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Perle de Mousse

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Perle de Mousse is one of three fragrances launched by Paris jeweler, Ann Gérard, in 2012. A talented artist who works with a spare, elegant, design style, she creates jewellery pieces mostly for women, precious and semi-precious stones in unusual settings of gold platinum and silver – see her work here
Ann Gérard regards perfume as “ the most mysterious of jewels, It speaks to us silently… a secret adornment”, an invisible mirror of our emotions that, like jewellery, we also wear on our skin. Ms. Gérard’s long-time friend, Bertrand Duchaufour, was a natural choice to create the first Ann Gerard fragrances, and I think the result of their artistic collaboration is spectacular.
Perle de Mousse means “pearl of moss”. It’s described as a green floral chypre so I’m expecting a strong blast from the top-notes when I put my nose to the first spritz, since most chypre fragrances are known for their top-heavy power. And I’m not disappointed, this is definitely a chypre in the classic style, but the fizzy aldehydes and green notes are noticeably lighter and slightly sweeter than, say, Ma Griffe, or Chypre Palatin, which is also by Duchaufour.
Perle de Mousse is noticeably more delicate since the sweeter florals quickly join the top notes, which tempers the bitter resinous galbanum and green mandarin, and there is also a softer herbal component from the ivy and sweet hawthorn. Into the heart the white florals mix into their own sweet delicate bouquet: lily–of-the-valley with its green earthy sweetness, the lush waxy gardenia, the sweet creamy rot of tuberose, but all through a filter so that the accord is gauzy and tender.
With spicy rose, sweet heady jasmine and a hint of clove the floral accord expands and deepens, and the sweetness softens as the mousse-y note develops. Green earthy, soft dry mossy, the lentiscus absolute starts to do its work, keeping Perle de Mousse in a tender green zone. After about an hour, Perle de Mousse softens yet again as amber and vanilla do their magic and smooth out any remaining hard edges, making the sillage gentle and restrained. With the addition of musk, I pick up a lovely salty sensation under the soft green-edged florals, which makes me go ahhh…
Notes: aldehydes, pink pepper, bergamot, green mandarin, galbanum resin, ivy, lily of the valley, hawthorn, Bulgarian rose, clove, jasmine, gardenia, lentiscus absolute, ambergris, musk, and vanilla.
Type: EdP
Parfumeur: Bertrand Duchaufour

Price: $5.00