Day 202 of 365... Suède de Suède from Mona di Orio is one of their new fragrances and I won a lab sample of it in a competition here on Instagram.
The notes are cloudberry, sichuan pepper, suede, cedar, osmathus, strawberry leaf, castoreum, patchouli and musk.
When I read that it contains cloudberries I got very curious to try it, since I absolutely love cloudberries and used to pick them when I was younger and my grandmother made jam from them. Mmm... So yummy! The fact that it contains suede and castoreum together with the cloudberries made me even more curious, since it sounds kind of strange! Castoreum is a strongly smelling animalic, leathery and often quite extreme note that originally comes from beavers, but now it's synthetic instead because of ethical reasons.
So what do I think of it now when I've tried it?
It starts with castoreum, some pepper, suede and something cloudberry-ish that I don't think smells like actual cloudberries, but it has some kind of different berry vibe. I think that the osmanthus and strawberry leaf plays a part here as well... The suede is velvety smooth and kind of muffled in its scent and the castoreum is not at all as extreme as I thought it would be. Actually it's quite discreet and leathery and it fits perfectly together with the suede.
After about an hour it is mainly the suede and the leathery castoreum that has the focus together with a woody scent that appeared now when the other notes settled down.
It is alot softer and nicer than I thought it would be when I read the notes and I've got to say that my first impression after spraying it on was that I didn't really like it. But after a while it got more and more interresting... and now the second time I wear it I liked it from the very first second and I like it more and more all the time. It is so velvety smooth!
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