El Poeta by Mario T. Gomez for Mario Tomas Perfumes


Post by Azar


“I have many interests but the art of perfumery is my passion” – Mario T. Gomez

Mario Gomez is well known in US West Coast perfume circles for his writing, lecturing and for his Olfactory Ambassador Service . In 2014 Mario brought his extensive knowledge of and appreciation for scent to the creation of his own line of fragrances – Mario Tomas Perfumes. So far there are three fragrances in the line: Lo Mejor de Mi #1, Corazon Blanco and El Poeta. While I have not had the pleasure of meeting the perfumer in person I feel as though I know him from trying just one of his creations. Late last year a dear friend gifted me a bottle of El Poeta, a fragrance that is a striking testament to Mario Gomez passion for and understanding of the art of perfumery.

El Poeta by Mario T. Gomez for Mario Tomas Perfumes

mario tomas and bottle azarPhoto Donated Mario

Perfumer gives these featured notes in one line:
Vanilla, sandalwood, coriander, anise, fig, bay rum, tobacco, juniper.

“This fragrance conjures up another era: a time and place when debates on beauty, style and technique were hotly discussed over drinks at a crowded and smoky café…It is absinthe inspired; Bohemia in a bottle.”

My perceived notes and description:
Anise, juniper, gin, vanilla, coriander, fig, coffee, cream and smoky sweet tobacco.

Many of you are familiar with DHS Café Noir (1997), Olympic Orchids Café V (2013) and Sweet Anthem Poppy (2014). To me these wonderful semi gourmand “café” perfumes are evocative of historic and contemporary café culture around the world – warm, dark, a little shady, revolutionary and artistic but at the same time comfortable and safe. El Poeta is a “café” fragrance too but with a twist. El Poeta opens for me with a blast of juniper/gin flavored with anise and coriander seed – potent, blue green and translucent. As the perfume develops it becomes warmer in color and more opaque, a delicious concoction of vanilla and fig. I like to spritz El Poeta late at night. When I wake up in the morning I am treated to a dry down of deep golden brown scents, the smells of thick, rich, vanilla spiced coffee, sweet cream and hints of smoky tobacco. Throughout the eight to ten hour life of the fragrance the projection is strong enough to be enticing but never overwhelming.

Mario Tomas AzarPhoto Donated Mario

Read more about Mario T. Gomez and his fragrances at Fragrantica and Ca Fleure Bon
Currently Mario Toms Perfumes are shipping to US addresses only.
El Poeta will be available again soon at Tiger Lily Perfumery

Azar xx

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This week we will have 1 winner who will receive:
1 x
1 ml Mario Tomas Perfumes “Cafe” sample set of El Poeta, Café Noir, Café V and Poppy
P&H Anywhere in the world


Open to everyone worldwide who follows AustralianPerfumeJunkies via eMail, WordPress, Bloglovin or RSS. Please leave how you follow in the comments to be eligible. I must be able to check that you follow so if you have an email address on your gravatar that’s different to your follow address then please email me (portia underscore turbo @ yahoo dot com dot au) so I know. Yes, you can start following to enter, in fact it’s encouraged.

You must tell me how you follow APJ


Please comment on any of these fragrances or tell us about your favorite coffee drink or coffee-centric perfume. If you can’t drink coffee (or don’t like it) you can tell us about that too!


Entries Close Thursday 30th April 2015 10pm Australian EST and winners will be announced in a separate post.
Winners will be chosen by random.org
The winners will have till Monday 3rd May 2015 to get in touch (portia underscore turbo at yahoo dot com dot au) with their address or the prize will go to someone else.
No responsibility taken for lost or damaged goods in transit.


43 comments on “El Poeta by Mario T. Gomez for Mario Tomas Perfumes

  1. australianperfumejunkies says:

    Woo Hoo! Hey there Azar,
    This is a lovely piece and I think he is so cute. Really happy when we get small independent companies here on APJ. What a shame they’re not sending OS.
    Portia xx

    • Azar says:

      Hi Portia,

      I love indies and El Poeta is a gem! I imagine it won’t be long before Mario is shipping everywhere.

      It’s good to see that you are home safe and sound from your travels. I’m really looking forward to a recap and photos of your adventures!

      Azar xx

  2. Greennote2 says:

    Favourite coffee – take no prisoners, put hairs on your chest, just seriously strong coffee, just don’t mess with it or me, I want to feel the jolt from the first mouthful. As for coffee in perfume, I’ve yet to really find one that completely lives up to the gorgeous smell of freshly ground coffee. But like all people here, I’ll give it a darn good shot. I follow by email and RSS feed.

    • Azar says:

      Hello Greennote 2,
      I too love strong black coffee, but can’t handle the caffein. Instead of making me hyper it puts me to sleep (ADHD?). And yes, I doubt any perfume can truly smell like freshly ground coffee. You are IN the draw!
      Azar xx

  3. Connie says:

    Of these, I’ve only tried Cafe V, but it didn’t blow me away like so many of Ellen Covey’s scents have. I don’t drink coffee, but, oddly enough, I love the smell. Sam with alcohol. I enjoy the smells but it doesn’t smell like something I would want to ingest. I unfortunately don’t have favorite coffee scent.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Connie,
      As I get older I have to moderate my consumption of everything. Since I can’t drink caffeinated coffee and shouldn’t drink too much alcohol I have to make do with the aromas. Truth be told, the smells are often sufficiently satisfying – you can believe that or not 😉 You are so IN, Connie!
      Azar xx

  4. cookie queen says:

    I had no idea about Mario. Duh. Must have my head in the oven. I hope to meet up with him at the beginning of September though. After seeing you! Awwwwweeesome! xxxx

  5. Jackie b says:

    Ooh, coffee and perfume, my favourites!
    The weekend routine is always dog walks followed by great coffee at our local.
    I like the thought of vanilla and fig too.
    I have never experienced a coffee scent but am ready to try.
    I follow by email

    • Azar says:

      Hi Jackie b,
      The friend who gave me El Poeta makes the most fabulous fig desserts from the figs she picks from her own garden. Imagine a very short pie crust, warm figs and vanilla ice cream…so rich. Thank you for joining this draw!
      Azar xxx

  6. Patty Pong says:

    From that list I have only tried El Poeta, but it is a super fragrance. I follow by e-mail. 🙂

    • Azar says:

      Hi Patty Pong,
      We are certainly on the same page with El Poeta! I am looking forward to more wonderful fragrances from Mario. Thank you for joining this draw!
      Azar xx

  7. jalesley says:

    Bloglovin – jalelsey.
    Many yeasr agoI had the Cafe Intenso Cafe Parfums. That was fine then, but since that time I have not actually search for a cofee note in perfumes (new Opium – is a horror for me). Maybe it is time to start. And I am a white tea fan:)

    • Azar says:

      Hello jalesley,
      Yesterday my husband and I went shopping for tea and came home with various versions of white tea. We had a great time at the tea shop, smelling everything and tasting various teas. You are so IN! BTW, do you like the fluffy taste of white tea as well as the smell?
      Azar xx

  8. Joanne Schindler says:

    I’ve never tried the listed perfumes but would love the opportunity. My favorite coffee drink is a strong cup o’ joe in the morning. However, an after dinner coffee with a touch of bailey’s is a nice treat.
    I follow by email. Thanks for the draw!

    • Azar says:

      Hi Joanne,
      Bailey’s and coffee makes a wonderful perfume. I can imagine that delicious, boozy scent right now! Thank you for commenting and joining the draw!
      Azar xx

  9. Kandice says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to try these. Two of my favorite loves are coffee and chocolate. Almost every day I thank God for whoever created these wonderful things! That said, I have not found a coffee or chocolate fragrance I like. However, the fact that this one starts more green rather than gourmand makes me think this one may be worth a try. I follow via email. (PS. I agree with Portia. He’s a cutie!)

    • Azar says:

      Hello Kandice,
      Here is a sad story: It seems that eating chocolate now gives me headaches. I can’t tell you how bummed I am about this! I love chocolate. I can do without drinking coffee and wine and eating bread…but how am I going to give up chocolate? I really like Olympic Orchids Seattle Chocolate and that fragrance will have to do until I figure this out. You are so IN!
      Azar xx

      • Kandice says:

        Oh, I’m so sorry to hear this. I hope you figure it out. It does seem as we get older we have to give up more and more things. Life would be rather bland if we didn’t have perfume!

  10. willa says:

    Hi Azar, the best coffee-based perfume I can think of is Bond no 9 Harlem. Email.

    • Azar says:

      Hi willa,
      I know I have a sample of New Harlem around here somewhere. I keep digging and digging through the chaos and can’t find it. As I recall it was wrapped in purple or blue and shouldn’t be hard to find. I would love another “cafe” fragrance. Thank you for the tip. You are IN!
      Azar xx

  11. Jaybee says:

    One local wine bar does a delicious coffee martini. It used to keep me up nights before I became a parent. 😀 I follow by email!

    • Azar says:

      Hi Jaybee!
      Brad is the big martini fan around here. A coffee martini would be perfect for him. Thank you for mentioning it and for joining the draw too!
      Azar xx

  12. Bec says:

    I love coffee in pretty much any form but my favourite and most indulgent way to drink it is an espresso martini!

    The only Coffee fragrance I have tried is Montale – Cafe Intense, and I really liked it. I would love to try out some other coffee perfumes and compare.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Bec,

      I have never had an espresso or coffee martini. It sounds fabulous. Do you know how to make one?

      Thank you for mentioning the Montale Cafe Intense. I have not tried that either but would probably love it as I do most things Montale.

      For the record, how do you follow APJ. Let me know and I will put you in the draw.

      Azar xx

  13. Winterlude says:

    Hi, I follow Perfume Posse and have enjoyed Portia’s contributions so much that I have decided to take the advice offered and follow APJ!
    I haven’t tried any of these, but holy cow! Gin notes, vanilla, coffee and smokey goodness?! El Poeta sounds divine, and very much like evenings/mornings out I enjoyed in my youth.

    Subscribed through wordpress. (Hi Portia!)

    • Azar says:

      Hi Winterlude,

      Since most of my evenings/mornings are now enjoyed at home I am especially fond of perfumes that remind me of the days when I had more stamina and could party (or simply discuss all the important things in life) until dawn 😉

      Thank you for taking the time to drop by APJ and for joining the draw too!

      Azar xx

  14. Fazal Cheema says:

    my favorite coffee-themed perfume is Ferre Pontaccio 21. I am not sure why coffee is not in the notes because coffee was the first note i detected upon wearing it. thanks so much for the draw. I follow APJ through email

    • Azar says:

      Hello Fazal Cheema,
      I don’t know Ferre Pontaccio 21. I will have to track it down. Thank you for the tip.
      BTW, there were no coffee notes listed in El Poeta either but I certainly smell the coffee – looks like another case of “the obvious but not present”… I experience that a lot!
      Azar xx

      • Fazal Cheema says:

        yeah Azar, Pontaccio does give me coffee vibe in top notes and I hope I am not the only one..i dont know about prices now but until 2013 it could be acquired for a reasonable amount

  15. Elizabeth says:

    Note of coffee in perfumes is unexplored universe for me. And I would like to start)
    My favorite coffee is strong black with sugar.
    I follow by email. Thanks!

    • Azar says:

      Hi Elizabeth,
      The coffee perfume universe is much bigger than I ever imagined. I just checked Surrender to Chance and The Perfume Court. They both have several coffee-centric sample sets. I’m not always in the mood for coffee but its nice to know there are so many different versions out there when I’m ready to try something new. Usually the small indies are the first places I check for anything really new and different. Thank you for commenting and for joining the draw!
      Azar xx

  16. Gina says:

    I get the daily email to follow the blog! Love it.

    Coffee. Well, I love espresso but stopped drinking caffeine a few years ago for health reasons. So, I love a great decaf, which is hard to find. I also wear a little indie fragrance oil called Wyatt by The Outlaw Company on Etsy that is pipe tobacco, wood and coffee for $3.25. 🙂

    • Azar says:

      Hi Gina,
      I just checked these out on Etsy and will have to try a couple. The whole outlaw/cowboy character is certainly a fun inspiration for fragrance, especially coming from Wichita, KS! Thank you for the tip and for joining the draw.
      BTW, have you found a good decaf?
      Azar xx

  17. Lauren B says:

    I follow by two email address, twitter and my mother reminding me she has a new post:)! Unfortunately I can’t drink full strength coffee anymore. I usually drink “half caf” from the Keurig at work which isn’t quite as gross as full on decaf. But I can drink beer brewed with coffee! Recently I tried the much sought after Founders’ KBS which is an imperial stout brewed with coffee. I only had a few sips of Isaac’s – which is all I needed. It’s 11% ABV so it doesn’t take much:)!

    • Azar says:

      WHOA! Lauren! An 11% coffee beer. Intriguing, in a Strange Brew sort of way. I’m glad you settled for just a sip. Your comment inspired me to check out the BeerAdvocate’s description of Founder’s KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout): “This stout is brewed with a hint of coffee and vanilla and then aged in oak bourbon barrels for over a year.” This could almost be a description of a perfume. What does it smell like?
      Mommy Azar xx and X

      • Lauren B says:

        I’ll have to ask Isaac… I can’t remember what it smells like! But I have another one at home… I’ll make a note to tell you about the smell when we open it.

  18. Lyubov says:

    Wow, I’ve been trying to find anything from Mario in Europe lately! Thanks for the chance, Azar! Coffee is tempting, but I love mostly the aroma, second place – the taste, and the effect…well, I just don’t like it when my fingers are trembling, and I get as hungry as a wolf, though the mind is sharpening, indeed.
    My coffee faves in perfume form – L’Or de Torrente and Bond No 9 New Haarlem.There are others which are favorites, but I don’t really get the coffee note inside (however, this might be the reason I like them, actually) – Dior’s Eau Noire and Vetiver, and Aftelier’s Sepia (I should be careful with ‘her’, because it can give me hard stinky time in sweltering months).
    I should say that El Poeta sounds like it is done for Byredo. Their perfumes are hardly ever what their pyramids say, always a name/note in disguise! So El Poeta is a coffee without coffee. Count me impressed!
    I follow by email and on the Facebook page of APJ.
    I am in Bulgaria (EU).
    Thank you again for the fabulous draw, and I hope I win, because I cannot get my hands down on many of the US independent or natural perfumes.
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  19. Laurels says:

    The only one of those I’ve tried is Olympic Orchids Cafe V, which surprised me with its smokiness. I got some on a cardigan and it was fragrant for weeks. I met Mario briefly at FRAGments 2014, and he was lovely. I remember that Corazon Blanco was a gorgeous warm caramel scent that really bloomed on skin. I follow with Bloglovin.

    • Azar says:

      Thank you for dropping by, Laurels. You are IN!
      Corazon Blanco starts off for me with lots of hazel nuts, very warm and just a little sweet. One of the things that I really like about Mario’s perfumes is that they are all so different from one another. FRAGments 2015 is right around the corner. I wish I could attend but my time is rarely my own…that’s OK, though.
      Azar xx

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