We’re almost halfway through December and Christmas will be upon us faster than singing the hit song “All I want for Christmas is you” from memory. Right now the days are becoming the shortest they can be and it’s a bit sad when it gets dark around 3 PM. It’s easy to feel down if you add to it a gloomy weather and the overall atmosphere of this year with covid. Especially now we need something that instantly brightens our mood and I’ve found just the thing. New from Parfums Dusita is an echanting concoction that brings back the smiles and introduces a Holiday mood to our homes.
Moonlight in Chiangmai starts with a kind of sharp, bitter, almost biting note of Japanese Yuzu that after a couple of seconds starts smelling incredibly inviting and sensual. Just after an eye blink it gains a smoothness & mellowness that presents itself as an aromatic citrus note, a little bit on a dry side, with a powdery albedo thread underneath the top layer. In the following minutes it seamlessly transitions to a truly appealing stage that unveils a night blooming jasmine. Is it really jasmine? – the question pops in my head on its own. Why, you might wonder? Well, because it smells so different.
You can forget about indolic jasmine or an overwhelming bouquet of white flowers because you won’t find any of these in Moonlight in Chiangmai. Night blooming jasmine gives this perfume an incredibly sensual, enveloping, semi-transparent veil & there’s something magical about it. It’s floral without a doubt and has a certain richness that blooms beautifully in the presence of one’s body warmth. The aura of this jasmine is very luminous & bright and personally I find the fragrance to have a twinkling, sparkling effect that is mesmerizing like the night sky lit up with 100s of paper lanterns.
Later on this wonderful jasmine note turns more creamy & lactonic, making the fragrance feel so comforting and familiar to the senses, like a second skin. After some time Moonlight in Chiangmai becomes softer and loses quite a bit of this magical floral vibe. This allows other scents to emerge. Slowly the perfume becomes more dry, a bit peppery but not quite. Nutmeg creates this impression that I immediately connect with the smell of old books – you know, the smell of aged paper pages, a visit to an old library. Benzoin adds a resinous charm and deepens the character of this composition.
Dusita Moonlight in Chiangmai dries down to a slightly saline, burning & spiced smell of myrrh. Pissara combined it with patchouli and this one is really multifaceted. Depending on the moment when I was smelling my wrist it was either more earthy & dirty or more clean, it also had a hint of prunes. The latter one gives it a festive spirit in my opinion. This new creation also features a realistic woody accord of Thai teak wood that Pissara blended from scratch in her Parisian atelier. It is additionally amplified by vetiver that brings an aromatic, tad coumaric edge to this fabulous perfume.
In this saddening and disastrous year the 2020 turned out to be, Moonlight in Chiangmai by Parfums Dusita is like a little light of hope that sparks joy and warms up the heart from the inside. Pissara Umavijani blended masterfully this magical potion, making it probably the most wearable fragrance in her current portfolio. To me it’s equally feminine and masculine and it was released in the ideal moment of the year. The new eau de parfum has a pretty sillage and very good longevity. The fragrances comes in various sizes, including 7.5 ml travel spray, 50 ml and 100 ml bottles.