Jul et Mad’s final chapter in their evolving love story is called Amour de Palazzo. I say evolving because I sure am hoping that they will continue in this vein. Romance and love drew me to this brand and knowing that Julien and Madalina (Jul et Mad) are together only brings hope that their love story will continue with more perfume launches.
The Jul et Mad website states the following for Amour de Palazzo:
The Accord: Oriental Woody Leather
The noble palette of ingredients used for this creation give the precious character to this fragrance: a spicy start, fresh and slightly “gourmand” at the same time, opens the way to the heart of the perfume where floral, woody, and leather notes create a perfect harmony… A divine, marvelous amber-oud accord reveals itself promptly, sustained by the seductive power of animal notes… narcotic and irresistible…
Amour de Palazzo was created by Dorothée Piot and includes notes of Four Spice (pepper, cloves, ginger, nutmeg), absolute of violette, Atlas cedarwood, leather, Indonesian patchouli, labdanum, musk, oud, amber, papyrus and animal castoreum.
The story behind the perfume is where the two have fallen in love and are on a trip together in Venice. They are discovering the back streets of the city after having danced the night away at a Palazzo. They are free to love and to cherish each other and the moment they are sharing.
The perfume opens up quite sharp with a good dose of pepper and cloves. Thankfully the pepper soon dissipates and gives way to the other spices. My amateur nose wants to say that there is a tad of cinnamon as well, but that could be the four spices intertwining. These spices mistakenly give me the impression that the perfume will become sweeter and more gourmand all around. The spices are indicative of the spark between two lovers. Love is ignited with a small spark and if we are lucky love can become our little piece of heaven on earth.
After the spicy opening, the perfume quickly evolves into a leather and wood accord for me. The picture I get is of an old estate with a Sherlock Holmes type leather (Chesterfield) couch placed in front of a fire-place in the library filled with leather-bound books. This is the type of couch which draws people to it and invites them to sit in front of a crackling fire to talk and reminisce and yes touch.
The oud is softened by the amber and the musk. It is so well rounded that all I can do is keep my nose to my wrist. Oud is certainly not a prominent note. It is a soft woody leather that is perfect for day and night. This is very much a sensual perfume – begging your loved one to come and bury their nose into your neck. The amber sweetens it slightly, but not overly so as it is definitely a unisex perfume.
This leather couch has beckoned both my husband and myself. Our love has grown to the point where two kindred spirits are intertwined as one. One harmonious couple able to take on the problems that come with life. It is such a comforting perfume – one that invokes cashmere shawls and fire places with pristine views. It becomes my fortress. It becomes my sanctuary. Nothing can go wrong, nothing can come between us and nothing can destroy our love.
Love smolders, just like the fire in our fireplace.