* Candour attacks with an aggressive green explosion – sharp and clean – with violet, lavender, cedar, and sage.  

* The top has a small hint of that “ivory soap” note.  I am not sure exactly what that is, but I am sure you can imagine.

* The volume of the opening transforms into the strength of  intensity – the ivory soap becomes almost piercing as the smell of bitter almond and something milky awakens it.

* This middle part of the development is so sharp that its almost sickening.  

* After a few hours, the scent softens into a really comforting blend of vanilla, musk, and coconut.

Summary:  Writing about this scent makes me realize that there are scents that I respect but I can’t wear myself.   The more I experience the H&G line, the more I respect their creativity.   If you’ve seen Mommie Dearest, Candour almost tells the story of Joan Crawford’s life.  It starts off loud and clean, acceptable to the mainstream but a bit aggressive.  The obsession for cleanliness turns violent and abusive yet as she ages, she becomes a little sweeter and comforting but with a sense of animal (musk) still there.  Definitely not office-friendly, Candour has extreme longevity lasting over 24 hours and through a shower.

Humiecki & Graef fragrances are available from Babalu Miami.

Disclaimer: Sample provided by fragrance company. Image courtesy of Babalu Miami.

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