Parfumerie Générale Isparta 26

Parfumerie Générale Isparta

It is always a pleasure to get to know a new niche perfume house, and it certainly helps when the perfumer is easy on the eyes! Pierre Guillaune founded his own brand, Parfumerie Générale (a play of words with his own initial) in 2002. His latest creation, numbered 26, is an oriental chypre named after a city in western Turkey, Isparta.

Parfumerie Générale Isparta 26 oriental chypre

Isparta is inspired by not only the roses growing in the fields, but also what the marketplace in the city would smell like. It begins with rose, one of my favorite notes, mixed with red berries, hence giving it a sweet and sour edge. A few minutes later, the rose and berries join forces with what smells like incense to me. The heart notes are listed as Peru Balsam, Calamus, and patchouli. I would say that patchouli is a pretty predictable element in here, but I can’t really pick it out. Instead, it smells like wood and incense to me. At the same time, the burning incense has a very “creamy” edge, and this creaminess sticks around for some hours.

Parfumerie Générale Isparta 26 review

In all honesty, it is this “creaminess” that I am not so sure about Isparta. If you are normally a fan of very “oriental” scents (whatever that is supposed to mean), you might enjoy the mystery of this creamy woody mixture. For me personally, I enjoy Isparta much more once the base notes start to loom, and it is quite a long list with Olibanum (Frankincense), Bezoin, oud, Ambroxan, and moss. It is interesting to see just how many base notes there are, and I suppose that is why Pierre Guillaune is often praised for his “chemist” approach to the art of perfumery. I don’t smell too much oud on myself, but the other elements are there, and I am happy it is the moss that stays on my skin till the end.

Parfumerie Générale Pierre Guillaune

All in all, Isparta is a dynamic creation that is more of an incense-y rose than a woody rose to me. It is a perfume that develops quite a bit over time, and the lasting power is impressive. If rich incense-y smells are your thing, make sure to check out Isparta!

Parfumerie Générale Pierre Guillaune

PS: I got my sample from a nice SA at Senteurs d’Ailleurs, which as far as I know, carries Parfumerie Générale exclusively in Belgium.

PPS: If you like sweet/gourmand rose scents, Parfumerie Générale Brûlure de Rose 13 might be worth a whiff. I spritzed some on a piece of paper and knew it wouldn’t be my thing, but if notes such as vanilla, raspberry, and cacao have your name written all over them, give it a go!



  • casey23

    It is always a pleasure to see a reference to Turkey, my home country :) This year this is the third time I hear Isparta is mentioned in cosmetics industry, first with Dolce Gabbana and then with Lush… But it is a whole another level to see a perfume is named solely on the city! Always proud, and thank you Sunny for mentioning this perfume. I’m definitely gonna try if I ever get my hands on it.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Yaay you go, girl! I hope you’ll be able to find a sample and see how you feel about it!

  • http://papayapieces.com/ Sofia

    It sounds like a very interesting scent, it sounds like something I definitely want to try. I think woody notes are still something I’m working on, but I do like discovering niche perfumes too. (I’ve never seen this brand though).

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Sofia, I just checked and apparently this is not available in Barcelona! You should check it out next time you go to Madrid though! I’m guessing there must be a store that stocks niche brands there!

      • http://papayapieces.com/ Sofia

        I was in Madrid this weekend!…

        • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

          Next time!

  • http://kissandmakeupsbeautyblog.com/ Kiss & Make-up

    First thing that I thought of when I saw the name of the perfume was Gerard Butler screaming THIS IS SPARTA, lol… :-)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      LOL you are hilarious :p It’s Isparta, not Sparta hahaha

  • Icaria

    Another interesting twist on rose! I would love to smell this one although I’m not sure about the “creamyness” I think I might like it. Can I just say Melissa cracks me up!!! I too thought of Sparta before I read her comment! :D

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Helene, “creaminess” is the best word I could come up with, but it might not smell that way for you at all! You guys really cracked me up! This is turning out to be a pretty good Monday :p

      • Icaria

        Ok so creamyness/creaminess, Sparta/Isparta, orthograph is so overrated and by the way, PG must have know this was gonna happen, “I Sparta” ykwim? It’s obvious he saw the movie! :D :D :D

        • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

          Hahaha I give up. I never watched Sparta though :p

  • Lily

    I’m sorry Sunny, I just can’t. HAHAHAHA! My head keeps on saying “I AM SPARTA!!!!”

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      LOL knock it off, you people!

  • http://www.abeautifulzen.blogspot.ca/ jenn @Abeautifulzen

    ooo i think i like patchouli in candles but i wonder how i’ll like it on the skin. but i also enjoy orientals but can’t remember an oriental chypre that i’ve tried. i always forget what notes smell like when i read them but this one sounds pretty interesting to me. :)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Jenn, patchouli is a bit everywhere in perfumes (especially in “oriental” and “chypre” families). Have you smelled for example Dior Miss Dior or Chanel Coco Mademoiselle? They are some of the most commercially successful chypres around, and they feature pathouli!

      • http://www.abeautifulzen.blogspot.ca/ jenn @Abeautifulzen

        !!! yea the coco mademoiselle! its my fav and i have a bottle of it lol. (didn’t even know the notes)

        • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

          Oh great! In that case, you most probably know patchouli :)

  • TracyBeautyReflections

    This sounds like something Marky would like. She likes to smell like a ‘hippy” hahaha and loves patchouli in her scents. I’m not going to go all 300 on you, even though I want to HAHAHAHA. :P

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha, “hippy” is an interesting way of describing scents! I’ve never thought about it that way!

      Also, this is ISPARTA, not SPAAARTAAAA!

  • MakeupWithdrawal

    Oh, this sounds like something I would like! I wonder if that the creaminess is the full blown benzoin.

    PS I googled that man. OH MY. Why hello there!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey MM, it’s possible but I’m not sure I can pick out benzoin on its own (fail)!

      Haha told ya!