it might be because, at that point, I wasn't interested in pineapple. :-) I still have a sample and should re-visit it. Thank you very much for the heads up!

9:50 AM EDT  
Blogger colombina said...

Flora,
it is so nice to have you here! Thank you for your kind words about my template!

I would highly recommend to try Bahiana for summer. It is such a lovely scent. I would love to hear your impression.

9:55 AM EDT  

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