Italian niche brand Masque Milano has launched a new collection, Le Donne di Masque, with two fragrances, Petra and Dolceacqua.
Petra ~ "A mysterious scene... "On a morning from a Bogart movie. In a country where they turned back time. You go strolling in the crowd like Peter Lorrie, contemplating a crime. She comes out from the crowd in a silk dress running like a watercolour in the rain. These days - she says - I feel my life just like a river running through the Year of the Cat. On a blue tiled wall by the market stall there's a hidden door she leads you to…" Developed by perfumer Cécile Zarokian, with bergamot, mandarin, pink pepper, jasmine, rose, luqaimat accord (a fried dumpling, often made with saffron), fruity notes, incense, patchouli, benzoin, myrrh, leather and amber.
Dolceacqua ~ "Nice, 8am. Sunshine and light traffic on the Promenade des Anglais. Here she comes, with the soft top down, and you jump in. As the road unwinds, the view of the gulf suddenly becomes amazing. Her colourful Hermes foulard sweeps with the breeze and you breathe deeply to catch the rich mixture of Cote d'Azur flavours, in their magic blend of floral and marine. She parks in a panoramic spot and draws out of the back of the car a basket with your breakfast. She doesn't mind sitting on the ground, she bought her lovely dress at the market stalls for a few dollars and it is not worth worrying about. What a woman! - you think - she can match a few-dollar-dress with such an astonishing pearl necklace. You open a bottle of Beaujolais wine, and lean towards her to pour some wine into her glass. You can't help stopping pouring wine and close your eyes, as you smell her perfume. So much in line with her, with her style: sweet and mellow, a mixture of flowers and fruit and some hints of vanilla at the bottom." Developed by perfumer Delphine Thierry, with coastal breeze accord, muguet, ivy leaves, marjoram, mimosa, almond flower, white rose, ylang ylang, saffron, cedar, benzoin, oakmoss and musks.
Masque Milano Petra and Dolceacqua are available in numbered limited editions for the brand's 10th anniversary. They can be found now at Luckyscent, $360 each for 100 ml.