Majaina Sin by The Different Company

Hi Posse. Mid seasons are my favourite. Great time to bring out the fragrances that have a good range to fit the ever shifting temperatures. A little cozy for cool mornings and evenings but with enough bright air blowing through in case the days warm up nicely. The Different Company has a sun group within its ranks called L’Esprit Cologne. They are lightweight, unorthodox looks at notes and given a refreshing bent. Majaina Sin is their spicy cologne version of a vanilla gourmand.

Majaina Sin by The Different Company

Majaina Sin by The Different Company

Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Top: Bitter orange, Bergamot, Neroli, Orange blossom, Ginger
Heart: Heliotrope, Orchid, Chestnut, Cinnamon, Maple syrup
Base: Tonka bean, Amber, Musk, Bourbon vanilla

Vanilla is a good mid season note for me, so many wonderful facets. From parched, dry and desiccated, hot baking straight from the oven through to crunchy, gooey caramel and beyond. In Majaina Sin they have taken a Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla and added some interesting bells and whistles to give it lift and life. I bought my 10ml Travel.

I love the opening. A burst of ginger tempered by white flowers and fruit with the unmistakeable beauty of vanilla. It smells like Majaina Sin is going to be a hardcore, dense, powerful Serge Lutens style minced fruit and resins style fragrance. It is fragrant but not intrusive or overbearing. As the initial fireworks die down maple syrup sweetness comes through. Do you ever do French Cinnamon Toast with Maple Syrup? Like that but a little more cake-ish. Here’s where we start to get some real air through.

Further along and I notice that the maple syrup accord has been hiding a lovely deep amber, quite animalic. All through we have been led by the vanilla but here in the base it becomes a warm dark caramel. Majaina Sin is luscious but sheer. An interesting story from beginning to end.

Opening is quite fragrant but from the heart projection is soft, longevity at this softer level is unbelievable for a cologne. I still get beautiful whiffs at the end of the day. Utterly unisex.

Surrender To Chance has samples.

I also like Tokyo Bloom and LE15 from The Different Company

Did you try Majaina Sin or have a favourite mid season vanilla? Share in the comments.
Portia xx

  • March says:

    Man oh man, TDC had completely fallen off my radar. I really need to check this one out, thanks!

  • HeidiC says:

    I’m not a huge fan of vanilla, unless it’s a background note in the perfume — I’m thinking of a lot of the vintage Guerlains, or Cuir de Lancôme, both of which work as mid-season scents. A lot of people are bringing up chestnut, and Cloon Keen has one, Castaña, that is FANTASTIC, and works anytime, but especially between seasons.

    • Portia says:

      WOW! So many chestnut frags. Who knew?
      Those old Guerlains had vanilla done right, all about it but felt like nothing about it.
      Have you tried Caron Pour un Homme? Lavender with vanilla underlay.
      Portia xx

  • Tara C says:

    I love this one but it lasts about ten minutes on me, even with massive numbers of spritzes.

  • MMKinPA says:

    Unlike Neva I love vanilla in perfume. This one sounds delightful. As for chestnuts, DSH has Chataignes des Bois which is full on chestnut – raw and roasted – and apparently the accord also is featured in Noir Exquis and Mechant Loup! Every Christmas our stores have bins of them available but I admit to never buying them. I’m intimidated by unshelled nuts!

  • Neva says:

    This sounds lovely. The Different Company is a very good perfume house. How about the chestnut that is listed among the notes? I like vanilla only when it’s a real background player like in Zoologist’s Camel or in the old K de Krizia.

    • Portia says:

      TBH Neva, I wouyldn’t know what a chestnut smelled like unless you brought one to me. Sorry, I have zero frame of reference.
      Maybe the vanilla might be too front and centre for you here?
      Portia xx