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Yerbamate is one of those scents I test every now and then. I would love to like him so much from start to finish because he is special and always manages to impress me. Why hasn't anything happened to us yet? It simply takes too long until it develops and pleases with really well.
I was the first Villoresi to test Teint de Neige, which totally scared me off. Much too violent, much too powdery, full of madam. No, that didn't work. While my mother broke out in storms of enthusiasm, I had to take to my heels. That was really too much of a good thing for me. So further tested with Yerbamate. Yerbamate, like Teint de Neige, becomes powdery in the end, but tender, clean, slightly sweet and simply beautiful. He never becomes violent, remains permanently very close. That always spoke to me directly. However, the road is very, very, long until then.
There are many fragrances that take a certain time to really smell nice on my skin. Also Bryant Park or Balmy Days & Sundays, which I like to wear both very much, smell at the start - well. However, the two and many others get into gear relatively quickly and bring out the dream notes I'm waiting for. Yerbamate doesn't do this. Yeah, he starts green and with hay and teen notes. However, I find the whole thing rather masculine and quite scratchy. This rough start lasts quite a while and starts to annoy me at some point, until finally the delicate, clean powder note appears. Whenever I'm about to scrub, Yerbamate shows me the soft side I love him for. As soon as he does, I sniff my wrist with enthusiasm, and "want to have" cravings develop. Unfortunately, the fun is already there again, because in contrast to his big, noisy and dress-up sister Teint de Neige, the durability of Yerbamate leaves a lot to be desired. So I spray it gently. And then this slightly nasty men's fragrance comes around the corner again. So no, not!
With Yerbamate I have the feeling that the perfumer was not sure whether he wanted to create a spicy, herbaceous men's fragrance or a delicate, powdery women's fragrance. He succeeded in both, but the evaluations here show that he does not only trigger this almost-effect with me for this reason. Too bad, because in principle it could be a dream!