Breton niche line Lostmarc’h enticed me with their unusual gourmand scent Lann-Ael, so I explored it further. Ael-Mat has also the angel (Ael) in its name, so it came next.
Ael-Mat includes notes of citrus, chamomile, jasmine and musk.
Ael-Mat is a most unusual scent. It is simple, but unique. It is not often that a chamomile note is found in a perfume, only Comme des Garcons Avignon comes to mind right now, but that is a different story altogether, in Ael-Mat the note is very prominent.
Ael-Mat opens with a fresh hesperidic note, but the jasmine and chamomile rush in almost instantly, making the beginning of this actually very strong, but fear not, it calms soon and leaves the impression of sitting in a garden full of jasmine bushes while sipping chamomile tea and feeling immensely peaceful. Ael-Mat is a gentle scent, despite its powerful start. It feels safe and enveloping, I can see where the name came from. Sadly it fades rather quickly and there is not much of a base to speak of.
Ael-Mat is both special and unobtrusive at the same time. The jasmine is soft and tender, the chamomile makes it interesting and unlike any other floral fragrance I know. It has an almost tea (or rather herbal infusion, to be exact)-like quality a times, maybe that is contributing to the sense of calm and relaxation I associate with it.
Ael-Mat is innocent and child-like, but not in a sweet-candy-fruity kind of way. The idea of as of yet undisturbed beauty, of the time before the inevitable corruption sets in, is brought to life in Ael-Mat. There are certainly times in life when I wish for such innocence again.
At least I can smell it.