Selected by Denyse Beaulieu to feature in her top 10 of 2016 for Grain de Musc, Guimauve de Nöel is a pillowy marshmallow scent flavored with orange flower water and dusted in enough powdered sugar to make your teeth ache. But while it reminds us most pleasurably of fougassette, a type of bread fragrant with orange flower water sold in every market in Provence, this is not at all a heavy, gluttonous fragrance. Rather, it is a tender puff of orange flower-scented air with the sparkle of sugar crystals.
It has a very French character, reminiscent both of those little chouquettes eaten by French schoolchildren at snack time, as well as the milky vapors of their evening baths, orange flower water sprinkled liberally into the water by Maman. Guimauve de Nöel is a frothy, tender delight that is just perfect for celebrating the innocence of youth and the joy of family life. If you are a lover of By Kilian’s Love or Eau Aimable by Le Couvent des Minimes, then you will adore Guimauve de Nöel.