Scent Sample Sunday: JD Mimosa Mixte

I’m a fan of Jeffrey Dame and his fragrances; they are well-crafted, high-quality, and reasonably priced. I love Duality and Black Flower Mexican Vanilla. I really like Vanille Farfelue. The JD fragrances are created with perfumer Hugh Spencer, a longtime collaborator of Jeffrey Dame’s. The JD website lists Mimosa Mixte’s notes as mandarin, basil, bergamot, mimosa, violet, ylang ylang, heliotrope, sandalwood, vanilla and musk. Fragrantica classes it as a “floral woody musk”; a number of commenters refer to it as a “yellow floral”, and I agree with that, given the prominence of mimosa and ylang ylang.

When I first apply Mimosa Mixte, I smell a mix of green and yellow notes, which I believe are the basil, bergamot, and mimosa. I wouldn’t be able to pick out mandarin as a note, but there is a juiciness to the opening that I’m sure it has contributed. The basil note is subtle, but it’s definitely there, which I love. I wish basil appeared in more fragrances! The mimosa continues into the heart phase, while the greener notes fade away pretty quickly. It is joined by ylang ylang, and this is the truly “yellow” stage of Mimosa Mixte. The heliotrope is also noticeable, and it lends a powdery softness to the heart of the fragrance, which is also noticeably sweet. Not sugary, not gourmand, but a sweetness that is reminiscent of honey and nectar. Intriguingly, one can buy “mimosa honey” which is created when bees forage among mimosa trees. The next time I go to a local farmer’s market, I’ll have to see if I can buy some for comparisons.

The heart phase lasts a good while, at least a full hour, and the base notes tiptoe in almost imperceptibly, until one realizes that ylang ylang and heliotrope have made their quiet exit and the mimosa is now accompanied by a pleasantly vanilla-forward base. I don’t really smell sandalwood per se, but there is a pleasant woodiness to the base, softened by musk and vanilla. Longevity and sillage are good but not extraordinary. On the other hand, I’ve been dabbing a small oil sample on my wrist; longevity and sillage might be more extensive if I were spraying eau de parfum (the formulation in the larger bottles).

One commenter on Fragrantica compared Mimosa Mixte to Penhaligon’s Ostara, which is one of my top favorits (yes, I have back-up bottles). I can see why they might remind someone of each other, but I don’t think they are very much alike. What they have in common is their yellowness. But in Ostara, that is based on daffodils and reminds me of pollen, while in Mimosa Mixte, it is based on mimosa and ylang ylang, and it reminds me of nectar.

I like Mimosa Mixte very much! I don’t feel compelled to buy a full bottle to join its siblings in my collection, Duality, Vanille Farfelue, and Labdanum Doux. I would probably go for Black Flower Mexican Vanilla next ahead of this. But it’s very pleasant, a great value, and a fragrance that shows the creative intelligence behind it. If you’re inclined to support an independent American perfumer, any of these would be a good choice!

Do you have any fragrances by Jeffrey Dame? Any favorites?

6 thoughts on “Scent Sample Sunday: JD Mimosa Mixte

  1. I am also a Jeffrey Dame perfume fan. I have full bottles of Duality (finished a full bottle and have two back-ups), Vanille Farfelue, and Labdanum Doux as well as Black Flower Mexican Vanilla. I have a jumble sample of Mimosa Mixte and you did well describing the fragrance in your review. I also didn’t feel the need for a full bottle of this perfume but I enjoyed it. I recently sampled his Desert Rose perfume oil and covet a bottle of this. I smells amazing worn with Duality, my favorite of JD’s creations. Give it a try with Duality and see if you agree with me that Duality smells even more amazing!

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  2. I’m definitely a Jeffrey Dame fan. I have a bottle of Sky Father, and various sizes and formats of the EDTs and the Artist Collection perfumes. A couple of body creams (Desert Rose is divine!) and oils as well. Jeffrey is super generous with his customers, so I have sampled almost everything. I do like Mimosa Mixte but not to full bottle level, considering I rarely buy anything. I do wish there were 50ml sizes of everything – the JD line comes in 50ml but the regular line is 100ml. I hope to never buy 100mls of anything again… swimming in perfume here.

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  3. Whenever I read “mimosa,” I have an immediate knee-jerk reaction “want to try”:)
    I tested several JD’s perfumes earlier in the days when the brand just started, and while they all weren’t unpleasant, I haven’t found any to love – and since then I haven’t gone back to test anything in the last 5 years or even more.


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