Hi there Posse. NEW NEW NEW! I wandered into Libertine the other day and there was a brand new Amouage Love Mimosa bottle in primrose yellow. It was so damn pretty and called to me hard. Without even thinking I added it to my shopping, unsniffed. Well, it is a new AMOUAGE! Of course I’m going to love it. Can I tell you though, this is NOT how I usually buy fragrance. Too many bottles of unloved blind buys had to be given away or moved on in my early days as a perfumista. This bottle, it called to me, to something deep inside that realised no matter what the juice smelled like I wanted to be the owner of that perfectly poised primrose packaging. My most expensive blind buy to date. I left the store and BUYERS REMORSE took over big time.
Love Mimosa by Amouage 2019
Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Top: Violet leaf, Cascalone®, Iris
Heart: Mimosa, Pear, Paradisone®
Base: Ylang-ylang, Ambrox, Heliotrope
OK, there are two completely new-to-me notes here. Cascalone® is described as an aquatic, Paradisone® as a floral, both Firminech. This is Elise Bénat’s third Amouage, she also signed for Beach Hut Man and Blossom Love in 2017. Other than that she has done some other bits and bobs, a couple for Ritual, but no other houses I really know.
Mimosa is such a strange scent. The one used in fragrance comes from the Australian wattle that was shipped around the world. At once a furry and smooth, waxy and dry, sweet and vegetal. Here it is treated like walking through the winter scrubland just after dawn, or a rain shower. There is the 1000% amped up smell of wattle flowers, some dewy wetness, parched earth iris, a creamy resinousness and the crisp green snap of broken leaves. Love Mimosa is intoxicatingly dense yet manages to remain polite.
Jin walked into my office as I’m writing and pronounced in no uncertain terms, watermelon and flowers. Once he said it I can certainly smell the connection.
There is a vegetal musk through the heart and into the base that gives the mimosa a lived in humanity. It shears off Love Mimosa’s purity and makes the fragrance smell warmer, livelier and less austere, it could well be the ambroxan. There is still the dewy waxiness of mimosa laden shrubbery and the pollen laden honey bees buzzing around it.
Love Mimosa is totally unisex and wears beautifully.
Have you tried any of the Amouage Love series?
Portia also writes for Australian Perfume Junkies