This week I decided to catch up on Quick Sniffs so they might be appearing once again later in the course of the week. This part is a bit delayed (it’s not Monday anymore…), hope you don’t mind.
Panorama is the latest addition to Celine Verleure’s brand Olfactive Studio. This fragrance is a 7th creation from this house and it follows the concept of coupling scent with photography. Click here for a photo that served as inspiration for Panorama, shot by Miguel Sandinha. The perfume itself is prominently, not to say extremely green. It starts with an avantgarde and unusual wasabi accord. Yes, wasabi! It’s very intensive and has this sort of fresh spiciness that literally drills through your nose and goes right up your sinuses. After a while verdancy becomes even stronger with the smell of freshly cut grass and fig leaves that add more sappy and slightly milky sensation to the blend. There is also a generous dose of balsam fir that combined with the other notes provide a true aromatic facet to this fragrance. Violet leaf introduces a crispy, crunchy vibe that has been deepend with labdanum and galbanum resins. As the time flies the green shade slowly fades from vivid to more pastel one and it’s resins that set further direction of development. There is also some cardamom that adds a nice touch of spiciness and also myrrh that ensures the longer lasting effect of balsamic notes. Additional essences include lemon and bergamot but personally I didn’t find anything juicy or citric about Panorama. To me this perfume is a bit difficult and wasabi makes me think of it as “niche in niche.” This one will surely excite you if you’re really into bright and literally green compositions.
A la Rose is the
newest (not anymore, after recently launched Oud Satin Mood) fragrance from perfumer Francis Kurkdjian and created for his own maison de parfum. Simple name indicates that the perfume is a tribute to rose and is meant to evoke pure femininity. The fragrance composition begins with a very mild citrus blend orange and lime with a small-ish hint of bergamot. Unfortunately there is nothing juicy or sparkling about these citric notes. They are just lying there, smelling rather flat and nobody really cares about them. After a few minute comes the rose. Notes pyramid claims using Turkey red rose and Damask rose. Really? I would expect something more potent and rich from these rose species. The fact is that MFK A la Rose smells utterly light and delicate. Roses combined with “flowers” (yes, it’s the name of the note!) smells very ethereal and without any serious substance. To tell the truth, at some close point I don’t even smell much of a rose, it got lost between “flowers” and aquatic, ozonic violet that becomes a tad more powdery over time. Composition also enlists cedar. Seriously? Where is it then? I don’t smell anything woody in this perfume and cedar is one of the more substantial and present woodsy accords in perfumes. This eau de parfum is undeniably feminine but I don’t think men or women will find anything particularly interesting about this perfume. But this is me, I know how I like my rose.