Adjatay was a last minute discovery before I left Esxence in Milan to go back home. I’m happy I made that final stop as it was one of the perfumes I loved most from the show. The Different Company, created by Jean-Claude Ellena and Thierry de Baschmakoff fifteen years ago is now helmed by Luc Gabriel. A commemorative perfume, Le 15 was released last year to celebrate the milestone and was signed by Alexandra Monet, who has now conjured a leather to love with the exotic sounding Adjatay.
“I brought this tuberose flower back from Grasse and forgot her in an unpretentious leather bag. She refused to give in and for days her stubborn warmth strived to bring the leathery silky animal notes of my worn out bag back to life.” (Luc Gabriel)
Adjatay EDP : Nose : Alexandra Monet : Year : 2016 : Notes : Top : Ylang ylang, mandarin : Middle : Tuberose, jasmine, heliotrope : Base : Castoreum, styrex, papyrus, tonka bean, sandalwood, musk.
Adjatay runs soft and loud like Nirvana‘s grunge classic Smells Like Teen Spirit. Nirvana actually nabbed this trick from The Pixies but all the same it’s an effective ruse. Adjatay has a silky soft ylang ylang at the opening that instantly endears. It is a little sweet, with a light candied effect but far from anything too gourmand so don’t fret sweetie phobics. However a few minutes in Adjatay literally explodes and comes to life. Tuberose takes the lead in the entanglement with a leathery effect that veers to the dark side, yet is not overly heavy or stifling. It’s more textured than a suede like effect, although it’s not a full blown masculine styled leather and steers away from a hardcore interpretation. The interplay between the leather and florals is alluring and plays out loud and soft, tender and rough. The leathery effect has a slightly smoky, grungy feel at times and becomes more sensual and definitely a little sexy before settling down to a well worn, played out harmony. Adjatay imparts a sense of something weathered yet still twinkles with life.
Do you need to like tuberose and leather to wear this perfume? Both can be tricky for perfume lovers. Well neither representations of these materials are on the hardcore side here, so I think this could be one to try for those who like their leathers in theory but find them more difficult to wear in reality. The same goes for the tuberose. Adjatay made me curious about The Different Company as I really loved I Miss Violet from last year as well. Adjatay is definitely a more carnal scent, bringing on the night to I Miss Violet‘s day but both are modern, easy to wear perfumes with enough of a twist to give a sense of teen spirit. These perfumes are solid, not avant-garde or arty experimental, yet have interesting quirks that are well worth a try.
The Low Down : Loud and soft, tender and rugged this is a sensual tuberose and leather perfume to play with your senses.
For where to purchase : Please see The Different Company website for further details. A 100ml bottle is priced at 155 Euro.
Notes : Images : Featured Image : Edie Campbell for Louis Vuitton by Steven Meisel : Other image : The Different Company
Disclaimer : Sample received from The Different Company. Opinions my own.