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Bergamoss Solid Perfume 8 ml
Bergamoss Solid

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Scent Family: Chypre
Bergamoss features the sumptuous marriage of oakmoss, with its aromas of the wet forest floor, and the bright freshness of bergamot. It harkens back to the substantial and transporting chypres of old. I was after a particular kind of chypre -- one that was both rich and fresh, bright and heavy, sweet and loamy. I chose the particular essences for Bergamoss to merge with each other so completely as to blur seamlessly together. I didn't rely on the traditional diffusiveness of an alcohol-based perfume, but instead wanted the warm texture, solidness, and deep green color to be an intimate and intrinsic part of experiencing the perfume.

Oakmoss, named "oak musk" by Pliny in the first century AD, was described as the white musk of oaks, absorbing the scent of age-old wood and the life force of the oak trees (Profumi di Aprodite, 2007). The soft and powdery coumarin warms and buffs the rough edges off the oakmoss. Antique civet insinuates muskiness seamlessly into the oakmoss and coumarin. Rare flouve absolute, from the flowering tops of a sweet grass in France, is so aromatically complex that one can, over time, keep finding new notes and nuances on the perfume blotter. The flouve contributes sweet and mossy herbaceous tobacco notes, along with powdery rich green notes. Citronellol, a natural isolate from geranium, is like a fresher, lighter, rosier rose. The great affinity of the juicy peach punctuated with the warm, woody spiciness of the nutmeg absolute and the green rosy citronellol combine to create a transparent floral layer at the heart of Bergamoss. The bright opening notes include the fresh elegance of bergamot, boosted slightly by high notes of the wild sweet orange -- with its touch of dirty citrus.

Featured Notes
Top: bergamot, wild sweet orange
Middle: peach, citronellol, nutmeg absolute
Base: oakmoss, flouve absolute, coumarin, antique civet

Our 1.5" square handmade compact was designed by Mandy Aftel to fit well in the palm of your hand. Made from one ounce of sterling silver, it holds 1/4 oz. (8 ml) of solid perfume. Presented in a handmade silk pouch in your choice of orange or purple.

0.25 ml - $6
Our Price: $240.00

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Bergamoss, a subtle solid perfume embodying many mysteries—gives great pleasure. I love oakmoss' inkiness, that primordial ooze quality which mesmerizes. Civet emphasizes this characteristic without overshadowing it; that would be inharmonious, and Mandy wouldn't permit it.
-- Ida Meister, Fragrantica

The flouve in Bergamoss adds a gorgeous sweet grassiness that balances it out in a newly enchanting way. It's quite magical yet still down to earth. It literally makes my mouth water. For even more fun you can layer it with her other perfume solids. I did it with the Jasmine Solid and the results are breathtaking
-- Tami Yu Nakpil, Fête à Fête blog

Bergamoss is lovely, and I think it is one of the prettiest things that Ms. Aftel has created. Chypres are the most elegant perfume family around...this is ultimately not a cold, aloof, haughty chypre, but a very sunny, happy one. Very pretty.
-- Kafkaesque Perfume Blog

The genius of Bergamoss perfume is its marriage of bright and light with warm and sensual. It's at once breathtakingly complex and easy breezy, like summer. I felt like I was taken back in time, to the French countryside, to a beautiful canopied forest and to a citrus orchard.
-- Steph Watanabe, The Girl Who Knows

Ms. Aftel has put the “real” stuff in a really excellent perfume. Wearing a solid perfume might be the most intimate experience one can have in perfume. It goes from narcotic sweetness to intense greenness. This makes Bergamoss feel in constant motion. Dip your finger in and find your personal olfactory bliss in its intimate excellence.
-- Mark Behnke, Colognoisseur blog

Mandy's treatment here is both Coty era exactness and elevated by her use of flouve and an antique civet. What results is an almost halo effect, glowing literal peach and gold around a body of opulent green oakmoss and wild sweet orange.
-- Einsof, Cafleurebon blog

This is the real deal with oakmoss galore and all sorts of other wonderful things including the rarely used aromatic grass called Flouve, which gives it the aroma of the sweetest meadow hay you ever smelled. LOVE!
-- Donna Hathaway

Swoon! Bergamoss is breathtaking!!
-- Jodi Battershell

Swirling my finger tip on the firm yet silken surface releases sparks of antiqued citrus in the air like so many dandelion wishes. Warm skin acts a catalyst, caressing out more depth, excavating nuances of spice and fruit flesh. All the while that rich golden green oakmoss sings. Bergamoss enchants me with her timeless luxury and quiet beauty.
-- The Redolent Mermaid

It’s mossy, lush, bright and green, with just enough warmth and earthiness to keep it interesting. Bergamot and orange give it sparkle. Citronellol from scented geraniums gives the fragrance that herbal yet slightly rosy scent the plants are known for. Nutmeg and civet add depth and keep things from smelling too clean and oakmoss adds that classic chypre complexity.
-- Australian Perfume Junkies

Bergamoss opens with as a shade of coral. It’s like peach nectar and orange pulp. However, this scent is a chypre and it’s all about the moss. It’s peaches, oranges and a warm, dry moss. The spices in this don’t add heat but they add a dry woodiness like bark on a forest floor. Bergamoss dries down to a classic, balsamic chypre base of dry moss and tobacco/vanilla like coumarin and hay. It’s like sunshine and forests.
-- EauMG

Bergamoss has it all – it's refreshing, bright, sweet, floral, spicy, green (literally and figuratively so), mossy, earthy, rich, animalic and profound. Classic perfume lovers rejoice; the art of the chypre is not lost.
-- Perfume Smellin' Things

The opening is bracing and tart as the bergamot and its family of citrus rinds come alive on skin. At first one thinks this is going to be a crisp and curt perfume, maybe followed by galbanum. But, no. The bitterness is cut short by rounder and warmer notes, and Bergamoss becomes less green and fresh, more yellowish. The texture is soft and inviting, petals over velvet.
-- The Non-Blonde

Decrypting the name is simple, it’s bergamot + oakmoss. And that’s how Bergamoss starts. It opens with zesty and aromatic bergamot tones that give my nose a little tingle. Then almost immediately I can detect oakmoss. It has a rough, woody smell with elements of dry shrubs and dust. It’s a very classic and old-school take on chypre.
-- Chemist in the Bottle

Although beautifully blended, you can smell that these ingredients are natural. There’s no whiff of synthetics and no hint of everything being sanitised for the modern palate. This is earthy, beautiful and bangs its own drum. I give it ten out of ten.
-- I Scent You a Day