Parfumerie Generale – 27 – Limanakia
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Eau de toilette
Floral herbal animalic
On the shores of the Aegean Sea, you will have to tread carefully on the steep paths that lead to this series of searing rocky beaches and mineral alcoves edged with cistus, the perfect hiding place for trysts… Limanakia.
Steeped in mineral, woody-green aromas, Limanakia is a scent-photograph of the Aegean coast: Warm water against stone, the strands embraced by wind-twisted cypress and wild cistus. Limanakia opens with complex greenness like a crushed laurel leaf unfolding on a bed of dried grass. It then shifts into a coniferous mintiness. As the various verdant aspects combine, a mineral note slices through. Cistus, or rockrose, grows wild along Aegean coasts and is the source of the resin labdanum. Here, the cistus note adds an unexpected warmth after the bracing opening, like drying in the sun after a swim. Spice notes rise slowly and the cumin becomes gradually more detectable, adding a slight tang of sweat before it merges with a mossy note in the dry down.The tightrope balance of Limanakia, its interplay between heat and chill, between mineral and arboreal, and its uncanny ability to recall the Greek shoreline without any use of calone, is a hallmark of Pierre Guillaume’s wizardry as a perfumer.