Menardo's L'eau de Kasaneka was created by a Japanese perfumer and it is a triumph of a spicy floral. I am particularly impressed by it because it features Hamanasu, a Japanese rose, in the top notes and as you probably know by now, I usually Hate rose notes. I am not sure if the Hamanasu is that different from the rose notes used by American perfumers or Shuji Suzuki is just particulary adept at blending it with the spice and woods also present in this fragrance, but whatever the case, I liked it so much that I bought a bottle from Beautyhabit on clearance for under $40. My nose also detects cardamom, cedar, ambrette, vanilla, and ginger…and I could swear that there are blackberries in this too. Fans of Parfums Delrae Bois de Paradis take note: this is a near smellalike for that gorgeous, but much more expensive fragrance. The official notes are Hamanasu (Japanese Rose), Basil, Ginger, Nutmeg, Cardamom, Bergamot, Orange, Carnation, Heliotrope, Jasmine, Ambrette Seed (Hibiscus Family), Sandalwood, Vetiver, Cedar, Vanilla, Musk.

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