ALTAIA — and a Giveaway

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Anita and I are co-reviewing the ALTAIA line today (stands for A Long Time Ago In Argentina).  The samples came from Paula at Beautyhabit (full disclosure); a quick perusal of their literature indicates that they’re the folks behind Eau d’Italie. There’s also some charming backstory about how the current perfumers (husband and wife) met and married, and then found out their families had been connected several generations before.

By Any Other Name – bergamot, litchi, rose, peony, osmanthus, cedarwood, musk.

March says: speaking of charming. It’s a zesty, slightly fruity rose that reminds me a bit of Ines de La Fressange (the original). It feels very diffuse and young to me, so I feel a bit silly wearing it. I’m also not the queen o’ roses as you know, and/but this is very pretty. It makes me think of pale pink silk.

Anita says: the drydown on this is adorable – and I mean that in the absolutely nicest way. March hit the nail right on the head with the reference to pale pink silk. This is a garden party in a formal rose garden – and two young people have just met …and are thinking about falling in love.

Don’t Cry for Me – jasmine tea, freesia, cherry flower, heliotrope, vegetal amber, cashmere wood, ambrette seeds.

Anita says: of the three, this is my heartsong. It’s a cozy-ish scent, with a bit of a zing – the heliotrope is crisp enough to keep you intrigued while the cashmere woods and ambrette seeds wrap you in a cozy nest.

March says: a powdery vegetal musk kinda along the lines of Kiehl’s Musk EDT, and I think I’d like this a lot better if it weren’t 85 degrees right now.

Yu Son – mandarine, green tea, orange blossom absolute, iris, vegetal amber, gaiac wood.

March says: unsurprisingly, this is the winner for me. I love the tea-and-citrus top notes, which you’d think is going to turn into a cologne but is instead followed by a smooth, slightly bready essence of iris and amber. It’s the quietest whisper of a woody drydown but there’s something complex and complete about it, even at that stage, that I love. I would wear this happily during the summer months.

Anita says: I love the crispness of the citrus and tea top notes and would happily keep it there because I haz a Lazy Nose – but the iris and amber force me to grow the hell up and allow it to develop into a more complex and interesting scent – and, Lazy Nose aside, I am glad of it. The top notes don’t entirely fade away, with the tea providing a lovely, cool platform for that iris.

The ALTAIA line is available from Beautyhabit ($210 for 100 ml) or the Eau d’Italie website itself for 175 euros.

Today – a giveaway! We have two sample sets; please put your name in comments and say you’d like to be in the draw, and Anita will pick two winners.

 

55 Comments
Claudia May 1, 2016

Thank you for the draw!

Nic April 30, 2016

Sounds lovely.please enter me in the giveaway

LynneMarie April 28, 2016

I would love to be in the draw as I enjoy trying new scents. Thanks!

Nemo April 28, 2016

I'd love to be included in the drawing. These sound lovely :) Thank you!

Solntse April 28, 2016

Yu Son sounds really interesting. Does it have the zesty bitter citrus note ? Hoping I am not too late to enter the draw, I would like to be a part of it.

samberg April 27, 2016

These sound right up my alley, please include me in the sample set drawing. Thanks!

tomate farcie April 27, 2016

Hope I'm not too late, count me in please

QuinnCreative April 27, 2016

Yu Son sounds like something I must try. or buy. Try first. Please count me in on the drawing.

greennote2 April 27, 2016

the Yu Son does sound rather delectable. I'm lusting after some Eau d'Italie, so I may have to add these Altaia to the to smell list.

MJ Moore (@butterflyrouge) April 27, 2016

Anything with iris in it grabs my attention! I'd love to be included in the draw :)

jackie b April 26, 2016

Something new! Please enter me in the draw, thanks!

Cecilia April 26, 2016

What a wonderful giveaway. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks.

civet April 26, 2016

I'd love to be in the draw. Thanks!

pats133 April 26, 2016

Thank you for the chance, i would love to be entered into the draw. Cheers!

crystesmom (@crystesmom23) April 26, 2016

Please enter me in the draw. Thank you!

Ellen April 26, 2016

Please enter me in the draw.

maggiecat April 26, 2016

Oh, pick me, pick me! Love Eau d'Italie, can't wait to get my hands on these!

Marianna April 26, 2016

This sounds interesting. Please sign me up

Ingeborg April 26, 2016

I would like to be entered in the draw. Yu Son sounds lovely and I wonder if Don't Cry for Me would work on my skin. The bottle has a good design too, always a plus! I wonder if these perfumes are easily available in some of the major cities in Europe?

PJ April 26, 2016

Please put my name in the drawing. These sound wonderful. Thank you.

Sun Mi April 26, 2016

Ooh, I'd love to try these! I'm particularly interested in Yu Son - always love a good tea scent. Thanks for the reviews!

Maureen April 26, 2016

The Yu Son sounds lovely, and I would love to try all of these fragrances. Please enter me into the drawing...Thanks.

Erika April 26, 2016

Please enter me into the drawing. Thank you!

Audrey H. April 26, 2016

I'd love to be in the drawing, thanks.

Josephine April 26, 2016

I'd like to be in the drawing

trojanseahawk April 26, 2016

I would love to be in the drawing!

Rosana Menez April 26, 2016

Loved it, amazing!

HeidiC April 26, 2016

Yes, ma'am! Thank you, Anita & March!

Queen Cupcake April 26, 2016

I like the Eau d'Italie fragrances so much! I would like to be in this draw. March: 85 degrees!? I am not ready for that kind of warmth yet. Today our New England Spring is going to do rain and temps in the low 40s...where oh where is that happy medium?

AnnieA April 26, 2016

Pretty bottles! Ah, one day maybe I can get the faintest idea of what a perfume smells like when reading the notes.

Sapphire. April 26, 2016

By Any Other Name and Yu Son sound charming. Please enter me!

Kandice April 26, 2016

The second two sound lovely. Please enter me in the draw, and thanks for the opportunity to try them!

Ann April 26, 2016

Woo-hoo -- we get March AND Anita today -- yay!! These all sound great, especially the tea one. Thanks for the nice reviews, lovely ladies! Of course, DNEM.

Patty Pong April 26, 2016

In plz :)

Lemoncake April 26, 2016

Love the unique perspectives each of you had in the review....would love to try them out myself. Thank you for the draw!

Bridget Boyd April 26, 2016

Ohhhh, the Yu Son sounds so beautiful! Thank you for your wonderful descriptions and the draw!

Dina C. April 26, 2016

Yu Son sounds so good, and I've always enjoyed Eau D'Italie's line, so I'm eager to try these newbies out. Thanks for the drawing March and Anita!

bevfred April 26, 2016

This sounds very interesting. I'd like to be in the drawing as well.

Peggy April 26, 2016

So love the name of the line! Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks

Seb April 26, 2016

These sound nice. I'd like to be in the draw. Sebastian

poodle April 26, 2016

Who doesn't want o try something new? I'd love to be in this draw. Thanks.

Koyel April 26, 2016

Please enter me in the drawing! All three sound marvelous. It's hard to pick a favorite without sniffing them. Also, that story is super-cute. Thanks for the review!

Sarah April 26, 2016

Just awakened by a nightmare about one of my sons and here you two have "Yu Son" pictured front and center on my "posse"! Must be fate???? Please enter me in the draw.

Theash April 26, 2016

I would like to be in the draw. Thank you :)

Neva April 26, 2016

Thanks for the lovely review. I'd really love to be in the draw.

Tiffanie April 26, 2016

ALTAIA and their story are utterly charming. It warms my heart. Thank you for the reviews and for the draw. Please count me in.

flowergirlbee! April 26, 2016

these notes sounds really nice..i would like to be in the draw..thanks : )

Alica April 26, 2016

please enter me in the drawing, many thanks!

tandaina April 26, 2016

Would love to be in the drawing, they sound really intriguing!

lena April 26, 2016

Please enter me, too! Thank you :)

ravensandowls April 26, 2016

1) I love Eau de Italie! 2) I wanna be in the drawing! :)

Das April 26, 2016

It's been a while since I tried a great niche line (my hobby funds have been going to skincare and makeup lately), so I'd love the chance to win. Thank you for the opportunity!

eldarwen22 April 26, 2016

I would love to be in the drawing.

Jessica April 26, 2016

I'm Jessica and I would love to be entered in the drawing for one of these lovely sample sets!

Troy Bradbery April 26, 2016

I'd like to be in the drawing.