Hi there Looking Glassers, Back in 2017 Jin and I were lucky enough to get to Excense in Milan. It was my first, and only, perfume showcase. I hadn’t realised exactly how much time I would need and we also wanted to do the sightseeing and shopping. One day I’ll go back, solo, and really spend time seeing, sniffing, engaging and learning. On this adventure we basically went and saw all our mates. That was really nice too. It was the last time I got to hang with Vero, the first time I met Pia and Margo and a slew of other perfume peeps. Made a dick of myself fangirling Katie Pucrick. We stayed in a lovely little hotel just around the corner from the event and unsurprisingly there were industry insiders there. One such was the owner of Detaille and his wife. We got to chatting one morning over breakfast and he gave me a tester bottle of his new at the time Bois d’Oud (which is nearly finished now). It’s a fine, simple, scratchy woods, oudh and saffron. There are a lot more expensive renderings that are worse.
Along with that he gave me a few samples of their other work. Because I’ve been going through the perfume room and getting all the lost samples Par 4 jumped out at me and I thought we could spend a moment discovering it together.
Par 4 by Detaille
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Bergamot, Woodsy Notes, French labdanum, Galbanum, Thyme, Fir, Clary Sage, Saffron, Vetiver, Basil
Though I haven’t seen it in real life the bottle looks so beautiful. I love the look of it, modern riff on deco. The fluted lid reminds me of early L’Artisan and Parfum d’Empire, before they went basic.
How does it smell? Opening is very cologne-ish. Crisp, bright, green and citrus. It does become more herbal after the initial fireworks die off. Lovely, surprisingly tapestried and I like the slight resinous sweetness through the herbaceousness. Not mentioned but I smell tomato leaf or a reminder of it. My closest real life analogy as the heart blooms is pesto. Not exactly Pesto but that immediate freshness and healthy goodness you smell as it’s being made.
The woods make themselves known through the heart. It’s not immediately apparent. A subtle rising until suddenly they are prominent and you realise they’ve been hiding under and between the other notes. The resins keep everything to a storyline, if that makes sense. After about an hour, or so, the greenery has become a soft drying grass with the resinous woods. Once this point is met the fragrance meanders comfortably, low key, traditional masculine fading to dry down. Groundbreaking? No. Wearable? Yes. A very nice woodsy aromatic that could easily be a signature scent. Someone who knows smelling good is important and doesn’t want to break the bank. Probably not sophisticated enough for the hard core perfumista but most of us need some easy reach go tos right?
Though I say traditionally masculine Par 4 can easily be worn by anyone who likes the idea of smelling like a day in the great outdoors that ends in the warmth of the 19th hole.
Another good thing: Detaille has the most affordable sample sets. 19 euros will get you all 19 samples, then add postage. What a bargain.
Do you or do you think someone close to you would like to wear Par 4?
Yes, I could fancy wearing it! Lovely prices, and bottles (I still have some beautiful old L’Artisan/Pd’E bottles). Yummmm, pesto … I know exactly what you mean about that emerald freshness – it’s one of my favourite things to eat, although I have to make it myself (not really a hardship) as I seem to be allergic to pine nuts so I substitute them with macadamias. I wonder if anyone else shares this annoying sensitivity? Anyway, back to basil and the scent of greenness …. just the sort of fragrance I want to wear when it’s hot, and this has the added benefit of having the woody backbone. Thanks for telling us about this line, Portia.
Oh yes, I have a few of those early L’Artisan/PdE bottles too with the trumpet like caps, so cool.
Love that you make pesto with Macadamia nuts, lavish. So Aussie too.
Glad you like the sound of Par 4,
Yes, me! I love cologne-ish
Yes I would wear it. Cologne-ish and herbal sounds wonderful
I can totally imagine you thunking a bottle of Par 4 in a single summer Brigitte,
You know me so well :)
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I think my spouse and I would both wear it. I have worn Detaille perfumes in the past. Good perfumes at affordable prices and nice retro looking bottles.
Do you remember the fragrances you wore before? So glad someone has heard of and worn them,
Unfortunately, I don’t recall what I bought, but they were EDP’s, more feminine leaning and retro type scents, well done.
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What a serendipitous meeting with the owner of Detaille and his wife. If I ever went to a big perfume fair I think it would be fun to hang out in neighbouring hotels and see who is staying there – a good way to get to meet industry insiders in a relaxed setting. And you scored some perfume! (Don’t think Par 4 would be my kind of thing – or Bois d’Oud, probably – but I loved the story.)
Yeah, it was so fun Vanessa. The lavish hotel on the other side of the event is where most of the cool kids stayed, you’d have spectacular opportunities to meet the fragrant royalty over breakfast there.
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