Hello perfume people and welcome to another session of Mood Scent 4. My fragrant partners and myself are here to share some fragrance love every month around a chosen theme. The Mood Scent 4 team are writing from four different countries. Portia at A Bottled Rose (Australia), L’Esperessence (Netherlands) and I Scent You A Day (United Kingdom) are your perfume selectors today for all thing fabulously fruity. This as you can imagine is a rather wide topic so I’m interested to see what the team come up with in this edition.
The fruity category to me can encompass citrus colognes as well as a great fruity floral. Fruits can really add something special to fragrances in general, especially if it’s quite unexpected. Fruits can be the main actor or a character part, but used well can make a perfume shine. I definitely had two fruity favourites that came to mind immediately, so I’ll be starting with those, so let’s get started.
Bombay Bling: Neela Vermeire Creations : Bertrand Duchaufour
This is one of the most joyous, uplifting and fruity scents that really delivers that fruity hit in an intense yet enjoyable way. The fruity aspect is the delicious full throttle blast of ripe and juicy mango. Bombay Bling is pure joy and if you think that mango would smell wrong in a perfume, then think again. The sandalwood dry down is absolutely stunning too.
Choeur Des Anges : Atelier Des Ors : Marie Salamagne
This is a fruity floral gourmand styled perfume with a huge hit of fruit. There is pear and blackcurrant harmonising with an orange blossom absolute and an ambered drydown. On some skins I’ve noticed that the pear is more present than on others. Pear accords are ot used that often in perfumery and here it as a ripeness that blends well on skin. Personally the fruitiness is something that I really enjoy and this is another perfume that gives me an instant mood boost.
Bitter Peach : Tom Ford
As we all know Tom Ford has been going the whole hog on the marketing hooks with his fragrance names for a while now – Fucking Fabulous, Lost Cherry and Rose Prick, so Bitter Peach is fairly banal in comparison. Although if you’ve seen Call Me By Your Name you may have other ideas on that subject. I’ve had a quick sniff of this new fragrance, as the pricing is a little beyond me until the travel spray comes out as per Lost Cherry and there other best sellers. Nevertheless I rather like the fruity, sweet fragrance that packs an intensely ripe, fruity peach punch at the opening that will lure you in. The bitterness of the title was not readily apparent, it felt lushly sweet and full bodied with a boozy patchouli, syrupy rum effect. The other fruity Tom Ford that I highly recommend is Plum Japonais which is one of the best creations in the range, and even better if you enjoy the plum effect in a fragrance.
Premier Figuier : L’Artisan Parfumeur : Olivia Giacobetti
This was the first niche fig fragrance on the market apparently, but the more well known fragrance is Diptyque‘s Philosykos. They are both great perfumes and I’m mentioning the L’Artisan as it’s the one I found first in my perfume stash. If you don’t have a fig fragrance in your collection I would definitely recommend one of the two. The L’Artisan is more creamy with the oozing fruit, leaves and bark of the fig tree heating up in the warm sunshine. It does have a green tint to it, but is sweeter than the Diptyque. Philyoykos is fresher and woodsier. I suppose that fig had its heyday in scent and now doesn’t seem as exciting but I’m sure someone should reinvent this humble fruit and create a modern easy to wear scent that can rival these two.
Music For A While : Frederic Malle : Carlos Benaim
This is a mad hatter choice and worth trying because it is a bit out there and you’ll either love or hate this one. It’s definitely interesting though. The key fruitiness comes from pineapple and although not a huge fan of the fruit myself there is something about this scent that keeps me smelling my wrist. For Malle this seems like a less serious fragrance, a bit of a swerve from his usual form, and first up all I’m thinking is it’s a bit like a pineapple, lavender Angel although less sweet. This vision doesn’t fit with the intellectual, classy vibe of the brand so it feels a little off kilter right from the get go. So there’s pineapple, patchouli and caramel, but the lavender means that the potential sweetness is cut down a notch. To be honest I’m still not sure what to make of this one but well worth a try to give your nose a different sort of workout.
So that’s a wrap for this edition of Mood Scent 4. Thank you so much for stopping by and please make sure to read my fellow Mood Scent 4 group writers : Portia at A Bottled Rose, Samantha on I Scent You A Day and Esperanza on L’Esperessence.
Notes : Images from the brand websites.
Disclosure : I provide services to Atelier Des Ors and the perfume was provided by the brand. Bombay Bling was gratefully received from the brand. Premier Figuier (bottle) and Music For While (sample) were sourced by myself. Bitter Peach was smelt in-store.