It starts with an alluring, sugary burst. Impeccable oud and gentle rose mixes with almond. Musk and patchouli are at the base. But it’s a bright gourmand with a dash of subtle coffee flanked by opulent, airy, and utterly sensual cedar and balsam. And while it certainly has the open, expansive beauty found in some of the best contemporary fragrances it’s not without a unique sincerity and depth that is rare in today’s scents. As the name would suggest it’s truly romantic.
Top notes: bergamot, agarwood (oud), cardamom and rose. Middle notes:agarwood (oud), almond, atlas cedar, coffee and heliotrope. Base notes: amber, musk, patchouli, vanilla and tolu balsam.
Nose: Daniel Josier
Like masterful strokes of a brush on canvas in the hands of a gifted artist, each note is cleverly placed with a delicate, nuanced beauty in Crystal Rain (Renier Perfumes 2016). All at once a list of lovely notes can be accounted for; connected to form a fresh, airy, elegant and yet entirely easy-going fragrance. Among the stunning array are a particularly detectable orange blossom, bergamot, thyme, apple, cypress, cedar, amber and ambergris.
Powdery, perfect rose flanked by a romantic and sublime chamomile opens Black Rain (Renier Perfumes 2016). And, at the start, this exceptionally lovely fragrance is quite reminiscent of vintage Guerlain Liu, but without the aldehydes and with an endearingly nostalgic violet and leather added. Then there is a quiet jasmine among the florals… And the musky, floral, patchouli tinted, beautifully sensuous and animalic drydown begins