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Lunar hug, Van Cleef & Arpels Moonlight Patchouli

I’m not an owl type of person. I never spend long hours at night doing some productive things. I would pick a good night sleep over any other night-time activity. But at the same time I find evenings or nights to be a fascinating time. It feels magical when you can observe the stars but most of all I always liked looking at the moon. I like comparing it to a pearl of the night sky. Its glow is soft, soothing. It’s also such a gracious motif for a perfume. I’m a big fan of at least 3 fragrances with moon in their name. Lately I’ve been lusting over new Van Cleef & Arpels release.

Moonlight Patchouli begins in one of the softest and most delicate ways I experienced. Once I spray the perfume on my skin, it immediately melts into it and slowly starts to effuse a gentle fragrant aura. First I am welcomed by a magnificent suede accord. It warms up on the skin to a very pleasant temperature. It’s unbelievably soft and delicate. This suede note is so fluffy that the only good comparison for it is a huge teddy bear. Its plush fur is so cuddly and embracing that you could spend the whole day just hugging it. And I have the same feeling with new Van Cleef & Arpels. It’s this kind of softness that makes me feel cosy & safe. I can really feel its embrace.

Within 15-20 minutes this soft leathery aroma starts to enrich with a precious essence of Bulgarian rose. Its floral nuances are sheer and they entwine with suede, so that rose itself doesn’t make a large manifest of its presence. It’s subdued but actually it’s a big plus of Moonlight Patchouli. It would feel wrong if this perfume had any loud notes. Moving on from leathery rose – the perfume starts to sweeten. Cocoa notes gives it a lovely portion of sweetness that is not as obvious as it sounds. For it doesn’t smell like chocolate. Cocoa in this fragrances is a combination of powdery, gourmand-ish and oily facets that beautifully highlight the elegance of this creation.


When I noticed this cocoa note I was even reminded a little bit of hot chocolate with a pinch of chilli, because this new addition to Collection Extraordinaire feels so warm. Afterwards a perfume develops a delicate fruity note. These are mostly dried fruit without a hint of smoke. In my opinion a handful of to me it would include dried apricots mostly. The longer I wear Van Cleef & Arpels Moonlight Patchouli the more I notice how it develops a lovely powdery vibe that after some time crystallizes into an iris. It’s a slow process during which this initially blurry note becomes more defined. Afterwards iris becomes more velvety thanks to its gorgeous purple petals.

Few hours later the drydown starts to come in a lazy manner. The base is pleasantly woody, even official notes structure doesn’t mention more. And as it says, woodiness of Moonlight Patchouli is hard to define because it doesn’t simply smell of sandalwood, cedar or other species of wood. At some point also a bit of patchouli appears to provide more structure to the composition and give it more dimension. Actually I think it’s thanks to patchouli that drydown has a nicely highlighted iris – this time more silky and suede – which is just as cuddly as before. Even though the final stage of development arrives within 4-5 hours I wasn’t bored because even the drydown undergoes some changes instead of being monotonous. This perfume put a spell on me. And I let it do it.

I had a chance to try Moonlight Patchouli thanks to a sample that came from Germany together with a perfume I bought to self to celebrate my birthday. It was a love at first sight, love at first sniff. I followed with a full bottle purchase within a week after I tried it. Van Cleef & Arpels together with perfumer Sonia Constant did an amazing job with this new release. I especially love the warmth and embrace this perfume offers to anyone who wears it. It might sound a bit funny to say but overall character of it matches the style of La La Land musical in my opinion. Sensuality of Moonlight Patchouli is addictive and seductive in its innocence. I’m sure you’ll love it too.

[note] photo – my own; all rights reserved

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Pop the bottle, Les Liquides Imaginaires Dom Rosa

Les Liquides Imaginaires is a perfume line that is not really widely known in the fragrance world. Established by Philippe di Meo in 2013, it kind of remains in the shadows. The brand doesn’t advertise much, its availability isn’t wide. But this perfume house doesn’t need all that. The quality of the fragrances is so high that I understand the idea of not going into the massive distribution. Few months ago I told you about Fortis, while today I have a totally different story for you – a one tale from Eau Sanguines trilogy, a trio of perfumes inspired by the iconic alcohol beverages.

Dom Rosa is a perfume inspired by the most iconic of all the champagnes in the world – Dom Perignon. This perfume begins with the most accurate, more realistic champagne accord I have ever experienced. The uplifting and slightly fruited scent of the drink also has a specific tartness and a little bit of balsamic qualities. As it accepts the warmth of the skin it starts to bloom beautifully on your skin. It is so mouth-watering and delicious that it’s hard not to lick your wrist, really! You can smell the pure joy in this perfume and you can feel the sparkling and fizzy charm of the composition. You can almost smell the bubbles floating up from the surface of your skin and how they burst with happiness few centimeters above your skin, releasing the champagne aroma.

The accord of sweet pomelo adds a lovely touch of juicy flavor, creating the luxurious concoction with champagne. At first sniff I have mistaken the note with pink grapefruit as the smell was balanced very well between the elements of sweet and bitter. At 30 minutes mark the rose appears. A beautiful Damask rose with soft and velvety petals, in a color of pink with a light shade of orange on the edges. I gives the full and luscious floral aroma which is both rich and airy.

The progressing evolution of Dom Rosa makes the notes of pomelo, champagne and rose to interact more and more. At some points these notes are entwined in such way that it’s really hard to determine where one note starts and ends. The edges between the singular chords are blurred and now they’re united in a one being. And this being is very delicious and pretty. When I smell this perfume I immediately want to smile big. After 1 hour first woody elements appear in the composition – they’re very light and transparent, without much substance to them, which is a good thing for this perfume.

Later on the accord of olibanum appears on my skin. It was used in Les Liquides Imaginaires Dom Rosa in a generous way but it doesn’t contain the salty vibe that I usually get from this note. Instead it emanates this cold and distant feeling of being reserved. Like ice cubes floating in the glass of champagne, creating occasional ringing sound as the cubes bump onto the glass. In this perfume the creator also used some cloves. This might sound weird and not suitable here but it is suitable.

The gentle spiciness with a hint of sweet (think cinnamon sweet) fits in the blend of Dom Rosa by introducing the brand new flavor – this note also highlights the rose note which is the main ingredient of this composition and it deserves to be in the center of attention. Cloves help you to focus your attention on rose once again. Gaiac wood (not an oud, it’s not the same!) brings a little bit of substance to this sparkling Les Liquides Imaginaires perfume. This accord can often dominate the fragrance but here it somehow adds dimension and depth to the champagne rose, without effusing much of its own scent.

The drydown appears few hours later and it provides another change in the perfume. All of the sparkling bubbles are mostly gone, leaving the rose alone – now it’s pale, dewy and a little bit aquatic/watery. The fresh twist is the addition of pear note which adds a soft and slightly sweet scent – fruity, a little bit green and aldehydic but most of all – effervescent. It also reminds me of JUL ET MAD Stilettos on Lex, which was another great perfume featuring pear accord.

Vetiver and cedar provide a woody stage in later drydown but their aromas are muted, so that the scented molecules don’t appear in full volume, what would break the general idea behind Dom Rosa which was meant to be a happy perfume which is light and surprising. It starts by effusing a really nice and big but not overwhelming scent cloud that leaves a perfumed trail even a few meters behind the wearer. The longevity is good as well. After 3-4 hours it becomes much closer to the skin. I featured this fragrance in my top 6 summer chillout perfumes because each time I wear Dom Rosa I visualize the summer evening at the seacoast, while I sit at the cafe near the pier and sip some pink champagne (Dom Perignon of course).

Dom Rosa – Eau Sanguine for Les Liquides Imaginaires is a perfume developed by perfumer Sonia Constant. Pink-colored juice evokes the champagne rose both in a matter of color and smell. It comes in 100 ml bottles and the design matches the other 5 scents in the line. Simple bottle has a nice metallic cap with the brand’s logo (it looks like Uranus planetary sign). The magical and spiritual inspirations are clearly visible in this design. The perfume is worth exploring for sure.

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