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✨ Mood Scent 4 : Festive Event Fragrances ✨

It is Mood Scent 4 time again! Sam (I Scent You a Day), Megan (Megan in St. Maxime), Portia (Australian Perfume Junkies) and I write about a different  theme every month. This time we have chosen to post about Festive Event fragrances. Which perfumes do we like to wear for festive events ? Fragrances with spices like cinnamon, aniseed, ginger, warming perfumes, lush tropical flowers or joyous bright aldehydic soapy fragrances?

Andree Putman Tan d’Epices

Rumour has it Olivia Giacobetti (Diptyque Philosykos and Frederic Malle En Passant) created Tan d’Epices as she created L’Original for designer house Andree Putman as well. Tan d’Epices is easygoing and transparent like a light veil of spicy powder applied on the skin. Reminiscent of spices found in French Gingerbread/Cake (Pain d’Epices) made with honey, cinnamon, aniseed and ginger Tan d’Epices leaves the skin scenting of mouthwatering Gingerbread reminding us of the upcoming holiday season. For those of us who celebrate it is the perfect Christmas fragrance.

Notes: heliotrope, cinnamon bark, incense, gingerbread, cedarwood, benzoin

Laboratorio Olfattivo Kashnoir

Created in 2013 by Cecile Zarokian this warming perfume is excellent to get in a festive mood. Kashnoir reminds me of a delicious warm fluid rice dessert with cinnamon, almond milk and a slice of lemon rind.

Notes: lavender, lemon, bergamot, rose, orange blossom, coriander, vanilla, heliotrope, patchouli and benzoin.

Neela Vermeire Creations Bombay Bling

Uplifting and joyous Bombay Bling will bring you in a festive mood in no time with its syrup like fruity scent of delicious green mango, spicy lemony cardamon and white floral bouquet of tropical ylang ylang, gardenia, frangipani and tuberose. Created by Bertrand Duchaufour Bombay Bling embodies very different aspects of modern colourful, buzzing, spiritual and joyfull India.

Notes: Mango, lychee, blackcurrant, cardamom, cumin, cistus, Turkish rose, jasmine sambac, Madagascar ylang-ylang, tuberose, frangipani, gardenia, patchouli, tobacco, sandalwood, cedar, vanilla.

Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle Superstitious

Superstitious was created by perfumer Domique Ropion who created bestellers like Thierry Mugler Alien, Lancome La Vie est Belle and Givenchy Amarige. Superstitious has two different faces smelling of clean modern soap (aldehydes) and dirty jasmine flowers plus wet earthy patchouli at the same time. The sparkling aldehydes make this a very festive perfume.

Notes: Jasmine, rose, peach, labdanum, vetiver, patchouli, musk, and aldehydes.


Yves Rocher Secrets d’Essences Rose Oud

Finally a more budget friendly choice of Yves Rocher Secrets d’Essences Rose Oud. This fragrance is still available although I suspect it will soon be discontinued as the Secrets d’Essences line is not sold any more in The Netherlands.

Rose Oud was created in 2016 by perfumer Annick Menardo (Lolita Lempicka Eau de Parfum, Dior Hypnotic Poison and Amouage Opus X). This woody fragrance is an adult, grown up and rather dark red velvet rose with boozy dried fruit aspects. I am thinking of dried plums soaked in alcohol here. Some compared Rose Oud online to Serge Lutens Feminite du Bois but Rose Oud is more floral in my opinion. Boozy dried plums, dark roses and Oud make this perfume very suited for festive cold winter events.

Notes: Rose, Rose Damascena, Oud, Cistus Labdanum, Cumin

These are my 5 festive event choices! Have a look on the Sam’s blog I Scent You A Day, Megan’s  Megan in St. Maxime and Portia’s Australian Perfume Junkies to read their picks.  I am very curious, aren’t you?

What are your favorite festive fragrances? Do you wear spicy, warm, aldehydic or rose oud perfumes or are you more drawn to other kind of fragrances?

Disclaimer: all fragrances were bought by Esperessence. Photographs were made by Esperessence.

 

How To Pick The Perfect Summer Scent

 

With summer in its way other fragrances might be more appropriate than the ones you having been wearing during wintertime. It can be a good moment to start wearing other more suited summer fragrances like tropical florals, refreshing citrus or beach fragrances.

Try exotic flowers

Try fragrances with exotic flowers like ylang ylang, tiare, tuberose or fragrances with milky coconut undertones. The combination of tuberose and coconut can be found in Killian Beyond Love. Another more creamy tuberose is the budget friendly but discontinued Madonna Truth or Dare. The recently released Dusita Le Douceur de Siam is a beautiful tropical creamy rose ylang ylang fragrance and very well suited for summer. Tiare and coconut can be found in the recently discontinued but still available Guerlain Terracotta Le Parfum, Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess and Nicolai Createur Juste Un Reve.

Freshen up with citrus 

Another good choice is to freshen up on hotter days with fragrances which contain lemon, neroli or bergamot.  Heeley Oranges and Lemons Say The Bells of St. Clements, the natural and organic April Aromatics Ray of Light or the longer lasting Le Galion Whip are excellent choices if you like lemon in a fragrance. The refreshing Annick Goutal Neroli Cologne or Yves Rocher Secrets d’Essences Neroli are good choices when you are looking for a neroli scent. The zesty green Martin Marghiela Untitled L’Eau is my personal favorite for those very hot days with notes of lemon, mint and mandarin.

Go to the beach

Salty fragrances like Laboratorio Olfattivo Salina give the impression of being at the seaside which can be very suited on those warmer days. If you like the scent of sun lotion you can choose Nicolai Createur Musc Monoi which was inspired by the scent of Ambre Solaire sunscreen lotion.

Do you have favorite summer fragrances? Which one is your favorite?

Further reading: read my reviews of Laboratorio Olfattivo Salina, Madonna Truth or Dare.

Disclaimer: all fragrances mentioned in this article were my own acquisition, all photographs made by Esperessence

Do you have favorite summer fragrances? Which one is your favorite?

Laboratorio Olfattivo Salina

Salina
Laboratoria Olfattivo (LO) is a not very well known Italian brand which deserves much more attention. It was founded in 2009. Many of its fragrances are worth a try. It’s price (30 ml/40 euro and 100 ml/100 euro) are quite reasonable compared to prices from other perfume houses and some of its scents are fabulous. I also like the modern design of their bottles and packaging. My personal favorites are Kashnoir, Decou-Vert and Salina. Perfumers Cecile Zarokian and Pierre Guillaume have made fragrances for LO. Last year LO introduced 30 mls spray bottles, which can only be applauded.

Salina is a small Italian island in the Mediterranean Sea, north of Sicily. The word salina means salt lake. Salt lakes were used on the island for the production of salt by evaporating sea water salt was produced. In certain parts in the world salt is still produced this way. The island was the inspiration for the eau de parfum.

Salina Eau de Parfum evokes the scent of salty skin after a dip in the sea at a secluded warm sandy beach. The herbaceous wormwood and lavender giving the impression of a natural beach with low bushes where one can retreat in the shadow under some pine trees. It is a fairly modern and invigorating scent. At times it is almost as if I get a whiff of chlorine, which adds a contemporary and clean touch to the fragrance.

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Reviews on fragantica, basenotes and from some bloggers are very mixed. Some found Salina horrible and too intrusive. I like Salina and own a 100 mls full bottle. But I can imagine people finding it too  aggresive especially its chlorine note. Personally Salina reminds me of visits with my parents and their friends to a solitary Mediterranean natural beach in Southern Spain. A beautiful quiet place to swim and sun. I only use Salina when I crave for the beach on a very warm day and I am not able to go. It cleanses me like sea salt and water do. In other days it can be too intrusive for me as well. I would recommend to sample before you buy.

Have you tried fragrances from Laboratorio Olfattivo? If so, which one is your favorite?

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Notes: (according to official website)
Top: Lemon Peel, Marine Salt, Pine Needles
Heart: Hot Sand, Myrtle, Wormwood, Marine Spurts, Lavender
Base: Vanilla, White Musk, Cedar

Release: 2013

Perfumer: David Maruitte ( who also made Heeley Menthe Fraiche, the re edition of Le Galion Whip and Especially for Gentleman)

Family: Marine/Aquatic

Origin of bottle/sample: own acquisition

All photographs were made by me.