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Iris is a tricky note in fragrances. It has a very subdued character that is easily overwhelmed by heavier notes such as florals and woods, but on its own, iris also has a very definite “crusty bread” nuance to it.

L'Attesa, which means "the wait" is from Italian niche brand, Masque Milano, and was created by Luca Maffei. He says: … “I decided to employ Italian iris absolute – a rare and utterly precious raw material, stinging and powdery, which enhances the smell of yeast since the opening headnotes – as well as Italian and French iris concretes, much more buttery, which boost the richness of the floral heartnotes and smooth the milky-woody, leathery and musky basenotes…”

Pairing it with the yeasty champagne note was a stroke of brilliance, and the result is exactly as Maffei describes. The champagne creates a solid base for the tenuous iris, the uniquely “iris character” is deepened, the floral, earthy powdery facets are preserved, the pairing is perfect.

This is an opera, and the opening notes gives me the sensation of earthy dampness that I always associate with iris, but it’s immediately lifted with a sunny citrus-bright refrain of bergamot and neroli. The iris increases in volume, accompanied by the champagne note, sparkly and yeasty and tantalizingly noseworthy, and when the white florals of ylang-ylang and creamy tuberose quietly join the chorus, I’m in La La Land. Faintly sweet aromatic sandalwood, green oakmoss, and smoky leather form the base, adding a smooth rich contrast to the iris and champagne notes.

L’Attesa is no ordinary niche fragrance. The word that comes to mind to describe it is “gravitas”. Alessandro Brun and Riccardo Tedeschi of Masque Milano put no restrictions on their perfumers in terms of cost or creativity, so Luca Maffei’s L’Atessa has been made with the highest quality materials available. The iris is floral AND powdery AND buttery, it has weight and substance, a clarity and a beauty that is stunning.

But what makes L’Attesa truly special is its composition, a result of the creative vision of Allessandro Brun, Riccardo Tedeschi with the artistry and technical brilliance of perfumer Luca Maffei. The concept of Act III, Scene I in the Opera of Life, a moment in time, a state of being, the preparation, the anticipation of an emotional reunion, The Wait, has been translated to sophisticated perfection in L’Atessa.

L’Attesa is luxuriously smooth and hauntingly beautiful. If you want to experience the opulent beauty of the iris note in fragance, your wait is over.  This is the one to try.


Notes: Italian bergamot, Moroccan Neroli, champagne accord, Italian iris absolute, Italian iris root butter, French iris root butter, tuberose absolute, Madagascar ylang ylang , Mysore sandalwood, oakmoss, leather accord

Type: EdP

Parfumeur: Luca Maffei


Price: $9.00