Hello perfume people and welcome to another episode of Mood Scent 4. For this session we’re featuring our favourite fragrances that are Made For Me. My scented partners are Portia at A Bottled Rose, L’Esperessence and I Scent You A Day. We are your perfume selectors for perfumes for various moods and occasions. This time around I Scent You A Day will not be with us but she will be back for the next session.
In my book, Made For Me fragrances are those that you fall in love with at first sniff, they are a real coup de foudre. You are still entwined with the perfumes as the years go by and they still hold you tight. These fragrances feel as they have been made just for you. They are your personal holy grail fragrances.
So let’s get started.
Calling All Angels: April Aromatics : Tanja Bochnig: 2013
“In church I felt the incense was rather a cold incense smell, I wanted Calling all Angels to be warm and gourmand.” (Tanja Bochnig)
Of all the beautiful April Aromatics fragrances this was my first love in the range. I am referencing earlier writing on this perfume now from this blog and I still have the same thoughts, although perhaps now it seems that Calling All Angels now offers a form of spiritual healing. It really feels like pure bliss for me.
Calling All Angels is one of those natural perfumes that doesn’t seem like a natural perfume. It smells richer and stronger than what you may be used to for a natural. It also won the Art and Olfaction Artisan category in 2014 for good measure and really is a gorgeous fragrance. Calling All Angels has a powerful sense of being and a hefty presence. It’s a sultry, golden, ambered incense swamped in dark, magical resins and a heavenly labdanum. Occasionally I detect a subtle smoky flicker and at others a honeyed, vanilla. This is much more my style than the austere, cold incense perfumes like L’Artisan Parfumeur‘s Passage d’Enfer or Kyoto from Comme des Garcons. Calling All Angels is exactly how Tanja has envisaged this scent. It’s joyous. It sings on skin and is draped in warmth and love.
White : Puredistance : Antoine Lie : 2015
A perfume that radiates beauty, and an aura of ethereal bliss. White from Puredistance was a surprise for me when I first smelt this five years ago as it immediately felt very special and so radiantly expressive. The fragrance always feels plush and otherworldly and is such a great mood booster. The blend of bergamot and rose transitions to a gorgeous orris, tonka and sandalwood. White is a perfume that gives a wonderful plumped up feel and cocoons you away from the world in a puff of marshmallow clouds.
Musc Ravageur : Frederic Malle : Maurice Roucel : 2000
When the perfume bug bit me a few years ago now, I was keen to try the Malle line as its reputation was sky high. Musc Ravageur was the fragrance that immediately jumped out at me and lured me in. It’s a super sexy musky, ambered fragrance with a glint in its eye. Musc Ravageur is also fairly strong so it’s really not for pussycats. If you enjoy Guerlain’s Shalimar then think of this as a modern, perhaps more wearable version depending on your tastes. There’s a spiciness to Musc Ravageur that I enjoy with a hint of clove and cinnamon and as the fragrance wears on skin, there is a sweetness through the musky dry down. In my opinion this is a modern classic and a masterful creation and your paws should most definitely pounce on it.
Fourreau Noir : Serge Lutens : Christopher Sheldrake : 2009
This is one of my hands down favourite Lutens fragrances although it’s not one of the most popular, referenced scents. If you like lavender in fragrance it’s well worth trying as Sheldrake seems to have a deft touch at treating lavender carefully and bringing out the best facets – see also Gris Clair and Encens Et Lavande in the Lutens line. The more gothic styled fragrances are brought out of retirement in the autumnal months so Fourreau Noir is ready to come to life. It’s a fragrance made beautiful with lavender, smoke, almond and tonka beating with a dark heart that sings on windy moors, rain swept landscapes and snow capped peaks.
Thank you so much for stopping by and please make sure to read my fellow Mood Scent 4 group writers : Esperanza on L’Esperessence and Portia at A Bottled Rose for their take on today’s topic and Samantha on I Scent You A Day will be back next week.
Notes : Fragrance images from the brands.