Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Providence Perfume Co. Moss Gown

The joy of fragrance is  in it's complexity and mystery - the deciphering , the remembering , the contemplation and finally the wearing . Moss Gown is all of these and more . It is rich and fruity ( not sweet nor bright but dark and decaying fruit ! ) It is woody and mossy and mysterious , complex and deep , earthy rich resinous , intellectual . It was love at first sniff  and yet after I got to know her , I did not love her for awhile . The cedar was too much , and I was upset that the boronia and coffee flower was overshadowed by the regal cedar . ( I consider cedar sacred . It is strong and assertive enough to take over a fragrance . ) After experimenting a little , I decanted some from my bottle and find that dabbing rather than spraying shows off the floralcy and suppresses the pronounced cedar a little .
The notes in this fragrance are rare and expensive . Coffee flower is one of the richest , fruitiest essences I have ever smelled , and here it is just luscious ! Boronia too is lush and fruity and together they are decadent and dark . Lifting this pair into the sun is a dusty dry sunflower and a moist young chamomile . Dark and light play like a lilting melody , trees swaying creating dappled sun and shade .
Yet it never strays too far from the earth , as moss IS earth , moist and dark and green and tranquil . Reclining on a soft bed of moss to sleep , to dream , this is perfume and all it was meant to be .

Top notes are sunflower, mimosa, cedar and chamomile; middle notes are boronia, rose, coffee blossom, narcissus, lilac and violet leaf; base notes are cedarmoss, sandalwood and white cedar extract.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Rosarium Blends The Rosarium - THE ROSE !!

Alchemical Concoctions to Enliven the Senses
Catamara contacted me a few weeks ago , asking if I would like samples of some of her creations . Though I had never heard of her , of course I jumped at the chance to smell some independent creations .
From the website "Rosarium Blends makes their own ritual incense blends, essential oil blends, and natural perfumes using the finest herbs, woods, resins and essential oils. All formulations are original recipes and the result of extensive historical research, practical experimentation and magical studies.

Each incense, oil, and perfume is blended and charged during specific lunar phases, astrological transits, and correspondences. Thus formulated with intention to enhance the charm’s potency, enliven the senses, and increase the heightened awareness they are designed to awaken. "

OK , yes , please...and she did not disappoint ! I was smitten with four samples , but my favorite of all is this rose , The Rosarium .
This is the rose you found in the garden , and plucked at it's zenith in the early sunshine , fresh and just barely dripping with dew . You carried it with you as you wandered and the sun warmed your back . You seek out the shade of a large tree , and lie down in the cool grass to press the blossom to your nose , and dream .
Notes given are two - rose and styrax . This creation speaks to me in whispers , makes me happy , yet contemplative , yearning for more . I know there is more - Resins , grasses , herbs . The rose is here is so realistic , fresh and dewy - silky without being metallic , slightly sweet without being jammy , full blown with a background of stems and leaves , a hay like softness of grass under your feet . Perfection !

Friday, October 10, 2014

Ask AbdesSalaam Day 2

Thank you for the lively and wonderful conversation yesterday !

If you didn't get a chance to ask your question , AbdesSalaam is with us again today and ready to answer .
Good Day AbdesSalaam and welcome back !
I got so many e-mails thanking you for answering our questions yesterday .
We left off our discussion with olfactory psychology . I have a serious aversion to vetiver , and though I do not know the reason , is it possible to " de-sensitize " , that is reprogram a response to certain aromas ? ( similar to behavior modification )

Ask AbdesSalaamAttar - La Via del Profumo

image via Basenotes
Good Morning Everybody ! This is an interview/Q & A session I had with D. Dubrana of La Via Del Profumo in 2010 . I am reprinting it here today for his benefit .

The day has arrived , the appointed hour is here . Dominique Dubrana aka AbdesSalaamAttar is here with us and waiting to answer your questions !!
Good Day AbdesSalaam and Welcome to WAFT . I am beginning to understand the role aromatherapy/healing/psychology plays in your creations and I know our readers would love to hear more about the process of creating personalized fragrances . But first , maybe just a little background or history .

Can you remember the first fragrance you ever created , and why ?

( Remember readers : refresh your page frequently to keep up with the comments )

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Vero Kern ROZY

I am so so so looking forward to this one . You will be the first to know when I get my little decant .

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Names I Can't Remember.....

Is there a limit to the length of perfume names ?
Obviously not .
Why doesn't someone name a new release Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu ?
Wikipedia cites this as the longest place name on Earth . It means hill in Maori .
So be it .
An even longer version, Taumata-whakatangihanga-koauau-o-Tamatea-haumai-tawhiti-ure-haea-turi-pukaka-piki-maunga-horo-nuku-pokai-whenua-ki-tana-tahu, has 105 letters and means The hill of the flute playing by Tamatea — who was blown hither from afar, had a slit penis, grazed his knees climbing mountains, fell on the earth, and encircled the land — to his beloved .
ho-kay then .

Long Fragrance names , write these down...
A Lab on Fire L'Anonyme ou OP-1475-A
Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio for Men  Acqua for Life Edition
Lolita Lempicka Midnight Couture Black Eau de Minuit
Shiseido Majolica Majorca Majoromantica
Van Cleef & Arpels Precious Oud No. 04855AM

Thierry Mugler has released a limited edition collection and the names are quite long , although not THAT long , in comparison .

Collection Le Goût du Parfum:

Angel Eau de Parfum sublimée de Poudre de Cacao Amer

Alien Eau de Parfum sublimée de Caramel au Beurre Salé

Womanity Eau de Parfum sublimée de Chutney de Figues

A Men Eau de Parfum sublimée d'un Concentré de Piments Rouges

Got it ?

I respect Octavian over at 1000Fragrances , and if he raves about a fragrance - I SMELL IT , and he raves about the new Angel Eau de Parfum sublimée de Poudre de Cacao Amer . So I am on a mission to get ahold of some , I love good chocolate and have always wished to find a creamy , milky , gourmand chocolate scent that works . I'll keep you posted .

Any fragrance names that you can't remember ?

Friday, October 14, 2011

Aftelier Pink Lotus

UPDATE : The gorgeous aged sandalwood in this is so profound , I have been spoiled forever....earthy , chewy , yet sweet and smooth . Heartbreaking !!
This is a reprint from 2009 , but since I am giving away a mini bottle I wanted to include this short review . Pink Lotus has been discontinued , but I have 2 bottles for myself and joyfully want to share a little of what Mandy sent me !
There is a stillness on the edge of morning that is profound . It is not light , and yet it is not dark .
A ray of light splits the dawn and up from out of the stillness , and the mud , an unopened bud breaks the water's indigo surface....the earth is ripe and dirty . It cares not if you approve .
Slowly , the stem rises , unfurling its delicate pink petals to the sun....smiling a sweet serene smile . Graceful , translucent , with a little bit of mud on her skirt .
photo: my sandalwood bead mala

notes :
pink lotus , aged sandalwood

I have heard originally this was a custom scent made for Madonna .