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Oct 202014
 October 20, 2014  Posted by on October 20, 2014 37 Responses »
Masque Milano russian tea

Masque Milano Russian Tea is a brand new fall 2014 release.  If you want to look over tea perfumes, I have a comprehensive review of tea fragrances from 2012.  There have been some new entries since then, and Masque Milano Russian Tea needs to go on the list.

BTW, have you all heard two bits of news? one, L’Artisan Tea for Two is coming back!  Two, Estee Lauder bought Le Labo.  Yeah, good and bad.  Hopefully Lauder will leave Le Lebo mostly alone and just let it do what it does so well.

Masque Milano russian tea

Having picked some tea,

he drank it,
Then he sprouted wings,

And flew to a fairy mansion,
To escape the emptiness of the world….
~Chiao Jen

Masque Milano Russian Tea is the work of perfumer Julien Rasquinet, with notes of mint, black pepper, raspberry, black tea, magnolia, everlasting flower, leather accord, incense, birchwood and cistus labdanum.

Russian Tea walks the line between smoke billowing tea and a more moderate tea scent.  the mint, raspberry and pepper, along with light floral takes some of the edginess off of all of those dark birch, incense, leather and tea notes.  You know what would be really fun? If we could get two varieties of this tea fragrance – one with the modulating notes on and one with it off. I really love the one I’ve got in front of me, but that list of notes makes me pine not just a little for another one –  full-throated incensed leathery whip-snapping tea.  Well, I don’t have that one. This one will do quite nicely. I like the way it veers each direction, softening, then dark, softening, then dark.  It leaves a lot of room for people who love smoky black tea and those that like theirs served up a little more delicately. If you want a really delicate tea perfume, I’m not sure this is it.  Black tea and incense are pervasive, even while trussed up by the mint and raspberry.

After a run-through of my old tea perfume post, I couldn’t find a tea fragrance filling the slot Masque Milano Russian Tea fills.  It is not too sweet, not too strong, not too weak, not lacking tea.  Pulling back on the smokiness makes it incredibly wearable for long periods of time, which not all tea scents can pull off. Good thing, because this one lasted overnight on me. It doesn’t stay super-strong, but it lingers on your clothes and skin until shower time.

Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves — slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. ~Thich Nat Hahn

I’m enchanted.  Mark at Colognoisseur has a review of it also.

Winners of drawings

Tom Ford Patchouli Absolu sample winners are Jill, Artist, Rincogniolita, and Sun Mi Fontaine.  By Kilian Addictive State of Mind sample set winners are Katrin, Joan Kubes, Deva and Glannys.  Click on the  Drop Us a Note at the top of the blog,send me your address and remind me what you won. I’ll send you send you a quick confirmation that I got your e-mail instead of it floating aimlessly down my spam filter, and then I’ll get your sample sent out to you.

Of course there is a drawing for this tea fabulosity.  Drop a comment, tweet or facebook share to be entered, and I’ll give away four winners of a sample of Masque Milano Russian Tea.  What is your favorite tea scent, or do you have one?

Oct 192014
 October 19, 2014  Posted by on October 19, 2014 14 Responses »
bittersweet paris sunset

bittersweet paris sunsetAh, autumn has finally arrived here. This time of year is my favorite of the seasons for several reasons (my DH’s birthday and mine, our wedding anniversary, the refreshingly cool nights) and it makes me quite happy. But along with that happiness, a hint of bittersweet creeps in, knowing that the dark, cold days of winter will be along soon enough. Also, this month marks the second anniversary of the passing of our dear friends’ adult daughter, who died way too young in an automobile accident.

When it comes to fragrance, L’Artisan’s Seville a l’Aube and vintage Mitsouko parfum never fail to capture a bittersweet aura when I wear them.

Seville a l’Aube smells almost the way autumn feels, if that makes any sense. Although a glorious, colorful season, there’s always that hint of sadness that the bright days of summer are gone. And the reminder that winter’s harsh chill is waiting in the wings (apologies to those of you who might have already had a taste of it). And the Mitsouko, because when I wear my tiny bit of it, it’s so beautiful that it makes me a little sad, knowing that this gem is becoming harder and harder to find. It is a scent we probably won’t see the likes of again.

Thinking about more scents in this vein, Ormonde Jayne Woman and Serge Lutens’ de Profundis come to mind, their beauty tinged by earthy darkness. And who could forget Guerlain’s L’heure Bleue? Paris at day’s end could definitely be a bittersweet moment (especially if it’s your last evening in the City of Light before returning home). As always, I’m sure I’m forgetting some other great fragrances that are transporting.

And just recently, I’ve seen a film that moved me in a similar fashion, “The Painted Veil,” based on the W. Somerset Maugham novel, and starring Naomi Watts and Edward Norton. I’ve read that both stars had loved it and long been attached to the project and finally got it made after years of waiting. It came out in 2006, and alas, didn’t make much of a splash in Hollywood circles, although it should have, I think. Its story of misunderstanding, adultery, and vengeance, eventually giving way to respect, forgiveness, and even tenderness, is quite touching and wonderfully acted (not to mention showcasing the gorgeous scenery of China).

I’ve watched it now a number of times, and always wind up teary-eyed, with a lump in my throat, but no doubt that’s the beauty of it. A bittersweet ending for sure, but one that offers at least some uplifting closure.

For comparison’s sake, I read the novel, and although beautifully written, found it bleaker, lacking development of the husband’s character, and leaving precious little room for hope or redemption between the couple. This is one of the rare occasions in which I think the film outshines the book – the movie humanized it somehow, found sympathy for both main characters and gave it more heart.
“I like to think that we didn’t change the book so much as liberate it,” said star and co-producer Norton in one interview I read.

So please share: What perfumes, books or films bring you to a bittersweet state of mind?

Photo borrowed from 123 RF

Oct 172014
 October 17, 2014  Posted by on October 17, 2014 7 Responses »

mossgownad.postcard_c38d40fc-dd11-4b74-87c4-444420d9364e_grandeThe other day I stumbled across a cache of perfume samples that I think were from the Posse’s event last year (which really needs to happen again- it was too fun to meet all of you and especially to watch Portia charm everyone in LA (she got samples out of an SA at Macy’s! In Century City!) In any case, one of the samples was from Providence Perfume Co, based in Providence, Rhode Island, near to where I grew up.

Why I didn’t try this before I have no idea. I love mossy fragrances and this is moss with a capital “M.” It’s also smoky, woody and almost chewy in it’s richness. But the best part for me it the delightful florals that dance over that dark, smoky heart: mimosa, rose and violet leaf are the ones I can make out.

The most amazing thing for me is that while it’s 100% natural botanicals, the lasting power is phenomenal. I got 12 hours out of it.

I’m really hoping to sample a few more of this line in the near future. It is so great that this county is dotted with people of great talent who will do what the big guns either can’t or won’t do: make art and not commerce.

Moss Gown is $37.50 for a 7.5ML travel size or $140 for a 1 ounce atomizer, and worth every dime.

Image stolen from their website. I assume they put the sample in the gift bags. I know I did not pay for them

Oct 162014
 October 16, 2014  Posted by on October 16, 2014 17 Responses »
Dior Homme Dior Fragrantica

Hiya Posse! Portia from AustralianPerfumeJunkies with a really beautiful snippet. Here we have DIOR Homme, Robert Pattinson and a young girl, then the whole scene shifts. What is real, who is who and how fabulous that everything may not be quite what it seems. Add to that a funky, trippy soundtrack and a gorgeous setting, shot in B&W!

Dior Homme by Francois Demachy for Dior 2011

Dior Homme Dior FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Lavender, sage, bergamot
Heart: Iris, amber, cacao
Base: Vetiver, patchouli, leather

This is the reorchestrated, smoother and less aggressive version of DIOR Homme. Having said that, as a total reformulation it is a fabulous one. If we’d never had the original we would be thrilled by the current. It smells super sexy on almost every man it touches.

Dior Homme Dior Robert Pattinson FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Enjoy this tiny video piece.

Portia xx

Dior Homme ‘The Film’ – The Ball

Musette's Musings

Musette’s Musings

O.M.G. You guys. Mercury is in serious RETROGRADE and my computer has taken a Viruscrappitycrapcrap so bad that it is out-smelling the Wastewater plant we’re going to work on today. I can’t access anything and for some weird reason the program will let me type in the headline – but The rest, please…

Patchouli, baby: The new "it" scent?

Patchouli, baby: The new “it” scent?

Looking over a recent post on the Now Smell This blog, I noticed two items, right on top of each other, announcing new patchouli scents. One was from Tom Ford, Patchouli Absolu, and listed just after it, Patchouliful, from Laboratorio Olfattivo. As these things go, can a third be far The rest, please…

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