December 10, 2019

Sugarful, Floral Gourmand

Top Notes: Tangerine, wild strawberry

Middle Notes :
Pink Peony, cotton candy

Base Notes:
Musk, sandalwood

Some fragrances are sophisticated; some are sexy and some are playful or flirtatious. Sugarful by Michel Germain, the Canadian perfumer behind the iconic Sexual scents is in a league of its own. One spray is all it takes to feel happy – seriously – it is bursting with a champagne-like radiance that immediately makes you feel spring-like, even for a scent launched in winter. The decanter itself should win an award; it is a mini, vintage sugar jar, the type you see in diners  but tinted light pink. It’s 'sugar' to become a collector perfume bottle. 

The gift set, perfect for the holiday season,  also comes with a 8 mL roller-ball bonus gift of perfume you can tote in your purse or keep in your work desk drawer.

Overall this scent is for those who love sugar, vanilla and the usual gourmand notes. But the sweetness in Sugarful isn’t sweet in a cloying way. It is a fruity, effervescent cocktail that is addictive. You almost want to devour the scent. It literally sparkles on first spray and then settles into a strawberry-tinged cotton candy that will warm the frostiest heart. Stock up – the price is beyond reasonable and the scent is addictive.

This scent is available at most pharmacies, on Amazon and of course, via Michel Germain.

November 12, 2019

Nea, Byzantian Magic from Jul et Mad, Paris

Nea Perfume Review
Jul et Mad Paris Perfume

 Nea Perfume from Jul et Mad Perfume, Paris
Top Notes : Dates,  Artemisia, pomegranate, palm leaf, black pepper
Heart  Notes : Damask Rose, dried plum
Base Notes : Patchouli, cashmeran, vanilla, benzoin, burnt caramel, tonka bean, musk

The nose behind this and all Jul et Mad indie fragrances is the couple Jul et Mad, aka Madalina. Their transatlantic romance is the foundation behind their perfume brand and it’s not surprising, that each scent in the line is notably romantic, as well as sensual and blended with both an old world and new world nod.

Nea is a gourmand floral which is to say it has foodie notes of caramel, plum, vanilla, burnt dates, tonka bean, a wee bit of fruit and then the warmth is uplifted by a hearty Damask rose and anchored with patchouli and musk. There is some black pepper in the mix but I can’t say that it is off-putting or even noticeable (in case you don’t like black pepper). It's not easy to create something sophisticated or unique in gourmand perfumes but in this case, the attempt is a full-out success. This is easily something that becomes your signature perfume and no one will guess what it is.

The concept behind this perfume is an attempt to restore in scent, the lost splendor of the luxury of the Byzantian, Imperial Palace or some say, Byzantine Church, or ‘new church’ (hence the name, Nea). The fragrance carries a sense of opulence but more so, a lighter, heady mix of fruit, caramel and florals in a way that is many layered, something that’s not easy in a gourmand perfume. The blending is so masterful that you never really can pinpoint the whole mix. Instead it’s a heady swirl, distinct but soft. If you like La Vie Est Belle or Flowerbomb but want something truly unique, more elegant, and innately beguiling, this is your lucky day. Nea delivers.

Sugarful, Floral Gourmand Top Notes: Tangerine, wild strawberry Middle Notes : Pink Peony, cotton candy Base Notes: Musk, sandal...