More rain. Not very romantic.
We’re coming up to Valentine’s Day on Wednesday. The day before here is Shrove Tuesday, pancake day. Busy week.
British Vogue had an article about scents of seduction with some interesting entries, including Piguet Fracas and Kurkdjian Bacarat Rouge 540, along with more mainstream things. As I was planning to write about a sample that came from a friend I thought this a perfect time, as Masque Milano Tango definitely falls into the seductive category – at least for some of us.
I own one other MM, Madeleine, which is an over-the-top gourmand.
Tango is a different animal all together.
This was released in 2013 and Tom wrote about it in 2014 (here).
The nose is Cecile Zarokian, who I had to google. She’s done some very interesting things, including Teo Cabanel Café Cabanel which is still on my want list, but in a vague sort of way.
Notes list, per the MM website, includes bergamot, black pepper, cardamon, sambac jasmine, Damascena rose, cumin, patchouli, vanilla bean, tonka bean, melilot (sweet clover – which, per webmd might ‘thin the blood and help wounds heal’), amber accord, leather accord, bezoin and musk.
The fragrance is labelled an amber rosy floral and a fair number of reviewers have picked up on the rose as a dominant note.
Not on me. Nosirreebob.
This starts out as a rather amazing band-aid cumin. Really interesting opening.
As it opens up, yes, rose and jasmine – but there remains an undercurrent of band-aid plus a nice peppery aspect. There’s also a whisper at this point of vanilla bean sweetness which balances the cumin, I admit, but I’m not so hot on it. This is cute sweet, not adult sweet.
Drydown is a gentle amber-vanilla with a bit of pepper. Mildly gourmand after that mad cumin-band-aid note.
On the MM website, a 35ml bottle of EdP is €151. Price I could find here for that amount is £130.
Unless you abhor cumin, this is indeed a seductive perfume. Animalic without being pongy (vs last week’s Oud Ispahan’s decided pong).
I enjoyed trying this. Won’t go on to want list as I have other fragrances in the genre I prefer (I forgot to say that the Vogue article also referenced SL Rose de Nuit, the one rose perfume I truly adore).
Any V-day plans or expectations of gifts? What about pancakes on Shrove Tuesday? Any interest in trying this or positive/negative comments if you already have?
Pics: Pexels and mine