Hi there Posse. Way back I tried Hemingway by Masque Milano, it’s actually (homage to) Hemingway but I’ve always called it by the writer’s name only. SOZ Masque crew. Back then I wrote this: OK, if you LOVE vetiver or don’t have a vetiver in your collection then you should give Hemingway a sniff. A very accomplished vetiver with a few bells & whistles for extra zing. Personally, as a softcore vetiver liker, I found it not clever or unusual enough to warrant a purchase. Then went on to list the vetivers in my collection at that time. Well, things have changed around here and my love for vetiver seems to have grown exponentially. I think it might have been Turtle Back or how important the grass itself can be but my mind has definitely gone from soft to hardcore lover of fragrance with this note as the leader.
As an aside, I love the look of the Masque bottles and that they are only 35ml but in Australia they cost nearly $7/ml. it seems excessive. Fortunately I grabbed an old Tester for a very good price in an LKNU run out.
Also, I have an admission. Up to this point I’ve never read a book by Hemingway. I thought I had in my serious reading days but after looking through his bibliography I couldn’t recognise even a short story. So it would be nice if you could give me your favourite Hemingway novels or shorts please? A good biography might be nice too. It now feels like a glaring hole in my self education.
(homage to) Hemingway by Masque Milano
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Ginger, Rhubarb
Base: Haitian Vetiver, Java vetiver oil, Leather, Cedar
Hemingway opens with a ginger rush but also an astringent, boozy vodka that makes me smile. The vetiver is multifaceted. Broken grass stems, leaves and also twig, oily, smoky and faintly petroleum reminiscent. Darkness in scent but light in heft, like there is air between the notes. Fully fragrant though, while the fragrance has buoyancy it also is a lovely projection hound. Not a punch in the face but a determined waft.
I’m not enough of a vetiver connoisseur to know the difference between the three vetivers named in the note list sadly. There is a marked lightening of the darkness as we head into the heart. Hemingway becomes more friendly and comfortable. It could perfectly fit a boardroom but also a casual al fresco meal on the weekend with friends. Now the vetiver is still green but joined by a light woodsiness and the whole fragrance becomes much more mainstream.
Good projection and longevity. Heading towards a traditional masculine but any woman who loves vetiver could easily wear Hemingway.
So, Hemingway. Tell me of some fave novels/shorts and if you think the fragrance might be for you?