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I knew from the first sniff that I loved Messages by Mariella Burani. The bottle looks as if the frag should be a white floral, but there are no aldehydes, thank god, just juicy green and red peppers mixed with spices, coriander, cardamom, and a hint of licorice. A gorgeous start from this unusual mix of vegetal and spicy notes, which is made even more interesting by the addition of earthy iris and then soft, musty heliotrope. The scent, which has not been at all sweet, now becomes smooth and powdery, and with the addition of vanilla starts to sweeten slightly into the heart.

Sandalwood, along with musk, a hint of cocoa from tonka, and herbal patchouli, completes the perfume magic, making Messages  creamy and warm in the dry-down, bringing it to the edge of gourmand, but in the end settling it firmly as a soft woody floral. The iris/vanilla accord note wafts in and out, the green pepper appears now and then, keeping Messages on message as unusual and different.

This is a well-made frag, which when launched in 2001, was out of the mainstream, and way ahead of its time. It’s really hard to find in North America, but it’s definitely a true niche scent by 2012 standards that I think can easily be worn by men, too.  Of course, it’s been discontinued, so is really hard to find in North America, and we have as much of a chance of seeing it on store shelves again as we have of finding a message in a bottle.
Notes: Red Pepper, Green Pepper, Cardamom, Coriander, Star Anise, Iris, Heliotrope, Acacia, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Tonka bean, Sweet Sultan, Musk.
Type: EdT
Parfumeur: Jean Jacques

Price: $5.00