Hey, it’s 2014, and I’m hoping 2014 will be as good as 2013 as far as new releases. With the few I’ve smelled in the first few days of 2014, I’m a little encouraged!
Masque Milano debuted at Pitti Fragranze last fall. I thought we had hit every booth there except a few too crowded to get to with our achy feet, and we missed this one. Which is a shame, but at least that oversight is put right.
Masque Milano is a company formed by a couple of guys who love the theater, and the masque in the name refers to the masks we wear in theater and that perfume allows us to wear. They released three fragrances so far, with two more – a fabulous-sounding tea fragrance and Tango, described as perfection, and has notes of amber, jasmine sambac, turkish rose, cumin, cardamom, cinnamon, tonka bean, benzoin, sandalwood, guaiac wood, cedar and melilotus (holy love, batman! – coming in 2014. Tango should be released pretty soon, I’m guessing.
First three in release are Montechristo, Terralba and Luci Ed Ombre. Montechristo is a haven for the leather/tobacco lovers out there. it’s got some amazing longevity and is a great smoky tobacco and leather. Notes of Cabreuva, Ambrette Seeds, Rum, Tobacco Leaves, Celery Seeds, Cistus, Benzoin, Golden Stone, Styrax Gum, Gaiac Wood, Cedar Wood, Patchouli. The ambrette and celery is an interesting addition to this, and it kinda works for me, giving a bit of a cuminy skank feel along with all that leather and tobacco. If you love tobacco and/or leather, definitely one to sniff. Complete love for me.
Luci Ed Ombre has notes of Incense, Ginger, Tuberose, Jasmine, Moss, Cedarwood, Patchouli. It is inspired by the play of shadow and light in the human soul. The earthy nature of moss and woods and incense contrasted with tuberose and jasmine curling up out of its center. There is a lot to love in this one. It has some interesting contrasts, but it doesn’t turn out to be my favorite.
Terralba has notes of Clary Sage, Lemon, Green Tangerine, Myrtle, Thyme, Curry Leaves, Everlasting Flower, Lentisque, Juniper, Cypress, Cedar Wood. It is inspired by the Mediterranean. Salt, sage, green, earthy, this is a rich, lush herbal green. It’s not exactly like the old Gobin-Daudes, but there are some note combinations that remind me of them, which is excellent since almost nothing ever reminds me of those much-missed scents.
I didn’t expect Terralba to be my favorite, but it was, closely followed by Montechristo. An interesting line, and I’m eager to see their next two scents and what else they will do in the future.
Profumum Sorriso is the newest release from this line. Profumum does gourmands better than about everything else they do, and they tend to be my faovrites in the line, with the exception of Aqua di Sale, which I adore. Bitter chocolate, bitter orange, woods, and vanilla isn’t listed, but it’s definitely in there. Gourmand in the sense of being foody, but not sweet. Cocoa-dusted oranges, which I would put right up there with one of my top three things in the world. If you’re not a huge fan of gourmands, but like the idea of them, Sorriso may be your gateway drug. Chocolate is a tough note for me to love in a perfume, but Sorriso is perfect. Huge fan of this perfume.
So we’ll do a draw this week of two sets of all four of these new releases. I was going to review the new MDCI gardenia scent, but I just have a small vial, and I have a hunch this one needs to be sprayed. So is everyone a block of ice yet? Does anyone know how I can fix my knitted hats so they aren’t so big? I’ve made like five hats, and all of them are way tooooo big. I have a big head, and I follow the pattern, and I swatch, but they just aren’t turning out all cute like I want them to. I’ve got another hat started where I went way small on the rib band on it, hoping that if the band is a great fit, then how big the rest of the hat is won’t matter. yes? I worry about attempting socks, they are likely to be monstrous.