Wednesday, May 24, 2017

My Spring Perfume Wardrobe

You are probably very much aware that perfumes are my passion and weakness, as I have already introduced you with some of my favorites. Perfume market is constantly blooming with new perfume creations and it is not easy to keep up with innovations. Also, collecting perfumes is a rather expensive hobby. Usually, I prefer spicy, oriental perfumes, but I do not discriminate and most likely any long-lasting perfume with an unusual note can win me over, even if just for a little while. This spring I shuffled my perfume routine a bit, so if you are even a bit curious which perfumes stole my heart recently, please read on.

Chanel Coco and Ramon Monegal Umbra

Coco remains my favorite classic, that delights me with a new note every time I wear it. A mixture of aromatic spices and aldehydes masterfully lingers almost all day. This is also my other's half favorite perfume on me. Umbra is a silent favorite with its specific combination of Haitian vetiver, Serbian oakmoss, white musk, geranium, Canadian pine, black pepper, and tonka bean. Following one of my previous posts, readers were curious why Serbian oakmoss and I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to ask Mr. Monegal about it. He explained to me that Serbian oakmoss is extremely fragrant and of great quality. I will surely wear these two perfumes for years to come. A more detailed description of these two classics that I adore can be found in Croatian here.

Atelier des Ors Aube Rubis

Gold particles that float in perfume? Although I am usually not a fan of bright and flashy things, this patented idea looks very attractive and appealing even in the bottle. Dispersed flakes of gold in the perfume are characteristic of a niche brand Atelier des Ors. Inspired by dawn and the circle of life, Aube Rubis celebrates light and life. A sparkling prelude of grapefruit and blackcurrant speaks of the early morning coolness, before it radiates light and warmth when the sun stands high in the sky. The fragrance closes on a rich and warm accord with the sensual elegance of sage and earthy patchouli. It is very special and although the price is high, 100 ml will last you a very long time, on the skin as well as on a shelf.

Montale Oudmazing

I do not remember when was the last time that people stopped me in the street to ask what perfume I was wearing. Oudmazing leaves a trail of scent, that is for sure. I received multiple compliments for this perfume of extremely long duration created by another niche nose, named Mr. Pierre Montale. Top notes of Sicilian orange and bergamot, oud, a pear and fig are mixed with middle notes of Egyptian jasmine, patchouli and iris leaf, that lead us to base notes of Madagascan vanilla, leather, white musk and grapes. A very seductive and intoxicating juicy scent lasts up to 24 hours on the skin. It also comes in a cute 100 ml bottle and you can find it here.

Armani Code Cashmere

There are a lot of women who love Armani perfumes and they certainly won't be disappointed with the new Armani Code Cashmere. A new addition to the Armani perfume line is an oriental floral fragrance that starts with notes of orange flower and Arabian jasmine, heliotrope turns into almond milk and iris, finally revealing base notes of suede leather, incense, leather and patchouli. Carlos Benaim and Dominique Ropion have once again created a fragrance that will appeal to most oriental perfume fans, who love a powdery oriental suitable for everyday wear. If you love discreet, warm and comforting perfumes that remind you of the softest cashmere, with a touch of sweetness (which is by no means excessive), you will love this one. It can be purchased in all better perfume stores, recommended price for a 50 ml bottle is app. 75 EUR and for a 75 ml bottle app. 90 EUR.

YSL Mon Paris

Last, but certainly not least, new YSL perfume literally intoxicates the senses. "For this perfume I chose your name simply because there is no one more beautiful. Because I love you. My Paris." YSL Mon Paris came out in 2016, but its Croatian premiere was just last month at the Westin Hotel. Panorama of the Paris rooftops causes vertigo effect and throws us into the hands of magnetic attraction, in a moment where we let ourselves go despite life that rushes past us. Freedom and craving leads us towards a new direction, which creates this subversive, new, white, modern floral-fruity chypre, the work of Olivier Crespo, Dore Baghriche and Harry Fremont. It is formed by two chords: enchanting accord of date flowers, that take on a distinct sexual note as evening arrives, while the base is adorned with clear whiteness that leaves a long-lasting and intriguing scent, thanks to two different kinds of patchouli. It starts quite energetic with Calabrian bergamot and fresh accords of raspberries and strawberries, combined with notes of pears that give it freshness. The heart of Mon Paris are ethereal chords of peony, rich absolutes of Arabic and Chinese jasmine, calmed by the earthy warmth of patchouli. The last chord starts with musk that floats throughout all the notes, through three sensual white musks in a complex game blended with white flowers, enveloping this intoxicating chypre with airy, white light. Floral heart of Mon Paris reveals a crystal clear touch of freshness, while brilliantly clear patchouli brings a strange feeling of cleanliness. The entire composition is rounded by a sensual and warm mineral ambrox that delivers a sense of luxury. Just like the smiling embrace of a lover, it balances the shimmering nature of Mon Paris and embraces it with luxurious elegance and unique style, far from the dark and moody notes of moss. A very seductive scent that will be equally delightful for lovers of intoxicating notes, as well as those that adore fruity, flowery notes. It comes in a beautiful crystal bottle tied with a recognizable black YSL bow (30, 50 and 90 ml).

Yours truly at the YSL Mon Paris event with blogger colleagues Classified Beauty WannaBe and Beauty corner by Iveee.

If I take a better look, patchouli and iris are the connection between most of my favorite perfumes. For this coincidence I blame the seventies - years when I was born. Back then, patchouli was the "thing" and it marked those careless years. Since I do not divide perfumes by gender or by season, it is quite possible that I will wear most of these perfume candies throughout the year. What are your favorite perfumes and do you change your perfume wardrobe according to the season?

You can find this article in Croatian here.

* Armani Code Cashmere and YSL Mon Paris are PR products, all other perfumes bought by the author herself. Links are not affiliated.


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