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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.

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?

MDCI Peche Cardinal

imageParfums MDCI (MDCI)  Peche Cardinal is a young, joyful and pretty fragrance. Wearing it makes me feel 16, innocent and charming like no other fragrance I have found.

It was the first perfume with a dominant tuberose note I enjoyed wearing and is one of my absolute favorites in my collection. What makes Peche Cardinal interesting is that although the tuberose note is dominant it displays a fresher  (greener ?) more innocent facet of the flower before becoming lush or even carnal. Peche Cardinal is a bit of shape shifter sometimes showing more of her sweet peach liquor side at other times more her creamy tuberose and coconut aspects.

One could say Peche Cardinal is a tuberose fragrance for beginners. Peche Cardinal was released in 2008 meaning Cardinal Sin.

The bottles come in two versions a simple more reasonably priced edition still expensive and one with a bisque stopper which looks beautiful and comes with a the Medici price tag. Both bottles are beautiful, although the one without the buste reminds me of the David Beckham glass bottles. The perfume has a beautiful peach pink orange color.

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All MDCI fragrances were made by very talented perfumers like Francis Kurkdjian, Patricia de Nicolai. Stephanie Bakouche, Cecile Zarokian, Amandine Marie and Bertrand Duchaufour.

I sampled most of the MDCI line some time ago buying a sample kit directly from the MDCI website, 8 small 12 ml splash bottles in an accompanying beautiful box. All buyers except people in the Netherlands can deduct the price of the sample box from their first full bottle. It is an excellent deal and a pity for people living in the Netherlands to be left out of this deal. Peche Cardinal was the fragrance I liked most from all the ones I tried.

Some people on the perfume website fragantica and Luckyscent did not believe Peche Cardinal was worth its price and could have been a main stream perfume. I agree with them this scent could have been one but only if better and more interesting main stream fragrances would be released. Although expensive I have not been able to find a cheaper alternative.

Notes according to Luckyscent: Davana, Peach, Coconut, Blackcurrent, Tuberose, Prune, Lily, Cedar, Sandelwood, Musc

Perfumer: Amandine Marie image

Fragrance family: Floral Fruity

Sillage: 3,5/5

Longevity: 3,5/5

Rating: 5/5

picture 1. Made by Rene Gruau, picture 2 taken from Luckyscent and picture 3 taken from the Parfums MDCI website

Origin of bottle and samples: my own