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Golden Dreams, Amouage Love Mimosa

Lazy morning. An alarm clock won’t ring today but soft rays of sunlight that are filtering through the blinds somehow manage to reach your face. Your last dream of the night just ended, it was lovely, but once you open your eyes you won’t remember any of it. But it’s ok, because tomorrow you might dream of something even better. You leave the snuggly bed, open the window & look down at the garden. The lawn is glistening from a morning dew, the air still smells of fog. The sky is clear as a crystal. One look at the mimosa and you can’t help but smile. Your little paradise is here. If you can envision an idyll like this one you’re almost there to envision how Amouage Love Mimosa smells.

Love Mimosa unveils with an aquatic, slightly ozonic manner. There’s a certain purity to it, as I inhale it I’m reminded of the scent that assists finding a crystal-clear stream of water flowing through a mountain track. Any time I found one while hiking there was a characteristic aura in the air – it was pure and moist, slightly aromatic. I even recall it having its own flavor if you inhaled the air through your mouth. Cascalone (a Calone relative) molecule provides a fresh, lightweight & watery opening that smells modern yet with a hint of nostalgia. Few minutes later violet leaves join the composition.

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Violet leaf brings a pretty dewiness to Amouage Love Mimosa. It makes the perfume more crispy and fresh, with an aromatic background. It’s still dominantly watery but now with a delicate green tinge that adds appeal. When aquatic notes start to attenuate, the fragrance goes through a short phase when it feels very smooth and silky in texture. This however is just a prelude to iris, which arrives in full glamour just a little bit later. It spreads a luxuriously powdery tones that smell dusty, creamy and slightly cosmetic – all at once. This orris accord has many layers of beauty to unfold.

Among many pearlescent facets of iris I have the greatest sentiment for powdery impressions and in Love Mimosa it is exactly that smell that reigns over buttery or creamy nuances. The perfume smells incredibly smooth and tender, almost caressing with its smell. If you try to envision powdery puffs of iris changing color, from white, through pastel shades and finally into brighter and more vivid yellow tones, you’ll be able to smell the seamless way leading to the awakening of mimosa in this perfume. It’s a lazy, very peaceful change that takes time but it’s worth all the wait to enjoy it.

I believe that it’s thanks to this slow transition that allows me to appreciate Love Mimosa and its undeniable charm to the fullest. As yellow color wraps around my skin like a yellow ribbon I start to feel as if I was daydreaming. Powdery aspect of iris as if by a touch of a magic wand becomes deliciously floral & sweet, reminiscent of tiny yellow pompoms that spread their pollen, like particles of magic glitter, upon a slightest touch. A wink from Paradisone enriches the perfume with breezy scent of white flowers that are standing in the background, letting mimosa to stand out even more.

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Bright and solar smell of mimosa becomes more mellow and as a note of pear joins the composition of Amouage Love Mimosa a nice fruity touch is added. It’s a fresh, fruited scent, slightly watery at that – it blends nicely with the scent of mimosa flowers, making them more sunny and richer. Eventually the scent becomes creamier, revealing a lovely ylang-ylang which only intensifies the yellowness of Love Mimosa without introducing anything tropical. Ambrox adds a sensual vibe like a sun-kissed skin while heliotrope adds some dimension, structure and depth. A summer dream.

Love Mimosa from Amouage got me charmed from the very first moment and I have absolutely no doubt that it will cast a spell on many other mimosa lovers out there. It’s very realistic and while it has a classic feel to it, it’s quite a modern interpretation of this yellow, pompom-like flower. It would wear fenomenally in spring and summertime so it’s a shame it’s launching with autumn just around the corner. It’s a great work from perfumer Elise Benat. New addition to The Secret Garden collection is housed in a bright yellow Amouage bottle that is very pleasing for the eye. Love Mimosa is not a powerhouse but it lasts well on skin. Its real beauty lies in its subtlety. Can you feel the magic?

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Voice of Freedom, Amouage Portrayal Duet

Probably in every era of a modern world there was a person or a group of people longing for a change. Their act of not following the crowd and going against society conventions was often considered rebellious. From the perspective of today they were right in their actions – today we know that everyone should live in their own frame instead of frying to fit into a standarized one. When such rebellious attitude is being transformed into perfume it’s like a reflection of one’s soul, when you know who you are and what you want from the world. That’s what new Amouage story is about.

Portrayal Woman starts with a luscious bouquet of big white flowers among which jasmine is an ultimate centerpiece. Its heady and intoxicating aura is overflowing with narcotic molecules of indole that introduce this somewhat oily and animalic quality. It’s a bold floral accord that makes a statement from the very beginning. For a considerable amount of time Portrayal Woman is like a soliflore, not letting anything else to take off properly. But later on there’s something tobacco-ish that starts to mingle in the background but it’s not strong enough to break through the floral wall. After some time the smell of vanilla pods becomes more pronounced that adds an oriental impression of dusted sweetness to the composition. Drydown is still very jasmine-y and balsamic thanks to elemi. This perfume is not my cup of tea but should you search for jasmine-centric scent, here it is.

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Portrayal Man is completely different. At first whiff I could easily pick violet leaf which opens this composition. This fresh note feels rather ozonic, almost aquatic and at the same time it’s aromatic and crispy green like an actual leaf of violet rubbed between your palms. After a couple of minutes the perfume develops a dry woodiness with traits of something citrusy but parched at the same time. Such impression is provided by vetiver. With time Portrayal Man gradually darkens, revealing a leathery facet that comes to the front smoothly. It’s polished, lacquered and slightly acrid – reminiscent of the smell of a raw leather that is about to become a new pair of leather shoes. It’s fuzzy in a tiny bit and when juniper appears it lends some of its own metallic smokiness to the leather. From this point the perfume was quite linear on my skin and it didn’t change much.

Both fragrances in Amouage Portrayal duet were inspired by 1920s. Masculine version by the bohemian culture of those times, feminine edition embodies liberation of that era. I didn’t hate any of the 2 but neither did I love them. To me they are ok. After testing both I can surely say that none of Portrayal fragrances bring something new, exciting or innovative to the perfume scene. Both perfumes come in Amouage style opalescent bottles. Perfumers who worked with Christopher Chong are Pierre Negrin and Annick Menardo for Portrayal Man and Woman respectively.

[note] Picture borrowed from Obsentum on Instagram

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