Another niche house with a strange name. Maybe I’m getting tired, maybe I need another vacation, but I didn’t feel very motivated to get to know yet another new line. Enough already! was my feeling.
But a dear friend brought me samples and eventually, I tried them. And I’m glad I did.
Ys Uzac is a swiss line (many good things come from Switzerland when it comes to perfume!) created by Vincent Micotti, a musician turned perfumer. The line comprises four perfumes, Monodie, Pohadka, Lalé and Métaboles.
Let’s start with the sprightliest, happiest, lightest one – Monodie.
Monodie was created by Vincent Micotti and includes notes of pink grapefruit, mirabelle, red mandarin, galbanum, plum, rhubarb, cyclamen, freesia, rose, caramel, white musks and sandalwood.
“Dionysian drama? Simply rock’n’roll? A melody from the brink of light, an unique spell to light up the dark blue evening sky. An intoxicating, extravagant vivace play with an ultra feminine mood. A spontaneous modern take on minimalism interpreted by sweet and radiant Eau de Vie de Mirabelle, crisp rhubarb and handsome green galbanum. An alcoholic melody to dazzle the star of the night.“
– from the press release
Monodie (a “solo voice singing a melodic part, usually with considerable ornamentation, over a rhythmically independent bass line” according to Wikipedia) is a breath of fresh air, a fruity floral of the good kind, a statement of happiness and good cheer spreading laughter and lightheartedness. It is positioned as a feminine, but I can see it just as well on men. Sillage and wear time are about average.
Opening with a bracing grapefruit note (reminiscent of Pamplelune), Monodie sweetens over time, becoming more floral and fruity. Rose and rhubarb (think Hermessence Rose Ikebana), plum and galbanum provide a lovely balance between sweet and tart, fruity and green. The drydown is soft and caramel sweet, but retains a hit of green as to never overwhelm. Another perfume I am reminded of is Guerlain London 04.
On paper, Monodie sounds like every mainstream fruity floral out there, but it smells like every mainstream fruity floral out there would like to. High quality ingredients and a love for detail are apparent in Monodie and make this a delight to wear whenever you need a little mood lift.
Monodie sings of happy things, sings of joy and laughter. You might as well join in.