Camellia Perfume by Maria McElroy for Aroma M Perfumes 2014


Post by Robert Herrmann


“I can just hear my General now. “Why Hatsumomo. You used to smell of jasmine… What’s this new perfume…?” – Memoirs Of A Geisha 1999

When Aroma M, already a well established perfume line, introduced Camellia Face Oil and Hair Oil, a true icon of modern niche perfumery was born. Quickly becoming the favorite of chi chi clients worldwide and after many requests, perfumer Maria McElroy released the Extrait (Perfume) in 2014 and I for one could not be happier!

Having already fallen head-over-heels for her new limited edition “Voluptuous Nostalgia” (totally full-bottle worthy. Or two.), when I spotted the Camellia Perfume in LA’s Scent Bar/ Luckyscent a few weeks ago, all it took was one dab and BOOM!

Take my money…PLEASE!!

Camellia Perfume by Aroma M Perfumes 2014

Camellia Perfume by Maria McElroy

Camellia Aroma M Fragrantica


Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Jasmine, gardenia, neroli, geranium, rose, frankincense, camellia

A white floral contemporary masterpiece with a whopping 30% fragrance to oil ratio, Camellia Perfume opens on my skin with a huge blast of creamy jasmine, gardenia, and neroli, indolic but not overwhelming and absolutely gorgeous! But Camellia is the diva here, and makes a sweeping entrance within 10 minutes, fresh yet a bit dusty, with a scent like no other.

When I was a kid growing up north of San Francisco, my mother planted Camellia bushes wherever she could find a patch of dirt. Now to be honest, I don’t have a scent memory of those gorgeous blooms, all I remember is getting a nose-full of tiny ants which love the flowers, when I went to sniff them on the bush. Pink, white, variegated, we had them all and there was always a shallow dish of water somewhere in the house full of the placid floating flowers.

If I had known they would smell like this, I would’ve paid better attention!

Camellia Perfume by Aroma M Robert HerrmannPhoto Donated Robert Herrmann

There’s geranium in there as well, never overshadowing the Camellia, with all the notes resting and supported by a soft base of frankincense. Like I said, gorgeous! Slightly reminiscent of the very BEST of the Chanel and Guerlain florals that seem to have somehow merged to produce a love-child…a softer yet potent and beautifully blended white floral.
THE white floral.
Yup. It’s THAT good. But that shouldn’t be a surprise to you given Maria’s other creations in the Geisha line. Trust me, you want this one. I’ll just say in advance, you’re welcome.

And it lasts and lasts, which is some-kind-of-wonderful for an all natural perfume.


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Oh….and I should mention that it passed the ultimate spouse litmus test… “Wow, what is that? You smell amazing!”

Amazing indeed.

Do you have a favorite Aroma M scent? If so which one?

7 thoughts on “Camellia Perfume by Maria McElroy for Aroma M Perfumes 2014

  1. Hi Robert,
    I have not tried any Aroma M scents or products but have used various brands of camellia oil for the face and a camellia oil cleaner for cutlery. This Aroma M Camellia perfume sounds lovely. Thank you for the review!
    Azar xx


  2. Hi Robert, there is a large Camellia in my garden that is in full bloom right now, big rose like flowers. But they have no scent whatsoever, so I am not surprised you didn’t smell them when you were young, because they don’t! So it may refer to camelllia sinensis (tea), as Camellia Japonica is beautiful but scentless. It sounds like a lovely perfume though.


  3. I remember the intoxication of this incredible beauty! So gorgeous and sparkling. Just like your eyes when you tried it! Not surprised the spouse loves this one, your review is spot on! What a day that was!


  4. What a glowing review! This sounds fabulous! I have only tried 1 scent – Geisha Noir maybe? It wasn’t the best fit for me, but this is a house I’m definitely interested in trying more from!! Thanks for spotlighting this one.


  5. I have Geisha Noir EDP which is very powdery on me but I love powdery so I’m okay with that. I haven’t tried any others. I love white florals so Camellia would probably be worth a sniff for me.


  6. This seems like a good tribute to the camellia flower because camellia is big in the Japanese culture and we all know it is the symbol of Shiseido brand also.


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