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If I were to give Parfumerie Generale a two word description, as perfume writers Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez do, it would have to be “odd almond”. Tonkamande is a very sweet almond scent undercut with a wheaty aspect. I can’t decide whether I like the wheat or not. It feels dissonant and at odds with the almond note, but it also prevents Tonkamande from being just another almond scent. Tonkamande has an airy texture, like whipped meringues. It smells almost edible, but is much lighter than most gourmands (which tend to gluttony). Tonkamande is delicate, but not exactly pretty. I find this scent pleasing, perplexing, and definitely worth a try.