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It’s fantastic! Swaptastic!

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I don’t know about you but for me swaps and perfume splits are the best and most efficient (and friendly!) ways to discover new things. As an unexperienced perfumista I usually participated in splits but as I gained some trust in local perfume communities I started offering parts of the scent I wanted to add to my collection. In fact a greater part of my wardrobe consists of partial bottles. Then came the swapping – a funny way of giving away something you probably didn’t love strong enough to keep and receiving in exchange something that the other person didn’t mind parting with. I made some friends that way and even though I don’t do as many splits or swaps than a few years ago but both still bring me a lot of joy and fun when they happen. It’s always an exciting thrill.

I especially love to exchange things with fellow bloggers because not only do we get to try perfume from brands that are hard or even impossible to try where we live but we also exchange opinions and sometimes fall in love with the new findings. But I want to tell you about this particularly lovely story. Just a week before I was departing on my holidays Now Smell This was holding another Splitmeet (15th in their history). I put up a list of fragrances I thought deserve a better home but I wasn’t hoping for much. Most NST readers are from the US and knowing how hard it is to send a perfume across the ocean they just don’t do that. Imagine my surprise when I got an email from someone who offered Memo Winter Palace for one of the fragrances I offered. And not just a large sample (™ – Hajusuuri) or a decant but almost a full bottle. I’ve been thinking about Winter Palace since I reviewed it and this was my chance to invite a dragon to my house. We agreed on the swap. Fast forward a couple of weeks and both sides were happy owners of new perfume we dreamed of having. I appreciate the effort and risk she took to mail it from the US. Thank you once more!

I promise to give a good and loving forever home to your Memo Winter Palace.

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Dragon Breath, Memo Winter Palace

If, like me, you’re a fan of fantasy novels filled with magic and mystical creatures, there’s a high chance that you’ve already met more than one dragon hiding between the inked pages of a book. Some were small, some big, some were fierce & dangerous while others were friendly and helpful. But dragons are also essential part of Chinese folklore which started way before any fantastic story was written. I wonder if they really existed. Inspired by China, dragons and spring Memo Paris tells their own tale of a dragon and its flight of freedom. A scent in which ice meets fire.

Memo Winter Palace unveils like the first rays of the summer morning. The composition opens with a delicious scent of sweet orange and it instantly triggers some drooling as well. It’s an optimistic & realistic aroma that within couple of minutes becomes more saturated and rich. It even develops an oily facet that makes you think of smelling orange essential oil in a pure state. After a while the sweetness is suppressed by bergamot. The latter one is responsible for introducing more tangy sensation to the scent and this actually makes it even more delicious and refreshing.

This citrus symphony in the opening does not end with just orange and bergamot playing on the skin. Later on grapefruit accord surfaces. When that happens Winter Palace becomes slightly bitter. In addition to that there’s a new fruity-powdery sensation coming from white albedo part of the citrus. There was also a short moment when grapefruit was slightly sweaty but it was a quickly vanishing impression that I didn’t find bothersome. Generally speaking all of these notes so far were very energetic and playful. As a new day wakes up when the sun rises, this perfume will wake you up too.

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After around an hour, sometimes earlier, sometimes later depending on the weather conditions, Winter Palace starts to change its form. Until now it was a rather chilly fragrance with a cooling effect. However there comes a moment when it gradually becomes warmer. Exactly like summer morning, when it’s still cold but you know that in a couple of hours it will be delightfully warm. That’s exactly what happens when red tea accord joins the composition. It spreads a pleasantly warm and fragrant aura around the wearer. It smells like a steaming cup of your favorite rooibos tea.

Its warm & homely scent is mixed with mate tea which makes it taste slightly more tart and characteristic. At the base of Memo Winter Palace there’s a solid base. Resinous benzoin entwines with more smoky labdanum. Caramelized-like styrax plays with rich, oriental vanilla and they both improve each other’s scent. Tolu balsam is ‘flavored’ with buttery-aromatic tonka and highlights some of the musky tones. Despite of so many powerful ingredients they are beautifully woven into the fragrance. It’s a masterful finale with a perfect balance as none of these lead the way.

Winter Palace by Memo is a fragrance that I wanted to try since I read about it and I absolutely wasn’t disappointed after wearing it. It’s an interesting perfume of contrast between cold and warm elements. Perfumer Alienor Massenet managed to compose something that feels summery but at the same time could easily work during other seasons as well. My favorite part was when red tea accord emerged. Winter Palace eau de parfum joins Art Land Collection and is available in 75 ml bottle featuring a beautiful chinese dragon graphic. A majestic creature for a majestic perfume.

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