Mood Scent 4: Unsung Heroes

Hey there A Bottled Rose, It’s a Mood Scent 4 week. WOO HOO! This month the crew are looking at Unsung Heroes. Yes, those under the radar beauties that feel like we are the ONLY people on earth who love them. They rarely get chattered about on the scentbloggosphere, don’t come up in frag nerd conversations and you never see their names and pics in SOTD threads. We all have a few of them. Maybe we bought it blind, it came in a group from a yard sale, spritzed somewhere and fell madly in love, or maybe it’s just a few years old and seems to be forgotten. Doesn’t matter why it’s not being talked about, now is your chance to tell us some secret loves you’ve been keeping to yourself. SHHH! We won’t tell.

Obviously, these choices are subject to change, daily.

Can’t wait to read about your favourite Unsung Heroes perfumes in the comments too.

So excited to be blogging with these three superstars again: Esperanza L’Esperessence, Megan Megan In Sainte Maxime and Samantha I Scent You A Day. Check theirs out too.

Mood Scent 4: Unsung Heroes

Boronia by Grandiflora

Boronia is happily weird. Based on an Australian flowering shrub that has a distinctive scent as you rub against it walking through the bush. It is also available to grow in suburban gardens but Mum and I never had any luck with them. I’m not sure why this fragrance never got any love but I think it may have something to do with the new bottles and labels which look cheap and shit. The brand downgraded from elegantly beautiful packaging to boring, ugly and poorly thought out. Seriously, I can’t think of anyone who would display this current flaccon proudly. The fragrance though is brilliant. Quite dark and woody but with the amazingly Aussie herbaceousness floating effortlessly above it. Floral but not as you know it.

Batucada by L’Artisan Parfumeur

Batucada is a substyle of samba and refers to an African-influenced Brazilian percussive style. One of its opening notes Cachaça is a distilled rum like spirit made from fermented sugarcane juice. The fragrance Batucada is fresh and boozy. It smells like a cross between a lethal cocktail and a pine/lime ice cream. It’s tropical heart is very nights out dancing after days on beaches, and it even has a sting of salt. For something so sheer it has remarkable longevity and keeps softly but insistently pumping the holiday vibes for more than half the day. Such a lush fragrance should be a huge hit with perfumistas, especially how freaking unusual it is but so wearable. A perfect change for those that love their coconut/citrus/sandalwood/white floral extrvaganzas for summer. Why isn’t half the world drenched in Batucada all summer long?

Isle of Man by P Frapin Co

Recreating dreams of a motor bike ride around the Isle of Man, this is the scent of freedom. Herbs and grasses, cool salt winds, a little bit of motor oil and bike exhaust, the warm, slightly stake head and hair smell of a bike helmet and the warm human leather of a vintage bike jacket. Hints of all this and even the smoke from a beach bonfire at the end of the day. Isle of Man is so good to me, even though I think the fragrance collapses a little at the end. Such a wonderful opening and heart tops a slightly generic base. Still, it feels generic because it’s a simple good smell that goes to make up quite a lot of the bases of modern niche. I like the way it hums softly after the fireworks are done, it doesn’t distract, it’s calm and it will stay that ay till you shower. The opening hour or so though, is spectacular, such a wonderful ride.

Tom of Finland by Etat Libre d’Orange

When it came out we could think and talk of little else. Tom of Finland’s outrageously sexual imagery made into a fragrance? OMG! It wasn’t the screaming sexual powerhouse we all expected. Not even close.
What it does smell like to me is, or maybe just my imagination playing along with the copy, a freshly showered man about to get dressed into his jean shorts, well loved leather chaps and white singlet. He’s a fine looking dude and ready to party.
So it’s a skin scent with a soft focus leather and some functional fragrance type florals.
Totally unisex, wears softly, smells great and has this huge wealth of history attached to the name.

Tubereuse Couture by Parfumerie Gemerale

Gasoline, green, stemmy, tart citrus juicy, tuberose that is cool and frosty on open. A magnificent assault that never overwhelms but feels like it should be. A few years ago Gaia from The Non-Blond reviewed it saying its medicinal/tropical vibe was a revelation to someone who is not usually a tuberose aficionado. She smells sugar and I smell hints of the famous Fracas bubblegum accord. One of the things I love about fragrance is that it is open to every interpretation because we are all referencing our own histories and scent memories. I do agree that Tubereuse Couture has a very milky disposition through the heart, it feels more fig than coconut to me. One thing I don’t understand is why it isn’t one of Pierre Guillaume’s best sellers. It is a seriously lovely fragrance that should be better known.

Un Jour d’Eté by Keiko Mecheri

Another tropical destination perfume. Un Jour d’ere must be selling OK because it’s still in the pared down lineup but this 2012 released beauty is never talked about anymore. It’s a crying shame too because I think it fits its niche perfectly as a floral freshie. I have talked about this beauty a lot over the years but I seem to be the only one. It came as one of the samples in my very first LuckyScent pack back in 2012 and I fell madly in love from first sniff. Coconut, ambergris, citrus and creamy white flowers give a unique twist to the tropical genre, a little more animalic and sensual. Very sophisticated for its type.

Don’t forget to go across and read the other three members of the Mood Scent 4 crew:
Esperanza L’Esperessence
Megan Megan In Sainte Maxime
Samantha I Scent You A Day.

So what are your favourite Unsung Heroes fragrances, and why?
Portia xx



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17 responses to “Mood Scent 4: Unsung Heroes

  1. As always Portia a very interesting group of perfumes…
    Lots of fun to try many scents xx


  2. These are glorious choices, Portia, loved reading them. Un Jour d’Ete has been on my wishlist for some time as Boronia which I love too. Boronia reminds me of Nuit de Tuberose. Have to try Tom of Finland! XxxEsperanza


  3. Tara C

    Such a pity about the Grandiflora packaging. I got one of the last beautiful bottles of Queen of the Night before they switched. If they still had the old packaging (and pricing) I’d buy Boronia in a hot minute.


    • Hi TaraC,
      Yeah, when Grandiflora introduced the new look I was at the launch and questioned the choice but was rapidly shot down and shut up. It was clearly a no-go topic. Still I’d like to know why they did it.
      It’s worth braving the crappola new look to get the fragrance though, it’s immaculately created, so lovely.
      Portia xx


      • Tara C

        I assume it’s cheaper, that’s why they did it. But at the same time they degraded the packaging, they increased the price, which really put me off.

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        • I don’t think that would have been the reason TBH. Saskia is very image conscious and clever. She’s never looked to be chasing the dollar, it has always followed her because she is about quality and finish.
          The whole thing is a bit weird.
          I didn’t know the price hiked with the smaller bottles. Bummer.
          Portia xx


  4. Hey Portia

    Interesting and fun way to introduce some lesser raved about perfumes. I’ve been intrigued by the scent of boronia since reading about Mandy Aftel’s love of the oil years ago.

    Batucada sounds like a good time.


  5. Thank you for introducing me to a tuberose I haven’t discovered yet! Also- I’m totally a paid up member of the Batucada fan club. Let’s have meetings! Always a joy to see what you come up with dearest Portia. Love Sam xxx


    • Hey there Sam,
      You’re welcome.Pierre Guillaume does a beautiful job with Tubereuse Couture. I think you’ll be blown away.
      Woo Woo! Raise the roof! Another Batucada fan. I thought I was alone. This is heartening news. Meetings at yours, after C19.
      Portia xx


  6. HI Portia – such a great list. Batacuda has piqued my interest. Tubereuse Couture gets a big thumbs up and will dig around for my sample of Boronia. xx ⚡️


  7. Blast from the past, some of those! Others I don’t know at all. 😉 I would nominate Jasper Conran Woman as an unsung hero – a citrussy chypre to rival Cristalle, AG Chèvrefeuille (keep banging on about that one!) and some of the Parfums de Rosine like L’Ecume de Rose, which I was sure had bitten the dust, but not so.


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