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The Praline: A Delectable Olfactory Note
Praline, primarily found in gourmand and feminine perfumes, has gained immense popularity. Currently, six out of ten perfumes sold are gourmand scents. The praline note, with its tantalizing combination of toasted sugar, almond, and hazelnut, evokes mouth-watering sensations. It instinctively reminds us of the sweets from our childhood, acting as an "olfactory comforter." Furthermore, praline can be indulged in perfumery without guilt or weight gain, making it even more appealing.
Praline and Its Complementary Olfactory Notes
Like all gourmand notes, praline pairs beautifully with confectionery notes such as chocolate, caramel, and particularly vanilla, as seen in Lancôme's "La vie est Belle." In this fragrance, praline is placed as a base note and is combined with vanilla, patchouli, and tonka bean. Centered around iris, "La vie est Belle" is an ode to happiness, portraying a woman who is smiling, approachable, and delectable.
Praline also harmonizes well with fruits and citrus notes, as demonstrated in Nina Ricci's "Les Délices de Nina" (2015). Positioned as a base note, praline is accompanied by sandalwood and white musk. The fruity component features a delightful blend of strawberry, raspberry, tangerine, lemon, and grapefruit, resulting in a fragrance that is both indulgent and bursting with tangy notes. Praline can also be found in other Nina Ricci fragrances, such as "Nina" and "Nina Pop."
As a small confectionery item with a scent reminiscent of sweet, toasted almonds, praline transports us back to our childhood. Its fragrances are primarily used in gourmand feminine perfumes, where it offers a warm, sweet, and toasted aspect. When combined with various fruits and flowers, praline becomes part of an array of exquisite scents, predominantly gourmand. This confectionery ingredient has now become an essential component in perfumery, highlighting the close relationship between smell and taste.