FRAGRANCE FRIDAY – EXCENTRIQUE MOI BY ART DE PARFUM
Mulled wine, twinkling lights, gifts wrapped under the tree – all the imagery you associate with the festive season, but what about the aroma of Christmas? Is it cinnamon, cloves, or a turkey roasting in the oven? Art De Parfum can’t offer you turkey, but they can offer you the perfect festive scent this year – Excentrique Moi. With top notes of pink pepper, clove buds, and red fruits, this scent is the embodiment of the Christmas spirit.
Excentrique Moi’s texture is rich in playoffs between sweet and bitter, herbal and earthy, dark and light. Plummy, wine-like dried fruits sweeten the tannic sharpness of black tea leaves, and the upturned-earth darkness of patchouli is illuminated by a shaft of sunshine from lemon. Packed with a host of dried fruit flavours and steamy black tea, one might imagine oneself in front of a roaring fire on a cold Christmas Eve.
Of course, Excentrique Moi is wearable throughout the year, as the mixture of aromas will take you through each season. There is a pleasant density to the opening, packed as it is with a host of dried fruit flavours and steamy, vaporous tea. The bitter green excitement of wormwood also emerges, infusing the scent with the eerie, chartreuse glow of an illicit glass of absinthe. In the base, a wisp of smoke escapes from a pile of cedar and gaiac wood left to smolder gently in the corner. Full of twists and turns, Excentrique Moi shifts restlessly from fruit to forest to smoke like storm clouds seen racing across the reflection in a glass of absinthe. Wearing it is like holding up a mirror to one’s own emotions and moods.
Art de Parfum is a London-based fine fragrance company that sells its products worldwide; the fragrances themselves are 100% made in France.