It is Mood Scent 4 Time again! Our monthly blogging project where Portia, (on A Bottled Rose) , Sam (I Scent You A Day) and Megan (Megan In St Maxime) write about a different subject linking perfume to mood or occasion. This time we picked Made For Me, those perfumes which suit us perfectly and feel as if they were made for us personally. Due to personal circumstances in the family Sam had to skip this month, my thoughts are with her and her family.
One of the Made For Me fragrances is Guerlain Shalimar. It is one of the perfumes which feel custom made, like a pair of shoes where the hard black rough leather took some months to get soft and comfortable as Shalimar took me several months to appreciate when I first started wearing it. Sparkling green Bergamot lemon. smooth floral Rose and Jasmine, seductive balsamic Opopanax, comforting Vanilla, powdery Iris and Tonka Bean make Shalimar very soothing and relaxing. Although Shalimar was made in 1925 it feels custom made for me and I like to wear vintage dry body oil in the evening before going to bed.
April Aromatics Ray Of Light is sunlight in a bottle on dark rainy days. Ray of Light feels custom made on those grey days as it ticks all the right boxes to uplift me with bright crisp green lime, sweet vibrant yellow lemon and bitter green accents reminiscent of the leaves of the lemon tree. These citrus fruits make this a very uplifting fragrance for those days when you could use some encouragement. Ray of Light is an all natural cheerful fragrance made by Berlin based perfumer Tanja Bochnig.
Angela Flanders Cashmere Noir is another fragrance which fits like a glove. It feels as if it was made especially for me as it contains all my favourite notes; sweet heliotrope, powdery iris, resinous tolu and warming strengthening cedar wood. Cashmere Noir is straightforward and feels like wearing a soft light grey comfortable cashmere sweater on colder autumn days.
These are my 3 picks for Made For Me Perfumes. Have a look on Megan’s blog Megan in St. Maxime and Portia on A Bottled Rose to read their choices. I hope Sam is able to write next month and wish her and her family well.
I Love To Hear From You There have been some troubles with leaving comments before. I do hope you are able to leave your choice for Made For Me fragrances. Those perfumes which feel as if they were specifically made for you. I love to hear from you.
Disclosure: All photographs were made by me. The perfumes were bought by me as well. I was lucky to win an April Aromatics Sample set several years ago on a Facebook contest.
It is Mood Scent 4 time again! Where Portia (now on A Bottled Rose), Sam (I Scent You A Day) Megan (Megan In Sainte Maxime) and I write about a joined subject each month, linking fragrance to mood or occasion. This time we picked unsung heroes! Those brilliant perfumes which undeservingly don’t get the attention they deserve.
We have returned to the new normal in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. As some parts of town are too crowded mouth protection needs to be worn in certain streets, markets but not everywhere on the streets. Still a bit strange and getting used too. We were planning to go to Spain in this period but we are staying closer to home visiting the Southern part of The Netherlands, Limburg so I am a bit in a holiday mood for this article too. Back to Unsung Heroes again with Ruth Mastenbroek Amorosa!
Ruth Mastenbroek Amorosa Eau de Parfum – Zest For Italian Life!
Ruth Mastenbroek Amorosa is an unsung perfume hero which surprisingly hasn’t gotten much attention online. Ruth Mastenbroek is a long time perfumer, former president of the British Society of Perfumers and trained chemist. She started her own perfume brand in 2010 and has created fragrances for brands like Jo Malone (the famous grapefruit candle is her creation) before starting her own brand.
Amorosa was the second fragrance Ruth Mastenbroek launched for her brand. Meaning ‘a woman in love’ in Italian, Amorosa was inspired by her love for Italy. It is a luxurious and classic baroque floral fragrance. Full of abundant creamy flowers (tuberose, jasmine, ylang ylang and tiare), sweet juicy summer fruits, contrasting green fresh garden leaves with a surprising modern twist by the added refreshing watermelon note.
Ruth Mastenbroek created this fragrance celebrating life and happy time spent in her holiday home in green hilled Umbria, Italy. The innovative use of fizzy refreshing watermelon makes this a very interesting Eau de Parfum. It took me several wearings to appreciate the fresh aquatic note combined with the rich classic bouquet of flowers but it was definitely worth a wait. Amorosa is a must try for (White) Floral fragrance lovers looking for something slightly different and original. Wearing Amorosa adds a sparkle to the day and feeling of zest for life.
Ramon Monegal The Essentials Collection Mon Patchouly – Happy Ibiza Jasmine
Notes: Indonesian Patchouli, Oak moss absolute, Frankincense, Geranium bourbon, Egyptian jasmine and Amber accord. Year: 2009 Fragrance Family: Mossy Woods/Chypre
Mon Patchouly is another unsung heroes which undeservingly does not get a lot of attention. Although called My Patchouly this is more a fragrance for non patchouli lovers, as it is full of ethereal jasmine. This fragrance stays away from the usual wet earth scent the patchouli leaf is known for and focuses on its lesser known ethereal floral side. Mon Patchouly smells like little sweet sugared jasmine flowers dipped in bitter chocolate powder with some green piney frankincense. I get a gourmand touch as well of very light creamy coconut and whipped cream. This is not a night blossoming faecal* (smelling of excrements and found in small traces in indolic floral oils like jasmine absolute) jasmine but an innocent happy white jasmine flower.
Mon Patchouly is part of The Essentials Collection which was the first Collection to be launched in 2009 when Ramon Monegal started his own perfume brand after working for his family owned perfume and make up brand Myrurgia. The heavy perfume bottle is called Inkwell, not very practical but a beautiful design of Ramon Monegal nonetheless.
Nicolai Parfumeur Juste Un Reve – Cocktails On An Exclusive Tropical Island
Juste Un Reve meaning just a dream in French, is another perfume which does not get a lot of attention. It is slightly reminiscent of tropical floral fragrances like Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess but more elegant plus added sweet fruits. If Bronze Goddess was a summer dress it would a short white cotton dress to go to the beach. Just Un Reve would be an elegant satin silk long dress to go for evening cocktails in an exclusive holiday resort on a tropical island.
Tuberose flowers and tropical lush ylang ylang are very well blended by perfumer Patricia de Nicolai with light coconut and sweet ripe velvety peach. Juste Un Reve makes an excellent summer holiday fragrance even if you are staying home. I have finished 2 bottles of this fragrance which only shows how much I love this.
I Love To Hear From You I hope you enjoyed my Unsung Heroe picks which are slightly holiday oriented as well. Hopefully you are able to stay safe, centered, positive and healthy with everything happening around us. Please leave your choices for unsung heroes in my comments or your thought on my choices. I love to hear from you!
Disclosure: all photographs were made by me. The jasmine flower (called Biznaga) on the second photograph was handmade and based on the floral tradition in Malaga, Southern Spain to make these flowers by hand. You can read more about the Biznaga here. The Amorosa bottle is an older model. The fragrance comes in other bottles now.
Perfume can be a wonderful way to travel when you are not able to visit the place itself. A situation many of us are in now. Gallivant has a good range of perfumes based on different cities and one of them is Amsterdam. As I live in Amsterdam it caught my eye. I was pleasantly surprised how well it captures the soul of the city. Here is why it feels like visiting the Dutch capital when wearing the Eau de Parfum.
Gallivant Amsterdam smells like a bike ride across Amsterdam city with golden sun lit canals during Autumn, leading us to the oldest and darkest part of town (near the Red Light district) with Chinese Sichuan restaurants on Zeedijk and Warmoesstraat.
Unusual spicy Sichuan pepper turns Gallivant Amsterdam into an original fragrance like the city itself, hinting to its history of spice trade from the Dutch East India Company. Gallivant owner and creator Nick Steward was very kind to take the time in his busy schedule to answer questions about Gallivant Amsterdam. He explained he wanted to include this lesser known part of Dutch history of the Dutch East Indies (VOC in Dutch) which brought so much wealth to the city.
Amsterdam Eau de Parfum is a compilation of many trips Nick Steward made to my hometown which he knows very well and loves. I have been living in different parts of Amsterdam myself for more than 30 years and know it very well.
In the Eau de Parfum Nick Steward very cleverly shows us different sides (or is it sights?) of this Dutch capital, the cosy warm classic cafes with dark wooden furniture and the darker side in the Nieuwmarkt area (also known as red light district). I am very glad many sides of Amsterdam are shown and it keeps away from only showing the red light district or coffee shops (for marihuana not coffee) as the city has so much more to offer.
The black tulip accord/note in Amsterdam Eau de Parfum hints to light and dark used by Dutch and Flemish painters from the 16th and 17th century. This tulip note was a bit surprising as tulips tend to be scentless except some wild ones. Amsterdam City has a floral side as parks like Vondelpark (shown in the photograph above) are full of flowers during Spring with tulips and other beautiful flowers.
Galivant Amsterdam leaves a warm, light powdery scent on the skin accented by warm resins invoking a feeling of cosines and warmth like staying inside on a cold dark day in November with family and friends drinking hot chocolate and whipped cream, a popular Dutch drink on cold days.
The intention of Amsterdam Eau de Parfum was to show other (lesser known) sides of the city, its different styles of architecture from the majestic 17th century houses on the canals to the typical Amsterdam School style (Jugendstil like) buildings on the outskirts of town, modern Dutch design, cosiness in bars and overall good atmosphere.
I believe the soul of Amsterdam is captured extremely well in this fragrance and an excellent way to experience the Dutch capital while staying at home. The idea of showing lesser known parts of the city is very clear while wearing the fragrance.
Many thanks to Nick Steward to taking the time to talk about Gallivant and Amsterdam.
Disclosure: All photographs are made by Esperessence except the last one from Nick Steward which he provided, the perfume bottle and discovery set I bought before that, was bought by me as well.