Welcome back to another session of Mood Scent 4 with my perfume blogging friends, I Scent You A Day, A Bottled Rose and L‘Esperessence who is here with us today after a leave of absence. This instalment features our most relaxing perfumes.
So when do you feel relaxed? Is it with friends, family or when you’re alone. I know that I can chill out relatively easily when the conditions are right but as soon as some stress is involved my zen state departs rather rapidly. I do feel everything is well with the world when I’m lying on a beach with no phone and reading a book. My phone is a huge distractor though and I now need to make sure that there is a space in each day when it doesn’t accompany me. Disconnecting is the new relaxation I believe. Nature and music are also fantastic relaxants too.
Are there certain smells that we can think of as relaxing? I’m sure we all have our preferred scents here. On a personal note I enjoy the smell of incense in a perfume as it definitely takes me to a zen like state. Labdanum too. Perhaps something with a little sweetness as well. So without further ado, here is my selection for relaxing perfumes.
Tam Dao : Diptyque : Perfumer : Daniel Moliere : 2013 : Notes : Lime, coriander, ginger, sandalwood, cedar, musk, vanilla, amber wood, myrtle, cypress
Tam Dao is one of the classic Diptyque perfumes that is often referenced. The original comes in the EDT format and the first versions were apparently very sandalwood centric. Unfortunately I haven’t tried the original and my bottle is the newer EDP format and is one of the first perfumes I bought when the joys of fragrance were discovered. It has a very comforting, relaxing dry woods scent that verges on the spiritual side. There is a slightly milky, creamy aspect and a tiny touch of vanilla to round things out but it’s definitely unisex and perfect for cooler months. To me Tam Dao smells like a sachet of pot pourri that has been tucked into antique wooden drawers. I can’t say if there is actually any real sandalwood in this perfume today but the woody blend still smells great and it’s one of those fragrances that seems to blend effortlessly with many moods and occasions.
Kiki EDP : Vero Profumo : Perfumer : Vero Kern : 2010 : Notes : Top : Bergamot, lemon, passionfruit : Heart : Lavender, geranium : Base : Musk, patchouli, caramel
I’m a patchouli fan and there is one perfume from Vero Profumo that utilises this material in a healthy dose. The fragrance is called Kiki and I’m referencing the EDP version. It is perhaps the most playful scent in the Vero Profumo collection and takes inspiration from Kiki de Montparnasse, the actress, singer and muse to Man Ray.
The opening is all gleaming jewelled citrus that also has a soft herbal aspect. One thing to remember about this perfume is you must absolutely love lavender. When the lavender is mixed with the fruits it’s actually rather unusual perhaps something of an acquired taste. However I find the passionfruit is divine and provides a nice contrast to the sharpness of the lavender.
Kiki has a brightness that I enjoy and like to wear it in the evening. It seems to slip on so smoothly like a favourite dress and makes me feel that everything is in its right place.
Tempted Muse : April Aromatics : Perfumer : Tanja Bochnig : 2015 : Notes : Frangipani, tuberose, jasmine, rose,tonka bean, sandalwood, ylang ylang, pink grapefruit, vanilla and fruity notes
Tempted Muse from April Aromatics is a natural perfume that projects a spiritual, relaxed, blissed out vibe. The flowers speak in very pleasing tones and make me feel as though I’m walking in lush gardens with blooming white and yellow petals pressed upon skin. Tempted Muse is a fragrance that warms the heart and switches between unadulterated florals with a nudge to the tropics and a sandalwood and vanilla softness. Even Luca Turin who doesn’t seem to be a big fan of natural perfumes gave Tempted Muse four stars in his latest perfume guide.
L’Air Du Désert Marocain : Tauer : Perfumer : Andy Tauer : 2005 : Notes : Top : Coriander, petitgrain, cumin, lavender : Heart : Jasmine, labdanum, birch, geranium : Base : Amber, vetiver, cedar, patchouli, oakmoss
I’ve never written about this modern classic although I’ve referenced it in other Tauer Perfumes reviews. This is the Tauer fragrance that really makes me feel like life can slow down in the most leisurely way. L’Air du Désert Marocain is a standout in a strong collection and is considered one of his best creations, and for good reason. I have this fragrance in the 15ml travel size and also in the miniature bottle that is actually my favourite format. It’s so portable that it lives in my summer basket so consequently sees frequent application. Yes it’s relaxing but at the same time the dry mix of heady spices and ambered tones is lively too. It has an expansive feel that makes the fragrance a great partner for watching the starry skies. I’ve had phases when I wear this a lot and then see it safely tucked away again. Currently I’m dabbing this often and in a lovely way feels like an old friend with that familiarity and ease that never disappears.
Let me know your relaxing fragrances too.
Notes : Photos : Megan In Sainte Maxime.