Musc Immortel by Atelier des Ors: Midsummer Nights

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Sandra

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Hey there APJ! How are you doing?

Summer vacation has finally arrived in The Netherlands and this year we are blessed. The weather is so warm and sunny that we are in fact in a mini drought. Every day we are greeted in the mornings with the birds’ love songs and then we are rewarded with the musical chorus of crickets chirping in the evenings. This has been a truly stunning summer so far.

Atelier des Ors: Musc Immortel

For the last couple of days I have been basking in the glow of Atelier des Ors Musc Immortel. It is currently limited to Harrods in London, but I am hoping that it will soon be available to the rest of the world.

Fragrantica lists the notes as: grapefruit, clary sage, iris, patchouli, haitian vetiver, cypriol oil or nagarmotha, ambrette, musk and immortelle. Musc Immortel was created by Marie Salamagne in 2017.

When I spray Musc Immortel it opens with gorgeous herbaceous clary sage which is tempered with a cool blast of slightly bitter grapefruit. The grapefruit never veers too citrusy which is just perfect for me as I cannot handle citrus notes. Then Musc Immortel turns vegetal, herbal and balmy. I am off to a wonderful start.

It is when the iris note hits my brain cells that I can conjure up visions of all the glorious bearded irises that I have been able to see this spring. Iris is proving to be one of my absolute favorite notes. Iris perfumes can be powdery and sometimes sweet. However, the iris here is warm and earthy but not sweet, almost texturally tangible with its velvety smooth components. Because of this tactile quality, I find Musc Immortel quite sensual.

While the opening is beautiful, it is with the addition of patchouli that a slighty sweet woody vibe enters. I used to think that patchouli was not a note I could carry off very well, however, as I age, I find it much more appealing. The patchouli used in Musc Immortel is earthy and warm sending the iris into the background only momentarily. Vetiver is a difficult note for me but together with the patchouli I find that the bracing grassy notes that I normally associate with vetiver are no longer there. This vetiver is so incredibly smooth, green with a light touch of hinted citrus. Could it be the quality of vetiver that Atelier des Ors uses that makes the difference?

The long and irresistible dry down of Musc Immortel gives us a dusting of immortel. This rounds out the perfume bringing me comfort and the sense of light or the heat of a sultry summer day moving into the night. This is yet another sensorial delight for my nose and brain. This is an iris perfume kissed by woods and warmth. Adding to this sensual delight is the addition of musc. There is quite a lot of purring musc in this which makes the perfume sing.

I will treasure Musc Immortel until my sample is gone. Thank you to Megan from Atelier des Ors for sending me my sample and for giving me the opportunity to live with this for a few days.

I will wait with baited breath for this to come into wider distribution. Please Atelier des Ors, hear my pleas, this is something that should be shared and not limited.

How do you deal with limited perfumes? Do you seek them out? Or do you dismiss them outright because of their exclusivity?

Wishing you all a wonderful August wherever you are.

Oodles of fragrant kisses,

Sandra xo

Chanel N°18 EdP by Olivier Polge 2016

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Val the Cookie Queen

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Hey APJ Peeps

It is so damn hot here I can hardly think, let alone consider how my new bottle of Chanel N°18 smells.   I had a large decant of the N°18 EdT, and I have enjoyed wearing it off and on over the last four months or so.  And then the “enjoyed” turned into an absolute “I have to have a bottle of this stuff and I know it is not available any more so let’s get the EdP immediately I have heard such good things about it” mode.

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Saturday Question: What Was or Would Be Your Wedding Perfume?

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Portia

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Hello Fellow Fumies,

At APJ we have a Saturday Question. Everyone gets to chime in with an answer, chat with other responders and it’s a fun event each week. Taking sides never means taking offence and everyone keeps it respectful and light, even though we can sometimes trawl the depths.

The idea is you’ll see it on the weekend or chime in through the week. Hopefully you will come back regularly and see if anyone has responded to your comment and you can reply to them. The aim is to generate real conversation and connection even though we are scattered around the globe.

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SOTD 2 – 8 July 2018

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Portia

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Hi APJ,

A SOTD (Scent Of The Day) thread is a really good conversation generator. The idea is you’ll chime in through the week with whatever scent you are wearing. You don’t need to be super knowledgable, have high faluting tastes or be a published author to comment. Just tell us what fragrance you’re wearing, smelling, buying etc. and how it makes you feel and/or anything else about it that tickles your fancy.

You can also comment on everyone else choices too. It’s great to tell someone how much you love their choice, ask for more info about it, the house or perfumer. There’s someone here from around the world 24/7 and perfume people love to chat.

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CHANEL F/W 2018

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Portia

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Hi there Fashion Fragrances,

Dropped by CHANEL yesterday and did some spritzing of the EdPs. It inspired me to do some catching up on their CHANEL F/W 2018 fashion today. Here’s a best of quick trip down the styles and accessories that made waves.

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I would like to say that their cutting down 200+ year old trees to host this parade makes me grumpy. Having done it though they make the simple wild woods look as Disney as CHANEL only can. I love seeing all the cool celebs chattering and watching this completely OTT event in the woods. The juxtaposition is clever.

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The clothes are wonderful.

Enjoy

CHANEL F/W 2018

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Little Black Dress by Barbara Zoebelein for Avon 2001

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Kate Apted

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Hello all you lovely APJ family.

I owe a huge thanks to Sam from I Scent You a Day. Had I not found her blog and lurked around for a while, I’d have never dusted off my mum’s perfume collection and found a few Avon gems. Sam is a huge Avon fan and her enthusiasm caused me to see what all the fuss was about. I hadn’t bothered with Avon since I was a tween. Bad quality and poor longevity put me off.

Deciding I liked Little Black Dress (LBD) after trying what sat on mum’s bureau, I ordered a bottle on sale. My version is the latest one with the black sticker on the back and the fully black cap, while mum’s is an original from the year of its release with the transparent glass body and a half black cap. Interestingly, I prefer my bottle. I will stand by my view that Avon scents trail off after 30 min to one hour, but in the case of LBD, the scent is what makes it worth buying. At the price it generally goes for, even online, I am happy to keep reapplying. Avon’s rollerball version is perfect for my handbag or travel. And it comes with body products! Win! Continue reading

Tubereuse Trianon by Yuri Gutsatz for Le Jardin Retrouve 2016

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Kate Apted

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G’day APJ folk!

Hands up if you are a tuberose lover! Yup, me too! Have you ever noticed how tuberose tends to be treated in perfumery? For the most part, it is either big and loud and trumpets my presence into a room (think Amarige or Giorgio Bevery Hills) or it is pared with an assortment of off beat notes to subdue its energy (think Britney Spears Radiance or Hypnotic Poison). There is another treatment of tuberose that finds favour with me; the aristocratic creaminess of Tubereuse Trianon. Continue reading