Jul et Mad’s first chapter of their love story, took me on an exciting chance encounter on Lexington Avenue with Stilettos on Lex. When I first smelled the samples it was a cursory sniff of the top. I chose to review Stilettos on Lex first because I loved the name and little did I know that it was the first chapter of a love story. Since my review, I have learned from Jul et Mad’s website that the second and third chapters are named Terrasse à St-Germain and Amour de Palazzo respectively.
Terrasse à St-Germain was created by Dorothée Piot and is classified as woody floral musky. The notes listed on the Jul et Mad website are as follows:
Head : Grapefruit, Tangerine, Rhubarb
Heart: Freesia, Lotus Flower, Blue Rose
Bottom: Musk, Sandalwood, Indonesian Patchouli
„A perfume as elegant as it is sophisticated. The composition amazes by the complexity of the splendid wood and musk accord, which gracefully embraces its initial freshness. This perfume incarnates the portrait of a perfect duality: classical and modern at the same time, masculine and feminine, strangely familiar but, nevertheless, of a rare originality… A veritable “coup de foudre” between two souls on the terrace of a Parisian café…“ – from Jul et Mad’s website
When I first smelled Terrasse à St-Germain, ever so gingerly from the vial, I thought that the perfume would be my least favorite, because all I could smell was citrus and generally citrus does not like my skin. My skin devours it and most of the time turns it into a salty mess.
The first spray of Terrasse à St-Germain on my skin took me by surprise and I was moved by the emotions that this perfume evoked. The second chapter of Jul et Mad’s love story becomes a symbol of my own love story. I smell the tangerine clearly and if I concentrate long enough I smell a little bit of rhubarb. It quickly moved on to the freesia and it is sublime, albeit for a short period.
This citrus floral opening lasts minutes on my skin. I thought ok, lovely, now what? Wait – there is more, so much more, to this beauty. It transforms into a lovers embrace. Sunshine quite literally comes to mind and memories of dates with my husband so many years ago. We were as poor as church mice and cafés were out of the question and we had to meet in the gardens of Vienna. So, we sat on benches amongst the pristine gardens of Schönbrunn Palace for hours on end gazing and getting to know each other better. It was a magical time in my life, being so at peace with one person. I still am.
This is where the charm of the perfume works so well in my love story. Musk comes up quite suddenly and then takes center stage on my skin. Usually I am anosmic to most musk perfumes, so imagine my joy when I was enveloped in this serene sensuous smell for hours. I can honestly say that this is the loveliest musk perfume that works so beautifully with my skin. The dry down is all musk and sandalwood and I feel like I have been wrapped up in a cocoon of trust, honesty and most importantly love.
I am home in my lovers embrace.