Sunday, October 21, 2012
After Midnight by The Different Company
The purple color misled me a bit when first sampling After Midnight. Yes, I guess I'm guilty of color-association when it comes to fragrance. Yellowish Orange would have seemed more appropriate, especially after experiencing the opening, but that's simply my own prejudice.
After Midnight opens with a very nice rendition of Neroli that's accompanied by an extremely subtle spiciness and earthy musk. At least on my skin, the Neroli is a standout note while the others slowly evolve at a lower presence during the life of the scent. The Iris is a nice accent and never leads After Midnight into Violet territory. It's well paired with Lentisc and Ambrette. The musk quality, as it becomes more prominent, seems to keep the Iris in check. They smell excellent within their parameters.
Once the base and drydown commence, After Midnight morphs into what it has been destined to be : a Floral Musk. There's only intermittent hints of Neroli at this stage and the scent has become close to the skin. It never evolves into a legitimate Oriental as the tuning doesn't permit it to do so. There's a resin quality in the mix during drydown that augments the finish rather nicely.
Sillage is adequate and longevity is approximately 4 hours on my skin. Thumbs up from Aromi and a sample wear is strongly recommended for this "shared" fragrance from The Different Company.