SALAD ON A SATURDAY : BAIME by Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier (2000)






One of the most singular (and in some ways, peculiar) perfumes available, Baïme, by Paris-based Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier, is a fresh-cut basil salad; savoury, green and piquant. While basil is occasionally used as a top note in fragrance along with citrus, it is rarely the main story. Here, however, like Diptyque’s classic Virgilio, basil leaf is the defining feature, and if you are not a lover of this herb, then you can immediately forget Baïme.



As a cool and distinguished scent though (perfect for a formal white shirt and suit) this uncompromising, androgynous green perfume is worth trying. The accord at the heart extends the herb salad theme with thyme, marjoram, and mint; and dries down to a very elegant base accord of spiced jasmine, vetiver and anise.


Filed under Basil, Green, Perfume Reviews

8 responses to “SALAD ON A SATURDAY : BAIME by Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier (2000)

  1. Sounds absolutely gorgeous. I must try this. Love any fragrance with basil. in. Beautiful balancer – friendly and open, but with a reflective quality. I have a Decleor Aromessence body oil that just bombs the basil all over the joint the minute you open the lid. Been noticing mint a lot recently as well. The Annick Goutal Nuit Etoilee has this in its lower notes somewhere – once you get past the gorgeous orange n chocolatey moments, and the pine. Ultimate Christmas morning. Will be wearing this this Winter. But this Baime sounds a lovely fresh scent for October – will give it a whirl. Thanks for the review xx

  2. Marina

    Sounds delicous and clean. I can hardly wait to try some of these.

  3. ginzaintherain

    I don’t think I could wear this, as I can do green but not herbal convincingly….but I love committed, interesting scents like this (it really is unusual and distinctive), and the Maitre shop in Paris has loads of them. Peculiar irises and vetivers, odd, spicy, coffee-laced numbers…..scents with total integrity.

    Baime is the kind of scent that bestows dignity and class on the wearer and I can imagine you both pulling this one off (that Aromessence body oil sounds amazing!). I think with herbs and spices, we are naturally drawn to some more than others. I love thyme the best, and marjoram: have a very dual relationship with basil: that spicy, fresh-cat piss aspect to it……the pungency…but I do love its obvious tantalizing LIFE FORCE if you know what I mean.

  4. Neil!! On the subject of fascinating but possibly unwearable foody perfumes – have you tried any of the Gandini range? Oh my! Lime and basil – utterly gorgeous whack of Basil on first whiff but within a few minutes a hard, metallic steely lime that made me think of dogs running in a wet street. And the blue musk? GORGONZOLA CHEESE!!! Lumps of it! Sitting moist and mildly warm on your arm! and nothing more! But I was so fascinated, utterly drawn to the Blue Musk.Loved its unyielding, soft n pungent linger – so unlike anything else I wear. I may get some. It’s reasonably priced at £30 a bottle.

  5. Ninakane1

    Ooh fab! I will find the reviews and do so anon x

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