Tuesday, May 21, 2013

M.Micallef- Pomelos

Here's something easy and light for the oppressive summer weather we're heaving: Pomelos by M.Micallef.  Despite the name (and the notes listed on Fragrantica), Pomelos is far less about citrus fruit than it is about powdery flowers. This 2002 Micallef perfume opens with a breeze carrying a whiff from a lemon grove and settles on the skin in a heap of tiny pollen-laden blossoms. The fragrance has the sheerest hint of fruit, mostly in the musky dry-down, a touch of fuzzy peach skin and peachy smelling iris (sounds crazy, but if you're familiar with the subtle iris note in Serge Lutens Daim Blond or Clair de Musc you probably know what I'm talking about).

 Pomelos makes me think of a blush-colored silk dress. It clings to the body here and there but still looks and feels demure. So does the fragrance. The pretty heavy white musk of the dry-down is of the very clean variety, though it's not laundryish. The impression it gives is of a weather-blanched driftwood, which contributes to the summer beach in late afternoon image. Said shore scene is probably more of a wishful thinking than anything grounded in reality (or in actual perfume notes). What I do know for sure is that Micellef's Pomelos is a pretty chill perfume. It's casual and relaxing, somewhat lacking in longevity (about four hours unless I really go to town spraying) and a good fit for the heat and insane humidity of this week.

Notes: pomelo, lemon, tangerine, jasmine, rose, iris, lily of the valley, cedar, sandalwood, white musk.

Pomelos by M.Micallef ($89, 1 oz EDP) is available from Osswald in NYC and Parfum1.com.

Art: Pomelos by Pierre Farel


  1. My current summer favorite is L'eau de L'Artisan, but I love the sound of a scent like a blush-colored silk dress! Please enter me for the drawing :)

  2. It sounds like a great scent to try on a hot, humid day when you do not want a heavy ompressive scent. But you do want to leave a impression that would want that special someone coming in for another look at the woman in the white dress.

  3. I was one of the lucky readers to win a small bottle, and I love it. You described it perfectly. There's a delicate, citrus opening, and then it segues into a soft floral, with an occasional backward glance at the citrus. It's perfect for sweltering summer weather (which after dank days of rain I am rather hoping will return) and more subtle than my usual hot weather favorite, Un Jardin sur le Nil. For me, the four hours is acceptable -- having been driven half mad by perfumes that seem to vanish instantly. I'm contemplating a full bottle, because I will miss this when it's gone. -- Annunziata


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