Memo Paris Corfu transforms a complex composition into pure art
Welcome to Fragrance Friday, where every week we’ll keep you up to date with the most iconic new arrivals from the vibrant world of men’s fragrances. Born from the desire to present one of the most overlooked, yet versatile, elements of any discerning man’s style, this weekly column will help you polish your own signature scent.
The creamy and leathery woods of P.Frapin & Cie Checkmate were our flagship scent 2 weeks ago, with the iconic Cognac Distillery offering what is easily one of their finest and most masculine scents to date. . This week we are leaving leather and wood behind for something much more fruity, with the Memo Paris Corfu a little greedy and very pleasant.
If you’ve been following Fragrance Friday closely, you know we’ve already looked at Memo Paris Sicilian Leather, the latest addition to the French house’s adventurous Cuirs Nomades collection. Corfu is a sharp turn in the other direction, still retaining that penchant for painting vivid and poetic travel memories on the olfactory bulb of confidence, but directing the ship to the Greek island from which this scent takes its name.
Corfu is home to the famous Channel of Love, officially known as the Canal d’Amour, as well as lush rocky cliffs and rugged landscapes teeming with lush vegetation and produce. Memo Paris clearly dives into the soils here, garnering a number of notes for the puffy bill of bergamot and grapefruit, rose oil, blackcurrant and thief rhubarb. There are a lot of layers that run through the life of Memo Paris Corfu, and whatever nose behind her has done a terrific job pulling them all together to create an overall image that is versatile, powerful, and consistently silky and accessible.
While I couldn’t find any information on the perfumer who created this fascinating scent, it’s clear that Memo Paris has done well to retain its signatures while pushing for something new and beautifully connected to the Greek island. from Corfu.
When opening, you will get rhubarb almost immediately by making its presence known, by slightly skewing the strawberry but avoiding the sticky and staying well in the musky. The rhubarb is accompanied by a very light and sweet lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, blackcurrant, black currant, basil, orange and bergamot. It’s a lot of citrus right there, balancing those fruity and vegetal notes nicely.
Grapefruit is a really interesting note here. It’s not as sparkling and slightly tangy as the grapefruit in CoSTUME NATIONAL HOMME Parfum, although it may play best as a small detail among a cluttered recipe.
While rhubarb is clearly the star here, the sensuality, the musk of the black currant, the aromatic basil and the light spice of the bergamot really come out of the park and keep things really interesting nicely in the floral heart which contrasts nicely with the Airy rose oil, geranium, raspberry, lily of the valley, jasmine, peach, jatamansi, clove and iris.
Yeah, I know. That’s a lot of ingredients that wrap your head, and generally, a composition like this could look puffy and slightly offensive. This is a testament to Memo Paris as a brand that they could still practice restraint despite the recipe, constantly uplifting what this scent could be fine within the 10+ hours of longevity you can expect.
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The base reveals a heavy leaning towards more ripe scents of musk, moss, patchouli, cashmere wood, sandalwood, cedar, ambrette, amber and even tonka bean. Having the light vanilla notes there to balance out those creamier woody notes really takes this eau de parfum home.
Maybe Memo Paris not only wanted to take us to the island of Corfu with this, but wanted us to imagine that we were farmers really digging into the lush soil of the island and pulling all the produce we could find. .
The brand really has a strange ability to take you on a journey with its fragrances, and Memo Paris Corfu is really no exception. It’s really fascinating in the way it continues to evolve throughout the day while still maintaining a very strong projection and a decent wake that could position it as a fragrance all year round. Although I prefer to wear it in the summer months or at least the warmer days, rather than in the winter.
If you’re looking for a scent that can work well just about any day of the year and really take your signature scent to the next level, you’d be silly to overlook what Memo Paris has done here. From the brand’s Vagabondes Seeds collection, this Floral Woody Musk fragrance immediately seduces and really does not let go throughout its sophisticated and very complex life.
Head Notes: Rhubarb, lemon, grapefruit, mandarin, blackcurrant, blackcurrant, basil, orange, bergamot.
Middle Notes: Rose oil, geranium, raspberry, lily of the valley, jasmine, peach, jatamansi, clove, iris.
Base Notes: Musk, moss, patchouli, cashmere wood, sandalwood, cedar, ambrette, tonka bean, amber.
Memo Paris Corfu is now available in Australia at $ 399 for a 75ml bottle.