Mood Scent 4 : Weird And Wonderful Perfumes
It is Mood Scent 4 time again! A joined perfume bloggers project where we share our views on the same subject linking perfume to mood or occasion. This time Portia (now on A Bottled Rose), Sam (I Scent You A Day) Megan (Megan In Sainte Maxime) and I chose to write about unusual weird and wonderful perfumes.
It has been a month since my latest blog post. In The Netherlands we have moved from the semi lockdown to a new situation where we are able to travel further away, go abroad and visit restaurants or other public places keeping the 1,5 m in mind. All is still a bit unusual. As some of you who follow me on Instagram might have seen, flowers and nature helped me to stay centred and positive. Luckily I have been able to see my 85 years old dad more as well. I hope that those reading are able to keep their spirits up.
Back to weird and wonderful perfumes now, I chose three perfumes which all tell an interesting and unusual story. All three are anything but ordinary, because of their story or perfume notes.
BeauFort 1805 Tonnerre, (Come Hell or High Water Collection), Visit The Battle of Trafalgar In 1805
Tonnerre features notes (or accords) of lime, gunpowder, smoke, blood, brandy, seawater, amber, balsam fir and cedar.
BeauFort was founded by musician Leo Crabtree, a current member from The Prodigy band. Tonnerre was inspired by the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Tonnerre features the scents of a complete sea battle with smoking gunpowder, scorched flesh (or blood), black wet earth, salted seawater and pungent tar. It is almost like time travelling as these are not scents (luckily!) you normally get to smell. Tonnerre is not for the faint of heart or a perfume I wear regularly on skin but I find it very intriguing as a perfume creation and olfactory experience.
Hilde Soliani Caffe Delle Vergini, Visit An Italian Cafe In the Eighties After A Night Of Clubbing
Caffe Delle Vergini features notes of ink, coffee and vetiver.
Caffe Delle Vergini was created by Italian perfumer Hilde Soliani. She was inspired by her visits to the bar Delle Vergini in the Italian City of Sassuolo after a night of clubbing to have breakfast. Bar Delle Vergini is said to be one of the first bars to admit women in the Sixties in Italy. Which reminds me of going out in the Eighties to a Spanish disco and have hot chocolate and fried churros in the middle of the night, not exactly the same scents but you get the idea. Caffe Delle Vergini smells of ink from the newspapers in the bar, espresso coffee from the steaming coffee machine and the smell of vetiver from the perfumed men visiting this bar. Caffe Delle Vergini is not as unusual as the Beaufort Tonnere perfume and more wearable. Actually it is one of the fragrances I wear most from Hilde Soliani as I like the story behind it too. The bottle has a label with a newspaper as you can see on the photograph.
L’Artisan Parfumeur Dzing! Visit An Old Fashioned Circus With Animal Poo and All
Dzing! Features notes of tonka beans, balsam, saffron and ginger.
Dzing! was inspired by a live circus with notes of horse or elephant dug, hay, powdery animal fur, sweet bright pink candy cotton, used saddle leather and wood dust in the ring. From all fragrances this is my favourite weird and wonderful perfume as after a few hours it leaves a scent of used soft comfortable black leather with a cleaner aldehydic (or soap like) accent. Last week when my cat Rubio visited his cat loo he left the scent of animal dug which very much reminded me of Dzing! Luckily there is much more to Dzing! than animal poo with the used leather, powdery fur notes, cleaner soap and wood dust. Some people got candied sweet apple too. Dzing! was launched in 1999 and created by perfumer Olivia Giacobetti (who also created Diptyque Philosykos, L’Artisan Tea For Two, Frederic Malle En Passant and Iunx fragrances)
These are my 3 picks of Weird and Wonderful Perfumes. Have a look on Sam’s blog I Scent You A Day, Megan’s Megan in St. Maxime and Portia on A Bottled Rose to read their picks and see how they are doing!
I hope you and your loved ones are able to stay healthy, calm, centred and positive during this period.
There have been some troubles with leaving comments lately. I do hope you are able to leave your choice for a weird and wonderful perfume. I love to hear from you.
Disclosure: all photographs were made by Esperessence. All perfumes were bought by me.
July 6, 2020 @ 11:50
You shine a different light on the world than others do. And a beautiful light it is! Keep up the good work!
July 6, 2020 @ 16:12
Thank you, Peter, glad you like it!
July 6, 2020 @ 11:56
Hi Esperanza, what a surprising post. I smelled Tonnere at the Perfume Lounge and found it a bit weird also. I own a bottle of Dzing and as far as I’m concerned it will always be in my collection. Recently I bought samples from Hilde Soliani and she being an absolute specialist in gourmands suprised me. I love Crema di Latte, the one you mention I have never smelled before. Is there still a store in the Netherland who has her perfumes? or do you order directly form her website?
July 6, 2020 @ 16:11
I thought about you writing this post as I considered including Bvlgari Black and know you like this. Tonnerre is quite hefty. Maria sells Hilde Soliani but she might be discontinuing it, not sure. Some years ago they sold her fragrances near The Perfume Lounge but I don’t believe they sell it anymore. I ordered my bottle on MP 😉
July 6, 2020 @ 19:37
Hi Esperanza, Maria does not sell everything anymore and has many bottles for sale. I ordered my samples directly from Hilde. It only took a very very long time. Maybe because of Corona?
In Amsterdam there was a man, also hairdresser, who sold Andy Tauer as wel as Hilde. Cannot remember his name. Black by Bulgari is also loved by me;)
July 6, 2020 @ 13:33
I’ve read about Dzing a lot. It seems either love or hate. I don’t think I fancy it
July 6, 2020 @ 16:08
I think so too. It is worth a try though
July 6, 2020 @ 15:47
I love Hilde Soliani’s work. She so often works well outside the boundaries of perfumey perfume. Not all of them work for me but when she gets it right for me it’s 100% nailed.
Doing! is super fun. What a wonderfully weird bird it is, but so low key it’s wearable in public. A little heftier and it would be OTT!
July 6, 2020 @ 16:06
Love her work as well! Curious which one works for you though. Dzing! is super fun and as you say much more wearable than one would think.
July 6, 2020 @ 17:00
I have only one bottle of her work, but like quite a few more. It’s 24.09.11. A spiced, resinous amber. Jaw droopingly beautiful.
July 6, 2020 @ 17:07
Must look for this, I just saw on her it is still in production. It must smell amazing on you!
July 6, 2020 @ 20:16
I never realised that Dzing had that pooey thing going on😉 I haven’t smelled that one but if I see it I’ll definitely try it just to see if I’d get that same vibe from it.
July 9, 2020 @ 12:39
It is definitely worth a try. Let me know if you get the same vibe from it 😉 reading experiences from others online I got the impression not everybody got the animal poo so who knows.
July 6, 2020 @ 23:00
Hi Esperanza, what a great selection! I’m so in love with that decoupage style Hilde Soliani bottle. As for Dzing, my friend Lisa let me try some of hers and we both agreed it smells like a circus, but in a good way, if there can be one? Anyway, dung and leather actually works really well here.Always a pleasure to meet another Beaufort London fan. I desperate to try their new one, Terror and Magnificence as my chum Pia Long made it. A joy to work with you as always! xxx