I really wanted to love this one, and therefore I have given it more tries then usual. After all, it is not like Jean Patou releases new scents often. My anticipation grew as I awaited the release.
Disappointment came quickly with the artifical opening note, that I am thinking must be the pear/banana accord. Smelling not as much like a banana or pear as plastic. Thankfully it fades quickly into a lovely sweet floral. The floral note is magnolia champaca, sometimes known as yellow magnolia or the Joy Perfume Tree. (Do you love the Joy Perfume reference?) The fruit notes act to sweeten the floral rather than smelling fruity, which I thought was very well done. That was the good news. Bad news; Indes is quite animalic. Not really Serge Lutens MKK or anything, but plenty more than most. At first I thought it was just the floral acting indolic, but no, it is more than that.
The thrust of the scent is a sweet floral with animalic musk floating in and out.
Close to the skin and not long lasting, proved to be the final blows to any chance this one had of winding its way into my heart.
Notes: Magnolia champaca, banana accord, bergamot, pear, red berries, cardamom, musk, amber, vanilla and sandalwood.
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