Hello my friends! My name is Narth an I’m looking forward to chatting with you about our wonderful world of scent. I have been a perfume fan since 2004 when something went off in my brain and I thought oh.. SCENT! My hobbies are fragrance, food and reading translated Korean fiction. I will make these things collide whether they want to or not!
I’ve always loved a house that’s as familiar as a home when it comes to perfume. Where you sigh and enjoy that this is definitely a Chanel and even if it’s not your favourite it’s a well loved place to be. Etro is one such house that has bought me much joy. Begun in 1968 as a family Italian fashion house, today it’s run by the founder’s four children. In their wide range of perfumes they have created some true classics. I wear these a lot and find myself thinking about the way each one has a familiar splash of sunshine in the notes, but what it brings out varies greatly. So let’s take a brief tour in the Italian sun.
ETRO: Fragrant Italian Sunshine
Shaal Nur by Etro 1997
Top: Lemon, Bergamot, Grapefruit, Mandarin, Rosewood, Coriander
Heart: Thyme, Tarragon, Rosemary, Karo Karoundè, Rose, Petit Grain
Base: Patchouli, Nutmeg, Vetiver, Cedarwood, Opoponax, Incense, Musk
Oh my you’ve got almost tart freshly cut wood warmed by the sun here, it is positively glowing! A luminous scent. Shaal Nur dries down to incense and vanilla. Wood can be sweet! Sometimes I forget this. Beautifully well rounded it will appeal to incense lovers, sandalwood lovers (it just vibes sandalwood to me) and vanilla lovers.
Patchouly by Etro 1989
Top: Bergamot, Orange, Sagebrush
Heart: Geranium, Rose, Mysore Sandlewood
Base: Java Patchouli, Cypress, Vanilla, Amber, Musk
My favorite ever patchouli. Damp earth with sparkly minty sunshine.This is all loamy forest soil under ancient trees with the full summer heat radiating through the foliage.I’m going to assume the geranium is responsible for the mint note, it is delightful. Fresh, natural essential oils and a lovely sweetness in the drydown.
Etra by Etro 2000
Top: Coriander, Cardamon, Rosewood
Middle: Jasmine, Rose, Geranium, Pimento, Cedarwood, Sandalwood
Base: Vanilla, Musk
Etro goes to the office! It’s fresh, and dressed nicely but it’s also a quietly happy scent. The sun is pouring in the window and you’re rather pleased with yourself because you’re just so darn presentable. It’s a good day. The herbal notes are chipper, the drydown cozy. While in no way a dramatic scent it’s very Etro and certainly not simple.
Messe de Minuit by Etro 1994
Top: Bergamot, Lemon, Orange
Middle: Ceylon cinnamon, Petit grain citronnier, Patchouli
Base: Myrrh, Labdanum, Musk
This is a Gothic masterpiece. It’s a basement full of mushrooms growing in darkness with a slat of light streaming in through the boarded up windows. It’s dank and cave like, and very very mushroom and yet there’s also brightness in the topnotes. Some say it’s a church incense, for myself it’s more haunted house. It’s extremely interesting. Why would you want to smell like mushrooms? Because mushrooms are wonderful! The most beautiful thing I’ve ever smelt was freshly picked and sliced Matsutake mushrooms, the scent filled the room. One of many amazing smells that only briefly creep into perfumes and I’m very happy for my mushroomy Messe de Minuit.
Now that I’m on a leather kick I’m hoping to sample Etro Gomma some time.. I’ll admit I’ve sometimes tried a well reviewed niche scent and thought but… ETRO did this with so much style already.
What houses do you find yourself devoted to because you love the home they create?
See you next time, Narth xx