• Masque Milano Tango •
Let me know in the comments which Masque Milano should be in my next sample order? As with Russian Tea that I sampled a while back, Masque Milano delivered another stellar, interesting fragrance with Tango.
Tango is a spicy amber and it's a strong, 'in your face' type scent, albeit blended to the point where it almost instantly feels like one big accord. That quality creates a bit of a mindgame, where I personally don't feel the fragrance changes all that much during the wear, but because I can't pinpoint exactly what I'm smelling, I make different connections everytime I get a waft.
Mainly this is warm. Just looking at the color of the juice gives you some idea. Along with the amber, cinnamon is the most prominent note to my nose. Cumin is said to be one of the main notes; my experience with cumin is limited, but where I tried it before, it smelled a bit like body odor (although never in a sweaty offensive way to me). In Tango, it feels more like 'one of the spices' and it's not overly present. The scent has some saltiness to it at first, so maybe the cumin comes in to play there. I get a leathery or definitely a musky animalic vibe, where later in the drydown, it becomes smoother and creamier. And that drydown lasts for quite a while , because performance is great.
Tango is a mature, amber fragrance, that has more dimension than your average gourmandy sweet amber (for example Armani Privé's Ambre Eccentrico that I tried last week). To wear, I personally might prefer the more straightforward ambers over this ever so slightly animalic and a bit more spicy variant, but than again, this is more intriguing. My preference would differ per situation; if I go the night out and want a comforting fragrance that's more of an easy grab, I'll lean towards a more straight forward fragrance, but if I want to stand-out more or just when I wear it around the house for myself, Tango has more to offer, while ultimately resulting in a comforting and familiar late drydown •
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