A Breton Angel – Review: Lostmarc’h Ael-Mat

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.

Don’t expect it to be similar in any way to Lann-Ael though. This Angel comes from a different part of heaven.

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.

Image source: thedifferentscent.de, gallery-creation.com

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21 Responses to A Breton Angel – Review: Lostmarc’h Ael-Mat

  1. Tara says:

    This really does sound unusual. A very different kind of comfort scent to Lann-Ael and others, reminding us of innocence rather than food. Nice concept. Thanks for introducing me to Lostmarc’h, which I didn’t know a thing about before you reviewed of Lann-Ael.

  2. Marla says:

    Chamomile in perfume always makes me think of apple pie! So if Lann-Ael was apple-cereal in the breakfast nook, this one is apple pie in the garden. I’ll have to try this line someday.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Interesting association. I’d love to have some apple pie with you in the garden, talking about BD and Harry Potter. A very nice prospect. 🙂

      • Marla says:

        That would be wonderful. And my teenager, who saw DH2 last night, assures me that there’s enough of the Snape/Lily footage in the final cut for the movie to make sense. Now I’m excited to see it this weekend!

        • Olfactoria says:

          That is good to hear! I hope I can make it as well this weekend!

          • Caro says:

            Marla, Birgit…one of the names of chamomile in Spanish is “manzanilla”, which means something like “little apple” so I’m not surprise about the apple pie resemblance.

            BTW, I had not seen that image of the guardian angel in long years. It somehow took me back to my childhood.

          • Olfactoria says:

            That is very interesting, thank you for pointing that out, Caro!
            The image of the Angel sends me back thirty years in an instant as well. 🙂

  3. Vanessa says:

    I think I am on the fence with camomile, though my flatmate used to wash her hair in an infusion of the stuff! The tea, basically, which I don’t care for myself. However, as a born again Lostmarc’h fan, I would definitely give this a spin if I saw it, because I love jasmine, and it sounds nice and quiet from your review… : – )

  4. deeHowe says:

    A tea scent sounds nice today (as I sip my coffee), I could use some innocence, and some uplifting!

  5. Sigrun says:

    I think jasmine and chamomile sounds like a very interesting combo although I have a difficult time imagine them together. I guess that means that I’ll have to try Ael-Mat 😉 And I love that picture with the angle, me and my sisters all had pictures of angels hanging over our beds when we were small and a copy of that one belonged to my youngest sister. It made me happy to see it again 🙂

    • Olfactoria says:

      That is lovely, Sigrun. I used to have just such an angel over my bed as a child too. Ael-Mat is a very unusual combination that is very memorable and beautiful. Let me know what you think should you try it.

  6. Undina says:

    I have a question! Did you have that review planned in advance or have you decided to do it after reading Vanessa’s review of l’eau de l’Hermine?
    I’ve never heard about this brand before (which isn’t surprising if to take into the account my infancy as a perfumista) and suddenly, even though these are not the newest scents, within a week I read two reviews. It makes me wonder if it is a case of serendipity.

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