Sunday, January 13, 2013

Amour de Palazzo by Jul et Mad

Pepper, Clove, Ginger, Nutmeg, Violet, Cedar, Leather, Patchouli, Labdanum, Musk, Oudh, Amber, Papyrus, Castoreum.

My first moments with Amour de Pallazo were decisive. I either like certain renditions of spice or I don't. Clove can be especially tricky, but I enjoyed the implementation in Amour de Palazzo, as well as the Nutmeg, Ginger and Pepper. The opening is a rather smooth version of Clove and Nutmeg ( at least on my skin ) with an assist from Pepper. You can also detect a slightly resinous amber percolating underneath.

The amber acts as a base during the top and heart accords on which the spices are hung. Where the heart begins to differentiate itself is with the emergence of soft animalics. There's a supple sensuality, courtesy of Castoreum and Musk. It's not a provocative quality, but rather alluring ( if anything ) and signals the pulling back of Clove and Nutmeg. The Amber remains and together with the leathery Musk, a sexy wood aspect begins to come alive.

Amour de Palazzo never gets loud during my wearings. This is an expensive fragrance at over $5 per ml. and one might expect an extremely potent concoction. What one gets instead of loud is full and rich.

The Oudh does come to fruition in the far base and extended drydown. It "emerges" instead of running roughshod throughout the composition. Its volume is commensurate with its predecessors and performs well alongside the waning Amber and leathery Musk. Sillage is a bit better than average with longevity approximately 5 hours on my skin. A positive neutral rating from Aromi only because of price point. A sample wear is highly recommended.

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