Over the last couple of years the arrival of September meant something exciting for me. Normally I should have my bags packed by now, living my summer holiday adventure (in Italy or somewhere else for a change) just like I used to do it over the last 5 years. But not this time. I’m still spending my days at home, thinking where to get some rest in Poland. But I lack the mood & inspiration for that. At the end of this week I should be travelling to Florence for Pitti but it’s not going to happen.
2020 is weird in so many ways because of Covid… Thank goodness that our passion for perfume transcends any borders. Can you imagine all of us being connected by an invisible thread and forming a fragrant net that wraps around the globe? Thanks to Elena, who I miss greatly, I was able to discover Mimosa Gold from Exaltatum – a brand that I didn’t know before. This composition starts with a sweet scent of mirabelle which takes me down the memory lane as in my home town there were wild mirabelle plum trees growing in many places & I remember the delicate scent of their flowers and the ripe aroma of their little pink-orange fruit. After a moment almond blossom joins in – it has a characteristic, slightly milky floral tone that I know mostly from cosmetic products.
Champaca flower introduces a yellow tinge to the perfume, at the same time bringing forth a creamy texture that feels like a sun tan lotion scented with gently tropical notes. Star anise adds a subtle spicy feeling to the perfume while lemon petitgrain make the opening feel more fresh. Mimosa Gold hides its true glory in its heart. A multidimensional mimosa accord starts with a layer of sweet, oozing golden honey that unrolls in front of you like a red carpet in Cannes during the film festival. Not overdone in any aspect, its luminosity with a back note of warm beeswax leads to a floral bouquet that is there to cheer you up. Millions of tiny yellow pom poms, each of them like a little sun.
Exaltatum Mimosa Gold marries the scent of mimosa dealbata – gently sweet & pollen-like, almost powdery with acacia farnesiana which is slightly more dense, waxy. They are blended so skillfully that all you want to do is sit back and inhale this sweet, flowery and very dreamy scent. This mimosa note is composed with a lot of finesse – it feels very different from other perfume that focus on this tiny golden flower, but there is certainly a room for various interpretations. Complexity of mimosa accord is followed here by creamy and summery scent of ylang-ylang. Milky and powdery, almost almondy heliotrope adds a delicious facet a’la pastry cream. Its flavor is quite unique.
All of you probably know that pleasant feeling when the rays of sun warms your skin. Mimosa Gold has a similar effect on the senses. For the next couple of hours it lets you enjoy the powdery & creamy nuances colored with yellow and gold streaks. Gradually the perfume dries down to a comforting, soft base of sandalwood. Its woodiness is supple & delicate, an equivalent of a hug from a loved one. Tonka adds a bit of creaminess and an aromatic vibe. Benzoin recalls the honeyed feel from the opening but with a more resinous feel to it. Hint of silky iris evolves into a rooty scent of dry vetiver with a bit of patchouli stained soil. This truly intricate perfume will charm you with its glowy facets. It’s a composition full of optimism and youthful joy. An actual burst of yellow happiness.
After trying Mimosa Gold from Exaltatum I’m glad that Elena introduced me to this indie house. The brand is owned and the fragrances are created by Eglija Vaitkevice – Lithuanian who honed her perfumery skills at Grasse Institute of Perfumery. She now lives in London where she composes according to her own vision. Isn’t she an excellent example that perfume knows no bounds? Mimosa Gold is an extract de parfum and comes in 50 ml bottles. The brand is also offering more perfumista-friendly sizes – 15 and 30 ml flacons. I look forward to finding out how her other scents smell like.