Ames Soeurs by Joya + The Book Of Lost Fragrances by M.J.Rose 2012


Post by Portia


Hi there Fumies!

Something I find quite a few frag heads also love is reading, we are sensualists and love to dream. Today I’m looking at a fragrance inspired by a book, a book I enjoyed immensely. It’s a fun, fast paced thriller style pot boiler that has a very generous smattering of perfume and perfumer inside knowledge. Always nice to combine two loves.

Ames Soeurs by Joya 2012

JOYA Âmes Sœurs Net a Porter


Net-A-Porter gives these featured accords:
Top: Tamarind, Grapefruit, Cypress
Heart: Rose Bulgar, Ginger, Orange Blossom
Base: Cedarwood, Incense, Amber, Sweet Musk

Ames Soeurs opens on me as a soft citrus and white flower, lightly laconic and breathy but not overly. It’s a mild mannered fragrance that is pretty and sweet, but not in a confectionary sense. Though I become less able to smell it after about an hour it has good projection and people notice it on me and comment favourably. The orange blossom and amber are the stars of the show for me and I could imagine Ames Sours becoming a popular go-to scent for someone who likes to smell nice but doesn’t want to smell overly perfumy. It shares a mood with such light and lovelies as La Chasse aux Papillons by L`Artisan Perfumer, Guerlain’s Aqua Allegorias and some of the Heeley fragrances.
Lasting power is excellent for a natural fragrance and I would never have guessed it to be one by the smell.
Net-A-Porter has $40/10ml roll on

The Book of Lost Fragrances by M.J.Rose 2012

The Book of Lost Fragrances MJRose Book DepositoryBook Depository

From Book DepositoryJac L’Etoile is plunged into a world she thought she’d left behind when her brother, coheir to their father’s storied French perfumery, makes an earthshattering discovery in the family archives, and then suddenly goes missing–leaving a dead body in his wake. In Paris to investigate his disappearance, Jac becomes haunted by the legend of the House of L’Etoile. If there is an ancient perfume developed in Cleopatra’s time that holds the power to unlock memories of past lives, possessing it is not only worth living for…it’s worth killing for, too.

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Ames Soeurs GIVEAWAY


This week we will have 1 winner who will receive:
1 x 5ml Ames Soeurs rollerball decant
P&H Worldwide


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Please tell us a book you would like to see a fragrance created around…..


Entries Close Sunday 24th April 2016 10pm Australian EST and winners will be announced in a separate post.
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The winner will have till Thursday 28th April 2016 to get in touch (portia underscore turbo at yahoo dot com dot au) with their address or the prize will go to someone else.
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22 thoughts on “Ames Soeurs by Joya + The Book Of Lost Fragrances by M.J.Rose 2012

  1. Love the question! Maybe The Great Gatsby – all those decadent flappers and amazing parties. And Gatsby’s doomed love. I need to read this Book of Lost Fragrances too. Follow by email.:)


  2. email
    I want this book but it is pricey. I’d rather buy a bottle of fragrance. 🙂
    Hmmm, that’s a good question. Well, since one of my alltime faves is The Chronicles of Narnia, maybe a fragrance called “Aslan.” Or, another fave is Nabokov’s Bend Sinister; so, maybe a really badass oud, leather, tobacco called “Sinister.”


  3. I think I’ll have to buy that book! I’d love to have a fragrance created around Wuthering Heights – innocence, madness, love, desire and ghostly! Or The Crimson Petal and The White, a book so expertly written that the fragrances redolent of Victorian London – both the pure and the profane – virtually leapt of every page! Arcana created a beautiful oil of my other favourite book – Tess of the D’urbervilles and it is PERFECT ❤


  4. I like the concept of creating a scent around a book Portia and all the commenters before made great and interesting choices in my opinion. If we stick to the classics, maybe a fragrance built around the proud character of Hester Prynne from Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter? I imagine Olivia Giacobetti or Patricia de Nicolai would do a good job here.
    Something completely different would be a scent built around Alex, the main character of A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. Living in a disturbed world, going though various stages in his young life – from violence through passive indifference after a kind of brainwashing and back. I believe the house of ELDO could release such a scent.
    Since I like reading very much, I’ll surely look for the book you recommend.
    I follow APJ by email.


  5. What a great question. I needed to look through my Kindle list for some help, but I’d love a dirty, beachy, marine scent tinged with misery and scorching sunlight based on the excellent Sex Lives of Cannibals (J. Maarten Troost). I don’t know if I’d like to wear it often, but it would be fascinating to smell. A scroll up through others’ comments also intrigues me. Books and scents–what a great marriage. The Ames Soeurs sounds pretty interesting, and I think I’ll have to read that book.

    I follow by e-mail!


  6. I follow by email. I’d like to see a fragrance designed around the Outlander series. It certainly would have to include heather at some point.


  7. I’d be surprised if there wasn’t one, but I’d pick a fragrance based on Gone With the Wind – it could go so many directions. Earthy, peachy, gunpowdery, sweaty, make-up-y… the list goes on. Thanks for the review and the draw! I follow via bloglovin.


  8. I follow via email. Also Facebook. Whenever I can, really. 🙂
    I can think of so many books I’d like to create a perfume around…perhaps Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina – unbridled illicit passion contrasted with the true and steady love of the happily married. I’m sure it would have jasmine…and musk.


  9. Perhaps Hollywood Wives (Jackie Collins) – i can imagine a very expensive, musky, skanky, come hither perfume! 🙂
    I follow by email and FB and am in the UK. thanks for the draw.


  10. interesting idea, I also adore wuthering heights, cold bleak moors etc, also alice in wonderland is a virtual lolly bag of smells, what about the infamous Perfume by Suskind? I follow by email


  11. Great question! What about a perfume for Harriet Vane in Gaudy Night or Strong Poison? Love the Dorothy Sayers books and the wonderful BBC version with Harriet Walters! Would need to be something smart and classic but also very cutting edge. (I follow by e-mail)


  12. Hi Portia!
    Now I’m “officially” following the blog (by email).
    Thanks for the giveaway, and I think you’re right about the love of reading. We are such dreamers ;-).
    Books and perfumes share the same attraction for me: opening the world, taking me to places that I might not have even dreamt about, escaping, bringing back lost memories.
    The book I’m choosing would be Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, because I’m such a romantic and because Jo took Wuthering Heights, LOL 😉
    Harry Potter would be a great choice too….


  13. Hi Portia. There is already a book about one of my faves: The Perfume Lover is a love story set around the creation of Sevile a l’Aube. I’m an avid reader of Scandi crime novels. Maybe someone could do Armaldur Indridason’s Arctic Chill. I’m thinking an ice cologne, notes of cypress, tobacco and booze, in a blood red bottle.


  14. I would like a fragrance to be created around Perfume: The Story of a Murderer. I know Mugler did something but I want something more widely available option, especially, an interpretation of the final perfume created by the central character in the book. I follow APJ through email.


  15. Thanks for the draw, Portia, fantastic topic.

    I think a fragrance inspired by The Name of the Rose has the potential to be extraordinary. But I might just believe that because I love the book so much… 🙂

    I follow by email. Thank you!


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