July 6, 2010

Natural Musk - Part Three - JoAnne Bassett’s Sensual Embrace

JAB's Sensual Embrace surprises me. I am surprised at how often the same or similar ingredients, in the same structure, even built on the same basic idea, which is - high soprano top notes of citrus blended with a floral middle notes of rose and jasmine with various minor floral notes, over a dark base, in this case a musk accord of course, results in something so individual and particular. As the personality of the musician interprets a classical piece, the perfumer imparts their personality into a classic structure. After the first five seconds of gathering its powers, this perfume bursts forth into a gorgeous, close to the body, private experience of something like smooth brushed hair dressed with fresh flowers, on a body of healthy skin rubbed with creamy sandalwood and rose essences. This stuff is so delicious, I want to find a way to cover myself with it or eat it, like a feline having a catnip ecstasy. This is a tightly blended perfume, the individual notes poke out for only a second or two from time to time. All notes seem to hit the olfactory nerve deep in the mind/brain at the same time. There is no sweetness but there is the smell-consistency of caramel, without the sweetness. JAB has used a couple of vintage materials, vintage jasmine sambac and vintage Mysore sandalwood, and I believe this must be the reason for the depth and richness of this fragrance. After some time, the contemplative sandalwood dominates, lightly tinted with the other elements.

This perfume comes in two strengths. The 16% eau de parfum is the one I have tried (which sends me right away) and a 32% parfum (I can only imagine what that strength would do…probably narcotic - NSFW). I know if this perfume were not made with completely natural ingredients, to reach this level of strength and depth via chemical ingredients would probably result in a giant sillage and possibly headaches for those nearby, rather than the peaceful sensuality that this completely natural one does, as it is strong but holds itself very close to the skin.

Notes: citrus notes of clementine and green mandarin, floral notes of Rose de Mai oil, vintage jasmine sambac, tuberose, violet, orange blossoms, musky notes of ambrette seed and angelica, amber accord, smoky notes of tobacco, sensuous woody notes of smooth vintage Mysore sandalwood, dark patchouli, and others.

Above details of Rosetti's Portrait of Jane Morris as Beatrice, 1872.


Visit the other sites participating in the natural Musk project:

Yahoo Natural Perfumery group
I Smell Therefore I Am – Abigail Levin
Perfume Shrine – Elena Vosnaki
The Non Blonde – Gaia Fishler
indieperfumes – here, me, Lucy Raubertas
Bitter Grace Notes – Maria Browning
CaFleureBon Michelyn Camen, Mark Behnke, Ida Meister, Skye Miller, Marlene Goldsmith
Olfactarama – Pat Borow
First Nerve – Avery Gilbert
Olfactory Rescue Service – Ross Urrere
Grain de Musc – Denyse Beaulieu
Basenotes

10 comments:

Scent Hive said...

Wow Lucy, this sounds terrific! I have been enjoying all of your musky reviews :-)

JoAnne Bassett said...

Thank you for your enticing review. You really understand Sensual Embrace where you wrote...this perfume bursts forth into a gorgeous, close to the body, private experience.

Lucy said...

Trish, there are so many wonderful naturals out there, it's truly a world onto itself to get lost in...

Lucy said...

JoAnne, such a beauty! Congratulations on making such a wonderful thing...

Monica Skye said...

All my favorite flowers with vintage sandalwood..mmmmm! Sounds like I could would and should fully and sensually embrace this scent!

chayaruchama said...

JoAnne blends her scents so classically, so seamlessly !

Well done, Lu !
You truly captured her scented embrace....

Lucy said...

Dear C/I -- Thanks -- I know this perfume can't be produced in mainstream quantities because of the nature of the ingredients but if it were I think it would be very very popular.

Lucy said...

Hi Monica,

I think it's the vintage quality of the sandalwood and the jasmine that really hits this one out of the park for me...

Lisa BTB said...

Sensual Embrace is an absolutely beautiful perfume.

Lucy said...

It sure is...