Hey Posse, One of the very cool things about writing perfume is that I get to go to the major launches each year for Libertine Parfumerie (the distributors) and Elysees Collective (their promoters). Last month it was the Spring/Summer releases. Some we are behind the Northern Hemisphere and some we are same. So having not travelled over the equator since 2020 I’m a bit behind on what is what. Nevertheless, It’s really fun to find out what the crew are getting in. They have an enormous product range that keeps expanding. So here are a few of the fragrances that really stood out for me in the line up.
Also, the Libertine crew have a brand new showroom! It’s similar but bigger and easier to navigate. These two pics are from their Press Pack but were so much nicer than mine.
Libertine Spring/Summer 2022 Launch
Here are the new releases we were given sniffs of. A couple are still under embargo so we got spritzes from decants, that was very cool.
My favourites from the group include these. We must be aware though that I smelled them quickly as they were spritzed and now I’m working from memory with blotter strips and notes.
Floris Platinum 22
To commemorate QEII’s Platinum Jubilee for a 70 year rule. I was surprised they went this way, expecting more of a super powdery pastel adventure. Nope. Iris, black pepper and woods play lead roles and everything else kind of hangs of this triumvirate.
Maison Crivelli Patchouli Magnetik
Quentin Bisch created a peachy white floral drizzled delightfully over patchouli and vanilla. If you are after a 1970s retro head shop patch then you’ll be furious. This is patchouli for the rich and arrived. Super classy and beautifully blended.
Memo Iberian Leather
Memo and leather, they seem to have cornered the market in high end offerings. So many of their leathers are gorgeous. Sicilian Leather is another I love. Iberian Leather made my nose and brain sit up and beg for a bottle. A real kitchen sinker of a fragrance, it has the works. Stand out notes are saffron, clove, vanilla and a herbal rosemary/coriander/iris all over an osmanthus rich leather.
Montale Aqua Palma
This was the Press Bottle the Libertine gave me. I’m not going to lie, seeing other people walk out with Memo, Crivelli, Miller et Bertaux and Matier had me seething with jealousy. Yep, I’m ashamedly that guy. BIG SURPRISE though. Aqua Palma is lovely. A spicy and herbal peach/citrus juice top over a sweet woody vanilla rich amber base. Within three hours it’s a soft wash of better that me skin scent, quite sexy, that lasts hours. One of the less bombastic Montale offerings and completely unisex. It’s going to be a big hit over the upcoming summer months here. Smells ripper on Jin, the spices really pop on him.
Trudon Alabaster Candle
Let’s talk divinely delicious luxury. Edited from the brand: Sculpted in Spain out of a single block, the containers and matching tops are one-of-a-kind: the alabaster veins are unique. Minimal aesthetic, a gold shield label.
You have no idea how beautiful these containers are until you hold one. The decadence and waste of hollowing out the stone to create a candle vessel beggars belief. They are refillable though with any of the beautifully scented waxes from the 400+ year old candle makers. Expensive but not heart stoppingly. If you buy this as a gift you are either so rich it’s pennies or you are making a statement of your love and devotion (family, friends or lovers). This was one of the Press Gifts I got in my goodie bag, a bloody stunning item and I’m too in awe to light it up.
So here are the goodie bag scores. Claus Porto Hand Cream, Montale Aqua Palma, Trudon Alabaster Candle.
These are some more pics of the ranges. A snippet of their overall brand list. A few of these brands I’ve not even heard of. Seriously need to take a day and get my nose down there to understand what’s going on in the wide world of fragrance.
See anything you like, or have or loathe?