Mula-Mula Rouge Extreme is a chypre fruity with berries and patchouli
With its chypre DNA, patchouli’s earthy notes smelling quite pronounce initially. The patchouli comes with a blast of fruity notes smelling red berries reminiscent of cherry and strawberry. There’s a hint of blackcurrant notes that intensify the berries profile, creating a sensation of plump and luscious berries. A quick freshness of sweet lemon gives sparks to the berries, although finally settle down after the balsamic and woody notes start developing.
This berries accord goes into a gourmand territory rather than fresh fruits because it smells ripe and candied. The balsamic accord around these berries reminds me of Peru balsam or benzoin with its slight sweet-cinnamic facet. The sweetness coming from these resinous balsam is voluminous, giving a sweet and honeyed profile.
The dry-down of this perfume is the most exciting part for me. The smell of cypriol, patchouli, and oud create a nice leather touch on the skin, smelling elegant and exclusive. A faint berry facet appears in the dry down as well. The vanilla, which envelops the woods, smelling sweet and powdery. It balances the woody aspect and creates a smooth and velvety finish.
This composition is very tenacious and blends well with my skin. It stays for about 8 hours under normal activities.
Pirates 2.0 is a gourmand tuberose
Pirates 2.0 top notes are citrusy and fruity, which reminds me of bergamot, orange, and pear. There’s a little bit of greenness smelling like green grass before the pear notes take over. The fruity accord is an interpretation of a real pear fruit; It is vivid, juicy, and watery. A hint of cedarwood emerges to the top as well, which I find interesting because it slightly twists the fruity accord.
I would say that Pirates 2.0 shows us a playful side tuberose. A breath of tuberose and ylang-ylang appear at the top and balance the fruity facet. The duo of tuberose and ylang-ylang show off their sweet and fruity character more than the flowers’ opulent and lactonic nature. Although not listed, there’s an illusion of rose and balsams in the floral accord. It gives an impression of a candy note with an effervescent cherry facet.
The woody facet smells smoky and earthy, reminds me of the dry aspect of cedarwood and the earthy, sweet, and wet character of patchouli. I think the woody part is interesting because it gives richness and warmness to the floral and fruity aspect and gives a crunchy texture to the balsamic facet. On the other hand, the musks envelop the woods and provide a feathery texture to the whole composition. This composition gives an excellent projection, sillage, and longevity.
Overall, Pirates 2.0 is a fun interpretation of tuberose. However, if you are looking for delicate tuberose, I don’t think this will suit the concept.
Black Dragon is a warm woody and musky fragrance
It starts with a faint citrusy lemon and sour pineapple smell, together with woody and musky facet. The fruity aspect reminds me of a candied nutmeg, slightly sweet with a spicy touch and comes with floral facet. It smells warm.
Since the beginning, strong musky and woody notes are quite dominating, smelling a bit dry but with volume. The musky is quite animalic and powdery, while the woody is a bit green and leathery. The dry down smells leather, animalic musk, and vanilla on my skin. It is very tenacious on the skin with moderate projection. This composition is very linear; I can smell almost everything at the same time.
Finally, my favorite from these three is the Mula-Mula Rouge Extreme. The composition reminds me of Angel (Thierry Mugler) combined with some berries and woody/oud accord. It smells elegant and fancy.
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