Gardelia 2015

Gardelia by Bogue
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Gardelia is a limited perfume by Bogue for women and men and was released in 2015. The scent is animal-floral. Projection and longevity are above-average. The production was apparently discontinued. Limited Edition
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Main accords


Fragrance Notes

CivetCivet GardeniaGardenia JasmineJasmine MagnoliaMagnolia TuberoseTuberose CognacCognac FrangipaniFrangipani GeraniumGeranium RoseRose


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Interesting Facts
The scent was released in collaboration with Profumeria al Sacro Cuore in Italy on the occasion of its 50th anniversary and is exclusively available there. 50 pieces have been made.


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A Terribly High-Quality Floral-Chypre
Gardelia from Bogue Profumo, a project commissioned by Profumeria Sacro Cuore to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Another one from the archives and one that is loved by many. And I understand why. This one, very much like AG, is easy to love, and of very high quality and complexity.
As someone who has a deep love and respect for classic vintage perfumes like Mitsouko, and Femme, and someone who loves floral chypres, I have much admiration for this project. Gardelia is yet another powerful example that nowadays one doesn't have to track down vintage bottles from the 50' and the 70' and go through all the troubles this hunt involves. I did, but I was lucky and found a few that were properly stored. Unfortunately, most of the time, this is not the case. Perfumes like Gardelia, MAAI (older versions especially), Enlevement au Serail (the first version), Casablanca, Une Fleur de Cassie, Diaghilev, Mayura, Salome, and several others prove that those vintage titans of this genre can be reproduced and most of the time, bettered.
Gardelia takes inspiration from a fruity-floral-chypre like Mitsouko and is built on the same structure as MAAI but with higher quality ingredients and few adaptations. The parallel with vintage MAAI is unquestionable. They feel most related in the base, as Gardelia presents different textures and facets for the first two stages. The opening is reminiscent of Mitsouko with the peach accord, but the note feels more nuanced and finely tuned here. The peach feels almost overly ripe to the point where it defuses a boozy quality and a dewy, moist texture. And yet somehow it doesn't feel heavy or syrupy, rather airy. An extraordinary feat indeed. This opening leads to the hearth dominated by white florals. It is a lush and huge floral bouquet where it is difficult to break the notes apart, and I feel the gardenia gets lost within it, as it doesn't smell like a gardenia-dominant composition. It is buttery, slightly indolic, fleshy almost. The base construction is built around civet, resins, and moss, with a strong emphasis on the first two, coming across as feral and warm, maybe a tad smoky. The longer it lingers on the skin the more it transitions toward a musky-resinous affair that I can't get enough of. Again, just like with AG, these transitions overlap so that the accords experienced in the previous stage mingle with the ones unveiled in the present one.
A grandiose, terribly high-quality floral chypre that in my opinion, improves on the classics while also bringing a clear touch of modernity into the picture.


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My Dreams
I'm not responsible for the amazing photo that shows up below. Hubby sat at my desk and took a pic of Gardelia among what I call my perfumalia...scattered vials, bottles and carded samples always there. It captures my feelings about perfume, especially this one. I'm always in search of what I jokingly call the glorious reek--a brilliant designer's inspired creation. Who knows? Maybe actual angels hovered over, weeping heavenly droplets into the pipettes. Perfume is in my dreams now. I live for the day that something divine arrives so I can feel what I'm feeling at this moment. A kind of hush in which only certain music will do, like this:

Let me tell you what happened when Gardelia came. First, of course, I shrieked--after I closed the door when the UPS guy handed it over (not at 1:30 - 5:30 as promised) but 5:50 pm! Talk about angst-filled waiting. But at last it was here, hubby excited too. Should he open it for me? No, thanks I said. And the ripping began and the unfolding only to discover Gardelia, boxless, suspended in a kind of transparent womb. her blue pomegranate hat to the side. Not exactly a golden coach, mind you, but ingeniously safe transport. I picked up the bottle and examined the etching that told which of the 50 in existence I own. Without spraying, we sniffed the sprayer. Was I happy? Yes, indeed. We noticed some sort of paste residue on the bottle--ahh, an adhesive that helped it adhere to the transparent womb, no doubt. After cleaning, I took it upstairs to my desk and sprayed Gardelia up and down my arms.

Back downstairs and after a few minutes hubby says from across the room, "I can smell it." Good projection. We sat and watched TV together as I marinated in Gardelia's civety, cognacy deeply stunning, utterly haunting florals. I'm told Gardelia has 43 [oops 50] ingredients in total. Certainly woods are there, citrus and a bit of spice, certainly resins, but ingredients alone don't tell the story. Gardelia is rich, it is passionate, its birth must have been attended by an entire band of angels, it ranks among the greatest gardenia perfumes ever made. Few of my perfume experiences can compare to last night. It was a dream come true. Me in my chair, hubby near, beauty around us in the air.

p.s. I took the 2nd pic with my cell.
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