Hiya Posse Peeps, A few years ago one of my besties was in London and happened to be trawling the Selfridge & Co beauty and fragrance floor looking for inspiration and just loving being back home in the UK for a moment. She was greeted warmly by an SA at a counter for a fragrance line she had never heard of, and to be fair neither had I. It was the Mancera line and Alice was so swept up in the girls friendliness, knowledge and enthusiasm that she bought me a bottle of The Aoud. Then she got on the phone at great expense and told me she’d bought my birthday present and NO she wasn’t going to tell me anything other than bought at Selfridges. I love it, wear it often and the whole story makes me smile every time I think about it. Seriously, how freaking lucky am I? So let’s talk about another in the line that’s caught my fancy, Wave Musk …
Wave Musk by Mancera 2011
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Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Grapefruit, black currant, grass
Heart: Sea notes, orange blossom, sea salt, driftwood
Base: Seaweed, white musk
The Mancera story goes: Built for the Middle eastern market. Large European style fragrances with an oud speciality. Using the same crew that brought us Montale, which they do resemble.
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Sharp, sweet, green and salty opening that is deeper and richer than the aquatics of the 1980s but definitely references them and builds upon their legacy. Can anyone say Grapefruit Margarita? Definitely a party fragrance. It’s nice: fresh and herbal. It has a lovely ring of the old stately cologne but with a bad ass saltiness that turns it slightly sideways. A very similar heft and thickness to the scent that is so popular with Montale fans I think it will be a hit with anyone who likes their UN-oud offerings like Sandflowers and Soleil de Capri. Which I adore.
The Wave Musk grapefruit manages to last well into the heart giving the salt and orange blossom a zingy and sweet sheen. As the woods float in they are only very slightly warm and around much the same time the seaweed arrives. It reminds me of the seaweed wrapping on Gimbap, like Japanese Nori Rolls. Sea-ish but clean sea, dry and zero of the under boardwalk stench. That raspy, dry first bite of a roll with the sugar and vinegar rice is a nice analogy of the layers of scent in Wave Musk.
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Wave Musk is a very interesting player, it should be barely wearable and so retro as to be unwearable in 2015 yet it manages to be refreshingly new and fun. Imagine if Womanity had used grapefruit instead of fig? You get the picture. As with all Mancera’s lasting power is eternal.
First In Fragrance has €82/60ml and samples
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Do you have an aquatic favourite or even one that torments the living shit out of you? Has the Mancera line tickled your fancy at all?