Not being able to get out this year has been a bit problem for those in the fragrance industry, from creators to buyers and despite a brief hiatus in March where we all literally had a ‘moment’, the fragrance world has rallied in all manner of ways, but my new favourite; discovery sets!
After reading an article on the Perfume Society I found a new type of fragrance discovery set – this time for home fragrance and as it also came with a special offer and my nose was desperate for new scents, it was a ‘must have’.
The set comes with 9 scents in mini spray bottles and 9 mini fragrance strips – just as a fine fragrance set would, and there’s plenty left in the bottle to spritz around as a room spray afterwards.
The brand says: The La Montaña Discovery Set gives you the opportunity to try all our fragrances in room mist form, so that you’ll know exactly how your candle or reed diffuser will perfume your home. 9 x 2.5ml sprays in a cute wallet. Sustainable, plant-derived, biodegradable, low carbon footprint, and non-toxic to humans or the environment. Spray them onto the blotters provided, or spritz them into the air, wait a couple of seconds and step into the mist. We use them in our car; to mask pet smells; cooking smells; on Mr Montaña’s sports clothes… Also perfect to slip into your suitcase to make your holiday destination feel like home.
What they smell like
First Light: Wild mountain flora: fennel, bergamot, rosemary, mountain pepper, and rockrose.
Comments; Really liked this herbal scent – its a minty, liquorice, herbal and uplifting.
Alfredo’s Café; Rich and comforting: coffee, brandy, and black tobacco, laced with leather and incense.
Comments; I loved this scent – its smells like a warm terrace restaurant to me (mine was in Italy though not Spain) – you know the ones – big umbrellas, wooden seats, white tablecloths, the bright hot sunlight, lazy lunches, surrounded by plants and the mix of amazing coffee and after dinner drinks, plus an old church incense smell mixed with leather to ooze sophistication.
Cloudburst; Bergamot, lavender, basil, lemon and lime, and ozonic notes, along with the beguiling scent of wild mountain fennel and rockrose.
Comments; Got that amazing fennel note, but with marine style muskiness and fresh notes – perfect match to its name.
Fig Grove; a grove of ripe fig trees, and a nearby cascade of wild jasmine.
Comments; I reached for this one first; fig is a favourite note of mine, but at first I found it too fresh and juicy – as it dried down it became more milky fig for me which is the nuance of the note I like most.
Galán de Noche; Intoxicating night-scented jasmine, with tantalising hints of rose, orange blossom, and ylang ylang.
Comments; Jasmine! What’s not to love about Jasmine. Fresh and sparkling!
Sacred Roses; rich roses and dark cloisters. Velvety Damask rose, blended with narcissus, geranium and chamomile.
Comments; No – not for me! Way to much ‘grandma’s rose’; potpourri in the bathroom for me! I prefer the newer interpretations of rose, but I get that this is a traditional style.
Siesta; A lullaby for your senses: lavender, juniper, and thyme.
Comments; Really liked this for the lavender note – it was just perfect – sweet and natural/wild.
Three Kings; Frankincense, Myrrh and Cedarwood, with trampled pine needles, traditional, homemade turrón (almond nougat) and a brightening tot of brandy.
Comments; It’s got cedarwood and almond – I’m in!! No seriously this is a fab seasonal scent – it’s sweet, but not overwhelming because of the pine and wood undertones.
Winter Oranges; A warm, spicy blend of Valencia orange, cinnamon, red apple and clove.
Comments; This was another one, like fig, I really expected to be in my top 3..but it wasn’t. I found the orange note too sherbet like sweet, but this may be the time of year I’m smelling it – I’ve smelt a lot of spiced orange recently!! Maybe burning this on a Summer’s evening would give it a whole new meaning.
So in summary, my top 3 are; Alfredo’s Cafe, Three Kings and First Light – I wouldn’t say no to Siesta and Fig Grove either though! I’m blown away by how much I like these scents – I’d wear them all actually as well – although I don’t think it would be advisable, but hey… linen spray right!! First Light is a home office scent for me, Three Kings is going to be next years Autumn scent and Alfredo’s Cafe I can see as my new wind down scent or burning on warm summer twilights with the doors open; a good daydream on a dark and dreary Winter’s night.