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Masque Milano describes Mandala as…”The whole universe…Light, rarefied air. Utter silence. Cows lazily lying on the grass stare at you, while you start spinning the prayer wheels. From the monastery comes the monks’ overtone singing - two notes chanting in perfect, peaceful harmony. A myrrh and incense fragrance - light and delicate. A contemplative atmosphere. Vibrating at two levels at the same time.”

Ahhh, the opening! It rolls out of the bottle in a big puff of dense exotic incense spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove – incense drifting from the dim interior of the monastery, not smoky but deeply aromatic. Soon there is an accord of sweet softness from myrrh and musky rooty angelica  – the grassy pastured hillside, blue sky, sunshine. The sensation is warm and contemplative but a dry cool airiness hovers as the initial notes deepen into the heart. 

Cardamom with licks of lemon, a green-woody cedar note add a peppery tone to the spiced accord. Leathery cistus is accented with salty musk of ambergris, an inspired contrast to the rich spice and woods. In the base, Mandala moves inside the cool stone monastery and the closeness of the monks and their music. Mandala becomes meditative, a solid accord of sandalwood, earthy oakmoss, spices, and aromatic incense wafting skyward, the contrasting accords of warm and cool, dense and airy, connecting earth with the heavens, the entire universe. 

There’s not a single flower in Mandala. It smells rich, it’s intensely aromatic with deep resinous notes from woods and spices but at the same time, it has an earthy freshness that is magnetic. The scent has a unique powerful waft, which some may perceive as masculine, but to my nose Mandala is non-gendered and universal, a pure fragrance that feeds the soul and inspires reverence. 

Notes: Notes: Frankincense, Nutmeg, Angelica, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cloves, Cistus, Cedar, Incense, Myrrh, Sandalwood, Oakmoss, Tincture of Natural Ambergris.

Type: EdP

Parfumeur: Christian Carbonnel


Price: $9.00