Hello, snoopers. Welcome to my latest commentary. Today is about a fragrance that I finally tested to get peace of mind from a few questions, such as:
Parfuma: Have you finally tested the fragrance?
Me: Not yet!
Parfuma: Have you tried the fragrance yet?
Me: Not yet!
Parfuma: Did I even send you the fragrance?
Parfuma: Did you finally test the fragrance then?
He he, yeah that's about how it went down I guess. And if you want to know which fragrance it is: It is "Winter Palace" from the Art Land series of Memo Paris. You might know Memo Paris, they are those fragrances in the really great designed bottles that immediately attract attention. The Art Land series is dedicated, so to speak, to the creativity of people all over the world, especially places and landscapes that are worked on or artificially created. And this one is about the imperial dragon, which, according to the description, rises above the Great Wall of China. This is probably also associated with scents that go well with eastern regions, such as tea and mate. Well then let's see how the fragrance smells so, tea sounds thereby of course as always quite great :)
To start you smell fine red tea, but especially citrus scents, so lemon and better yet grapefruit. A slight sweetness is also present, that could be the amber, but I do not yet know for sure. For a while it smells as described, which is great as it makes the scent come across as quite fresh. As it progresses the tea notes seem to blend, at least for me it's not so clear anymore whether I'm smelling red tea or more mate after all, I'm probably smelling a mix of both scents. The grapefruit weakens a bit, but the orange becomes stronger, which also has a great, citrusy, but also slightly bitter scent. A touch of amber seems to be present after all, but this is still quite weak.
In the base, the fragrance actually smells the same. The teen notes are perhaps a tad stronger, amber is now more clearly present, albeit faintly, although sweetish notes come through well, but this is also due to the vanilla. Otherwise, it's hard to discern specific scents well, as everything is a bit too blended together and also emanates a bit faintly. Nevertheless, a nice fragrance.
The sillage and the durability:
I'm not sure why the sillage got such a good rating here on Parfumo, but I don't find it soo strong now that I would give, say, seven points to it. Well, seven points to me means that it's already quite smellable, but with this scent here I think you'd have to get a little closer to smell it well, as both the teen notes and the citrusy scents tend to emanate a little more faintly. The durability is quite good, as the fragrance lasted eight hours and a bit longer on me.
The bottle has been designed in a great way, as always. It's rectangular, black and has a large yellow area on which you can see a Chinese dragon rising in black and white (and a little blue). Finished off with a gold plated lid. All in all, a very nice bottle with a great motif.
Soo, so I find the fragrance already succeeded. Not the Oberknaller, but still quite nice, whose price I find too daunting, however (75 ml cost between 150-180 euros). In addition, the fragrance offers me a little too little and is also not so intense in its charisma, although this is of course always a matter of taste. Tom Ford's Mandarino di Amalfi costs similarly expensive and is even twice as weak,... nevertheless, I have the Tom Ford fragrance, because I like mandarins so :D
Anyway, I like the teen notes here, and also the slight sweetness (but which might actually seem a bit "bubblegum-like" to some, at least in the heart note, as some have described it here as well. I don't think that's a bad thing though, apart from that I find the sweetness more "normal" again later on). So the scent is fresh and sweet, and unlike the name "Winter Palace" suggests, I don't think the scent is a pure winter scent. Rather, it is an all-rounder that could be worn at any time, although it might even come across better on warmer days due to the fresh notes and the low sillage, with which one could probably hardly notice the scent on cold winter days. By the way, he is not a Ausgehduft, but for me more so a fragrance for leisure or a fragrance that you could use everyday.
As I said, the fragrance is quite nice, but it still lacks that certain something (at least for me) to be perfect or at least to come with me on the wish list. But I still think that he is worth a test in any case.
And that's it again from me. I am now already curious, with which fragrances one will still so annoy me, so that I finally test this, he he :D
So then, have all a nice evening, see you :)