Umè by Keiko Mecheri
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Umè is a perfume by Keiko Mecheri for women and was released in 2006. The scent is fruity-flowery. It is still in production.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Plum
Heart Notes Heart NotesWisteria, Jasmine, Camellia, Osmanthus
Base Notes Base NotesOakmoss, Spices, Woods, Patchouli



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Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 20.03.2017
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Bottle 7.5/10 Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 4.0/10
Umeshu Goes Straight to My Head
This is so sweet and heady, I became unable to think for several minutes after application. Umè is true to its name a sweet plum liquor that reminds me of the golden hued Umeshu beverage Choya that has a little salted/pickled plum in the bottom of the glass bottle. The contrast between the intense sweetness and the pickled fruit balancing perfectly. Here the woody oakmoss and subtle spiciness of the base help to take the edge off of the syrupy sweet boozy plum, but still I think of this creation more as an art piece than a wearable scent. It wears you and you are its drunken fool, dizzy and wandering aimlessly until the woody earthy base sober you up enough to call a cab. The sillage is decent, about 1 ft. (approximately 30 cm) for the first hour and falling back to 6 inches (approx. 15 cm) for the next 3-4 hours. To me this is pure romantic,seductive evening wear, definitely geared to the sweet plum and osmanthus lovers.
Bottle 7.5/10 Sillage 5.0/10 Longevity 5.0/10 Scent 9.0/10
The Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theater comes to life in scent..........
UME by Keiko Mecheri

On my skin, Ume is magnificent. It has the distinct air of sensually glamorous far eastern elegance and brings to mind Gion Kobu Maiko and Geiko magnificently attired in full performance kimono, dancing at the Kaburenjo theater at Miyako Odori spring festival.

A resplendently golden fruity opening unfolds with streams of zesty bergamot and sparkling mandarin followed by an entrance of succulently rich and deep plum. A glorious showering of luxuriantly spicy osmanthus petals then come showering joyously down across everything, covering it all in a nutty-apricot-tea-like velvet haze. A few delicate wisteria blossom strands flutter back and forth through the intoxicating mist, wafting tantalizing nuances of lilacs and cloves. A subtle splash of jasmine petals and freshly gathered patchouli provide an added element of refined sensuality. The magnificently blended moistly-crisp oakmoss is layed seamlessly atop an impeccably-clean and fresh-woody-cypress astringency which is distinctly of the Japanese hinoki variety, while the deep warmth of mahogany provides a flawlessly rich base. Rather like the sturdily elegant wooden stage boards of the Kaburenjo theater provide the perfect support for the exquisite splendor of the geisha performance above them.

I sense the glittering silk screen byobu backdrop of the Kaburenjo stage, the swishing silks of the ancient style hikizuri kimono, the fluttering long sleeves of the young maiko, the faultless finish of the powdered geisha makeup like early morning sunlight on a white cloud, the jeweled black eyes gazing serenely out above tiny cupid-bowed crimson blood red lips, lacquered raven black hair coiffed elaborately with priceless handcarved jade and silken floral ornaments nestled firmly within, effortlessly assuming positions of intense yet restrained expressiveness. The crowds immersed …watching in rapture…applauding their favorite performers. The scent of joyful fruity flowers, and silk, and woods, and delicate spices entwined throughout.

All this adoration, and usually I do not like chypre. I just love this one. Like the Gion Kobu geisha, famous for their unwavering and impeccable courtesy and grace, their sensual elegance, and their tremendously refined artistic demeanor…. this one has completely entranced me.

Domo arigato gozaimasu and okini to Keiko Mecheri-san.
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Bottle 10.0/10 Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 8.0/10
A Rich Plum-Woody Chypre
Keiko Mecheri UME has one of those dangerous fall-in-love-at-the-counter-must-have-this-perfume openings. A gorgeous fruity chypre featuring plum, woods and patchouli. Yum, yum, yum. With a classic chypre texture but a modern chypre scent (no oakmoss or sharp grayness whatsoever), UME is a distant cousin to YVRESSE and DECI DELA. A bit less complex, but still very nice.

I've sampled a number of woody plum perfumes of late, and this is one of the best. The fruit is dark and deep and not very sweet, so I think that some guys might like this as well. UME leans toward the gourmand side but stays closer to a rich woody chypre all the way from opening to drydown. A wonderful wintertime scent!

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