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Mood Scent 4 Zesty Citrus!

It is Mood Scent 4 time again!  Our monthly blogging project where Portia (on A Bottled Rose) , Samantha  (I Scent You A Day), Megan (Megan In Sainte Maxime) and I write about a different subject linking perfume to mood or occasion. This time we picked zesty citrus in perfumes: lemon, Japanese yuzu, mandarine, grapefruit. oranges, limes, you name it. They can all be very invigorating and uplifting which is one of the reasons I love them in perfume. They can be energizing on grey rainy days and refreshing on hot days. For this post I chose fragrances I own and enjoy wearing regularly, starting with Untiled L’Eau.

Marghiela Untitled L’Eau by Daniela Roche-Andrier (2011)

Untitled L’Eau is a refreshing unusual bitter cologne style scent and a flanker of the popular Marghiela Untitled. The use of buchu and lentisque (also called mastic) make this fragrance different from other scents in this category adding a modern touch. Buchu is a flowering plant originally from the Western Cape in South Africa. While Lentisque (also called mastic) is traditionally grown on the Greek island Chios. It is a precious resin obtained from the mastic tree and used in the Greek liqueur Mastika and Greek ice cream. Buchu and refreshing spearmint are used in Untitled L’Eau instead of the traditional herbal rosemary and lavender which make this fragrance more contemporary. After a few hours L’Eau leaves a combination of clean shaving cream and bitter herbs on the skin.

Untitled L’Eau feels like immersing yourself in an herbal cold bath on a very warm summer day, the sun is shining through a lightweight sheer white curtain in a 19th century Parisian apartment with high ceilings, the ancient bath tub has been filled with fragrant herbs, sweet mandarin and lemon. Mint leaves the skin tingling and refreshed in the July summer heat in the city. Untitled L’Eau is my personal favorite on warm summer days in Amsterdam as it is a very refreshing scent and feels like taking a cold shower, in a good way.

Notes include lemon, mandarin, galbanum, buchu, spearmint, orange blossom, lentisque, patchouli, frankincense and musk

April Aromatics Ray Of Light by Tanja Bochnig (2014)

Bright crisp lime and sweet vibrant lemon with bitter leaves of the lemon tree make Ray Of Light a very uplifting fragrance. It is a very encouraging and cheerful fragrance. Wearing Ray of Light feels like hearing a dear friend whispering cheerful words in your ear on those days you need help to get things done or get in a happy mood. Pure joy in a perfume bottle for those moments you could use something cheerful, which I can imagine, many of us could use at the moment.

Notes include lime, lemon, pink grapefruit, orange, bergamot, galbanum, mint, vetiver and tobacco.

Atelier Cologne Pomelo Paradis by Ralf Schwieger (2015)

Pomelo Paradis is an uplifting fragrant scent created by perfumer Ralf Schwieger (from Frederic Malle Lipstick Rose, Aedes de Venustas Iris Nazarena, several Atelier Cologne creations and Gallivants latest release Bukhara) In Pomelo Paradis peppery, radiant, juicy, tart and bitter grapefruit and sweet mandarin enhance the fresh heart of roses. The grapefruit is incredibly realistic with its acidic, bitter sweet and light sweaty touch. The fresh rose bouquet is lightened by a touch of refreshing green mint. Pomelo Paradis is a must try if you like grapefruit centred perfumes and very uplifting on grey rainy days. If you want to enhance the grapefruit in Pomelo Paradis even more, you could layer with Zarko Perfume pink molecule 090·09.

Notes include pink grapefruit, mandarin and black currant, orange blossom, mint and bulgarian rose, vetiver, amber accord and iris.

Atelier Des Ors Blanc Polychrome by Marie Salamagne (2020)

Blanc Polychrome smells like very bright juicy lemons and white recently washed cotton sheets drying on a sunny warm Mediterranean roof terrace. It is incredibly uplifting and summer like making you wish for carefree summers at the beach in Southern France or Spain. Unlike many other perfumes with citrus fruits as its leading stars, the sparkling lemon and sweeter mandarin last several hours on skin. The drydown is a very clean white musk.

Notes include mandarin, lemon, rhubarb, solar accord, petit grain, jasmine petals, fig leaf, lavender, Ambroxan, moss and musk.

Olfactive Studio Still Life by Dora Baghriche-Arnaud (2011)

Still Life is a sparkling, festive and very joyous scent which smells like a small group of young people having a party on an urban New York roof top on a hot sunny summer day. You can hear the buzzing sounds of the city and smell the citrus and boozy sweetened rum from the cocktails with a touch of spicy pepper. Still Life leaves the impression of salty particles on the skin after having a swim in the sea.

Notes include yuzu (Japanese citrus fruit), elemi, pepper (pink, black and Sichuan pepper) star anise, galbanum, dark rum, cedar and ambrox.

These are the 5 zesty citrus perfumes I picked. Have a look on Samantha’s blog I Scent You A Day Megan’s blog  Megan in St. Maxime  and Portia on A Bottled Rose,  to read they choices too! It is always a joy to read their picks and see what they have chosen.

Leave a comment, I love to read your zesty citrus perfumes!
What are your favorite citrus perfumes? Do you prefer lemons, limes or grapefruits in fragrances?

Disclosure: All fragrances or samples mentioned in this article were bought by me personally. Photographs were made by me as well and are an artistic expression. Bottles which are sold now, might be different from the ones shown on the photographs.

 

 

Mood Scent 4 Fabulous Fruits!

It is Mood Scent 4 time again!  Our monthly blogging project where Portia (on A Bottled Rose) , Samantha  (I Scent You A Day), Megan (Megan In Sainte Maxime) and I write about a different subject linking perfume to mood or occasion. This time we picked fabulous fruits: peaches, mangos, pears, blueberries, prunes, melons or prickly pears/cactus fruits (in case you were wondering about the fruits on the photograph). It was Portia’s idea to write about fruity fragrances this month and Sam came up with the title.

Personally I like perfumes with fruit but not fragrances which are only about fruit and I find them at times challenging. But I have several which I love and joyously wear, especially if they have some peach or mango notes. So we starting with green mango in Bombay Bling!

Neela Vermeire Creations Bombay Bling

Bombay Bling is an uplifting and joyful fragrance with delicious green mango, spicy lemony cardamon and a bouquet of flowers like creamy ylang ylang, gardenia, frangipani and tuberose. Created by perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour Bombay Bling embodies very different parts of modern, colourful, buzzing, spiritual and joyful India. Curious to know what joy smells like? Try Bombay Bling.

Notes include mango, lychee, blackcurrant, cardamom, cumin, cistus, Turkish rose, jasmine sambac, ylang-ylang, tuberose, frangipani, gardenia, patchouli, tobacco, sandalwood, cedar wood and vanilla.

Parfums MDCI Péché Cardinal

Parfums MDCI (MDCI) Peche Cardinal is a young, joyful and pretty fruity floral fragrance. Wearing Péché Cardinal makes you feel innocent and playful (again). It was released in 2008, means Cardinal Sin in French and was created by perfumer Amandine Clerc-Marie. Péché Cardinal is a special treat if you like tuberose, peach and coconut in a fragrance.

The tuberose flower is fresh and green at the start like its large stem and still innocent before showing us her more lush or even carnal side. Péché Cardinal can be slightly kaleidoscopic as she changes from a sweet peach liquor boozy drink to a creamy tuberose and a light coconut milk drink too.

Notes include peach, coconut, blackberry, black currant, artemisia, tuberose, plum, lily, musk, sandalwood, cedarwood Virginian.

Envoyage Perfumes Vents Ardants

Vents Ardents starts off with very ripe lush tropical fruits reminiscent of the smell of fruits sold in a fruit stall in the burning hot sun at a tropical beach. Fruits are slightly starting to decay in the heat but they are still good enough to eat. There is a thin line between very ripe fruits getting too cloying and just the right touch. But perfumer Shelley Waddington did an excellent job by staying on the right side of the line in this eau de cologne. Vents Ardents smells of boozy rum from the Caribbean as well, moving more into amber territory with sweet vanilla beans and balsamic resins.

Vents Ardents means ardent winds in French. It smells like a passionate love affair in the tropical heat on one of the exotic islands in the Caribbean. Vents Ardents was created to be used as a wedding scent (or wedding night?) to be paired with Nectars des Îles thus creating a new fragrance by layering them together. What a wonderful idea for a wedding scent!

Notes include Blue Curacao, Wild Oranges, Bay Rum, Tropical Fruits, Tonka Beans, Heliotrope, Magnolia, French Narcissus, Amber , Mahogany, Tobacco, Oak, Driftwood, Vanilla, Balsams.

4160 Tuesdays Doe in The Snow

After visiting Modern India, the Maldives and Caribbean islands we are visiting the UK on a cold winter day with Doe in the Snow from perfumer Sarah McCartney. Doe in the Snow was originally created as a wedding scent for Lizzie Ostrom also known as Odette Toilette. Doe in the Snow smells like scenting fresh lemon from an expensive Italian cologne worn by a fellow traveler while waiting for the train on an ice cold polar windy train station on a crisp winter morning.

Notes include grapefruit, cedrat, yuzu, peach aldehyde, snow, cedarwood, rose, jasmine, oak, opoponax, oakmoss, leather, green tea absolute

Goutal Quel Amour!

This composition opens with fresh tart red currants. After some seconds, a very large pink bouquet of fragrant peonies enters the stage followed by red pomegranate jelly. Fancy pink petaled large roses and light powder join as well. They create a beautiful blend of sweet pink peonies, a touch of powdery rose, tart red summer currants and Middle Eastern pomegranate jelly. Although this fragrance has been discontinued it is still widely available online. Grab a bottle while you still can if you like romantic floral (fruity) fragrances.

Notes include red currant, pomegranate, peach, cherry, blueberry, peony, geranium and amber

These are the fabulous fruits perfumes I picked. Have a look on Samantha’s blog I Scent You A Day Megan’s blog  Megan in St. Maxime  and Portia on A Bottled Rose,  to read they choices too!

Leave a comment, I love to read your fabulous fruit perfumes!
What are your favorite fruit perfumes?

Disclosure: All fragrances or samples mentioned in this article were bought by me personally. Photographs were made by me as well and are an artistic expression. Bottles which are sold now, might be different from the ones shown on the photographs.

Mood Scent 4 : Frankincense and Myrrh Perfumes


It’s Mood Scent 4 time again! Our monthly blogging project where Portia, (on A Bottled Rose) , Samantha  (I Scent You A Day), Megan (Megan In St Maxime) and I write about a different subject linking perfume to mood or occasion. This time we picked frankincense and myrrh perfumes.

Frankincense is often associated with church by those who visit or used to (Catholic) church.  I used to go to a Dutch Catholic church as a child but frankincense was not used in this very modern 1970s church. I have only fairly recently started to appreciate frankincense when visiting churches as a common visitor. All my choices here are my personal favourites and not meant to give a list of the ‘best’ frankincense fragrances. I only included one myrrh perfumes as these are not easy to find and I wanted to include a fragrance which is still sold for a decent price.

 

Maria Candida Gentile Exultat and Sideris
Exultat brings a feeling of awe and wonder by combining dry frankincense with sweet violet candies. Imagine yourself as a small child sitting at the back of an old empty Mediterranean church, the priest has left a faint trail of frankincense hours ago and now you are eating violet candies secretly next to your grandmother who is visiting the church to pray. My Spanish grandmother was fond of visiting the cinema together instead of going to church with me, so this image was a mere fantasy, but I love these two fragrances combined: the violet candies and scent frankincense in a Catholic church. They make this a special fragrance while light powder and dust give it a more worldly aura.

Sideris, another creation from perfumer Maria Candida Gentile takes the frankincense to different territory by adding pungent pepper, very dry Mediterranean herbs, light sweet rose and balsamic benzoin. The fragrance was dedicated to a poem written by Cesare Pavese and inspired by walk along the Mediterranean Sea in the North West Italian area of Liguria. The frankincense is liturgical in both Italian creations, reminiscent of the smell a Catholic church hours after the priest has wafted a barrel on a chain of smoking frankincense. While Exultat is sweetened by violet confectionary, Sideris is adorned by sweet powdery rose petals, precious saffron and peppery spices.

Comme des Garcons:  Series 3  Ouarzazate
While Avignon gets all the attention from the Comme des Garcons Incense series, Ouarzazate is well worth a try. This incense series was inspired by 5 different world religions. The fragrance Avignon relates to Christianity and Ouarzazate to Islam. Mark Buxton was inspired by the fortress (kasbah) in this Southern Moroccan city. Ouarzazate is the gateway to the Sahara Desert and features in many series and films including Game Of Thrones (season 3) and Gladiator.

Ouarzazate is a sweet caramel like and spicy frankincense scent. Hints of black pepper, nutmeg and dry clary sage on a translucent olibanum/frankincense and dark woody base make it easy to wear. It is a little too light for my taste especially compared to the Ouarzazate incense sticks which I bought first but an interesting frankincense fragrance full of spices and well worth a try.

Caron Parfum Sacre Eau de Parfum
In Parfum Sacre lush dark red velvet rose petals are enveloped by pungent black pepper and warmed by cinnamon. Parfum Sacre feels like wearing a crimson long satin dress, the soft light fabric touching your skin. Resinous dry myrrh and soft vanilla add a comfortable sensation while rich orange blossom and a light cinnamic touch bring an overall feeling of smoothness. This velvety feeling reminds me of Guerlain Samsara which makes me wonder if sandalwood was not added as well.

L’Artisan Parfumeur Passage d’Enfer
In Passage d’Enfer perfumer Olivia Giacobetti combines the white lily flower, symbol of the virgin Mary in Christianity, with translucent cold frankincense and clean ‘laundry like’ musk. Passage d’Enfer translates as passage to hell and was originally created to pay homage to the first office of L’Artisan Parfumeur in the Passage d’Enfer in Paris in the 1970s. Lily flower is toned down here and transparent in true Olivia Giacobetti style leaving a light impression of its essence. Passage d’Enfer comes as an accompanying body lotion and shower gel as well.

Boujee Bougies Gilt Scented Candle
The recently launched Boujee Bougies scented candle Gilt plays with the idea of gold, guilt and confession. Golden sun rays shine through the stained glass lightening up a dark church and the metallic touch of golden leaves. Frankincense was burned hours ago still leaving its light smoky and pine tree trail, embellished by the cold scent of copper from the frankincense barrel. Gilt has amazing throw even for a small 60 g candle and burns evenly which is a great bonus as you use the whole candle until the end.

These are my frankincense and myrrh perfume and scented candle picks. Have a look on Samantha’s blog I Scent You A Day Megan’s blog  Megan in St. Maxime  and Portia on A Bottled Rose,  to read they choices too!

I Love To Hear From You
What are your favorite frankincense and myrrh perfumes? What do you think of my choices? Do you know them?

Disclosure: All fragrances, candles and samples mentioned were bought by me personally. Photographs were made by me as well and are an artistic expression. Bottles which are sold now, might be different from the ones shown on the photographs.