WHAT I SMELL: L’Attesa opens with a flattened bergamot with a slightly soured neroli that feels waxy, slightly yeasty and thickened like a styrofoam cushion. After a short time, a faint iris begins to appear, floating in a thin layer under the rest of the perfume. Soon the iris begins to grow and expand as it takes center stage. This is a warmed iris and a rather creamy one at that. The iris is soon met with a melding of other florals and the perfume starts to feel as if it’s a warmed scarf wrapped around the neck. The perfume radiates, but it’s very subdued and incredibly comforting. After around 10 minutes, a peppered suede wraps itself over the florals. It’s smooth and sensual and as it continues to develop the creaminess moves to a powder and the perfume pulls out all moisture. At this time, there’s a lightly sweetened powdered lipstick edge to the perfume which I really like. Eventually, the perfume settles in this powdered projection over a smooth and hazy slightly soured sandalwood.
From the Masque Milano website:
Act III Scene One
All is set for the rendezvous.
The soft lights seem to fondle the wrinkled sound of the old vinyl disc, and play hide-and-seek in the warm embrace of the jazz singer’s voice. The wide french-window is opened on the terrace. Outside, only the cicadas shrill drowning and the warm summer breeze. On the tea-table, a nosegay of freshly plucked flowers, flooding the room with a cocktail of smells and a bright colour palette. You uncork a champagne bottle and fill the two flutes. The unmistakable flavour of yeast hovers in the air. You settle into the couch, to enjoy this moment, and take a good look around – every single detail is simply perfect. You then close your eyes, breathe deeply, listen to the sound of her steps on the stairs. Can’t help smiling. You wish these moments would never end. There comes a knock on the door.
Head notes: Italian Bergamot, Moroccan Neroli, Champagne accord
Heart notes: Italian Iris abs., Italian Iris Root Butter, French Iris Root Butter, Tuberose abs., Ylang Ylang Madagascar
Base notes: Sandalwood Mysore, Oakmoss, Leather accord
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: A beautiful, graceful and majestic Lippizan Stallion.
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE L’ATTESA: dramatic, unique, passionate
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT L’ATTESA: Kafkaesque, Megan in Sainte Maxime, Chemist in the Bottle
BOTTOM LINE: L’Attesa unfolds in he most beautiful manner. It’s exquisite in its blending of the warmed iris and florals. My one wish is that it would have remained in the middle state of the creamy florals for the remainder of the perfume. However, that doesn’t distract from the perfume which is wonderfully different and unique. Also, kudos to Masque Milano for their new bottles which easily match the perfume in terms of beauty.
- Bone Rating: 4 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Floral Woody Musk
- Nose: Luca Maffei
- Classification: Unisex
- Expense: $165 for 35 ml eau de parfum
Sample courtesy of Masque Milano. Opinion my own.
July 5, 2016 at 5:53 am
Nice reciew! I also like the new bottles. By the way, I guess I did not pay much attention but I just realized over the weekend that the Masque Milano guys were the ones who spoke at Sniffapalooza!
Did you spray or dab? I got a Twisted Lily dab sample the other day and tried it twice on skin. I got the fizzy part (not aldehydes fizzy bit bubbly nonetheless), the iris which was very similar to that of Naomi Goodsir Iris Cendre and then Sour Patch Kids (your slighty soured neroli). The drydown which I had to bring my nose and forearm really close to each other is a woody warm reminiscent of some of the Byredos. I was not wowed by the dabs and think perhaps I need to spray? Or maybe my nose is broken?
July 5, 2016 at 6:10 am
H – You are indeed correct that Allesandro and Ricardo were at Twisted Lily. I love this upon first sniff….and my reviews are based upon sprays. Funny..at Twisted Lily I was sprayed with some of their other new release Romanza which I didn’t care for at all…but then I wore it the other day and it just worked so well on me. Go figure. They both are really nice and this works better for me than Iris Cendre…I loved the opening in that, but the drydown just went flat. This holds together much better.
July 5, 2016 at 8:02 am
Like hajusuuri, I was underwhelmed when dabbing. (Joan Crawford NO MORE PERFUME DABBERS!!!) I had such high expectations and felt thwarted, so I got a couple more dabbers and put them into a spray and … magic! I agree with you – I would like the floral notes to persist a little longer, but I (perversely?) kind of like experiencing that yearning – it draws me in further. I am thrilled that I don’t detect the dreaded tuberose at all, and the purported addition of ISO E Super that usually bothers me does not in this one. I also adore Romanza, and after debating whether or not I was smelling the new mulch placed in the landscaped beds outside or my perfume, I decided I don’t care and bought it!
How freakin’ gorgeous is that horse?
July 5, 2016 at 7:12 pm
Ahhh, I love it. You jump right in. For some reason Romanza just went ugly on me the first time I wore it. That was at Sniffa and I probably had a bunch of other perfumes sitting in the same spot on my skin. Since then it’s really working…it get’s a little dirty for a while then lightens up and is pretty again. And like you…I think the horse is incredible. I want one!
July 6, 2016 at 11:15 am
Oh yes, Romanza definitely has some dirty moments, but don’t we all? 🙂
I want that horse and how about the trainer, too?
July 6, 2016 at 4:03 am
Warm scarf describes this perfume so well. I guess I was the lucky one smelling a lovely buttery texture of the iris coming from L’Attesa
July 6, 2016 at 5:27 am
I guess I received more yeast and cream than butter… but it doesn’t matter because it’s beautiful any way. I know you love your iris perfumes…finally, this is one that I can love too 🙂
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July 6, 2016 at 6:41 am
Hello there. Love at first sniff for me this one and I’m actually considering purchasing it as well. Glad you like it too and the majestic horse that’s a beautiful image. PS I like the new look here as well and thanks for the link x
July 6, 2016 at 7:44 am
I was thinking about getting a bottle for myself too… but am now leaning towards Romanza which every time I wear it seems to grow more favorable to me!
July 8, 2016 at 5:21 pm
Those initial notes sound rather dreadful. Sour, yeasty, sounds like some mess 4160 Tuesdays would sell-l0l! But the iris and woods sound nice. May sample this one, but I’m drowning in samples and FB’s right now. Need to get a handle on my collection. Famous last words, right?
July 11, 2016 at 5:16 am
Ricky…if it doesn’t speak to you, then do stay away. It’s funny how even with notes we like some perfume lines don’t catch our interest. However, I should point out that this is a well put together perfume and much better than any 4160 fragrance. 🙂
July 8, 2016 at 5:23 pm
But if it ends up warm and soft and you did give it 4 bones… :-))
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July 20, 2016 at 1:03 am
I look forward to testing L’Attesa: if tuberose hides well, I just might like it.
On a separate note, I didn’t realize horses could jump like that! 🙂
July 20, 2016 at 5:28 am
That’s less jump than glide 🙂
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