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Les Nombres d’Or: Tubereuse and Amber

It takes some time to get to know perfumes by Mona di Orio and even then, you cannot say for sure they aren’t going to surprise you sometime in the near future.
I’ve been happily testing the Nombres d’Or line and I love them all. Some more, some just a little bit less, but if I had them all, I would happily wear them. As I don’t see that happening any time in the near (or even distant) future, I’ll give my samples all my love. (btw, I ordered mine from Aus Liebe zum Duft and they might seem expensive but they are also big). 🙂


Notes: pink pepper, bergamot from Calabria, green leaves, Indian tuberose absolute, Siamese benzoin, heliotrope, amber, coconut milk, musk

Honestly, I really shouldn’t be reviewing any tuberose perfumes. So far, I haven’t encountered a single one I didn’t like. Tuberose is one note I cannot get enough of and I enjoy it immensely.
In this case, I’m happy to say, I found one that would work great in my collection, as it’s a refreshing, green tuberose. In the beginning.
It’s lightly sharp on the nose due to the pink pepper and citrus, and greenery is there too, hiding the tuberose  bathing in the coconut milk. At no point in development does tuberose take over and the greenery remains there, not perhaps as obvious as in the beginning but there to make this tuberose light for wearing and something tuberose haters might give a go.
Also, it made me realize how wonderfully (for me) tuberose works with coconut (this is not the first perfume where the pair is featured but perhaps the most obvious one). Which brought me to the idea that perhaps Love Coco and Vamp a NY might work well together…  Hmmm, I should give it a try…
(of course, if it doesn’t work out great, I’ll never mention it here and I’ll just pretend I didn’t try it) 😉


Notes: Cedarwood from Atlas, Ylang-ylang from Comores, Benzoin, Tolu, Absolu Vanilla Madagascar

As much as I could tell the notes in Tubereuse, I can’t really say the same for Ambre.
It smells like the epitome amber. Lightly sweet, lightly burned, vanillic, somewhat musky and for a little while powdery. Ok, so that last part might not sound like amber, but it works for me (and I’m not a fan of powderiness).
Of all my ideas as to what might work to provide powderiness, none of them appear in the notes.
Anyway, my boyfriend assures me I’m wrong, but I smell similarities between Ambre and the drydown of Shalimar (which is a very good thing in my opinion).
This amber has me baffled. Each time I smell it, I smell something different and it’s all good. 🙂
It’s just a great, lightly burned and woody amber. There would definitely be a place for it in my collection.

Like Birgit says, there is always a place for another amber.

Notes and pics by: http://www.luckyscent.com/

Almost strangled by tuberose: L’Artisan Tubereuse

The title might sound as if I didn’t like what I smelled and that would be very wrong. But it isn’t that simple.

I wonder what tuberose fans think of this one? I only dabbed it on my wrist and I got hit by a tuberose wall (for a lack of better description).

Notes: tuberose, ylang-ylang, coconut milk.

As you can see, there aren’t really that many notes to decipher but I still didn’t smell coconut milk. 🙂 It’s camouflaged in all the tuberose.

Anyway, my nose was almost glued to my wrist after putting it on – it actually smelled narcotic to me. And I think this is the first time that my mind instantly associated tuberose with smelling tropical. The smell is actually so strong and saturated that I could feel the imagined tuberose jungle lianas winding around me while I stand there dazed and keep smelling it.

And although I really enjoyed smelling it, I’m not sure I would be able to wear it. I just can’t imagine smelling like that (not that that might not happen, who knows what will be my favourite note year from now?).

I guess I did smell ylang-ylang because I got the feeling of tropical lushness. This is the first scent for which I can say that it grabs you by the neck and doesn’t let go with its intensity. I’m sure if you’re not careful with applying, you are definitely going to give yourself a headache. But you will probably be drugged by the smell, so you might not care. 🙂

Re-discovering spring… and the smells of childhood

I will talk about some of the Le Jardin Retrouvé fragrances today. If you want to know more about the house and its history, there’s a lovely post by Divina from Fragrance bouquet.

I’m going to talk more about impressions today. 🙂 It is difficult for me to talk about scents without having notes, my nose is not really that good.

But since Mr. Denis Gutsatz was so kind to send free samples for me to review, I’ll try my best. One thing I realized while trying them is that it took me a second round of smelling them to actually begin appreciating them better. Or maybe it was just the fact that I had a terrible cold.

The things is, it seems there are a lot of citrusy notes in almost all of Mr. Yuri Gutsatz’s creations. Most of the time they are in their right place for me – the one I actually didn’t like was Citron Poivrée (smelled like lemon drops).

Anyway, none of them smelled modern to me or terribly new. Some of them reminded me of my childhood spent running around my grandmother’s garden or parks where I played with other children. Some of the rose fragrances (more about them soon) reminded me of people from my childhood – especially my grandmother.

Of the four I will go through today, Verveine celeste is the one that smelled most spring-like of all the creations and most memory-inducing. And I believe I finally found my cut grass fragrance. I’ve been looking for it for so long and I absolutely love the fact that I can smell it in this. The only problem is that it will wait until spring for me to feel the need to wear it. But I don’t mind.

And that might be one of the reasons I didn’t fall straight away for the Jardin Retrouvé scents. Almost all of them evoke spring feelings for me.

I like Tubéreuse very much – it smells green and tuberose-jasmine like. Very strong – I’d say the strongest of the line and if you don’t like the smell of either tuberose or jasmine, steer clear. I love it. But also in the spring. It smells exactly like I imagine tuberose and jasmine should smell.

One of the woody scents in the line, Santal is lovely if somewhat bland when compared to woody scents of Serge Lutens line for example. This one is listed under masculines but as more of a unisex. Very true. I think it now sounds like it’s not good when compared to more heavy scents but actually it’s quite lovely. On my first try I thought I got some fruity, herbal whiffs from it – but I seem to have missed them on my second try. And it all rests on this lovely santal woody base and sort of stays clear of either going into warm, sweet more feminine territory or the other way into more masculine territory.

The last one for today is Cuir de Russie. Interesting take on leather albeit maybe too sweet for my taste. Not as in candy too sweet, but in leather too sweet. It’s a floral cuir to me. Strange and actually not bad. I’ll be giving this more thought in the near future, there is definitely potential here. Lots of it.

I only had one floral on the list today, but the others in the line are included as those that provoke childhood memories.

All of these scents would in my opinion work great as ambient scents which is what Mr. Gutsatz probably thought himself since some of them come as candles as well.

And the name of the line is apt as well. It is definitely a place to go to find lost scent memories of childhood (in case you have memories of running through green places).

Picture by: http://www.lejardinretrouve.com/

P.S. The best thing of all is if you find something you love, you’re not going to pay terribly much for it – the prices they offer are the ones from 1975. when the company was founded. Worth exploring. I’ll be exploring their beauty oil soon. 🙂
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