Carticasi by Xavier Torre for Testa Maura 2008 + GIVEAWAY

Hey there APJ Fragrant Family,

I have been going through a few of my older LuckyScent Sample Packs. What usually happens for me is that I try them all on my fingers, just near my nails, when they arrive and the ones that stand out to me in the initial testing get worn till they’re empty and the others languish. It’s fun to go back and have a re-sniff and it’s been nice to find that a couple I like very much and want to share with you. One of them is…

Carticasi by Xavier Torre for Testa Maura 2008

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LuckyScent gives these featured accords in one line:
Mastic Resin, Galbanum, Rose, Ylang-Ylang, Cedarwood

My first thought on applying is “oh, this is a natural fragrance”. No fragrance I know with synthetics has this green, dark, ferocious depth. If green is your friend then this is a lightless cave by a riverbank, the moss, lichen, grass, and tree resin all combines here in a fragrance that should be the colour of a crows wing, iridescent, oil slick black. This is the scent of the young fairy Maleficent and her kingdom before it was turned into a place of unhappiness, and then again at the end of the tale.

The rose is gorgeous. Right now I have a deep red rose that someone gave me from their garden, the scent is so strong and dark but with glimmers of light and it is this intoxicating fragrance that has been used by Xavier Torre for Carticasi. The opening 20 minutes are incredibly dense and I could imagine it turning people off if they had never spent time with a natural fragrance. For me though it is totally fabulous, the uber green.

Carticasi lasts a couple of hours and 2/3 of that time it keeps extremely close to the skin. After two hours there is a very faint haze of scent but it has pretty much gone. Perfect work wear so you can enjoy your fragrance on the way to work, respritz and enjoy it for lunch and not worry about skunking your colleagues.

Further reading: Scent For Thought and IrideScents
LuckyScent has $140/50ml

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Testa Maura GIVEAWAY


This week we will have 1 winner who will receive:
2 x Testa Maura samples Capo di Feno & Aleria. (Both from LuckyScent and have been dabbed twice)
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 tell us what fragrances tickle your fancy to sample from LuckyScent<JUMP?

Extra Chance?
Tweet: Testa Maura GIVEAWAY   @luckyscent


Entries Close Sunday 5th July 2015 10pm Australian EST and winners will be announced in a separate post.
Winner will be chosen by
The winner will have till Thursday 9th July 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.

11 thoughts on “Carticasi by Xavier Torre for Testa Maura 2008 + GIVEAWAY

  1. I nearly hit the Buy Now Now button on the last sample pack…Perris Monte Carlo with the new Ylang and Patchouli scents. But saving money for Europe trip next month. So fiscally responsible. Cough.
    I am not familiar with Testa Maura yet.
    Follow by email


  2. Yay Luckyscent! I’m already compiling a list for my next sample blitz. Sunshine and Pancakes, M Micallef’s Note Vanille, Atelier Flou’s Paradis Paradis, Juliette’s Moon Dance, Frapin’s Nevermore… great fun. I follow by email.


  3. By email.

    So many on my wishlist: Regina Harris,l’Artisan, Montale, Maitre, Nicolai, Le Labo, Costamor, Carthusia, and others.


  4. I followed you via email. From Fahrenhiet Cristian Dior, aqua di gio, Tom Ford Oud Wood, Tom Ford Grey Vetiver, Hermes Terre D’Hermes, Gucci By Gucci Pour Homme, Givenchy Pi Neo, Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue for Men, Chanel Allure Homme Sport, Burberry Brit For Men,


  5. Well hello dark and natural! Thank you so much for introducing me to this company! must. try.

    i follow by email, and i would love to try further work from Testa Maura such as Capo di Feno & Aqua di Casta.



  6. the new ones I want to sample from Luckyscent are Pierre Guillaume’s new aquatic line..I follow APJ through email..thanks for the draw


  7. Thank you for pointing out Testa Maura, Portia! I haven’t heard of the brand, and I rummaged through its range to see what it’s like!
    Carticasi sound great! I love natural fragrances, and that wouldn’t be a challenge for my senses. Or at least, not for that particular reason you mentioned. I would love to try every of the described perfumes, but most of all – Carticasi and Aqua di Casta.
    If I open Luckyscent site, I always get lost in the bottomless sea of perfumes. The first that dawn on me are Bruno Fazzolari’s Lampblack, Russian Tea by Masque Milano and YOSH Konig.
    I follow by email, on the FB page and in Google +.
    Thanks for the chance!


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