18. dec, 2012

Day 18: Hiver Kaleidoscopic Dutch Winter

The theme of the Micallef Advent box today is Hiver meaning Winter. During some moments I loved Hiver and others I disliked Winter. On paper it reminded me, at one stage of my beloved Caron Montaigne with the same plush orange drizzle cake scent. I do not detect this similarity on my skin though. Some compared Hiver to Cacharel Lou Lou, others to Ormonde Jayne Tolu. I can relate to Tolu but do not know about Lou Lou as it is a fragrance I still have to try.


Hiver is part of the Les 4 seasons Exclusive line of Micallef. I have reviewed Printemps before and expect Autumn and Summer to come this week in the Advent box. The idea behind Hiver is to capture the feeling of the Winter season. The cinnamon, orange and almond creates a warm cozy feeling and the sandalwood the impression of a burning wooden fire.


What strikes me most about Hiver is its kaleidoscopic quality. Fresh lemon and some neroli changing into sweetened drizzle orange cake of Caron Montaigne then the sweet balsamic Ormonde Jayne to change into the marzipan of Mona di Orio Musc and continue as the rum soaked dried fruits of Frapin 1697. In this sense it is very different to Ormonde Jayne Tolu or Caron Montaigne which both do not change very much on my skin. It gives me an unstable feeling as if there is not a good connection between the different stages in the fragrance. I prefer to wear one of these four fragrances from Caron, Ormonde Jayne, Mona di Orio and Frapin on their own.


Micallef Hiver is like as changeable as Dutch winters. It can differ very from very rainy, to snowy, to very cold or even pleasant with sun. I dislike Dutch winters.


In contrast to Caron Montaigne Micallef Hiver has little sillage. But then Caron Montaigne is a sillage bomb. Hiver compares more to Mona do Orio Musc, which stays quite close to my skin. Longevity of Micallef Hiver quite good though.


Notes according to First in Fragrance:

Topnote: Lemon, Neroli, Orange

Heartnote: Ylang-Ylang, Jasmine, Iris, Cinnamon

Basenote: Almond, Vanilla, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Musk


Painting: Snow covered field with a Harrow (after Millet) 1890, Vincent van Gogh, oil on canvas. www.vangoghmuseum.nl