I have a brand new fragrance to share with you today, which is from an Italian niche brand exclusive to Selfridges. Mendittorosa has created this beautiful and very different artisanal fragrance – Le Mat, as the perfect gift for eclectic individuals this Christmas.
I was attracted to this fragrance straight away due to the unusual packaging. Have you ever seen a perfume housed in a wooden box, with an unusual medevial looking image on the front? I very much doubt it. I instantly wanted to find out more. The bottle itself is a simple glass bottle, but it has a hand made white plaster lid – you can see the hand grip of the person that made it clearly in the shape that’s been made.
The bottle also has a red thread wrapped around it’s centre, with a silver bell attached and a disc – again made of plaster, threaded so it sits at the front of the bottle in place of a label.
There’s so many unusual things going on with the packaging, I really wasn’t sure what to expect with the fragrance. The variety and contrast of textures grabbed my interest. There’s something rather captivating about the contrast between the rough, imperfect hand made lid, and the sleek glass that made me think this was going to be a very special scent indeed.
So firstly, I googled Le Mat, which I discovered is in fact a tarot card – ‘The Fool’. Looking again at the packaging, the front does actually look a bit like a tarot card. I don’t have any experience with these things, but I’m sure other’s that are familiar with tarot would recognise this straight away.
So what does ‘The Fool’ mean? Not what I expected! The Fool is indicative of change. Embarking on something new. Maybe a journey, whether physical, or of the mind. It’s about starting something new, with optimism and spontaneity. The Fool also represents uncertainties with the new and unfamiliar when embarking on this journey. It represents an interesting path that lies ahead, that brings forth the excitement and anticipation of the unknown.
So what does it smell like? Well, Le Mat is a warm, spicy, aromatic and comforting scent, described as the ‘odour’ of bravery, gumption and change. With a mantle of nutmeg and black pepper that protects its heart of geranium and rose, the scent unleashes whiffs of patchouli and cashmere wood. A blend of celestial and earthy aromas that instils a sensation of freedom.
The scent itself is a heavy, all encompassing fragrance. There’s a distinct smokiness there, it’s also spicy yet warm and inviting, and as expected it’s definitely unusual. Like nothing I’ve ever smelled before in fact.
The top notes of the fragrance consist of nutmeg and black pepper, with a heart of geranium and rose. The base notes are patchouli and cashmere wood which makes for a warm and very bold fragrance.
I’d love to hear if you could recommend any niche fragrances for me to try?
Le Mat is available now exclusively at Selfridges, for a limited time period.
I hope you enjoyed my post xxx