Parfums M. Micallef Advent Calender
Today is the last day of the Micallef Advent Calender ! Tonight it is Christmas Eve. I have enjoyed scenting the Micallef fragrances during the Advent period as it has given me a good idea of the whole collection but it has been challenging for me as well. As I have said before the quality of Micallef eau de parfums differs very much. Personally I suspect this is due to the perfumers who made the perfumes. I liked Black Ananda, a beautiful classic white floral and Gardenia. Patchouli and Avant Garde really stood out for me, as did the masculine Style.
The scent for today is Ylang in Gold, the same as on day 1 but this time it comes in a larger spray bottle. Ylang in Gold is not a fragrance I really liked as it is too sweetened like many new perfume releases this year. If you like really sugared fragrances like the new Hermes L´Ambre des Merveilles or Parfumerie Generale Djenne you will want to try or probably already enjoy Ylang in Gold.
I have not mentioned the beautiful bottle before nor the gold powder in Ylang in Gold which leaves a gold shimmer on your skin when you apply it. Many Micallef bottles are beautifully decorated with Swarovski crystals. As I keep my bottles stored in their boxes I prefer simpler bottles for a cheaper price so I am able to buy and try more fragrances.
Finally only Patchouli and Avant Garde would be fragrances I could consider buying. I always had the idea Micallef would not be a perfume house for me as I do not care for the beauty of a bottle. The house did not appeal to me and to tell you the truth it still does not very much. I would recommend the line to those who are new as a perfumista (perfume lover) as it is a good first step in the world of more exclusive perfumes. For more hard core perfume lovers I would not really recommend this line unless you enjoy lots of sugar in your perfume or like oud perfumes.
I can imagine some of the perfumes to be a signature scent though for those who only wear one scent as some of the Micallef fragrances stand out. Which would be my only scent if I would wear one from the Micallef line ? I still do not know. Buying a bottle is different from a becoming a signature scent. When sampling the whole Amouage line not so long ago, one stood out immediately: Memoir for Women. Amouage Memoir would be my signature scent if I would have one right now. I scented this right away.
Hope you enjoyed my Micallef reviews and I wish you wonderfully fragrant , sparkly and joyful Christmas !
Most of the paintings in this series were made by Vincent van Gogh and can be seen at the Museum Van Gogh in Amsterdam.
This picture was made by me with courtesy of Menno Kroon, www.mennokroon.nl
I did not review the last few fragrances in the Micallef Advent box as I was not motivated very much any more due to the differing quality of the fragrances. The fragrance in the box yesterday Style was wonderful. I am curious about the scent for tomorrow, will it be Ete, summer as we have had all seasons ? The choice for the box does not always make sense to me. But it has given me a pretty good idea of the whole Micallef collection.
The Micallef fragrances have not been reviewed very much online. Only the Swedish blogger Confessions of a perfume nerd and Ca Fleure Bon have published reviews on a regular basis. After testing the Advent Calender I am not surprised. Either their scents are not very well known or not very popular amongst perfume lovers. Ylang in Gold is quite popular as far as I know though.
The fragrance today is a tuberose which I really do not like so I thought it best to include a link to a positive reviewe from the Swedish Perfume Nerd. I have tried many tuberose perfume and only found one I really like, Nuit the Tuberose from L'Artisan Parfumeur.
If I look at the fragrances I have scented last month only a few stand out for me. This is always very personal, I know. Maybe we have this with many perfume lines, that we only like one or two. Are there any perfume lines which whole line you like or most of the perfumes ?
Bank of the Seine, 1887 Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) Oil on Canvas, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, www.vangoghmuseum.nl
Fragrantica: "Top notes of the composition will offer a spicy blend of nutmeg, warm and gourmand cinnamon and cardamom, refreshed by luminous and sunny lemon zest. The heart of the composition accentuates floral notes of elegant jasmine and lily of the valley softened with aromatic lavender, while base notes provide us with warmth and precious woody notes of patchouli and sandalwood embraced by a mysterious veil of incense and sensual musk."
Painting: Self-Portrait with Portrait of Bernard, 1888, Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), Oil on Canvas, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam www.vangoghmuseum.nl