SOTD: Palais Jamais by Etro

Sometimes a day goes by and I wonder how come I couldn’t find a little time to post a short review of a perfume, book or a sample. Today it’s the sample day and I finally have a little time to post my thoughts.

I love this. 🙂 I could end here with – it’s a mimosa-vetiver cologne for me and I love it.

I thought of it as a cologne but it’s actually an EDT which is basically the same.

Notes: tuberose, jasmine, ylang-ylang, mimosa, violet, tangerine, sandalwood, vetiver, musk, leather, tobacco, oakmoss, civet (there are some variants on the notes but not much).

As I already said, it starts as a green cologne to me (cologne meaning it’s citrusy for me) with something familiar that I just couldn’t figure out until I read the notes. It’s mimosa! This is the best mimosa for me so far. Ok, so I didn’t try that many but this one is still the clear winner.

And for an edt, it has some serious lasting power (more than the last 2 samples I tried).

I read somewhere it has some spiciness, and I agree. At some point, you feel that tingling in your nose that tells you there are spices in it but out of the notes, I cannot figure out what can it be. Besides, it doesn’t last long. It goes on to some white flowers peeking through but I can’t say I actually smell one of those listed. What surprises me is that for an edt, it goes through a lot of phases. At some point it gets really flowery until settling down into a vetiverish mimosa (I can still feel it a little in the drydown) with a salty sandalwood drydown (I have no idea what it this with me and salty drydowns, I promise I don’t sweat much).

I find this a wonderful summer fragrance and quite long-lasting. It’s really good I tried this before summer so I can get some before it starts (it’s raining and quite cold these days so there’s no hurry yet).
P.S. It reminds me of Guerlain Vetiver with some mimosa on the side that turns it into summer freshness personified (not that the Guerlain Vetiver is not like that, I love that one as well).

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10 thoughts on “SOTD: Palais Jamais by Etro

  1. La Bonne Vivante June 2, 2010 at 01:09 Reply

    Guerlain Vetiver with mimosa thrown in …I'm sold, say no more!I got your samples today. THANKS SO MUCH!!!!! you are VERY sweet, but then, we all knew that already.I wanted to send you that 2nd formulation vent vert, but couldn't quite read your full return address (I was going to surprise you….) so you should pop me an email: labonnevivante17@gmail.com

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  2. Bellatrix June 2, 2010 at 10:49 Reply

    would love to try it!

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  3. Ines June 2, 2010 at 12:17 Reply

    Yeey! I'm glad BV they arrived safe and sound and I can't wait to hear what you think of Puredistance.I'll email you my address today (always up for some samples heading my way). 😉

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  4. Ines June 2, 2010 at 12:18 Reply

    Bellatrix, I'm sure that will be absolutely no problem. 😉

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  5. Rose June 2, 2010 at 12:48 Reply

    mimosa vetiver sounds heavenly- I haven't explored the etros as much as I should have really- what delights I have awaiting I hope

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  6. Ines June 2, 2010 at 12:56 Reply

    Rose, I have to admit, I haven't explored them much either which is really bad because all 3 I tried were great and extremely wearable. 🙂

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  7. kjanicki June 2, 2010 at 19:51 Reply

    That sounds wonderful.

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  8. Ines June 3, 2010 at 13:43 Reply

    Kjanicki, I plan on browsing a bit to see what other bloggers thought of it. I really think it deserves love. 🙂

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  9. Bellatrix June 23, 2010 at 21:23 Reply

    Thanks for sample! I love it! It is citrus but it has that special Etro warm touch that I like and love.

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  10. Ines June 24, 2010 at 11:11 Reply

    No problem, I'm so glad you like it. 🙂

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