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.
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.