I have mixed feelings now. In the current situation around the world, with the increasing number of people affected by Covid-19 virus and more restrictions being put on citizens (in Poland some new ones were added yesterday) there are more important things than perfume. It just doesn’t spark so much joy temporarily. But then again in those hard times when social interactions are limited we need something to keep up the good spirit. Perfume can’t save the world but it can save your own sanity right now. So I have another fragrance from Ormaie I want to talk about today.
Les Brumes (Eng. mists) is a shy fragrance for which the play of subtleties is a key to appreciation. When the first droplets of a fragrant liquid touch your skin, it’s like delicate wake up call, like the ray of a morning sunlight that somehow sneaked into your bedroom through the blinds. Calm but vibrant smell of lemon enters your nostrils with certain laziness. It’s an energizing scent but it’s not straight in your face. Shortly mandarin and bergamot join the composition and since in both cases the perfumer accentuated their juicy facets, the perfume becomes a truly mouth-watering cocktail.
What really gets my attention in this citrus trio of Ormaie Les Brumes is the fact that the opening is characterized by an extraordinary purity. That lemon, lime and mandarin smell really clean, transparent, with absolutely nothing getting in the way of enjoying their aromas. Later on ginger appears in this concoction and adds a little bit of that specific, lemon-flavoured piquancy. This effect of spiciness only makes the citrus part more pretty. After a while citric notes start to dissipate – that’s when the scent starts to make some gentle shifts. Those subtle changes make the scent alive.
Juiciness subsides and in its place some slightly herbaceous tones appear. There is a hint of sage which has a slightly green, sappy scent with a gently mentholy undertone which is almost ‘invisible’ to the nose. Cardamom also made its way to the heart of the composition but in my case it doesn’t seem to make any serious statement. Sage and the remaining citrus whispers still get most of my attention. I was surprised to see that Les Brumes lists jasmine and tuberose. Yes, I did notice some floral tones lifting up from the top of my wrist but it was more of an abstract accord, nothing specific.
Neither tuberose nor jasmine are my BFFs so let me tell you I didn’t smell anything indolic that would give me an idea that there’s one of those flowers in this very fragrance. Flowery tones, whatever they are, give Les Brumes a thread of plant-derived sweetness. When the base notes come to the foreground the perfume doesn’t lose any of its lightness and airiness. Usually more hefty notes like cedarwood, sandalwood or vetiver are carefully woven into this fragrance. They provide longevity (mind that hours later I can still smell some citrus from the top) and add depth.
Normally I don’t like press materials written by the brands because they are full of unnecessary blabber that doesn’t tell you much about the perfume itself. But in case of Ormaie and Les Brumes, the description is simply spot on. This fragrance is a vision of memories of a morning among citrus trees. It’s a vision of a magical moment when the morning fog vanishes, revealing a citrus orchard and the forests that surround it. It’s a beautiful picture and the perfume really reflects that. Should you search for an extraordinary citrus, this should be one of your top contenders.