WHAT I SMELL: Mousse Arashiyama opens with a warmed and softly bright bergamot highlighted with a brush of incense. It’s comfort right from the start as the bergamot soon settles into a beautifully radiant fig with hints of soft and lightly creamy moss. Here, the perfume feels like a lullaby with hushed and quiet tones as it has been sung for hundreds of years. The perfume then moves from the branches above to the ground below as an earthy base settles softly under the fig. Here, the fresh overturned soil makes Mousse Arashiyama feel rooted in time. At the same time, rising above the warmed earth is a combination of fig, incense, moss and wood in a radiant but weighted manner. And with it, just a tinge of greenish vetiver to give the effect of rays of sunshine peaking at the grounded root. From beginning to end, Mousse Arashiyama is a dream of a perfume.
From the Le Jardin Retrouvé website:
You walk in this forest as in a sacred place. Cradled by the softness of the moss, your steps obey an old instinct, a deep intuition. At the bend of the trail, your eyes finally meet this powerful tree you know, but whose name you do not remember. Your soul, freed from gravity, subtly separates itself from the ground and lingers to savor the scents of oak moss, patchouli, lentiscus and frankincense.
Inspiration: Arashiyama Garden, Kyoto, Japan
Top Notes: bergamote , encens, lentisque
Middle Notes: notes aquatique, accord figue
Base Notes: mousse de chêne, vétiver , cèdre
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: Victorian Japan. Connecting the ancient to the modern.
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE MOUSSE ARASHIYAMA: reflective, calming, grounded
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT MOUSSE ARASHIYAMA: CaFluereBon, The Sniff, I Sniff Before I Sleep
BOTTOM LINE: Mousse Arashiyama is a beautiful perfume comprised of peace, harmony and reflection. The last couple of unsettling years have seemed to blend into this new year. Thankfully, Mousse Arashiyama will bring you back to the center and with it, promises of hope for 2022. Thank you Le Jardin Retrouvé.
- Bone Rating: 5 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Aromatic Green
- Nose: Maxence Moutte
- Classification: Unisex
- Expense: 98 Euros for 50 ml eau de parfum. Also available in 15 ml and 3 ml. Available exclusively from the Le Jardin Retrouvé website.
Perfume sample provided by Le Jardin Retrouvé. Opinion my own.
January 17, 2022 at 12:24 pm
Sounds like a good ‘forest bathing’ fragrance. Maybe a Japanese version of Sonoma Scent Studio’s Forest Walk?
January 18, 2022 at 2:37 am
Hola Ricky. I can’t say if it’s similar to Sonoma Scents Forest Walk, but it does have a incensed forest feel…just maybe it’s alike?
January 17, 2022 at 12:53 pm
Beautiful review! you’ve really captured it. I first had this as a candle and fell in love on the spot. I like how it’s an oakmoss scent but kind of heads down a different path of its own.
January 18, 2022 at 2:39 am
Hi Sam…what I was surprised about was the light incense that carried throughout with my wearing. Incense a lot of time can turn me off because it can easily dominate. Here, it’s just the perfect dusting that really enhances the overall structure. I absolutely love this perfume 🙂
January 22, 2022 at 4:17 am
I see they changed packaging… I’m not sure if I like it more or less than the original one.
I am curious about this perfume (and a couple of perfumes before this one that I missed), but since none of the US retailers carry the brand, and I’ve already tried the first 6 or 7, it was hard to justify paying S&H for 1 or 2 samples. With more new perfumes from them (and your 5-bone review!) I just might decide to get them this year.
January 22, 2022 at 7:37 am
I really like their new look…a bit more upscale and approachable. I like their perfumes, but was surprised by how this one really took me away. I would love to know what you think if you get your hands on some.
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January 24, 2022 at 1:47 pm
Hi Undina, Good news! You can buy Le Jardin Retrouvé from Perfumology, Scent Beauty and Scent Bird. You can also buy some of the home fragrance products from Matriark in the Hamptons, Online or in store.
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