Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Review: Dame Perfumery Mate, Heliotrope & Patchouli

I've been wanting to talk about this fragrance since I got it, but the words escaped me. I didn't want to do it an injustice, so I've been enjoying it silently for around a year now. Like all Dame Perfumery scents, Mate, Heliotrope & Patchouli is simplistic in the most complex of ways. The expert blending that Jeffrey Dame lends to his perfumery is notable and admirable. Sometimes you want to smell great without riding the scent rollercoaster, wondering when you're going to be let off, and how you're going to feel when you are. When I spray a Dame perfume, I know within minutes how I feel about it, and that's something I appreciate.


Top: lime peel, aldehydes
Middle: heliotrope, iris, rose, tiare flower
Bottom: patchouli, amber

"Three elements neatly balanced for simple, clean, and pure beauty. A bright top note, a pretty floral heart, and a warm sensual drydown, matched together and blended to perfection."

Mate, Heliotrope & Patchouli is so unpretentiously sexy. I'm a pretty casual gal, I usually feel sexiest in a pair of skinny jeans, a t-shirt, some form of low-heeled shoe, an unstructured bag thrown over my shoulder, and tousled hair. A spritz (or a few) of this and my casual ensemble feels complete and elevated. I can take on the world (or NYC). I'm light on my feet; practically floating. I'm confident. I'm happy and friendly; but I'm not taking any shit (a la those oh-so-disgustingly-creative and unwelcome city cat calls). Airy, fresh, powdery-clean, chic. Don't be fooled by the patchouli, there's nothing heavy or hippie about this. I'm floating, floating, floating down the street, into a charming little cafe. Yann Tiersen quietly humming throughout the cozy shop. I'm sipping on a mug of tea, quietly observing the lives of others unfold for the day...

...okay, okay. How does this smell? That's what you really came here for, right? Remember when I said that Dame perfumes are expertly blended (I hope you do, because that was literally, like, right up there ^)? Well, that makes a fragrance-reviewers job pretty tough (or easy?). I see the note list, and upon spraying, I realize that they simply blend together seamlessly...but hey, I'm up for a challenge, I'll try my best to decipher this for you.

The first spray offers up a sparkly, bright, aldehydic sweetness. I've spent enough time with my nose buried in the heliotrope plant at Brooklyn Botanical Garden to confidently tell you that almost immediately after the first spray, there's a sweet density imparted from the heliotrope (and possibly a splash of amber from the base notes). Approximately 15-20 minutes in, the density of the sweetness is diluted by pretty florals. It retains a sparkly, airiness; tempered by a contemporary powder.

As Mate, Heliotrope & Patchouli settles in, it latches onto the lightest ambery-patchouli base. Throughout the day, I frequently catch seemingly ubiquitous whiffs of something perky, yet peaceful. I excitedly remember that it's me, and unabashedly revel in it. It encapsulates me for several hours, but I'd reapply once or twice throughout the day to keep my scented bubble impenetrable.

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We all know this person. They're effortlessly chic. Friendly. Carefree. People like them without knowing why. They can sip tea and wine, guzzle black coffee, or toss back a few beers (or cider in my case, because beer is a taste that I'll never acquire) with ease. They can speak with sophistication, or eloquently toss out the F-bomb. They make a statement without being obnoxious. Jeffrey bottled this person, so perhaps you can spray it on when you need a boost of confidence. Spray away, my friends. Dash out the door and know that you're leaving a convincing and purposeful scent in your trail.

Mate, Heliotrope & Patchouli is available in a 7ml trial size for $8.50 or a 65ml bottle for $65, the nose behind this fragrance is Jeffrey Dame of Dame Perfumery Scottsdale

Longevity: 2/5
Projection: 3/5

WEAR THIS: daytime, carefree/independent city frolicking, cafe hangs, brunch with a friend or lover

*Also currently loving from this house: Herb Man*

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