Pierre Guillaume Paris Felanilla 21 Eau de Parfum is a warm, cozy spiced vanilla and amber with periods of powderiness, woodiness, and earthiness. The longer it is on, the more spiced vanilla-amber it became. The notes include: vanilla, iris, saffron, banana wood, hay absolute, and amber.
It opened with a boozy, cinnamon-spiced vanilla with a lick of fruity sweetness that disappeared as quickly as it arrived. It left behind a warm, spiced vanilla that blanketed powdery iris. There was a subtle earthy quality deep in the background that continued to keep the composition from becoming all that sweet. It grew more grounded; earthier, woodier, and powdered with vanilla that was less and less dominant, more like wrapped around each element but like a veil.
The spiced vanilla returned to the forefront with the powderiness dropping significantly after 30 minutes of wear. It became more resinous and golden as the amber joined the vanilla soon after, which resulted in a deeper, richer spiced vanilla with more body. It continued in this phase for quite sometime, not really shifting until the drydown about four hours in where it was less spiced and had more sweetness.
For testing, I used 1/3 of a 1ml sample vial dabbed to the underside and topside of my wrist area on my left arm. I used an unscented moisturizer prior to applying the scent as this is also my swatching arm (aka, incredibly parched at any given moment) as I found scent did not hold well here otherwise.
It was moderately long-lasting as it was detectable as a skin-scent as long as eight hours, and it had moderate sillage and moderate projection, which started to reduce after three hours of wear.
I enjoyed it more than I thought I would! There are several other fragrances from this house that I want to try out, so it didn’t rise to an immediate buy, but it’s certainly worth holding onto the sample for a re-wear later on down the road!
- 50ml for $120
- 0.7ml sample for $4