I will always look upon Humiecki & Graef with great admiration, not only sustained by the fact that, according to the brief description from their official website, the company produce “uncommon an exquisite fragrances”, but, until now, everything sampled from this brand, was, in my opinion a pure olfactory delight. I said until now because, unfortunately, this is no longer valid for Candour, the most recent perfume launched by the house and sniffed lately.
Arrived on the market in the first half of this October, Candour was presented as a unisex aromatic green, developed of course, by H&G’s long-time collaborators, the perfumers Christophe Laudamiel and Christoph Hornetz. Judging by the concept (a perfume inspired by the sentiment of attachment), everything seemed fine to me, until a certain point in the dry down, but I’ll give more details on that later. Continuing on the theme, this represents the ninth Eau de Toillette Concentrée of the brand trying to cover a particular feature within a “broad spectrum of human emotions”.
According to the official press release, Candour “describes the emotional state of the particular directness and open exchange between two (connected) people who left the tentative phase of their relationship far behind. Two people who have developed their own intuitive language”. And I must say that the first moments, subsequent to spraying a couple of whiffs from Candour on my wrist, were more than pleasant. However, if I wanted to be picky, I’ll add that the opening was also a little too sweet (and powerful!) for my taste. Continuing with the analysis, for me the problem happened much later, more precisely in the dry down (after more than 2 hours) and the extreme dry down, when the fragrance evolved into something that I could only label as “disagreeable” for my nose. The sad part was that this obnoxious aroma lasted until the end.
Compared to the pleasant sweet and green facet from the beginning, the conclusion was discouraging; hence inducing me the idea that maybe, Candour was meant to have two facets. Anyway, the list with the official listed notes goes like this: green notes, palm blossom, iris, ginger, galbanum, violet, olive, sage, lavender, cardamom, almond, vanilla bean, sandalwood and muguet, while the presentation (packaging) takes place in Humiecki & Graef’s signature bottle, dominated by a white and green color scheme. As a conclusion, I urge you to sample Candour and feel free to share your impressions with us.
Humiecki & Graef Candour Perfume Details
- Candour by Humiecki & Graef is available in 100 ml Eau de Toilette Spray; the lasting power is above average (more than 10 hours!) and the sillage is excellent.
- Olfactory Group: Aromatic Green
- For: Unisex
- Year Introduced: 2012
- Perfumers: Christophe Laudamiel and Christoph Hornetz
- Recommended Wear: Day
- Dress Code: Casual