The next number in line, Mon Numéro 7, takes us on another journey, this time it is India with its colorful and rich imagery this perfume evokes.
“The journey continues with a visit deep inside an Indian temple. A necklace of tuberose and jasmine around your neck, a chai tea in your hand and a whiff of spices in the air. Mon Numéro 7, with its exuberant mood, is a fantasy in which colours, movements, textures and sacred odours swirl and merge, like a colourful sari.”
I already said it in my short impression of it in the Mon Numéro Collection overview post, and I ‘ll say it again – this one is interesting.
I am in equal parts attracted and repulsed by this fragrance, although repulsed is maybe to strong a word, kept at a distance may be better. And readers who know me, will know why, as soon as we see the notes.
I have no official list of notes, but what is revealed in the press release and what I clearly smell is spices (pepper, cardamom, nutmeg, coriander?), black tea, jasmine, tuberose, sandalwood and maybe patchouli in the base.
Tuberose is the offender of course, the one note that keeps Mon Numéro 7 from being a slam-dunk for me.
When first applied, Mon Numéro 7 is perfect. A spicy symphony, the tea coming on strongly, I love it! In the heart the whole thing gets floral, I like the fresh jasmine here, but when the tuberose makes its appearance I find myself wishing to have back the spices and tea notes that were so exhilarating and refreshingly different in the beginning.
The floral accord is not strong, it is rather subdued and almost subtle (for tuberose) and I would say, if I had to wear a tuberose scent, this would be an excellent choice, since it is no big white floral, no typical representative of the genre, but it is also no longer the spicy tea scent I long for and wished this perfume to be.
This treatment of tuberose reminds me of a Duchaufour creation for L’Artisan from last year. Mon Numéro 7 is a little like Nuit de Tubereuse set in India. A Bollywood version of Nuit de Tubereuse. 😉
Now it gets really interesting though: after the initial grand entrance and song and dance of tuberose, it recedes again and I am left with a beautiful sandalwood drydown, a warm, wooden softness that retains a hint of spiciness that makes it unique and attractive and is rather cuddly and comforting while staying close to the skin. The sillage during the whole development (wear time is around 4-5 hours on me) is moderate, just how I like it. I want to smell my perfume on myself, but I do not want to overpower others.
Mon Numéro 7 is a very interesting creation, it wears slightly different every time, sometimes the spices reign supreme (that is how I prefer it!), sometimes it is totally the show of the tuberose. You never know what you get. I think it is very dependent on temperature. If you want something that is not boring, this is it!
And it is so very Duchaufour! 🙂