L’Attesa by Lucca Maffei for Masque Milano 2016


Post by Robert Herrmann


L’Attesa by Lucca Maffei for Masque Milano 2016

Hello beautifully fragrant friends,

I know I’ve talked about it before, that magic moment when you discover a scent that absolutely sweeps you off your feet. A scent that makes you just HAVE to sit down before you fall down in an orgasmic faint. In other words, swoon-worthy.

L’Attesa by Masque Milano 2016

L’Attesa by Lucca Maffei


Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Bergamot, neroli, champagne
Heart: Iris, orris root, tuberose, ylang-ylang
Base: Sandalwood, oakmoss, leather

Yup. That would be the effect that Masque Milano’s L’Attesa had/has on me.

Luca Turin in writing about this magnificent scent said last spring (and I paraphrase):
“…an excellent iris (I cannot think of a better one available today)….”

And boy-howdy it is SO iris, or rather IRIS (IN ALL CAPS) and it lasts on my skin a very long time. On and on, A veritable over-abundance of iris in the very best way possible. So. Iris? Check. Gorgeous? Check. Long lasting? Check. FBW??? Check.

Luca Maffei, the nose behind this fragrance is a niche-fragrance genius having authored such perfumes as Néa and Garuda for Jules Et Mad, the exquisite Rose De Taif edp AND extrait for Perris Monte Carlo, and Cologne Intense for Houbigant among many others.


L’Attesa (the wait) is exactly that. With three different types of iris, it’s simply anticipation amped up X 1000. Luxurious, smooth as hell, rich and deep. To me, it brings to mind the minutes before a clandestine midnight meet-up in a private hothouse, two glasses of champagne just poured and tested for taste, the fizzy bubbles tickling your nose with that glorious yeasty fermented odor.

The hothouse is full of blooming iris and white flowers, and orange trees, their scent mingling in the warm moist humid air with the perfume of hundreds of bouquets.

A sexual encounter is ensured in a setting like this, so you lay your well-worn leather jacket on the bark-chip pathway creating a place for love making, the leather scent mixing with the smell of just-tilled gardens, rooty, earthy, and fecund.

You hear some soft steps on the gravel path outside. The hothouse door opens. And there is your lover.

The night has just begun.


Further reading: Colognoisseur and
LuckyScent has $165/35ml
Surrender To Chance has samples starting at $7/0.5ml

Have you tried L’Attesa? What other iris fragrances do you love?
Robert Herrmann x

15 thoughts on “L’Attesa by Lucca Maffei for Masque Milano 2016

  1. COORRRR! You make it sound amazing Robert.
    I really love the look of the bottles too. Sci-Fi Fragrance bottle. I could imagine Buck Rogers using it.
    Portia xx


  2. I really want to try this and fall in love but I hesitate to even sample anything with sandalwood as a listed note because it tends to be a migraine trigger for me (and I freakin’ love the scent, which makes it extra awful). Sometimes, though, it’s on the notes list and either doesn’t bother me or is a fantasy note and doesn’t trigger my stupid head. How prominent is it here, would you say? I want the kind of swooning moment you had, not my usual, “oh, &$#%. Here comes my tunnel-vision” swooning event.


    • Ugh. Migraines. I know the feeling. So if you do decide to sample it, make sure you have your fiorinal handy, and maybe the non-migraine dreamy haze will make a difference. But yeah, perfume migraines are a bitch!


  3. I have not tried this but LOVE Iris. My favorites are Santa Maria Novella’s Iris and Guerlain’s Metallica and Yves Rocher Iris Noir. I also like Creed’s Fleurissimo for a nice floral with a hint of iris and violet as supporting characters.


    • Hi Gina, I love the SMN Iris as well, and this week it’s been all about L’Attesa (again) and heavy lashings of Ombre Mercure on the other arm. Not quite as dry and rooty as L.At. but gorgeous none the less! Xoxo


  4. Thanks for the article & review. Sounds Great!……the middle & base notes are right up my alley. Its too expensive, so have to save some to buy full bottle.
    I love wearing Iris dominant fragrances like Dior Homme Parfum, Dior Homme Intense, L’Instant de Guerlain and Kerosene Whips and Roses. I am waiting in the mail for La Parfumerie Moderne Cuir X. Surprisingly never tried Guerlain L’Heure Bleue.


    • Hikmat! As soon as you said L’Heure Bleue my ears perked right up! It is my jam, my precioussss, my desert island perfume, and the extrait is, in a word unbelievable. You MUST try it!!


    • Hi Fazal, it IS in the dry/woody facet, but something about L’Attesa is more uplifting and ethereal. The chanpagne accord makes it sparkle like a 50’s vintage perfume, while at the same time well grounded by the leather and moss.


    • Hi Azar, it’s such a beauty that’s for sure! Wearing it even now for our day trip down to the big bad city!! Watch out Chanel counter…..xoxox


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