We’re back with the fourth edition of Mood Scent 4, where A Bottled Rose, I Scent You A Day, L’Esperessence and Megan In Sainte Maxime offer their choices on scent moods and occasions or various themes every two months. Rainy Day, Wedding Guest and Mainstream perfumes have been covered and now we’re featuring Uplifting Perfumes. I do look for perfumes to provide a mood boost, or to give a shot of energy in the afternoon slump. They can be the best instant happy pill for a good perk up.
So without further ado let’s get this party started.
Bombay Bling : Neela Vermeire Creations : Perfumer : Bertrand Duchaufour : 2011 : Notes : Top : Labdanum, cardamom, caraway, blackcurrant, mango, lychee : Middle : Jasmine, gardenia, ylang-ylang, tuberose, rose, frangipani : Base : Patchouli, sandalwood, cedar, tobacco, vanilla.
The first perfume that immediately sprung to mind was Bombay Bling for this edition of Mood Scent 4. It was a complete no brainer actually. This is the perfume that I always turn to when my mood needs elevating. It feels joyous, radiant and exceedingly happy. This is also the first fragrance that made me appreciate fruit in perfume. Mango isn’t really a note that you’d expect to like in a fragrance but like it I do. It really manages to capture the tang of the fruit in a beautiful way and the sandalwood drydown is exquisite.
Dilettante : Hiram Green : Perfumer : Hiram Green : 2016 : Notes : Orange flower, petit grain, essential oil of orange
Hiram Green makes wonderful natural perfumes. Perfumes devoid of synthetics can have a tendency to come across as a bit flat in tone with little development but Hiram makes perfumes that feel beautiful and nuanced. He also deals to the other often heard complaint about natural perfumes that they have limited longevity. I can assure you there is nothing to worry about with Dilettante. This perfume lasts for hours and hours. As the wearer of some great orange centric perfumes including Fleurs d’Oranger, Seville à l’aube and Orange Sanguine I wasn’t sure if I really needed another perfume that in this category but this one has the same sort of spark as Orange Sanguine but I enjoy this more. Orange Sanguine goes flat after the initial orange fizz opening has worn off, whereas Dilettante stays sunny with shots of green piercing its interior and hints of honey and smoky resins in the dry down.
611 Extremo : Giovanna Antonelli : Perfumer : Cecile Matton : 2017 : Notes : Top : Rhubarb, pear, bergamot : Middle : Tuberose, Egyptian jasmine, hawthorn : Base : Licorice, benzoin, iris, vanilla
It wasn’t long ago that I wrote about this perfume but it’s getting another mention as I’ve been wearing it A LOT. It really gives an energy kick that lifts the roof off. 611 Extremo is a power floral with a sunny disposition. Tuberose is the star here but it’s given a very lush treatment so errs to the gourmand with vanilla and fluffy benzoin. I highly recommend tracking down the range if you haven’t tried it yet – there are three perfumes in the line and they are all excellent.
Hedonist : Viktoria Minya : Perfumer : Viktoria Minya : 2013 : Notes : Top : Rum, bergamot, peach : Middle : Jasmine flower absolute, orange flower absolute, osmanthus absolute, tobacco : Base : Vetiver, Cedar wood, vanilla
Boozy sunshine and juicy, peach fizz is what this perfume dials up. Hedonist definitely takes a walk on the decadent side with shots of rum and honey and errs sweet but in the most beautiful way. It’s really worth getting your nose on this perfume especially if you like a good fruity note done well. The peach in Hedonist is so realistic that it really feels like you could be biting into the skin with juice running down your face and fingers. Everything works well in Hedonist from top to bottom and it’s an excellent mood enhancer and also a good night out spritz.
Mandarine : L’Artisan Parfumeur : Green mandarin, ginger, yellow mandarin, frangipani, red mandarin and white cedar.
Now this perfume has only recently come into my possession thanks to a fragrance friend and is perhaps the most on point rendition of a mandarin I’ve ever had the pleasure of smelling. There is a lightness that drapes skin and it smells so magical. I am transported immediately to the Mediterranean with hints of flowers that add a delicate creaminess to the fruits and a light woody base completes the story. The downside to Mandarine is the longevity. It will be winning no awards on this front. You will need to reach for the bottle rather quickly but you just get a hit of that beautiful scent again and the world feels like a better place.
I’d love to know your choices for Uplifting Perfumes whatever they may be.