Gabriella’s Three New Fragrant Favourites


Post by Gabriella


Hi perfume lovers,

It’s so easy for me to fall into a perfume rut. My white floral adoration and Mr M’s penchant for dark, spicy roses can sometimes mean that I rarely go outside of my comfort zone of the two genres when it comes to wearing scents.

Maybe I’ll get samples or decants just to sniff something different or for the purposes of writing a blog post, but it’s a very rare occasion indeed when I find not one, but three perfumes that don’t fall into either category, but feel utterly perfect to me.

But that unexpected moment has happened and today I want to share with you my three new favourite NON white-floral/dark-rose perfumes

Gabriella’s Three New Fragrant Favourites

Eau De Magnolia Frederic Malle FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Eau de Magnolia by Carlos Benaim for Frederic Malle 2014

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Calabrian bergamot
Heart: Magnolia, vetiver, patchouli
Base: Cedar, mos, amber

I’m not one for colognes and magnolia isn’t my favourite flower, but this to me is just utterly magical. A sharp burst of bergamot with a verdant twist of lime morphs into a subtle green and mossy magnolia underscored by the dryness of vetiver. It’s an easy to wear, yet utterly elegant and sophisticated chypre that have me craving spring.

Further reading: Australian Perfume Junkies and Perfume Posse
Mecca Cosmetica starts at $59 for 10ml
Surrender to Chance starts at $7.59/ml

Chanel Misia Chanel FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Misia by Olivier Polge for Chanel 2015

Fragrantica gives these notes in one line:
Violet, iris, orris root, Turkish rose, Grasse rose, Laos benzoin, tonka bean.

Rose and violet is a combination that usually has me running the other way. I didn’t expect to like Misia, let alone love it, given the myriad of comparisons with Lipstick Rose and the like, but I do. The difference for me is the sharp opening of iris, which lends the rose violet accord a little dryness and fizziness. There’s a powdery, candied vibe as the iris veers into the rose-violet accord while berry notes lends a sweet vibe to the rose without veering too much into the dreaded fruity floral territory. Misia is just such a pleasure to wear, it absolutely sparkles on my skin and has enough Chanel sophistication whilst feeling completely modern and different to the rest of the Exclusifs line.

Further reading: Australian Perfume Junkies and Grain de Musc
Misia is available at Chanel boutiques, US$280/AUD$350/300ml
Surrender to Chance starts at $3.99/ml

Wit Parfums DelRae FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Wit by Yann Vasnier for Parfums DelRae

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Lemon, mandarin orange, angelica, laurels
Heart: Jasmine, narcissus, mimosa, ylang-ylang
Base: Amber, vanilla, musk

Wit surprised me, given that DelRae’s creations, whilst completely beautiful to sniff, never really work on me skin wise. Plus, the lemon element scared me a bit, given citrus can turn overly sharp and cloying on me, but Wit had me at hello. The opening is bright creamy lemon, softly sweet and also lemon curdy in nature, with a decidedly tactile and almost edible quality. The citrus notes sparkle and yet are softly sweet before segueing into the jasmine and daphne which is all bright yellow and tempered by the soft green of the laurel and angelica. Wit is a surprisingly different floral, with a brightness and richness I haven’t found in the genre for quite some time.

Further reading: Colognoisseur and Now Smell This
Luckyscent has $150/50ml
Surrender to Chance starts at $3.99/0.5ml

What three fragrances are your favourites at the moment? What fragrances do you love that are outside your comfort zone?

With much love till next time!

M x

11 comments on “Gabriella’s Three New Fragrant Favourites

  1. willa says:

    Hi Madeline, I’m completely loving Bond no 9 Andy Warhol Silver Factory right now. It’s oudy and incensy – I’m not an oud person at all – but the combination of smoke, spice and oud in Silver Factory is just right for some reason. Definitely another reason to explore outside your niche sector of the Michael Edwards fragrance wheel. Smell everything.

  2. australianperfumejunkies says:

    Hey there Madeleine!
    What a sensational list. 3 hardcore fabulous fragrances. I still haven’t bought Misia or Wit bottles but I’m quickly emptying my Misia decant and Wit is long gone.
    Good on you for spritzing outside the square.
    Portia XXX

  3. Aelfrik says:

    I’ve found that quite a few of my favourite frags are those that take a note I usually hate, (anise/liquorice, patchouli and orris), and manage to work into something that sings on my skin. (Jeux de Peaux, M/Mink and Afternoon of a Faun respectively).
    Still haven’t found a mint note I can stomach yet 😀

    • Madeleine says:

      Hi Aelfrik,

      How interesting! More evidence that perfume can be really individual and that we need to sniff everything.

      M x

  4. Tara says:

    Fab post Madeleine!

    Really enjoyed reading your take on Misia as this is in my current 3 most worn at the moment too. I agree that the iris is what makes it. I keep reading about Wit and it is one of my very few lemmings.

    Two more I’m wearing a lot of late are La Fille de Berlin and Tart’s Knicker Drawer, although these are very much within my comfort zone 🙂

    • Madeleine says:

      Hi Tara,

      Thank you! Misia is so gorgeous! I’m not a Chanel girl at all either. I need to try the Tarts Knickers Drawer too.

      M x

  5. cookie queen says:

    I do love Eau de Magnolia. One of my very rare purchases. It lasts for hours and is a gauze of beauty. xxx

  6. Sun Mi says:

    Mmmm, Wit sounds really nice! Right now I’m really loving VC&A California Reverie, Atelier’s Gold Leather and JHAG Miss Charming. But I just got a big slew of samples to try on a trip and I’m excited to see if any work for me!
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