Flaming Dancers, Memo Argentina

When I was a school boy and when I started getting more plump my parents signed me up for dance classes hoping that this extra exercise through dancing will help to keep my weight under control. By coincidence my best friend at a time, a classmate, became my dance partner. Over a couple of years of attending these classes I learned waltz, cha-cha, rumba and more but to these days I find it difficult to just freestyle when the music plays. I didn’t dislike these classes but today I prefer to watch. I thought that a move “Shall We Dance” was absolutely great & funny, with a lot of dance passion. New one from Memo is meant to make you feel the fire of tango. Ready to dance?

Soft tingle of pink pepper is the first chord we smell & hear when Memo Argentina starts to play. It surrounds the wearer with warmth and with a very gentle, sensual spiciness. Even though technically it’s not a pepper I prefer it to the black pepper which to me is often too harsh, metallic and cuisine-driven. With pink pepper things are more balanced and simply more pretty. Rose, which is the main performer of this fragrance makes an entrance after a few short minutes. Her dress, colored crimson red, has the same shade as rose petals used in this perfume. The material it’s made of is fluid, moving with every step she takes, highlighting the shape of her irresistible silhouette.

The smell of roses in Argentina is very potent, rich and vibrant. The intensity that emanates from the skin instantly makes me think of big flowers with petals that are like a very dark red velvet. This Turkish rose is hypnotising thanks to its beauty and it fascinates the nose just like watching a pair of tango dancers fascinates the eyes when you observe how their bodies get perfectly synchronized, as if in a trance. After some time the rose note becomes more oriental and it also reveals some greener, geranium-like nuances. But the intricate bouquet continues to blossom. Two kinds of jasmine were used here and while I smell their presence to me they only let the rose stand out.

The pace of this dance gradually changes and you can almost feel how every half an hour allows Memo Argentina to soak up the oriental aura. The main highlight of this process is the reveal of oud at some point. I know some of you might roll their eyes reading this but please believe me that in this perfume it’s something out of ordinary. I find oud in this new fragrance to be very toned down & quite resinous, viscous. It definitely improves the perception of the crimson red color of rose petals and these two ingredients are simply meant to be together as they unfold a multidimensional word full of beautiful impressions. I quickly though of this perfume that it’s stunning and worth telling you about.

But it’s not done yet & something’s happening after a couple of hours of inhaling the swooning vapors of Argentina. Rose and oud is already a wonderful combination but at a later point in fragrance development this new creation developed a brand new quality, some lightness & transparency entered this tiny perfume universe. Imagine magnolia sharing some of its silky tenderness with a hint of something lemony. That’s exactly what happens! The perfume becomes brighter, more magical. It doesn’t last long but leaves a lasting impression. Then the scent densifies again as verdant-oily cypriol & caramel-like benzoin carry on with the rose until its bath time.

Argentina, a newest creation of perfumer Alienor Massenet that will join Memo Art Land collection is an example of true fragrance craftsmanship that deserves to be praised. Not many compositions are able to wow me like that at first sampling attempt. Not only is it complex but I also find it to be full of contrasts. In Memo Argentina you can find energy, burning passion, fierceness, but also some innocence and tenderness. Like a clash opposite forces, like hot and cold. And the result is worth trying this new release. Argentina is available in EdP concentration, in 75 ml bottles that feature a gorgeous graphic of two birds ‘dancing’ in mid air & one of them is holding a rose. So pretty!

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12 thoughts on “Flaming Dancers, Memo Argentina

  1. Jillie says:

    “Oh wow”, I was thinking, until I got to the oud ….. but then I told myself off, because there have been perfumes that I have liked in the past, in spite of them containing oud! And perhaps even because of the oud, which adds a certain extra dimension. It depends on the quality of the oud, the combination of notes and the artistry of the perfumer, who can work magic with his ingredients.

    I love deep red roses, and pink pepper (both to smell and to eat). I am also really intrigued about the progress of this fragrance. It sounds rather special, and a lovely and suitable gift to receive on St Valentine’s Day.

    I share your preference to watch rather than participate in dancing, but I bet you and your partner must have looked so good!

    • lucasai says:

      I really don’t mind a little bit of oud. After all perfumes like Atelier Cologne Rose Anonyme or Diptyque Oud Palao or HdP Rosam – the fragrances that I have, all have some oud with rose.
      In Argentina it just helps the rose to feel darker and more pronounced I feel.
      Yes! I didn’t think about it but you’re right, Valentine’s Day would be a perfect occassion to get Memo Argentina.
      I was only like 10 back them, more clumsy than graceful, haha.

  2. MMKinPA says:

    Wonderful review. I don’t really get on with rose perfumes so this won’t make my list; but if it did I would be dying to try it based on your words!

  3. Holly says:

    This sounds gorgeous! What a fabulous review! And that bottle!!! Rose rarely works on me, but your review has inspired me to want to try this.

  4. rickyrebarco says:

    Pink pepper and rose sound divine. I’ll have to test this one to see how the oud works on my skin. I’ve found a handful of perfumes with oud that I am able to wear and enjoy. Maybe this will be one of them!

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