Hey there Posse! Went down to the Post Office and there was a package from Jul et Mad. ALWAYS exciting when I get one of these. Anna Maria and I opened it right there in the shop and spritzed ourselves with Stairway To Heaven. Woo Hoo! Folks, it smells like we have a winner. Musette loved their opening three fragrances. I remember the brand being launched and the scentbloggosphere went bonkers for them, great stories, beautiful fragrances and Julien and Madalina were so perfectly aspirational, we all wanted their lives.
Stairway To Heaven by Jul et Mad 2019
Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Top: Aldehydes, Bergamot, Orange
Heart: Bulgarian rose, Iris butter, Red berries, Heliotrope
Base: White musk, Vanilla, Patchouli, Ambroxan, Cashmeran, Frankincense, Dynamone
Firstly, Parfumo tells me Ambroxan is one of the main fragrance components of ambergris, Cashmeran is by IFF described as floral, woody, spicy & musky and Dynamone is an amber.
How Does It Smell?
Stairway To Heaven opens all woodsy amber for about the first 5 seconds, suddenly the whole scent changes when a candy sweet citrus, aldehydic oil-slick and fizzy berry overlays the vanilla sweet amber. It’s an abrupt change and has a synthetic skew that I find intriguing. An unsettled and slightly awkward grouping that has me coming back to sniff my arm repeatedly, trying to capture what I’m smelling. It’s elusive. It veers between a cherry chocolate vibe and wood burning farmhouse kitchen on bake day.
The bouquet never really comes alive on my skin. There are floral hints rather than flowers per se. If there are flowers they are the space flower becoming so popular, a crystal representation rather than the photo-realistic recreation.
It’s the Stairway To Heaven warm, cozy base that we get after only about 30 minutes that becomes the enduring scent that lingers on me for hours. Lightly smoky woods give the impression of flame. Amber/vanilla is a dry bakery scent, maybe cooling cookies on a tray. The ambroxan brings a fleshy wood with the merest hint of cool salty breezes. Back all of this with a fluffiness like well loved flannelette sheets warmed to body temp and you have a fair impression of Stairway To Heaven.
Totally unisex, fits most moods from casual to business and I’ve always thought the Jul et Mad bottles perfection.
Did you spend any time with the Juul et Mad oeuvre? Does Stairway To Heaven sound like it might tickle your fancy?
Portia also writes for Australian Perfume Junkies