Regal Dignity, 1907 Mon Âme

To say that a perfume market in general (not just in Europe) is ruled by fragrancesfrom France and Italy wouldn’t be an exagerration. Sure, there are also some brands from Spain & Portugal, Germany, Benelux or from Nordic countries – but honestly, how many can you name? That’s why I was surprised when a fellow blogger sent me a message asking if I’d be interested in trying something new from a niche perfume house based in Slovakia. It was something new & not typical to learn about 1907, founded by Eva Skovranova  four years ago in memory of her grandmother.

Mon Ame introduces itself with an uber sophisticated iris note. Or should I say orris, because it has a really dense, thick character. It has that elegant and luxurious richness that only iris butter or iris concrete could provide. The perfume certainly has a delightful buttery facet that through its creamy, sweet and silky soft nuances makes my mouth water. In case of this perfume orris also entwines with the leathery (or suede) undertone hiding deeper within self – complexity is obvious from the very start and how different aspects of same material play with each other is quite satisfying.

Iris plays solo for a little while, maybe for 15-20 minutes until other elements of Mon Ame become more present. Next in order of appearance was violet. When it arrived, a powdery veil came as it was following it. It has a lovely high-end cosmetic vibe. Later violet became more floral and a tad dewy. The latter impression, that of dewiness, was continued by lily-of-the-valley note. It introduced a meadow-like, watery freshness associated with spring flowers that bloom in white color. Because I’m not a big muguet fan I was hoping for this part to quickly pass & in my case it did.

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Over time the woodiness started to control a steering wheel of Mon Ame. Cedarwood became particularly well-pronounced, to the point that the fragrance became quite woody, substantive & with a solid base. It almost overpowered the buttery orris smell. Cedar felt a bit dry and chunky on my skin but then it usually is more rough and asymmetric in shape. Sandalwood, appearing later, is the very of it. usually smooth & shiny. Here as well, and it has a ‘woody pudding’ creaminess to it. 2 woody notes really create dimension and substance in Mon Ame. It’s a delicious concoction.

The perfume so far was quite bright and luminous but in the drydown it loses a bit of radiance, becoming a little darker. I think that patchouli especially contributes to that impression – it smells vegetal, of moist soil and roots in it. Combination of green, woody and earthy scents is what I smell. Afterward things warm up, tonka bean effuses its creamy spiciness giving Mon Ame some sensual softness. White Musk additionally feels very wooly and fluffy – mixed with tonka it’s like plush. And it has a delicate rose hue in the background that just makes this ending much more beautiful.

I didn’t know what to expect from a brand that was completely unknown to me. After spending a couple of years in this industry I know quite well what I like and what I want. Because of that I can get sceptical sometimes towards novelties that don’t appeal to me immediately. But Mon Ame and 1907 brand surprised me in a very positive way. The perfume feels very glamorous, structured and has a distinctive retro, vintage-y vibe. Mon Ame is a part of ‘Beneath the Surface’ collection. It’s a pure perfume containing 20% fragrance oils. It comes in a 50 ml minimalistic yet elegant bottle.

[note] Many thanks to my friend Christiane who let me use her gorgeous photo in this review. If you haven’t discovered it yet, you must check her instagram for daily dose of perfume bottle porn.

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12 thoughts on “Regal Dignity, 1907 Mon Âme

  1. shelly says:

    My preference is to try niche perfumes when I can (over big names), and certainly have not seen any here from Slovakia. Maybe it will show up soon!

  2. hajusuuri says:

    This sounds fantastic, Lucas! I hope she offers samples (I don’t mind paying a reasonable amount).

  3. Jillie says:

    How good to read about a new venture from an unexpected place, and to see how positive you are about it! It seems like a very appealing fragrance and I hope we see her creations appear more widely.

  4. Undina says:

    I’m not sure what Slovakian is about this perfume with a French nose and a French name but since you liked it, I expect I would as well. At least from your description everything sounds appealing (especially iris 🙂 ).

    • lucasai says:

      Yes, you got the point there. But Slovakian name would make sense only to people from that country.
      I think you’d like it. Can keep what’s in my sample for you

      • Undina says:

        As you know, I never refuse to try anything either you or hajusuuri liked. The only downside is accessibility of some of the perfumes that come from your part of the world here. But one issue at a time 🙂 Thank you for the kind offer. Please reserve the remaining of your sample for the future exchange with me (unless you decide to finish it).

        • lucasai says:

          I know, it’s same for the US side. Lots of things from there are not available in Europe (especially indie stuff)
          I will keep the sample for you

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