Atropa Belladonna


Atropa Belladonna (Shay and Blue 2013) is proof that it’s not always the notes as they are listed per se but the quality of them and the masterful nose mixing them all together to perfection. Certainly the black currant is noticeable in this lovely one but it isn’t heavy or cloying. It is sweet, especially mixed with the fruity narcissus and jasmine. And the patchouli and rich vanilla are warm, a bit caramelized and savory. But it’s also a little herbal, truly clean and most importantly: smooth, airy and light. And the drydown is definitely pleasant. It’s another contemporary fragrance I really like and that’s really a nice treat! 
Top note: black currant.  Middle note: narcissus and jasmine.  Base notes: patchouli and bourbon vanilla.  

Nose: Julie Masse 

Sicilian Limes 


While the notes and concept are relatively “simple” Sicilian Limes (Shay & Blue 2013) isn’t boring or tired but lovely, airy and ultimately a fresh beauty. It’s the perfect mix between new and old: clean & open meets herbal, delicate quality. As a true loyalist to old perfumery I rarely make exceptions but some current formulations and new ideas are elegant mixes of everything I love with something a little original. Oh and the lime note is fantastic!

Top note: lime.  Middle note: rosemary.  Base notes: moss and cedar.  

Nose: Julie Masse