Liquides Imaginaires Desert Suave ~ New Perfume Review

Originally Published on  11 December, 2018

via Ermano from Pitti 2018

At this past September’s Pitti Fragrance Fair in Florence Italy,  Editor Ermano Picco, was overjoyed to introduce the new Desert Suave; the third and final entry by Liquides Imaginaires in their “Les Eau Imaginaire” series. Since 2012, Liquides Imaginaires co-founders David Frossard and Phillipe Di Méo have been designing and creating fragrances that speak directly to our higher, spiritual selves. Their scent series are always interpreted in three’s (the number 3 represents divine wholeness, completeness and perfection, and is found throughout world religions). Their perfumes are presented to bring ceremony and a touch of the unknowable to the wearer. (Here is our review of another of Liquides Imaginaires trios; the extraordinary Eau Delá series.)

Quentin Bisch and Nisrine Bouazzoui Grille via Instagram

The first fragrance released in the Eau Imaginaire triad was 2016’s L’lle -Pourpre, followed by Fleuve Tendre in 2017, and now for this year Desert Suave. Each is a representation of a dream location if you will, be it island, wilderness or desert. Signed by Givaudan Perfumers Quentin Bisch and Nisrine Bouazzaoui Grillie, Liquides Imaginaires Desert Suave is described by Ermano Picco as “The scented equivalent of meeting Lawrence of Arabia in your fantasies.” I couldn’t say it any better.


Desert Suave is a full-blown sand dune bodice-ripper romance novel of a perfume; it is over-the-top sensual and sexy. It is the inside of a fantasy Bedouin Tent; the floor covered in fine vintage Persian rugs, the smell of a spice chest thrown open, a dark viscous coffee being made in a small burnished copper Ibrik over a smoky open fire. Desert robes strewn casually over a sheepskin covered sleeping platform; the robes smelling like sweat, dates, camels and horses, then sprinkled with rosewater.

“I will only let you touch me, If your hands are so full of intention, 

That every brush of your palms feels Like you’re writing a novel on my skin.  -Azra T. “Braille”

Rudolph Valentino in The Sheik apped by MC

The scent of Liquides Imaginaires Desert Suave slinks out of the bottle and over your arm like a serpent from the Garden Of Eden. This is the fragrance of a sin waiting to happen. The first hit you get is the spices, roasted to perfection with the woody & oily/sweet sesame behind it. The Mandarin keeps things on the bright side, but it’s the cardamom that is so alluring and sensual. With the almost carnation-like peppery clove adding contrast and interest, you might find your thoughts wandering off towards a Rudolph Valentino Sheik fantasy. As the scent progresses, the rose, orange blossom and cistus add bitter-green and buttery floral notes that positively sing. Stately cedar pulls the fragrance down to a high-gloss polished floor with an almost teak-like aspect, where Desert Suave continues to make olfactive love to your body deep into the star-bright desert night. If you’re always on the hunt for a perfect spicy floriental that wears like Pierre Guillaume’s Un Crime Exotique, Dior Mitzhah, and Lutens Five O’Clock Au Gingembre (all three, fragrance landmarks) then you will be thrilled with Liquides Imaginaires Desert Suave. I know I am!

Notes: Cardamom, Clove, Mandarin, Orange Blossom, Rose, Date, Cistus (Rock Rose), Toasted Sesame, Cedar

Disclosure: Thanks so much to  Liquides Imaginaires for the sample. The opinions are my own.

-Robert Herrmann, Senior Editor

-Art Direction: Michelyn Camen, Editor-in-Chief

via Liquides Imaginanaires

Thanks to the generosity of Liquides Imaginaires we have a 6 ml. bottle of Desert Suave for one lucky reader in the USA, Canada, and the EU. The draw is for registered readers only, so be sure to register if you have not done so. To be eligible please let us know what you thought of Robert’s review of Liquides Imaginaires Desert Suave and where you live. Draw closes 12/14/2018       

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