WHAT I SMELL: This latest release from The Different Company opens with a semi-sweet and creamy orange ylang-ylang that’s lightly leathered and oh so pretty. The perfume is tinged on the top with a light burnt marshmallow coating that rests very clearly as a puffy cloud on top of the leathered floral. After a short time, the leather begins to project and bounce off the skin as the emerging tuberose restrains itself allowing for the subtle leather to take the center stage. But it’s the light and pretty understated tuberose that gives the perfume its pretty personality. Overall, Adjatay is warm and restrained…it pulls you in without begging you to do so. As the perfume continues to develop, the tonka and sandalwood deepen the fragrance with a peppered leather that seems to pulsate. The perfume ends it’s journey with a deep, warm beefy old world leather with the muted florals sweetened by the tonka wrapped up within the walls of the leather hide.
“Tanned, flexible, grain-embossed, full-grain, varnished… I have always loved working on leather notes for their carnal facets and the infinite possibilities they offer. For “ADJATAY, cuir narcotique” I wanted to work on a full, dark and textured leather, a leather that squeaks in your hands, a leather with a debauchery sillage. To obtain these particular effects, I associated dark and spicy notes with Styrax essence, Castoreum essence and Papyrus essential oil. On this leather structure, I dropped off a subversive Tuberose from which narcotic notes get away to engulf the atmosphere. The osmosis between Leather and Tuberose is perfect, neither one gets the upper hand, they are vibrating and matching each other creating a vigorous addiction”
Perfumer Alexandra Monet
Top notes are ylang-ylang and mandarin orange; middle notes are tuberose, jasmine and heliotrope; base notes are castoreum, styrax, papyrus, tonka bean, sandalwood and musk.
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: The polo club…the smell of worn leather, the dried wood of the stalls and the light sweat produced from playing under the sun while the heated and heady florals on the sidelines invade the field.
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ADJATAY: care-worn, unique, confident
BOTTOM LINE: The melding of leather and tuberose in Adjatay is brilliant and could easily be perfect for those who never thought they would like a leather or a tuberose perfume. Pretty and lightly sweet enough for woman, this works equally as well for a man. Wear it with your leather jacket and the perfume becomes dangerous…wear it with your tweeds and sweater and it becomes proper. Overall, it’s like a fine fitting leather pair of gloves that you absolutely love to wear.
- Bone Rating: 4 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Leather
- Nose: Alexandra Monet
- Classification: Unisex
- Expense: $195 for 100 ml Eau de Parfum