When it comes to perfumes and seasons, I'm never totally satisified. In the middle of summer, I long for cold weather to arrive so that I can wear my heavier, spicier fragrances. Then, as soon as winter hits the East Coast, I start craving light, airy scents and springtime florals. Luckily, a kind friend recently passed along a sample of Von Euserdorff Classic Mimosa, and it satisfied my need for an olfactory escape on a freezing day.
Classic Mimosa is a floral fragrance with top notes of bergamot, neroli and green leaves; heart notes of mimosa, violet, rose and a marine accord; and base notes of musk, orange blossom and vanilla. It's a soft yet radiant interpretation of the mimosa flower that lasts well on my skin and lifts my mood. (For some background on mimosa and mimosa perfumes, take a look at Erin's excellent post.)
This fragrance opens with plenty of neroli — one of my favorite "happy" notes! — and orange blossom. Its heart is a warm and bright take on mimosa, with a honeyed note. There's also a generous amount of powdery violet and just a trace of saltiness to keep things from turning too sweet. The base supports the mimosa with a gentle, almond-y vanilla. And I'm pleased to note that Classic Mimosa lasts a good five to six hours on my skin, unlike the lovely L'Artisan Parfumeur Mimosa Pour Moi, which disappears in about ten minutes when I try to wear it.
I have to admit that I didn't know much about the Von Euserdorff brand before I received this sample. Now that I've done a little research, I see that it has a familiar story: the well-traveled descendant of a family "involved in the world-trade of rare oils, herbs, spices and petals for nearly three centuries" develops a passion for the family business, studies to become a perfumer and revives some secret formulas from the family archives. We've all heard this one before, right?
If Classic Mimosa is any indication, however, the creations of Camille Henfling and Von Euserdorff would hold up even without this tale of lineage, heritage, artisanal craftsmanship and what-have-you. The company also offers Classic Orange, Classic Patchouli, Classic Myrrh and Classic Vetiver fragrances. Have you tried any of them yet? If so, feel free to share in the comments!