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I got the mail. I cried. I laughed. Danced. Simultaneously.

My first reaction? A blast of emotions! (I can’t keep calm, I’m Croatian!) Of such intense that I emailed Ms. Linda G. Levy, the President of The Fragrance Foundation in reply, saying something like “OMG, wow, faint, swoon, thank you, thank you, thank you!”
It took me a whole day (and a sleepless night) to reply properly, blaming my SOTD for this outburst of emotions 😀

Let’s do the official part first. Later on, I will let you know my thoughts on the subject of prizes, awards, game-changers, players and newcomers.

Here it goes:



The Fragrance Foundation Awards (formerly named the FiFi awards) & Celebration is an annual event hosted by The Fragrance Foundation that honors creative excellence and achievement in the fragrance industry. The Awards events have been held annually in New York City since 1973 and are attended by around 1,000 members of the international fragrance community, designers and celebrities from the fashion, theatre, film, or television industries.

These awards are known as the “Oscars of the fragrance industry”!

The Fragrance Foundation announces The 2018 Top 10 Finalists For The Fragrance Foundation Awards as follows.

The Top 5 Finalists Of The Top 10 Will Be Unveiled At The Annual Fragrance Foundation Finalists’ Luncheon On Friday, April 6, 2018, At 538 Park Avenue In New York City.

Winners Will Be Unveiled For Editorial Excellence, Social Media Campaign, and 360-Degree Marketing.

“The Fragrance Foundation is pleased to have an impressive array of compelling fragrances in Luxury, Prestige, Popular, Indie and Consumer Choice categories,” said president Linda G. Levy. “Our member companies continue to inspire all of us to discover the artistry and passion of fragrance.”

Winners in all the other categories will be announced at the Fragrance Foundation Awards, to be held Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.

Here are the 2018 Top Ten Finalists For The Fragrance Foundation Awards:

Editorial Excellence in Fragrance Coverage
Feature

• ALLURE – The New Fragrance Frontier
• ELLE MAGAZINE – This Is Your Brain On Vetiver
• MARIE CLAIRE – Into The Wild
• MARIE CLAIRE – Popping Bottles
• MARIE CLAIRE – Something’s In The Air
• NEZ –THE OLFACTORY MAGAZINE – Critical Effects

Article
• ALLURE – Going Rogue
• ELLE MAGAZINE – Dream Catchers
• ELLE MAGAZINE – Scent-Sational
• MARIE CLAIRE – In Her Own Words: Haley Bennett
• MARIE CLAIRE – In Her Own Words: Jennifer Aniston

Online
• ÇAFLEUREBON.COM – Elizabeth and James Nirvana French Grey “Shades of Grey”
• ÇAFLEUREBON.COM – Opium Den: Studio 54 and the Launch of Yves St. Laurent Opium
• ÇAFLEUREBON.COM – Perfume, Poetry and Rock: The Scented Intersection of Transformation
• COLOGNOISSEUR – The Scent of Christmas Past
• ELLE.COM – Notes From Underground: Can a Fragrance Help Us Embrace Mortality
• FRAGRANTICA.COM – Gold As a Parfumistic Concept
• HARPERSBAZAAR.COM – How I Fell Back In Love With An Old Perfume
• THECUT.COM – It Took 150 Tries for Dior to Make Their Next Hit Perfume for Millennials
THEPLUMGIRL.COM – The Scent of Slavic Melancholy – Elena Cvjetkovic
THEPLUMGIRL.COM – Cuir de Russie – Elena Cvjetkovic

Fragrance Of The Year
• ARMANI/PRIVÉ NEW YORK – Giorgio Armani
• BYREDO VELVET HAZE – Byredo
• CLÉMENTINE CALIFORNIA – Atelier Cologne
• GABRIELLE CHANEL – CHANEL
• JASON WU EAU DE PARFUM – Parlux
• LTDMISS DIOR EAU DE PARFUM – Christian Dior
• TIFFANY & CO. EAU DE PARFUM – Coty, Inc.
• TOM FORD FABULOUS – Tom Ford Beauty
• TWILLY D’HERMÈS – HermèsParfums
• WOMAN IN GOLD – By Kilian
Men’s Luxury
• ACQUA DI PARMA COLONIA PURA EAU DE COLOGNE – LVMH
• DIPTYQUE VETYVERIO – diptyque Paris
• ENGLISH OAK & HAZELNUT COLOGNE – Jo Malone London
• GOLD KNIGHT – By Kilian
• L’ENVOL DE CARTIER – Cartier
• MYRRH & TONKA COLOGNE INTENSE – Jo Malone London
• TOM FORD OUD MINÉRALE – Tom Ford Beauty
Women’s Prestige
• BLACK TULIP – NEST Fragrances
• CAROLINA HERRERA GOOD GIRL – PUIG
• DOLCE & GABBANA LIGHT BLUE EAU INTENSE – Shiseido Fragrances
• GOLDEA THE ROMAN NIGHT – Bvlgari
• GUCCI BLOOM – Coty, Inc.
• JUICY COUTURE VIVA LA JUICY GLACÉ – Revlon
• NARCISO RODRIGUEZ PARFUMS-FOR HER FLEUR MUSC – Shiseido Fragrances
• TERRE DE LUMIÈRE EAU DE PARFUM – L’occitaneen Provence
• WOMAN BY RALPH LAUREN – Ralph Lauren Fragrances
Men’s Prestige
• AZZARO WANTED – Clarin’s Fragrance Group
• COACH FOR MEN – Interparfums
• DOLCE&GABBANA LIGHT BLUE EAU INTENSE POUR HOMME – Shiseido Fragrances
• GENTLEMAN GIVENCHY – LVHM
• BOSS – HUGO BOSS
• BOTTLED TONIC – Coty, Inc.
• JOHN VARVATOS ARTISAN PURE – Revlon
• MISSONI PARFUM POUR HOMME – Euroitaly
• PRADA LUNA ROSSA CARBON – PUIG
• SALVATORE FERRAGAMO UOMO CASUAL LIFE – Salvatore Ferragamo Parfums
• Y BY YSL – YSL Beauté
Popular
• DIAMONDS BLUSH – Jafra Cosmetics International
• ELIZABETH ARDEN WHITE TEA – Revlon
• GLOSSIER YOU – Glossier Inc.
• NAVIGO OCEAN HOMME – Jafra Cosmetics International
• ORIGINAL PENGUIN ICONIC BLEND – Falic Fashion Group
• PERRY ELLIS FOR MEN – Falic Fashion Group
• SHAWN MENDES SIGNATURE –Revlon
• VICTORIA’S SECRET LOVE – Victoria’s Secret
Perfume Extraordinaire
• CHANEL
• COSMO INTERNATIONAL FRAGRANCES
• FIRMENICH
• FUEGUIA 1833
• GIVAUDAN
• INTERNATIONAL FLAVORS & FRAGRANCES
• MANE
• ROBERTET
• SERGE LUTENS
• SYMRISE
Breakout Star
• CHRISTIAN SIRIANO SILHOUETTE – The Fragrance Group
• COMMODITY GOLD – Commodity
• DIOR SAUVAGE – Parfums Christian. Dior
• INDIGO – NEST Fragrances
• MAISON MARGIELA REPLICA BEACH WALK – Maison Margiela Fragrances
• MIU MIU EAU DE. PARFUM – Coty, Inc.
• PEONY & BLUSH SUEDE – Jo Malone London
• TORY BURCH EAU DE PARFUM –The Estée Lauder Companies
• VODKA ON THE ROCKS – By Kilian
Packaging of the Year
Women’s
• CAROLINA HERRERA GOOD GIRL – PUIG
• GABRIELLE CHANEL – CHANEL
• JASON WU EAU DE PARFUM – Parlux, LTD
• KENZO WORLD INTENSE – KENZO Parfums
• LES PARFUMS LOUIS VUITTON – Louis Vuitton
• TIFFANY & CO. EAU DE PARFUM – Coty, Inc.
• TWILLY D’HERMÈS – Hermès Parfums
• VICTORIA’S SECRET LOVE – Victoria’s Secret
• WOMAN BY RALPH LAUREN – Ralph Lauren Fragrances
• WOMAN IN GOLD – By Kilian
Men’s
• COACH FOR MEN – Interparfums
• GOLD KNIGHT – By Kilian
• GUCCI GUILTY ABSOLUTE POUR HOMME – Coty, Inc.
• JOHN VARVATOS ARTISAN PURE – Revlon
• ORIGINAL PENGUIN ICONIC BLEND – Falic Fashion Group
• PERRY ELLIS FOR MEN – Falic Fashion Group
• PRADA LUNA ROSSA CARBON – PUIG
• SALVATORE FERRAGAMO UOMO CASUAL LIFE – Shiseido Fragrances
• Y BY YSL – YSL Beauté
Home Collection of the Year
• CIRE TRUDONLES BELLES MATIÈRES MADURAÏ, REGGIO, TADINE– Cire Trudon
• COMMODITY HOME and BODY – Commodity
• DIPTYQUE 34 BOULEVARD SAINT GERMAIN – diptyque Paris
• MAISON MARGIELA REPLICA CANDLES – Maison Margiela Fragrances
• MOONLIGHT IN HEAVEN SCENTED CANDLE & SOAP – By Kilian
• SUGAR COOKIE COLLECTION – NEST Fragrances
• TOCCA VOYAGE HOME FRAGRANCE COLLECTION – Tocca
Bath & Body Collection of the Year
• AROMATHERAPY COLLECTION FROM BATH & BODY WORKS – Bath & Body Works
• BYREDO ROSE HAND CARE COLLECTION – Byredo
• CLÉMENTINE CALIFORNIA TREATMENT LINE – Atelier Cologne
• DIPTYQUE DO SON FRAGRANCE GESTURES – diptyque Paris
• ELIZABETH ARDEN WHITE TEA BATH AND BODY LINE – Revlon
• JOMALONE LONDON EXFOLIATING SHOWER GEL – Jo Malone London
• MAISON MARGIELA REPLICA BEACH WALK BATH LINE – Maison Margiela Fragrances
• VICTORIA’S SECRET ANGEL GLAM COLLECTION – Victoria’s Secret
Home Holiday/Seasonal Fragrance Product of the Year
• LES CONSTELL¬ATIONS – diptyque Paris
• GREEN ALMOND & REDCURRANT CANDLE – Jo Malone London
• HOLIDAY LIQUIDLESS DIFFUSERS – NEST Fragrances
• HOLIDAY PAJAMAS –philosophy – Coty, Inc.

Indie Fragrance of the Year
• ARTIST – Phuong Dang
• EAU D’INITIE – Exemplaire
• EL COSMICO – D.S. & Durga
• LOS HUMOS SAGRADOS – Fueguia 1833
• MAISON TRUDON PARFUM IN BRUMA
• MAISON TRUDON PARFUM IN II (DEUX)
• MAISON TRUDON PARFUM IN MORTEL
• OUD DU JOUR – Amouroud
• PELARGONIUM – AEDES DE VENUSTAS
• POTENTIA AMBER GOD – House of Potentia
• THAYS – Fueguia 1833

Social Media Campaign of the Year
• GUCCI BLOOM – Coty, Inc.
• KATY PERRY’S INDI – Coty, Inc.
• KKW CRYSTAL GARDENIA – KKW Fragrance
• MISS DIOR EAU DE PARFUM – Parfums Christian Dior
• TOM FORD FABULOUS – Tom Ford Beauty
• Y, YSL– YSL Beauté
360-Degree Marketing Campaign of the Year
• CAROLINA HERRERA GOOD GIRL – PUIG
• GUCCI BLOOM – Coty, Inc.
• EMPORIO ARMANI – Giorgio Armani
• MISS DIOR EAU DE PARFUM – Parfums Christian Dior
• VICTORIA’S SECRET LOVE – Victoria’s Secret
Media Campaign of the Year
Women’s
• CAROLINA HERRERA GOOD GIRL – PUIG
• GABRIELLE CHANEL – CHANEL
• GUCCI BLOOM – Coty, Inc.
• MISS DIOR EAU DE PARFUM – Parfums Christian Dior
• TWILLY D’HERMÈS – Hermès Parfums
• VICTORIA’S SECRET LOVE – Victoria’s Secret
Men’s
• ARMANI CODE COLONIA – Giorgio Armani
• ETERNITY CALVIN KLEIN – Coty, Inc.
• PERRY ELLIS FOR MEN – Falic Fashion Group
Consumer Choice Awards Finalists
Fragrance Hall of Fame
• CUCUMBER – Bath & Body Works
• CURVE FOR MEN – Revlon
• PHILOSOPHY AMAZING GRACE – philosop¬hy–Coty, Inc.
• TRÉSOR – Lancôme
Fragrance Vlog of the Year
• 5 REASONS TO WEAR FRAGRANCES – Jeremy Fragrance
• 10 FRAGRANCES YOU NEED IN YOUR COLLECTION WHEN STARTING OUT | MEN’S DESIGNER – Sebastian Jara
• HOW TO BE MORE ATTRACTIVE | 4 LIFE HACKS THAT WORK! – Edward Zo
• TOP 12 FORMAL OCCASION FRAGRANCES WITH REDOLESSENCE – Carlos J Powell and Steven Gavrielatos
Women’s
• AT THE BEACH – Bath & Body Works
• CAROLINA HERRERA GOOD GIRL – PUIG
• KATY PERRY’S INDI – Coty, Inc.
• KKW CRYSTAL GARDENIA – KKW FRAGRANCES
• LA VIE EST BELLE L’ECLAT – Lancôme
• VICTORIA’S SECRET LOVE – Victoria’s Secret
Men’s
• COACH FOR MEN – Interparfums
• HUGO BOSS, BOSS BOTTLED TONIC – Coty, Inc.
• PRADA LUNA ROSSA CARBON – PUIG

Congratulations and good luck to all the top ten finalists, in all categories!

The Plum Girl

Elena Cvjetkovic, Editor-in-Chief

Source: The Fragrance Foundation, Cafleurlebon, Fragrantica

The Plum Girls goes to Esxence!

All the lucky stars have aligned themselves in a perfect constellation and yes, I will be there! Finally.
With a little help from my friends, I plan to conquer The Mall 😀

I solemnly swear to share all the adventures of my very curious nose with you, as much as I can, all I can. I will post on Instagram for instant insights, FB live for live events and take notes for more detailed blogs to follow!

Some peek previews and expected debuts are already given out by Persefume, the Media Partner of Esxence, as teaser info:
New Neela Vermeire Creations, Parfums Paris fragrances, Olibere Parfums with three new extraits and a new line: Les Insoummises – the “Romance Collection” comprising of four Eau de Parfums inspired by four romantic movie characters -will have an official debut at Esxence! Atelier des Ors also told me something new is brewing!

Since I am having an official debut at Esxence as well, I just hope to cover as much ground as I possibly can in these four days!

Let’s start now, two weeks from the official fair start, with some general information:

Esxence – The Scent of Excellence: Milan, 5-8. April 2018.
Facts&Figures 2017. (Esxence was named „Garden of Eden“):

– 212 Exhibitors
– 7410 Visitors&Operators, from all over the World
– 30% Italian brands, 70% international brands (out of which 60% from France)
– 5000 m2 exhibitors’ space in The Mall

Esxence, celebrating its tenth edition, is now internationally acknowledged as the world’s leading event devoted to artistic perfumery. In ten years, Esxence has contributed to writing some crucial pages of history that only artistic perfumery, whose roots delve deep into nature and its priceless raw materials, is capable of translating into notes with the potential to capture all our senses.

Esxence is not just another trade fair. In fact, it is not a trade fair at all: it is the moment when all the elite of the sector – perfume houses, noses, connoisseurs, researchers, buyers, specialists, distributors, professionals and aficionados – get together in Milan in the name of the most authentic, refined olfactory culture. Esxence is the quintessential international stage: it is here that all the new ideas are launched every year… and it is at this incubator of talent that new brands and young people want to take their first steps, knowing that they are showing themselves to the leading names in the field.

More than 200 perfume houses – both well-established ones and newcomers – will be present at Esxence directly or via their distributors, representing the excellence of the international artistic perfumery sector. These brands have passed the hurdle of strict selection by the Technical Committee – eight anonymous experts, plus a president – based on the quality of their olfactory suggestions, the criteria of their distribution and the match between their concept and the world of creative perfumery, pursuing the aim of giving visibility to excellent quality and offering visitors none but brands that express great respect for the art of perfumery. As a consequence of this painstaking, detailed selection process, Esxence is in a position to offer its visitors an excellent array of interests for new business and discoveries every year, confirming Milan’s role as the world’s artistic perfumery capital. On the one hand, there are the Main Brands, names that have long had a stable presence in the market (40% of the brand list), while on the other Esxence fulfills its function as an insightful scout in its sector, drawing up a list of new proposals, dubbed ‘Spotlights’ (60% of the total), the best of the emerging new brands. This significant factor confirms the Milan event as the most prestigious setting for venturing forth officially onto the international stage. Foreign brands in fact account for 70%, most of them coming from the rest of Europe, although some also come from the United States and the Middle East, once again illustrating the salon’s international leadership and vocation.

With determination, Esxence pursues the objective of giving visibility to excellence, through high-level requirements based on quality and coherence, which perfectly represent the Art of Perfumery and its creativity.

In addition, it is committed to welcoming other expressive forms of quality in fields such as, Home Fragrance, Toiletries, Cosmetics, and Make-Up, which have creative and distributive affinities with Niche Signature Perfumery.

Esxence aims to become an international and solid reference point over time for all of the brands who stand out for the quality of their offerings, marketing choices, and their distinctive distribution of Niche Signature Perfumery.
The aim of Esxence is to create a meeting opportunity for the producers of Artistic Perfumery, therefore only the parent companies are authorized to exhibit.

Workshops, analyses of new markets and new trends and debates about progress made and challenges to be faced will all feature international experts, authors of important publications and magazines, researchers and scholars.

Lastly, for the fourth year running, Esxence will host the announcement of the finalists in the Art & Olfaction Awards, the prestigious Los Angeles-based award for independent artistic perfumery. ”

Follow me on Instagram and Facebook! I will do my best to bring Esxence in all it’s excellence closer to you and to provide an insider’s view on a daily basis!

Esxence 2018 BRAND LIST

Source: Esxence 2018 Press Release
Photos: Esxence Press Material

„Born from a passion for French Haute Parfumerie, Atelier des Ors presents a capsule collection of exquisite fragrances. Dedicated to using only the most precious essences and exclusive raw materials, each eau de parfum presented by this unique boutique brand is an imaginative interpretation of traditional perfumery. Inspired also by the art of gold gilding, each bottle features a breathtaking design glittering with a burst of gold.“

Atelier des Ors is a French niche house, present since 2015. with a debut of five eau de parfums, adding later on two more, six of which I proudly present to you.

Atelier des Ors founder is Jean-Philippe Clermont who is also the artistic director for the brand. The „Nose“ behind the perfumes is Marie Salamagne. These fine perfumes come in glass bottles cut in an Art Deco design and filled with 24k gold flakes.

Ladies and gentlemen, here they are, as presented on my Instagram account, short, emotional reviews as follows:


Day 1: Rose Omeyyade

Just as a lush rose in full bloom needs to breathe in the fresh air, this rose needs your skin. As I sprayed it on a paper strip, pink pepper was present at first whiff, smudged over raspberry in traces. Then rose arose and swooned me away!

Immediately, impatiently, I offered it my skin. On a cold winter day, it made me daydream about a very specific place I’ve traveled to, feeling the soft blow of the Levant wind in my hair and golden rays of sunshine touching my face. (the Levant is specific for the Mediterranean, once you’ve felt it blow, you will know exactly what I’m talking about…

Usually gentle and damp, the Levant frequently brings clouds and rain, you can literally smell the rain coming). Destination: Port of Haifa, Israel…

Gold and a desert rose (I managed to find the one I dug up in desert), this is my visual presentation of Rose Omeyyade!

This rose is plump, ripe, ambered, dusky and sprinkled with caramel thick brown sugar. I would say quite unisex too, it has that darkish woody-oudy touch, sensual sugar&spice/I smell so nice vibe in the drydown.

I definitely suggest that you try it on your skin and let it play its music, please don’t rush this perfume!

Day 2: Iris Fauve

Not the iris you might expect, Aphrodite-like, sensual soft and curvy Iris…
This fine perfume opens with fluffy flowers with a gentle touch of warm spices. I feel Iris but it stirs and sways and mingles ever so gently. It is also much darker, muskier and more complex then I expected it to be. There’s plenty of woodiness and it’s just resinous enough as not to become overly sweet. Like I’m floating on a soft cloud, puffy cotton cloud!

If you are not usually iris-attracted, I suggest you try the Iris Fauve by Atelier des Ors. On your skin, of course. This is not an overly complicated perfume but it is finely blended and quite elegant. And yes, it is definitely unisex!

Did you know that Iris is the national flower of Croatia? On the island of Brac I enjoy watching the wild Irises bloom in May…

Day 3: Cuir Sacre

Destination: Andalusia. I managed to find my souvenir from Sevilla: castanets, palillos, preparing to give my full attention to this perfume.

I tested it on my skin. Green at the first whiff, resembling oleander leaves, dry and sharp, very herbal. I let it breathe for fifteen minutes and soon enough warmth moves in, a creamy vetiver takes over. This is not a Russian leather perfume by no means if we are talking leather – this is suede, well dried and carefully crafted, like a pair of soft cream-colored, goatskin suede gloves I had. It shifts subtly, moves in shadows. Half an hour later, I feel vetiver being touched by smoke, like incense burning somewhere far away from me and the wind carried the traces of incense smoke closer to me. It feels even quite woody, not forest-like, but rather like pieces of shaved wood scattered over the floor you are walking on. Other spices emerge too, not overly prominent, appearing and disappearing into this soft suede envelope. The vetiver I feel is warm, like sunshine on my skin on a late May afternoon… Did I just feel cardamom dance in? Or is it tonka? Or both? Hmmm…Interesting.

This is a close to skin perfume, elegant and not flashy – regarding the projection. Unisex, definitely, I will wear it for a business meeting tomorrow.

I think I will enjoy it most sometime later in May, after sundown, sitting somewhere outside… I don’t know why but I just thought that I’d probably be drinking a glass of dry white wine to go along with it.

Day 4: Lune Feline

Moon inspired, they say…If so, this Moon is completely illuminated by Sun, taking on different shades of red, orange or gold, like the Moon we see during a total lunar eclipse: it opens with a great wave of spices, then splashes of vanilla, cinnamon and cardamon sail in.

Dark, dry woods are in the background of this spicy gourmand fragrance. I don’t know why, but the painting “Red Vineyard at Arles” by Van Gogh is what I visualized. Destination: Amsterdam!

Its breath is warm and furry, like the breath of a large cat resting at sundown…I feel vanilla and amber from start to finish and yes! Just a hint of smoke is present…Three sprays and it remained very close to my skin for hours, tempting me to bury my nose in my wrist every now and then, just to feel that hugging, the golden aura of seductive warmth. Something to wear during Winter definitely!

Day 5: Aube Rubis

Like the dawn of a new summer day, it opens with rays of the light green, fizzy smell of grapefruit, cool and fresh. Then pink and orange colors paint the sky as it gets warmer and I feel smooth patchouli rising, iris and violets adding a refined, luxurious touch.

Light of a new day spreads across horizon, calmly bringing a very gentle touch of saffron. There’s just enough woodiness present to remind you of this note in all Atelier des Ors perfumes. An intriguing dance of sage and vetiver is what catches my attention, sage and vetiver and sporadic puffs of patchouli!

The dry down is a bit quieter, softer although what surprises me is that even after a couple of hours occasional whiffs of grapefruit emerged again, unexpected but very welcome in their outfit made of fruit and berries. An intriguing fragrance, writing its own story on your skin…It reminded me of September mornings in California…

Day 6: Larmes du Desert

Intentionally left to be the last to sample, postponed for days. Expectations were high, I admit. If you know me by now, you also know that I am a desert lover, traveled to many and plan to visit many more. This is why I was looking forward to it. I was a bit selfish, I admit. One day was not enough: I enjoyed it for a couple of days before sharing this.

Larmes du Desert. Tears of the desert…is this what it sounds like when myrrh trees cry? If a desert, then this desert is not scorching, hostile and dusty environment we usually associate with deserts. When I took in deeper breaths, it felt so familiar, like a deja vue. As I recalled all the deserts I’ve been to, a memory surfaced. The perfume took me back down the memory lane, images resurfacing, vivid and colorful. Gold, myrrh and frankincense! Gifts of the Three Kings.

The exact spot? After taking a quite long bus ride on a dusty desert road inside Sinai, a fortification appears upon the hill: the Saint Catharine’s Monastery, Mount of Sinai looking at adjacent Jebal Musa (Mount Moses). I remember it well. I feel resinous notes, a touch of olibanum, dark and seductive amber shot with a whiff of cinnamon. In the Monestery’s shades, a mix of dark sweetness, dry but layered upon forest woods, cedar toned. Sparkles of greenery, a trace of smoke: I remember looking at the „burning bush“ – a bramble (Rubus Sanctus), covering one wall with its lush greenery. The bush that was on fire but not consumed by flames…Rare and scattered Joshua trees can be seen in the distance.

Embracing softness of frankincense rises, dragging me deeper down into clouds of earthy balsamic and spicy tones, soothing as I take off my flip-flops and walk upon this ground with bare feet (anyone entering the chapel is required to remove their shoes…), feeling a warm breeze coming from the mountain and scattered rays of sunshine touching the skin on my arms and feet, adding it a very subtle golden glow…my skin breathes patchouly.

This is why it took me days to get over it, I cherished this memory. There are perfumes that make me cry, and Larmes du Desert is one of them.

As for this photo, I found my silver Hamsa hand pendant: it can be traced back to the people of Phoenicia, some say that it was present even before, in ancient Egypt. An ancient symbol of protection, bringing happiness…so I share it with you, together with my impression of this wonderful perfume!

Thank you, Atelier des Ors!

P.S. See you in Milan next month – Esxence is a place to be! Please email me for appointments as my schedule is quite busy there 🌹

The Plum Girl
Photos: The Plum Girl Archives, Atelier des Ors
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