Welcome to the weekly Perfume Chat Room, perfumistas! I envision this chat room as a weekly drop-in spot online, where readers may ask questions, suggest fragrances, tell others their SOTD, comment on new releases or old favorites, and respond to each other. The perennial theme is fragrance, but we can interpret that broadly — I’ve been known to write on this blog about biryani, one of my favorite dishes to eat and one I am still learning to make! (If you have a great recipe for it, please share!).
This is meant to be a kind space, so please try not to give or take offense, and let’s all agree to disagree when opinions differ. In fragrance as in life, your mileage may vary! YMMV.
Today is February 28, and tomorrow is Leap Day, a rare event in the calendar. My SOTD is supposed to be a “unicorn”, following the Now Smell This community project, which has defined a “unicorn” scent as “a perfume you suspect no one else (or almost no one else) on Now Smell This owns, or something that you very rarely see worn or mentioned.” If I still had any, I would wear the unicorn scent I wrote about some time ago, L’Iris de Fath. Alas, it is such an expensive unicorn that I had the rare privilege of trying it once, but I don’t have any more (I did, however, put a drop on a ceramic scent disc, which still smells faintly of it).
So instead, today I am wearing Brocard’s Aphrodisia, one of its “Once Upon A Time” collection, because I rarely see any Brocard fragrances mentioned, and the fairy tale title of the collection goes well with unicorns. The company, based in Russia, has a fascinating history. The nose behind Aphrodisia is Maurice Roucel (yes, THAT Maurice Roucel) and it was launched in 2016. Top notes are bergamot and black currant; middle notes are palisander rosewood, ylang-ylang and jasmine; base notes are musk, vanilla, heliotrope and animal notes. Bloom Perfumery in London, one of my favorite stores, which carries many Brocard fragrances, describes it as “a minimalist gourmand floral where crisp jasmine is drowning in musks and almondy heliotrope.” Miguel Matos reviewed Aphrodisia for Fragrantica in 2017; it was his favorite of the collection.
I like it a lot, although gourmands are not a top favorite category for me; to me, it is more floral and vanillic than strongly gourmand. The heliotrope makes it powdery, in a very pleasant way. I smell the ylang-ylang more strongly than the jasmine, but they are well-blended.
Are you doing the Now Smell This community project? What is your SOTD? Or have you had any particular fragrant adventures you’d like to chat about?