Friday, July 30, 2010

Parfumerie Generale - Drama Nuii

Dry jasmine and herbs morphs into a pale green lily of the valley

Pierre Guillaume likes bitter green. I've only tried two Parfumerie General perfumes, Drama Nuii and Papyrus de Ciane, and both star a bitter green accord.

Drama Nuii starts with a lemony jasmine, and a green rose. The rose is soapy. As it develops a herbalness with a spicy edge comes out, that made me think of clary sage maybe. It's a little like hay, or dry grasses,  not sweet, but bitter and a little tannic like tea. The notes say absinthe, a story for the herbal green bitterness of the perfume.

The green floral smell becomes a light lily of the valley. After a while that's all I can smell, green lily, a little bitter and a little soapy. Then after a while, a little musky.

The whole is a dry, light green take on jasmine and lily. Not too sweet, it would suit a man or woman.

House: Parfumerie Generale
Nose: Pierre Guillaume
Notes: petitgrain, absinthe, jasmine, spices, guaiac wood, sandalwood, musk

Photo: sektordua


  1. I wanted to love Drama Nuii, but I think the bitter green accord is always going to be a stumbling block for me, as with Papyrus de Ciane, where it is more marked. Of the two releases around that time, Felanilla was the one I fell for!

  2. You know, I would love Drama Nuui if it had more bitterness to it. On me, there's plenty of sweet. Which is to say, not an overload, but I am not particularly fond of sweet, AND seem to amp it up when it can be found--like, say, in Black Cashmere, believe it or not--so there you have it.

    Papyrus du Ciane, OTOH, ooh, baby, you can find the dry. And I'm not necessarily complaining.

    I've an idea for layering... (ssh...don't share seems like PG sacriliege...)

  3. To flittersniffer: I haven't tried Felanilla, I'll have to get a sample of that.

    To ScentSelf: I don't think it gets much more bitter than PdC so you must be in heaven. I haven't tried Black Cahsmere, maybe I can get some from Perfumed Court and see if I get any sweetness.


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