Ombre Indigo by Mylène Arlan @ Robertet for Olfactive Studio 2014


Post by Tina G



I first laid eyes on Ombre Indigo in the lead up to Esxence in Milan, March 2014. I’d just written a few articles for APJ on Olfactive Studio scents, so nearly hit the floor when I spotted that they had a new one coming out! And the colour of that juice… oh my goodness… instant, unadulterated, WANT.

So, when I was gifted with a sample I was thrilled. And I couldn’t wait to try it. But when I did, I was hit with confusion. I didn’t love it. It was cloying and heavy and hurt my head. I didn’t really know what to do from there – I was supposed to be enthralled. Look at the colour of it, how could you not be? It is soooo pretty! What I didn’t realise at the time was that I was just at the beginning of one of the worst colds I’ve had in a decade, knocked me flat for about 2 weeks. The nose knows, it seems. I’ve come back to it under more friendly circumstances, and found the love.

Ombre Indigo by Mylène Arlan @ Robertet for Olfactive Studio 2014

Ombre Indigo Photographer: Gustavo Pellizzon

Ombre Indigo Olfactive Studio FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Plum, saffron, pettigrain, tuberose
Heart: Vetiver, papyrus, leather, olibanum
Base: Benzoin, musk, ambergris

The opening for me is strong incense and dry woods, the papyrus lifting and separating the incense from darker plum underlying it. Occasionally I will burn frankincense or myrrh on charcoal bricks so when I say “incense”, that’s what I’m finding here, a resin smoke. And the plums are heavy, in a sweet decay where they’ve just turned inedible by a matter of days. That smell you get when plums look OK from the top, but when you pick them up their skin is moist and splits as you touch it.

The image I get from this is walking through a neglected and overgrown orchard. The trees that fruited have dropped their baubles in the overgrown grass at their bases. Other trees have died, and their branches bare. Walking through the orchard there is a dappled autumnal light scattering through the trees, and my skin is at once cooled by the shadow and warmed by the sun.

Ombre Indigo Olfactive Studio 2014 GustavoPellizzonPhoto Stolen Olfactive Studio

After about 2 hours saffron joins the undertones, and a clean but fleshy tuberose comes into the middle of the notes. The fragrance then settles at around 4 hours into a musky floral, powdery amber combo, which I find quite delicious. Some of the listed notes I’ve not quite found, but my sample has now run dry so I need to decide on next steps…

I’ve read reviews on Ombre Indigo that quite happily assign this to being a summer scent, but here in Australia in the dead of winter (as much as we have one) the incense and wood is comforting. I wore the fragrance on a crisp bright sunshiny-day walk along St Kilda Beach whilst being pummelled by Antarctic winds straight out of Bass Strait. Ombre Indigo had ensconced itself thoroughly in my scarf, which allowed me nuzzle down, breathe deeply and keep a smile on my face against the howling wind.

Ombre Indigo Olfactive Studio  Winter Wind Miya Ku FlickrPhoto Stolen Flickr

Further reading: Now Smell This and Chemist In A Bottle
Olfactive Studio has a World Page where you can order wherever you are.
First In Fragrance has €85/50ml and samples
Peony Melbourne has $145/50ml

Do you have a favourite incense fragrance? What time of year does it work best for you?

Tina G xx

8 thoughts on “Ombre Indigo by Mylène Arlan @ Robertet for Olfactive Studio 2014

  1. HI Tina G,
    I love incense fragrances and have a hard time naming just one. For incense I will go to several in Amouage, DSH makes a nice one, Esteban has one called Oriental Spice that (for me) is more a sandalwood incense than spice. I know I have probably missed my favorite but these come to mind today. There is something new I would like to try – Rien Intense Incense – and now that I’ve read your very interesting review I would also like to sniff Ombre Indigo. I have never been disappointed with Olfactive Studio. Also, I use and wear incense every season of the year.
    Azar xx


    • Hey Azar, I must admit, I had somewhat of an ulterior motive for asking what fave incenses were listed, as I’m a fan and am interested to test and try a few more. So, thanks for the handy hints! I like the sound of the sandalwood incense, love sandalwood in all its forms. Thanks for the compliment on the review – I hope you do get a chance to try, and enjoy!
      Tina G xx


  2. Hi there Tina,
    Lovely review.
    Incense fragrance? I love Avignon by CdG, 24-09-11 by Hilde Soliani, Chergui by Lutens, Midnight In Paris by VC&A and Amouage Dia.
    I wear them all year round.
    Portia xx


    • Hi Portia, thanks! Love the last pic you chose, very apt & how I prefer to spend my time on the beach. Hum, I’ve got some Chergui at home, I’ve obviously not given it a proper run through, will investigate.
      xx Tina G


    • Hi Robert, I’ve tried some of the CdG incense, but I’m not sure I took proper care to note which one. Kyoto sounds very yummy!! MMMmmmmmmm…. 🙂
      Tina G xx


  3. I love incense any time of year. It’s by far my favorite. I don’t think I could pick just one. I love Avignon, Cardinal, Kyoto, Winter Woods, Fille en Aiguilles, the list goes on and on. I need to try this one. It totally slipped off my radar somehow. Thanks for reminding me about it.


    • Hi Poodle, if you like incense and tuberose give this one a run through for sure. Seems that most find incense fine all year round, which is interesting as I would think it could be a bit much in hotter weather. Possibly not the case. And particularly for one that I have, Passage d’Enfer which is such a cool incense – I’ll need to give a few more a run through next summer. and now. and Spring. And always! Thanks, Tina G xx


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