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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.

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.

 

How to Create a Safe Haven With Fragrance Within Yourself

With all that is happening around us and in the world, I can imagine you don’t always feel confident or safe thinking about the future, at times I don’t either. Due to this, it could be a good idea to create a practice or little ceremony to feel safe and protected within yourself everyday.

You could go into meditation or take a little rest and contemplate on what made you feel protected in the past. Or what makes you feel safe right now? When did you feel protected when you were a little child? As a young adult?  Which scents did you smell? Which fruits or flowers did you like?

I have a dear friend who likes to revisit her grandfathers peony garden.  When I was a little girl I felt safe when visiting the rough mountains with wild thyme in Southern Spain. This experience inspired me recently to make a blend of essential oils of sweet orange, thyme and Spanish sage.

Comforting fragrances will be rather different growing up in another country or part of the world. It might be the relaxing fragrance of a cup of smoked lapsang souchong tea? Or joyous tropical flowers or fruits?

The experience of a safe haven within yourself goes much further and deeper than just revisiting this moment in a flash. The most important thing is the feeling you experienced. The experience of feeling completely safe and protected and nothing can happen to you. When you recapture this experience, try to recreate the same feeling by using essential oils or look for a perfume with these notes using the fragrantica website (look them up by using the same notes) or have a good look in your perfume collection if you have one.

For example when want to smell the fragrance of smoked lapsang souchong tea you could give the perfume Bvlgari Black a try or for the peony garden try Avon Luminata or Annick Goutal Quel Amour. Have a look in your cupboard for some tea or spices, even lemonade.

Let me know if how you would recreate a safe haven for yourself with a fragrance. I would love to know how you experience this or if you would like some want help recreated this experience.