Masque (2013)

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Terralba by Masque

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Terralba is a shared scent launched in 2013 by Masque

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There are 6 reviews of Terralba by Masque.

I purchased this a few years ago and enjoyed it. Then I kind of forgot about it until I tried it again. Excellent I would say! A bitter lemony-herbal fragrance with a rich resinous base that is neither dark nor heavy but light. The resins give depth and duration to the fragrance. It works very well in warm weather and is clearly unisex.

Masque Milano's line is divided into four “acts” of increasing complexity; this is how they were introduced to me by director Alessandro Brun during an event at Perfumology. Terralba is the first perfume from the first act (hence the “I:I” on the front of the bottle and the top of the rubber cap), so in that respect, it's among the most accessible and perhaps easily satisfying of the line, though it's quite interesting and nuanced to me.

The inspiration behind Terralba is the coast of Sardinia, the marine smells mixing with the terrestrial. It does very effectively what I like in a handful of other fragrances: it's a marine smell that has hints of dirtiness. Its opening is what I find most distinctive, the blast of fresh citruses and dirty green clary sage, which evolves into a floral, herbal heart of myrtle and thyme and then into a woody base of juniper, cypress, and cedarwood. It's really on-target for me in terms of conjuring an island coast, the richness of the vegetation at play with some of aquatic whiffs, somewhere at the intersection of fresh and dirty.

The bottle is especially lovely and practical amongst niche designs. Practical innovations included the bottom-heavy design of the bottle, rubber composition of the cap, notation of the act and fragrance number on bottle and cap, and custom image (designed by Alex's students) for each fragrance. The overall feel of the design is personal and lovely, and it's among my very favorites. I'm rarely so enthusiastic about presentation but Masque Milano's looks and feels like true artwork.

Terralba is the first I (and probably numerous others) smelled from the line and it was so obviously an instant winner for me. I more naturally gravitate toward heavier, more wintery fragrances, so I'm always keen to find more unique warm-weather-friendly offerings that pique my interest, and Terralba is a great offering that I don't feel is at all redundant with what I own and what's widely available in the market.

I look forward to sampling the rest of the line, as well–Montecristo and Tango were my two other favorites from the initial smelling during the intro at Perfumology.

8 out of 10

Nice job...as soon as i caught the first whiff i just got an image of chopped citrus and herbs tossed with a little curry in a wooden bowl, sitting on a rocky beach with scent of firs and herb bushes carried along by a soft breeze...not all fragrances bring a scene to mind, but this one certainly does...very very green...like others have said, a nice balance of garden type and kitchen type herbs...the wood and citrus take a backseat and the herbs are in the drivers seat...a curry tinged musky resin is riding shotgun...an eau de cologne with a herbal overcoat...interesting and enjoyable...

Terralba opens with a greenish, crisp, crunchy and bitter garden note, with juniper and perhaps cloves too, a medicinal vibe all over and a sweet ambery base. There is an odd, bold aquatic feel, a salty calone note, which blends with a subtle overall synthetic roundness - like a plastic bag this blend is wrapped-in. Quite complex to the point it smells almost a bit confused, as it there quite a lot of dynamism and different notes chasing each other – also a floral note comes in, and a vibrant, culinary spicy accord of curry, quite tasty and realistic, with an aromatic, realistic accord of Mediterranean herbal notes. I enjoy the density of the not-that-usual immortelle and lentiscus floral/candied-fruity notes. Overall as I said this is quite complex, there is a floral-spicy ("kitchen" spicy) axe playing with a woody base, a sort of unusual botanical-culinary blend, with a salty, tasty edible side – like a multi-ethnical "déjeuner sur l'herbe". Fascinating, unfriendly, playful and colorful. After a couple of hours it all "melts" and softens down on a green-floral accord, a bit synthetic but pleasant, fresh and sweet. Not my cup of tea overall, but peculiar and worth a try.


Terralba is the Montecristo's anthytesis, namely something aromatic (woodsy resins of the forest), bright, almost translucent, fruity/grassy and optimistic, a fragrance reproducing the aroma of a lemons/oranges/mandarines souther grove located nearby a coastal little brushwood (marine pines of the southern coast). The first lemongrass/tangerine/artemisia welcome is hyper realistic and natural as the aroma of rubbed orange flesh-lemon leaves both on your skin outdoors in the middle of a citrus grove. Some Jardin du Poete Eau d'Italie's (mediterranean aromatic/minty herbs, realistic flowers and pine needles), Eau de Cartier's (orangy but finally smoother) and in particular Xerjoff's Modoc's olfactory conjurations jump soon on mind but where the latter (Modoc) tends to slide towards a smoother blend of powdery tangerine/iris/violet/musky-vanilla olfatory amalgam Terralba holds on to be utterly juicy, grassy/citrusy, aromatic and floral in a sharp and indolic way till almost the end. The dry down performs a woodsy sharp/refreshing woodiness of the forest never dark but still floral and airy because of the central myrtle-sage-juniper berries-cypress interaction. There is a really sharp citrusy breezy saltiness in the aroma probably even provided by culinary mediterranean herbs joined with bitter leaves and sour citrus but i agree that nothing ozonic-marine is introduced in the mix. I don't find the aroma resinous (despite its natural woodsiness provided by pine needles and cypress resins) since the aromatic/citrusy/floral sharpness is steady from the top to the bottom. Effectively the aroma is perfectly balanced, natural and with a spark of floral sophistication despite it runs a way so longly already travelled by many before (a lot of classic eau de cologne of the past but also modern releases a la Meo Fusciuni Note di Viaggio, Aqua Decima Eau d'Italie and partially Askett&English Essential for instance). In conclusion i give it an average rating recommending to buy such type of aromas just to the hardcore lovers of botanic/lymphatic and aromatic mediterranean fragrances.

After the big surprise of Montecristo, I felt more than intrigued to explore the rest of the Masque's line and I've to say Terralba was another winner.

In a nutshell, it strikes as a less minimalistic version of Sel Marin mashed up with Fleurs De Sel and with some extra potency. Terralba shares the same salty woody citrusy aspect of the Heeley but it's enriched by some mediterranean aromatic herbs such as mirtle, juniper, clary sage and thyme which enhance the overall summery vibe and drive the fragrance towards more complex territories. Notes list also immortelle but it's neither dominant nor prominent at all. It sort of lurks in the back providing a little extra body while, at the same time, concurring to remarkably extend longevity. The woods are smooth, resiny and sort of warm as opposed to angular and sharp.

So, aromatic, woody, salty and summery but NOT aquatic. More of a walk on the Sardinian / Corse sand dunes on a hot mid-summer day, than a day at the beach. In this context, the fragrance feels also very vegetal and resinous. Green, brown and yellow with white undertones. Quite a different beast from Montecristo. Totally at the opposite, If I've to be honest, but nonetheless unique and extremely nice. If you like absolutely non-sweet stuff, smooth woods, herbal fragrances and salty nouances, give this a shot.

A few keywords: Sel Marin, Eau D'Ikar, Harmatan Noir, Fleurs De Sel, L'Humaniste.

Terralba, just like Montecristo, was composed by Delphine Thierry.

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