Darling Olfactoria’s Travelers,
Portia from Australian Perfume Junkies and Perfume Posse and today I’m trying a new-to-me house for you all. Not so long ago Karen Gilbert was in Australia and she left me three samples of the Papillon range, I really loved the Tobacco Rose one while she was in town but I didn’t get to spend much time with Angélique, yet it haunted me a bit, I was wondering if it was as good as I remembered or if I was just having such a good time that the world smelled gorgeous.
Angélique was created by Liz Moores for Papillon Artisan Perfumes in 2014.
Photo Stolen Fragrantica
Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Mimosa petals, orris, champaca, osmanthus, cedar, olibanum
From the Papillon site:
Osmanthus. White Champac. Orris. Mimosa. Frankincense. Cedarwood.
“Inspiration for my perfumes comes to me in many ways, but none more so than from the nature in my own garden. Angélique began as an olfactory portrait of the Iris Pallida; days spent breathing in the delicate scent of the flowers and the honeyed aroma of pollen emerged as nature’s own sketch of what Angélique would become.
Angélique became a perfume based on my personal impression of the beautiful Iris Pallida, a flower that is as captivating and angelic as nature herself.”
Photo Stolen Wikipedia
The dry green rasp of torn new branches and leaves, rooty and crisp fresh pulled carrots and the pretty, green, furry flutter of mimosa open Angélique. We are talking a seriously beautiful fragrance that is spring, dewy mornings, it’s the cool sunrise, it’s new growth, fresh cut flowers and water.
The heart of Angélique is warmer, woodsier, rustic life as a woodcutter or a woodcutters home, the logpile and the beeswax and resins used to keep the wood lovely and moisturised. It is the balmy goodness that wins out in the end, a soft salve for cracked hands and heels that smells of the spring from whence it came, even in the deads of high winter and summer.
Photo Stolen WikiMedia
I only got two wears out of my small vial that I spritzed. It was worth it to be submerged in this beauty. Simple, wearable and still interesting. I would recommend Angélique to anyone who is bored with the current crop of fragrance and mass-tige: this is different and good.
Have you got your sniff on this set yet? Angélique, Anubis and Tobacco Rose are their names and Tara has reviewed them here. Tobacco Rose is getting the most blog loving and I really adore it too, there may be another Papillon post coming very soon.