Masque Milano Luci ed Ombre, Act II-I , begins the second act of greater complexity, of inner emotions and deep thoughts. Its primarily a mix of incense, white florals, and woods, slightly sweet but a quite well-balanced portrait of resins, cedar, white florals of tuberose and jasmine, as well as patchouli. This was one of a handful of offerings that I found very to be quite nice on paper during the Masque Milano event at Perfumology earlier this summer, but that Id not yet tried on skin, and as with Russian Tea, for example, its much better and more convincing on skin.
Luci ed Ombre is an elegant mix, certainly less provocative off the bat than Russian Tea, for one, and in that respect, rather easy to wear. Pleasantly unisex, though I could see it being perhaps not masculine enough for some men, given that the florals factor in significantly, but it comes off as very agreeable on my skin, a nice year-round versatile player.
It performs quite well, too, creating a nice sillage with just a few mini sprays on the arms and neck from the sample atomizer. The pricing for the Masque Milano line isnt cheap but the creativity and daringness are general high in the line, and while I usually dont fawn over presentation, Masque Milanos is among the best Ive seen. Luci ed Ombre specifically is $125 for 35ml, on the lower end of the lines pricing.
Luci ed Ombre works well at the intersection of a few different categoriesthose who arent big aficionados of incense or white florals might like their more nuanced use in this fragrance. Because its not so indulgent, Im not sure Id reach for it a lot of it were added to my collection, but I could see this being a versatile, frequent wear for pretty much anyone. It doesnt scratch one itch thoroughly, but scratches several at the same time, nonetheless.
An incense that seems more like an amber. It is non-traditional, yet lovely. Spicy flower mix next. Subdued ginger, at best. Tuberose and jasmine play well together. Bitter, earthy green note underneath. This one is both fragrant perfume and darkish incense. It seems bright yet cold, at the same time. Jasmine lasts. Incense, wood, and patchouli shine at the base.
Social psychology as a discipline has given relatively little attention to the problem of LIGHT in perfumery, it seems that banality could be a creative strategy to make perfumes.
First of all: Neutrinos are not faster than light! Denied the discovery of Italian researchers. The results that questioned the theory of relativity were falsified by an error in cable connection between a GPS sensor and a computer used to calculate the time in which neutrinos were fired from CERN in Geneva to the Gran Sasso Laboratories.
Here we want to define the speed of light. If we take a period of fifteen years, we find that the light gets faster and faster and even changes. Let's start with Luce (2000) by Beth Terry Creative Universe. Among citrus notes leave the first rays of light, between a cover lavender, a synthetic musk and much crap... The rays come up to Lux (2006) by Mona di Orio. Now we can smell again citrus notes with cedarwood and sandal, then amber, benzoin, musk and vanilla. Finally the Light picks up speed reaching Luci ed Ombre (2013) by Masque, or would it be more accurate to say Giuseppe Imprezzabile (alias Meo Fusciuni). Here the perfume is very different, in fact we have musk and cedarwood but jasmine replaced citrus notes. Then the light ends this creative journey: here it is, Luce (2013) by Meo Fusciuni (alias Giuseppe Imprezzabile). Here some cedarwood, sandal, amber, benzoin, vanilla.
Ops! If you mean Light as Luce, you have also to remember Light Blu by Dolce & Gabbana: here again cedarwood, musk, jasmine, amber.
Are you wondering why Mister Pregoni is talking about ingredients? Simple, to give form to the banality I need substance, which is why I speak about ingredients!
Ambroxide, widely known by the brand name Ambroxan, is a naturally occurring terpenoid and one of the key constituents responsible for the odor of ambergris and bla, bla, bla
Please, next time could you add a little of art We need neurons and not neutrinos!
Luci e Ombre opens with a nice accord halfway balsamic and boozy, with an aftertaste of patchouli and an incense/olibanum note, dense and sticky, like the oily vein Kamali's Incense, just less powerful. A floral-mossy feel and a white musks note contrast this dark density, and this juxtaposition does indeed reflect the name well "Lights and shadows". A white, fresh flowers pole on one side (my guess: bergamot, ylang, jasmine) and an ebony patchouli/olibanum earthy and dense potion on the other side, with a boozy feel and an almost gourmand vibe, with some slight coffee/liquorice aroma. Sadly, there's quite some "plastic" here and there, meaning that the floral/musky accord does smell like galaxolide/ketones, and the incense note does smell quite plain and Iso E (like in Notturno, another work by Fusciuni). After a while it emerges a floral heart which enlightens both the opposites with an overwhelming balsamic-floral-aldehydes breeze which gives the whole concoction elegance and consistence the transition is nice indeed. A cozy, pleasant, slightly dull and flat scent, with a little evolution and a light persistence (too light for me).
As a jasmine/tuberose/incense/spice lover, I thought this fragrance would become a "must have" immediately. I am so glad I did not blind-buy it from the notes! On me, it opens with the smell of coconut, to which jasmine is added after a minute or so. Then, the tuberose chimes in, but here it smells overwhelmingly of rubber bands. Although the house calls this a unisex scent, I think it skews feminine. Sillage is minimal and longevity is 4-5 hours.
On someone else, this might be ravishing, as the quality of the ingredients appears to be good, but on me it just doesn't work.
Interesting Meo Fusciuni (Giuseppe Imprezzabile)'s olfactory performance appointed for Masque Milano. I like Masque Luci ed Ombre since, despite its aroma is not for sure a particularly original stuff, the fragrance is well made, textured and classy. I note by soon the tuberose, so clear also without raking the list of notes and you can feel by soon an indolic and almost aqueous floral ambience surrounded and encompassed by a fresh and fluidy frankincense/ginger combo which represents the central theme of the olfactory fatigue. The name "Luci ed Ombre" means lights and shadows and it fairly reproduces the perfumed atmosphere aroused around by this aroma, as you feel indeed immediately something floral and fresh that is anyway somehow immediately surrounded by a mossy/incensey more "veiled" aura that is slightly silent and ascetic. I suppose hints of gardenia are also included in the recipe since I feel (with all the plain differences) a tuberose/jasmine/gardenia typical aura slightly conjuring (in part) scents as Organza and Estee Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia. The oakmoss/olibanum combo, initially more dry and translucent, starts along the trip to come out slightly denser and more resinous (as well as the ginger recedes) and in this phase i detect something secretly dirty/indolic in the air, as well as an hidden animalic (or anyway leathery) magic touch encounters the increasingly indolic jasmine/tuberose in order to provide a touch of marvellous dissonance for us. Probably the olibanum elicits this spark as embraced by a really musky oakmoss. Anyway i suppose hints of suede are combined in the recipe since the dry down is typically velvety as well as for a suede caress. The aroma anyway holds on to be averagely dry (or better never overly sticky or mellow) and the dry down becomes at distance nothing than a sophisticated floral chypre of new generation with a woody substance (cedarwood/patchouli) and a touch of resinous and mystery.