Last week I wrote about a newly released fragrance (Acqua di Parma Colonia Club) that fits (for me) into the "old man cologne" category. Today, I'm writing about another men's perfume that's been around the block — 1989's Moods Uomo1 by Krizia. But unlike Colonia Club, Moods Uomo still has legs. As Bruce Jenner transitioned into Caitlyn Jenner, so Moods Uomo can easily make the transition from a mature-dude perfume into a modern-dame fragrance; the dame can be 25, 35 or older, but she must have retro perfume tastes and wear men's perfumes with aplomb, not doubt or fear. (I bet many young men wouldn't like, let alone appreciate, Moods Uomo, unless they're perfume fanatics who've sampled pre-IFRA offerings stretching way back in time.)
Moods Uomo opens with heavy-duty aldehydes, sour greens (there's a wormwood-like note), and citrus peels. Moods' opening notes keep percolating as others join in: a tough-broad rose dusted with lily of the valley-scented powder and a few jasmine blossoms tucked in her fleshy petals; there's an undercurrent of spicy, dark-red carnations, too. Oak moss appears in Moods Uomo's mid-development, and it's the real stuff, not fractioned, sanctioned or sacrificial (it stays the course, never disappears). Moods Uomo smells rich and "thick;" it's a perfect cool-weather perfume. Moods Uomo's base is lovely, a cedar-chest scent (a sensational-smelling "aged" cedar), with hints of leathery vanilla and tonka beans; the base notes meld to form a sturdy amber base (with added notes of dark patchouli and musk). In the extreme dry down, a cool, smooth clove note joins with the cedar for an original finish.
Krizia Moods Uomo has great sillage and lasting power and it's...discontinued; it must have been manufactured in huge quantity or it's not popular because you can buy a bottle for under $20. Men, women *past, present or future* enjoy!
1. Listed notes: aldehydes, bergamot, lemon, lavender, coriander, cardamom, ginger, geranium, carnation, jasmine, lily of the valley, rose, tonka bean, amber, cedar, patchouli, musk, vanilla, oak moss.
Note: top image is Portrait of the Artist's Wife with a Hat, 1909, by August Macke [cropped] via Wikimedia Commons.