Bergamoss by Mandy Aftel for Aftelier 2015


Post by Poodle


I love listening to the rain on a summer night. I love the morning after even more. I often step outside in the morning and just take a few deep breaths. In those early moments I feel as though I can smell all of nature. The sun begins to peek through the clouds, everything is still wet, and the summer warmth amplifies all the aromas. I can smell all the lush green leaves. The loamy wet soil smells fresh and new. There’s a damp, mossy smell but it’s like the rain has washed away that mustiness that you sometimes smell on hot, humid days. Instead the air is sweet and fresh. I can smell flowers but the rain has almost blurred their scents. As the sun rises higher things begin to warm and dry. Slowly the aroma of warming woods and earth pushes through the fresh green of the morning. I decide it’s time to step away from the quiet beauty of the morning and get started with my day.

Bergamoss by Mandy Aftel for Aftelier 2015

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Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Bergamot, wild sweet orange
Heart: Peach, citronellol, nutmeg
Base: Oakmoss, flouvre absolute, coumarin, antique civet

That’s what I thought of when I smelled Bergamoss for the first time.

Bergamoss is the latest release from Mandy Aftel. I admit when I saw it was a chypre I was worried. Often they leave me smelling like I’ve spent too much time in a damp cellar. Not so with Bergamoss. It’s mossy, lush, bright and green, with just enough warmth and earthiness to keep it interesting. Bergamot and orange give it sparkle. Citronellol from scented geraniums gives the fragrance that herbal yet slightly rosy scent the plants are known for. Nutmeg and civet add depth and keep things from smelling too clean and oakmoss adds that classic chypre complexity.

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Bergamoss is beautifully blended. Yes, you can pick out notes but the overall effect on me is a soft blur of scent. Longevity might be an issue. One would need to reapply through the day I think but this is a solid perfume and one of the joys is in the application. Unlike a spray you choose exactly where to anoint yourself with it. Also, like most fragrances in that format, it’s not something that’s going to project across the room. I would say it’s more of a personal scent. The only people that would smell this on me are those I allow to get “thisclose”.

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Knowing my love of big perfumes I was shocked to find myself happily huffing my wrist not caring that I wasn’t sharing my fragrance with the world. Sometimes you just don’t want to share and just want to be alone with your thoughts. Bergamoss is a scent of quiet beauty. It’s not going to shout to be heard. It has plenty to say but you need to take a quiet moment to listen.

Further reading: Now Smell This and I Scent You A Day
Aftelier has Bergamoss from $6

Do you wear solid perfumes? What’s your favorite perfume for quiet moments?
Poodle xx

22 comments on “Bergamoss by Mandy Aftel for Aftelier 2015

  1. Azar says:

    HI Poodle,
    What a beautiful post. Even though I too am a fan of the BIG ones I will wear quiet (and solid) perfumes on occasion. Two of my favorites are the Lolita solid by Meredith Smith at Sweet Anthem perfumes and Impromptu by Roxana Villa Illuminated Perfumes. I wear quiet perfumes so seldom that a sample is sufficient for a very long time. Roxana’s samples are super cute in little round pots with her bee logo stamped in wax on the top. Meredith Smith’s solid perfumes are conveniently packaged in roll up/roll on applicators and are super affordable. My first solid perfumes were Coty’s Sweet Earth Solids from years ago. I still have a couple of these sets and they still smell great.
    Azar xx

    • poodle says:

      OMG! I totally forgot about those Coty solids. I need to check out Sweet Anthem one of these days.
      Give Bergamoss a sniff if you can. I’m not usually a quiet perfume person but this one is lovely.

  2. Holly says:

    Hi Poodle!

    What a gorgeous review of what sounds like something I’d love. I actually like quiet perfumes, but sometimes the natural fragrances drive me absolutely batty when they fade after an hour. Then again, that one hour can be a revelation and you’re right. You need to take a quiet moment to listen and I will heed your excellent advice.

    Holly xo

    • poodle says:

      Longevity varied for me on this one. I usually got more than an hour out of it although if it was really hot out it was gone faster. It was soft but it did linger longer than I thought it would which is another reason I liked it.

  3. Kandice says:

    What a beautiful review. Thanks for transporting me somewhere cool and fresh on a day when the temperature is already baking outside! If the perfume can do that too then it’s definitely a winner.

    • poodle says:

      Kandice, it’s really beautiful. Cool, green, mossy, sunny…it’s got a little bit of everything. Mossy but not musty. I’m glad I could distract you from the heat a bit. I vowed after this past winter I won’t complain about the heat this summer. Unless my a/c breaks then I may have to complain a wee bit. 😉

  4. Beautiful review, Poodle. This made me miss rain even more, we haven’t had rain for nearly 8 weeks… I love falling asleep listening to rain. It makes me so calm and send me to deep sleep. I haven’t tried many solid perfumes but, this one, I’d really love to give a try. 🙂

    • poodle says:

      8 weeks? That’s a definite dry spell. We had a few rainy days but mostly it’s been the afternoon thunderstorms instead of solid rainy days. I hope there’s a rainy night and a sample of this perfume in your not too distant future.

  5. Mandy Aftel says:

    Such wonderful evocative writing Poodle, you have truly illuminated the essence of Bergamoss. Your comments about wearing solid perfume are very wise and helpful, and I love the photos you chose. Big heartfelt thanks to you and Portia!
    xo Mandy

    • poodle says:

      Yay! I’m so glad you liked it! Thank you! I was afraid I wouldn’t do it justice. It’s really beautiful so it wasn’t hard to find the words.

  6. cookie queen says:

    Hey Poodle! This sounds absolutely beautiful. I have been following its run with great interest. I have Alahine in a solid perfume. I like being able to decide where I put my perfume. Hence my love of the extraits to dab. I shall try and grab some of this when I am in San Francisco in September. I hope Virginia is reading this!! Charming review. I too love to fall asleep to rain. Hugs. xxxx

    • poodle says:

      I think you might like this one. Do get yourself a sample if you have the chance.
      I bet Alahine works really well as a solid.
      I always imagine Cookie Queen dabbing fine perfumes from elegant crystal flacons while wearing classic red lipstick.

  7. Erica Golding says:

    I love everything about this gorgeous review!! I am incredibly intrigued by the promise of this luxe natural solid creation, and your review is what I was hoping to hear (and what makes my poor PayPal cringe)! Just lovely. Thank you for sharing your poetic impressions!

    • poodle says:

      Start with a sample. It’s easier on your poor PayPal. I find once I fall for something my PayPal wants me to be happy and I have less anxiety over clicking “buy”.
      If you like naturals I think you’ll really like this one.

  8. australianperfumejunkies says:

    Poodle, sorry I’m late to the party. How lucky are you to get an advance sample of Mandy Aftel’s latest beauty. I am JEALOUS!! Yet also really happy that you got to try something different and lovely that you may not have thought would be you.
    The review has inspired an almighty lemming, yummy.
    Portia xx

    • poodle says:

      Since we both have scent eating skin I think you’d be pleasantly surprised by this one. I was so shocked when it wasn’t gone in 60 seconds. I was lucky to get to try it and you’re right, it’s not something I would have thought I’d like. Just goes to show that you never know until you try sometimes.

  9. Steve says:

    Sounds like a dream my dear Poodle. Lovely review!
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    • poodle says:

      My sweet little Houndy! Have you tried it yet? I think you’ll like it. It’s not flowery but it’s got a bit of a vintage vibe going on that I think you’d enjoy. It’s a user friendly chypre.

  10. Melissa Pham says:

    Thanks for the detailed and informative review! I’m shocked at the 3rd pic though. But the 2nd one is relevant and perfect. Your description of an after-rain is gorgeous, like I can imagine it happens for real. And I love the notes so Bergamoss sounds perfect to my ears.
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