Masque Milano Lost Alice, created by Mackenzie Reilly, is a 2021 gourmand launch in the Opera collection. Let’s use the company’s copy here because, well, it is perfect..
IV – I LOST ALICE
A frabjous olfactory journey into too much black pepper, white roses (painted red), mad tea and carrot cakes.
Act IV Scene I
The inspiration for Lost Alice comes from Chapter Seven – A Mad Tea-Party, where one could almost smell the Hatter’s tea, milk, bread and butter, served in a bucolic setting. Add some scones to complete a very Brit cream tea, and the magic is complete.
“SMELL ME” (Head Notes): Bergamot, Ambrette Seed LMR, Clary Sage France LMR, Too Much Black Pepper*
“DRINK ME” (Heart Notes): Carrot Heart LMR, Orris Concrete LMR, English Tea, White Roses (Painted Red)
“EAT ME” (Bottom Notes): Sandalwood India LMR, Broom Absolute Italy LMR, Fleur de Lait (Steamed Milk Accord)
* …and, no, the black pepper is not too much. It is balanced to perfection!
Steamed milk, tea, iris. This is Lost Patty because I think this is the best thing Masque Milano has done, and I’m a big fan of several of their perfumes – though usually they seem more dense or earthy – something other than this. This is a puff of milky tea sitting in the garden bed of iris. I don’t know if there is some kind of bready note in there, but it feeeeeels like there is! Little bready scone sitting on the side peeping over the teacup.
I sprayed this on without reading ANY of the notes, which I’m attempting to make my new way of sampling perfumes, just so I get a olfactory tabula rasa. I sniffed once, started walking, stopped and took another big whiff to make sure what I smelled is what I smelled.
I have this category of perfumes I call “addictive.” MFK BR540 is in there, as is Byredo Gypsy Water, Hermessence Vetiver Tonka… even the invasive culture weed, Glossier You. They have that something that makes them so sniffable. Some of those I like, some I don’t really get the widespread love, BUT they all make me want to sniff them over and over again.
Lost Alice is that – and one I love. Milky tea iris, who knew? On these, I never know if other people will have the same or similar reaction to it. Is it just some memory for me? I can’t imagine what, I’ve never put milk in my tea, but I love those smells and iris, so perhaps just the heady combination. It is lovely, and I wish someone would do all the perfumes of the characters in Alice in Wonderland.
Update on my vertigo. Went to ENT doctor this week. Y’all were close on the labyrinthitis. Symptoms are the same, except that comes with hearing loss. He is fairly sure it is vestibular neuritis, which is basically a middle ear thingie gets a migraine and sends the vestibular response all whacky – up/down/sideways are all confused. He gave me a prescription and said that if/when it happened again, take the pill, and it should suppress the vestibular response and take away all the crazy symptoms – or the worst of them – until that inner ear inflammation goes away and all is right with the world. Often it is sickness, like the flu or measles, etc., but I haven’t been sick, and I don’t think I’ve ever been sick when this happened, but I do have allergy problems, and it tends to show up either after I start getting congested. Which comes first? Don’t know.
Best part about this, guess what the drug is that helps me through it (hopefully!)?
Valium. I have an emergency supply of valium. I have no words I can put here except it makes me bust up laughing every time I think about it.
Oh, double update on the garden. And this is the bonehead thing. In front of my house, i have this lovely stone things that I kept thinking were full of shredded bark. I was moving something, and I moved enough of the mulch away and went, Lord, that is dirt. These are fabulout built-in stone flower boxes on both sides of my step. Well, now they are flower boxes because I ran out and got some nice shady/partial shade/partial sun flower and filled them up! I was using them to hold my packages that get dropped off!
Winners of The Nue Co Forest Lung samples are – Rina and Tiara. Just click the Drop Us a Note at the top, send me an email with your address, remind me what you won. I will give you a quick reply “Got it!” email so you know it didn’t wind up in my spam filter and get the sample out to you. Congrats, I hope you love it!
So will give away two samples of the charming little Masque Milano Lost Alice to two commenters drawn at random.
Reading Cinnamon’s post this week about rain and needing summer memories to get her through it and Musette’s post about the things that feel like home, I’m thinking there are perfumes that you get right away because something in them you perceive as beautiful but it also hits a pleasure memory. Do you agree? Disagree? Another theory on how people can feel very differently about the same smell?