Lann-Ael (Breton for Angel heath) by niche brand Lostmarc’h has been a part of my collection for a long time. An unused part though. I bought a bottle (unsniffed!) when Katie Puckrick recommended it to me in a comment, and who am I to refuse such a tip? But when the bottle arrived, I took a quick sniff, was somewhat underwhelmed and quickly moved on to more exiting shores. Lann-Ael stood forgotten at the back of my closet.
Last weekend, maybe prompted by my horrifying, borderline-self-destructive experiment with Prends Moi, maybe because I was all alone, my husband being away for the weekend, maybe because I had a major hay fever attack and couldn’t smell as usual, what ever the reason, I found myself longing for gourmand, longing for Lann-Ael in particular. Out it came and on my skin it went. *deep sigh*
I didn’t let go of it for the entire weekend, and now on Monday I am wearing it still.
I cannot see now, why I didn’t like this from the start. Lann-Ael is such a comforting treasure. Lasting power could be better, but it is an Eau de Toilette and re-applying is a treat, so I don’t really mind.
Created in 2007, Lann-Ael includes notes of buckwheat, cereals, milk, apple and vanilla. From the notes list alone, you can imagine what it smells like and be properly horrified. It must certainly be a sweet, sticky, childish mess? No?
Of course it is not. Lann-Ael is simply lovely. Soft, light, cuddly-cozy, comforting, foody -yes, but in an enticing way. I don’t mind smelling like cereal at all.
But aside from the cereal idea, Lann-Ael takes me back to a place of comfort, a place of safety and – no other way to put it, despite the risk of severe cheesiness – innocence. Lann-Ael smells child-like, tender, loving and – here we go again – innocent.
I want to take the hand offered and take a walk through the wind-blown heath the name suggests, the air is cold, but smells delicious, I am warm in my jacket and the hand guiding me is big and warm as well. I used to go on such walks as a small child with my uncle, but I pretended he was my guardian angel. Lann-Ael takes me back to that place, the fields of Upper Austria as well as that place inside, of child-like trust, fantastic possibilities and the feeling of utter safety.
I am glad there is still such a place in my memories.
Lostmarc’h is available at First in Fragrance.