Perris Monte Carlo debuted as a perfume brand in 2012. The brand didn’t appear out of no-where, it was a result of well made decision after spending years in laboratory and on travelling around the world in search of best materials. Perris Monte Carlo is run by Perris family who for two generations has been involved in the fragrance industry. You might have heard the name Perris earlier but not necessarily since their main goal so far was to resurrect historical perfume brands in Europe, such as Houbigant. Fougere Royale or Orangers en Fleurs really owe a lot to Perris family.
After all these years of working in the shadow of different fragrance houses logos they decided on establishing their own brand named Perris Monte Carlo. As one can read this brand was born to intrigue you by its diverse and exquisite breadth of fragrances created by using the most noble of raw materials. For their debut five perfume were crafted, each of them is unique and features different ingredients of prestige quality. In part 1 I will talk about first two scents, the other three will be featured in part 2 of discovering the brand series. Without wasting time lets start the exploration!
Ambre Gris starts with a warm, kind of balmy musk which becomes ambery after few minutes of sitting on skin. Coumarin makes amber darker and more creamy. It’s quite powerful but still it behaves well and gives a feeling of something subsiding. While later Ambre Gris gets more woody – it smells of fine sandalwood and cedar, both used in small quantities and in good proportion will other ingredients. With the woods musk strikes again polishing the fragrance base. This perfume is really warm, even fresh and crisp geranium that mingles here and there doesn’t change that. In the drydown soft rose comes to the front and dances with labdanum and vanilla to create sophisticated and refined finish. Ambre Gris is oriental perfume without a doubt. Its well blended, has a moderate longevity (4-6 hours) but sillage is a little bit disappointing. Ambre Gris tends to hover close to the skin. Luckily this is the only thing Ambre Gris can be accused of, everything else is fine.
Essence de Patchouli is, as its name suggests a perfume centered around the patchouli note. I, who is not a patchouli fan must admit that this perfume is stunning! Probably the best patchouli I’ve ever smelled and one of the nicest fragrances I tried in last couple of weeks. Essence de Patchouli is a sexappeal condensed to liquid and bottled. Its opening is a prominent patchouli. Yes, it’s a little bit woody and leafy but it’s not dirty at all. There’s also an amazing enveloping quality to it, a seductive aura made of smooth musk and some unknown aphrodisiac spices, maybe cardamom, cinnamon, pepper or clove, really hard to tell but it’s incredibly sexy. In Essence de Patchouli there’s also a place for my favourite note, iris. Could it be the reason I like it so much from the first application? There’s also coumarin in it which gives a little bit balmy, resinous vibe. Geranium and rose are here as well, but their role is less important comparing to Ambre Gris. Other notes include labdanum and guaiac wood. Essence de Patchouli is a noble style perfume, well groomed. It’s longevity is 6-8 hours and its sillage is a little bit stronger than for Ambre Gris. It’s charming.
note: photos made by me.