Moresque is an Italian luxury fragrance line that looks to the past for inspiration, with a focus on the historical overlaps between European and Arab cultures. Moresque’s White Collection was launched in 2015 and captures a mood of elegance and refinement in its compositions, which are created by perfumer Andrea (Thero) Casotti in dialogue with Moresque’s founder, Cindy Guillemant. Here are three of those perfumes, sparked by sensory and emotional impressions of sweet delicacies, beautiful women, and a royal poet.


Diademas name refers to diadems, the jeweled headbands worn exclusively by monarchs and other sovereign rulers. A diadem signifies absolute authority, but this fragrance isn’t cold or haughty: instead, it’s a lush gourmand that brings a smile to its wearer’s face. If you’re looking for a sophisticated cherry perfume, a gourmand that balances sweetness with depth, Diadem is a must-try. It opens with a boozy, slightly bitter cherry note that turns sweeter as the fragrance evolves, meeting up with an almond-y heart of ylang ylang. Lastly, Diadem’s base of benzoin and vanilla suggests caramel, that burned-sugar treat whose name possibly derives from the Arabic phrase kurat al milh or “ball of sweet salt.” Mingled here with seasonal summer fruits and tropical flowers, this caramel note makes Diadem a rich, sparkling temptation of a fragrance.



For Moreta, Moresque turns to the Iberian peninsula, with a term that’s a Spanish endearment for a strikingly beautiful woman. Its composition is appropriately centered around the concept of orange trees in bloom—a seasonal sight and smell that have given Spain’s Costa del Azahar, or  “orange blossom coast,” its name. Moreta’s bouquet of fresh orange flowers, topped with mouth-watering citrus zest, is a flirtatious evocation of warm late-spring evenings and effervescent cocktails. Yet Moreta also has an earthier side, thanks to its long-lasting background of white musk and cedar. Fans of Kilian’s gourmand-floral Love, Don’t Be Shy will also want to spend time with Moreta, getting to know its mix of brightness and sweetness. Orange blossoms possess a nectar that lures bees into their petals; this perfume attracts admirers in a similar way, drawing them closer to its luscious core.


Moresque takes a literary approach to this perfume, which the brand describes as “an olfactory allegory to the princess and poet Tamima, wife of the Almoravid sultan Ali ibn Yusuf of Morocco.” Tamima pays homage to Morocco’s terrain by suggesting local flora such as eucalyptus, sage, sun-warmed oranges, and the tree resin that’s transformed into aromatic frankincense. This is a sharp, lively fragrance signaling confidence and accomplishment. It feels very contemporary, thanks both to its oud note (everything old is new again!) and its use of cashmeran, resulting in a woody-musky amber with glints of citrus. The Almoravid dynasty marked a fruitful period in Moroccan literature. As a nod to a female voice in the poetry of that era, Tamima is a refined and persuasive verse, packaged in the elegant form of Moresque’s White Collection bottle.

More Moresque musings to come!




If we had to choose one word to describe Masque Milano Fragrances, we might say “passion.” The brand’s own passion—for storytelling, for the arts, for high quality and expert craftsmanship in their perfumes—is evident. Masque Milano also happens to offer several fragrances that capture different kinds of romantic passion. Whatever kind of love you’re experiencing (or hoping to experience) these days, from a fleeting encounter to true devotion, there could be a Masque Milano scent to accompany it. 

Here are three picks from Masque Milano’s “Act III” collection:

Love Kills

Roses can be a romantic cliché, but there’s nothing delicate or saccharine about this floral fragrance by perfumer Caroline Dumur. Taking the rose as its central motif, Love Kills traces an emotional arc from joy and intimacy to betrayal and loss. It starts off lush and bright, with vibrant Turkish rose enhanced by geranium and a lychee-like note. Its heart evokes a fruity red wine, but by the time it evolves fully, Love Kills has turned into something drier and duskier, like a flower fading into musky, crumpled petals and a bittersweet memory of desire.


In L’Attesa, on the other hand, we get all the anticipation and none of the heartbreak. This composition by Luca Maffei suggests the anticipation of a romantic rendezvous on a summer evening, complete with freshly uncorked champagne, jazz playing in the background, and a warm breeze coming through the window. L’Attesa is a must-try for iris-lovers: elegant, yet a little earthy, it’s a cool and root-y iris soliflore with a dusty, leather-tinged drydown. Truly an amorous encounter that’s worth the wait, L’Attesa is a top-seller for good reason.


Lastly, for no-holds-barred sensuality, there’s Tango. An homage to passion as expressed in a daring dance for two, this fragrance was created by Cécile Zarokian. At first sniff, Tango seems like a classically composed pyramid of bergamot, jasmine, and amber. On skin, however, it unfurls layers of smoldering spice (including some provocative cumin) and animalic musk, plus an accord that appropriately suggests dark rum sweetened with honey. Intoxicating and intense, and more than a little dangerous, Tango lingers like the thought of a lover’s touch.


Stay tuned for part 2!


Black Owned Perfume Brands and Creators to Support.

In honor of Juneteenth we created a list of Black Owned fragrance Brands and Black creators in the fragrance community.


1. Chris Collins

Super model Chris Collins launched his own fragrance line in 2017. Currently he has 7 fragrances, and is sold in 5 countries.



2. Savoire Faire

In November 2017 Chris Classic released his own fragrance, called Savoir Faire.  He calls his creations “fragrances for people of many layers.” They are all blended, bottled and boxed by him.



3. Ovation

The team at Ovation, Shawn Crenshaw, Fadelf Jackson, and Cecil Cross., decided to come up with fragrances specifically targeted towards men of color. With their catchy motto “every man deserves an ovation” we think you should definitely check them out.



4. Mair

Mair Emenogu is the owner and creator of Mair fragrances. The perfumer behind the fragrance is Frederic Cohen. ‘Remember When’ is available for purchase on their website.



Black Creators that you should check out and where to find them:

Big Beard Business, Fragrance Reviewer



Mr.Cologne, Fragrance Reviewer


Tiff Benson, Fragrance Reviewer and founder of The Fragrance Society



Gicquel Boris Aphanou, Photographer



There are many more amazing brand and creators, we invite you to share them in the comments of this blog.


Niche Houses everyone needs to know.

This is a list of Niche fragrance houses that we believe need even more recognition. Houses that everyone need to know not just fragrance conseillers

Even though this brand was born in 1951, it is still not very well known in the United States. They have a very high-quality line. Their fragrances are mainly made in France. We could not write about Ajmal without mentioning our favorite quote from their founder. “A fragrance is all that it takes to travel through time, such is the bond between memory and smell”

This Swedish house has been recently bought by Manzanita Capital. Since then, they have a bigger reach than before. Their fragrances are known for having simple bottle design and note breakdowns.

This Brooklyn based brand started with a unique vision. They want customers to explore the fragrances and believe that the more you know about the stories behind a scent the more you will appreciate it.

This rather small UK based brand has been bought by Estee Lauder and now is available in more countries. What makes this brand apart is, how easy it makes layering fragrances for its consumers. It feels like you are making your own customized perfume.

This brand was initiated by Romano, the grandson of Nina Ricci. The brand was made for women however, right now there are some unisex fragrances made by Juliette has a Gun as well.

L’Artisan Parfumeur was the result of a challenge, a plaisanterie. Due to his training as a chemist, a friend asked Jean Laporte if he could create a banana scent to wear with a costume of the same fruit to a gala evening at the Folies Bergères. This was quickly followed by grapefruit and vanilla fragrances.

He experimented and created original scents with “natural essences”. With the success of his first line of fragrances, Jean Laporte was named L’Artisan Parfumeur – the craftsman of fragrance – by perfume enthusiasts.

This brand was founded in France. All their collection consist of three perfumes. ” Always drawing its inspiration from universal cultural patrimony,LIQUIDES IMAGINAIRES sheds a contemporary light over ancestral symbols, characters or events still present in the collective subconscious. These perfumes are an eternal roundtrip to the founding myths of the humanity and of the self. “

Granted Penhaligon’s is a well respected brand. The reason they are on this list is that they deserve even more recognition in my opinion.
Penhaligon’s are the holders of two royal warrants.  They still are using their original bottle design and high quality ingredients.

The most important idea behind this brand is luxury and quality. This Italian brand just started distributing in the United State’s market.

The founder, Serge Lutens is someone who we are personally fascinated with here at MaxAroma. He is an artist that was successful in every form he showed his talent, including fragrances. ” Serge Lutens fragrances were made in collaboration with perfumers Christopher Sheldrake, Maurice Roucel, Serge Lutens and Gilles Romey. “

Comment with your favorite niche houses that you’d like others to try.


Best Creed Fragrances

If you always wanted to try a niche fragrance brand you’d know Creed. To help you in choosing one to try I am listing the best Creed colognes.  And of course, you can get all of them in Pocket Perfumesize before committing to a full bottle.




Top note: Bergamot, blackcurrant leaves, apple, pineapple
Middle note: Pink berries, birch, patchouli, jasmine
Base note: Musk, oak moss, ambergris, vanilla


Green Irish Tweed

Top note: Lemon, Verbena from India, peppermint
Middle note: Violet Leaves
Base note: Florentine iris, sandalwood, ambergris


Millesime Imperial

Top note: Bergamot, green mandarin, lemon
Middle note: Iris
Base note: Sandalwood, amber, musk


Virgin Island Water

Top note: Sicilian white bergamot, Jamaican lime, Sicilian mandarin
Middle note: Hibiscus, ylang-ylang, Indian jasmine
Base note: Tonkin musk, tropical wood


Original Santal

Top note: Orange Tree absolute, Jamaican ginger, Sicilian lemon
Middle note: Lavender, peppermint, rosemary, pink berries
Base note: Mysore sandalwood, Virginia cedar, vanilla, Siam benzoin, ambergris, Tonkin Musk



Love In White

Top note: Orange zest from Italy
Middle note: Florentine iris, daffodils from France, magnolia, Bulgarian rose, Tonkin rice
Base note: Vanilla, ambergris, Mysore sandalwood


Fleurs de Gardenia

Top note: Pinkberries, black currant, galbanum
Middle note: Rose, Lily of the Valley, jasmine, peony, gardenia
Base note: Cedar, musk, patchouli


Acqua Fiorentina

Top note: Greengage plum, apple
Middle note: Rose, white carnations, bergamot, lemon
Base note: Virginia cedar, sandalwood, white grapefruit


Love In Black

Top note: Violet, Virginia cedar
Middle note: Florentine iris, clove, Tonkin Musk
Base note: Violet from Greece, burgundy blackcurrant, rose



Top notes: Egyptian green apple, pink berries, Indonesian patchouli, Italian bergamot
Middle notes: Bulgarian and Turkish roses, Indian sandalwood, styrax, musk
Base notes: Sweet peach, cassis, lilac, amber, ylang ylang


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April Empties

If you are new to our blog welcome! At the end of each month, we tell you which one of our bottles got emptied by making pocket perfumes. Basically, it is our most popular pocket perfumes of the month.  So let’s get to it.

1. Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue for men

Fragrance notes are Mandarin, Grapefruit, Bergamot, Juniper, Rosemary, Pepper, Rosewood, Musk, Incense, Oakmoss.

Full Bottle: $25.99
Pocket Perfume: $5.5

2. Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine Unisex

Fragrance notes are Blood Orange, Bitter Orange, Jasmine, Geranium, Amber Woods, Tonka Beans, and Sandalwood.

 Full Bottle: $128
Pocket Perfume: $7.5

3. Escentric Molecules Molecule 01  Unisex

It’s  a Woody Floral Musk fragrance.
Full Bottle: $102.95
Pocket Perfume: $8.5

4. Armaf Club De Nuit Intense for Men

The fragrance notes are  lemon, black currant, apple, rose, jasmine, birch, vanilla, ambergris, musk, and patchouli.
Full Bottle: $25
Pocket Perfume: $4.99



Atelier Cologne Vanille Insensée First Impressions

Check out our Youtube channel for more fragrance reviews and first impression. Right here is the Atelier cologne Vanille Insensee review by our team member Kasey.

You can buy this perfume here:


Best Creed Colognes

If you always wanted to try a niche fragrance brand you’d know Creed. To help you in choosing one to try I am listing the best Creed colognes.  And of course, you can get all of them in Pocket Perfume size before committing to a full bottle.




Top note: Bergamot, blackcurrant leaves, apple, pineapple
Middle note: Pink berries, birch, patchouli, jasmine
Base note: Musk, oakmoss, ambergris, vanilla


Green Irish Tweed

Top note: Lemon, verbena from India, peppermint
Middle note: Violet Leaves
Base note: Florentine iris, sandalwood, ambergris


Millesime Imperial

Top note: Bergamot, green mandarin, lemon
Middle note: Iris
Base note: Sandalwood, amber, musk


Virgin Island Water

Top note: Sicilian white bergamot, Jamaican lime, Sicilian mandarin
Middle note: Hibiscus, ylang-ylang, Indian jasmine
Base note: Tonkin musk, tropical wood


Original Santal

Top note: Orange Tree absolute, Jamaican ginger, Sicilian lemon
Middle note: Lavender, peppermint, rosemary, pinkberries
Base note: Mysore sandalwood, Virginia cedar, vanilla, Siam benzoin, ambergris, Tonkin musk



Love In White

Top note: Orange zest from Italy
Middle note: Florentine iris, daffodils from France, magnolia, Bulgarian rose, Tonkin rice
Base note: Vanilla, ambergris, Mysore sandalwood


Fleurs de Gardenia

Top note: Pinkberries, blackcurrant, galbanum
Middle note: Rose, Lily of the Valley, jasmine, peony, gardenia
Base note: Cedar, musk, patchouli


Acqua Fiorentina

Top note: Greengage plum, apple
Middle note: Rose, white carnations, bergamot, lemon
Base note: Virginia cedar, sandalwood, white grapefruit


Love In Black

Top note: Violet, Virginia cedar
Middle note: Florentine iris, clove, Tonkin musk
Base note: Violet from Greece, burgundy blackcurrant, rose



Top notes: Egyptian green apple, pink berries, Indonesian patchouli, Italian bergamot
Middle notes: Bulgarian and Turkish roses, Indian sandalwood, styrax, musk
Base notes: Sweet peach, cassis, lilac, amber, ylang ylang


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Oajan by Parfums de Marly (Arabian Breed Collection)


Oajan by Parfums de Marly is an amazing offering from the Arabian Breed Collection.

This Oriental Spicy fragrance for women and men offers:

Top notes of cinnamon, honey, and osmanthus;
Middle notes of benzoin, labdanum, ambergris, and artemisia;
Base notes of patchouli, musk, vanilla and tonka bean.

(SOS) Snippet of the Scent:

This opulent composition of Oajan is deeply sweet while exuding timeless grace, perfumer Shyamala Maison Dieu balanced each level of this offering development exquisitely. Osmanthus lends a delicately floral apricot aura to the opening, flanked by cinnamon, to add warm woodiness, and honey oozing heavy and golden. It trots steadily to the gate, puffing hot breath from its nostrils, as it shakes it silky mane. A resinous lover’s paradise awaits in Oajan’s heart of labdanum fused with amber and benzoin, then brushed and rubbed down with davana. The dark booziness captures the fragrance’s strength and power, as the resins accent the powerful strides when the scent is truly airborne while in full gallop. The gourmand-tinged, very eastern dry down shows more of the Persian influence on the breed while maintaining its intrinsic beauty and Arabian heritage with a delicate touch of oud. This leaped across the finish line in a cloud of crumbly resin dust and spiced musk. Sillage: is great and Longevity: is excellent!
This Oriental gourmand delicacy is the same vain as glazed almonds, marzipan or amaretto, reminiscent of such delectable delicacies! This one is a MUST for any fragrance lover and a fan of the modern gourmand genre!Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Dubai Emerald by Bond NO.9

Dubai EmeraldWhen the elegance of New York City meets the charm of the Middle East it creates the new collection of Bond no 9, The Dubai line. This is a review of Dubai Emerald by Bond NO.9 .

The Bond NO.9 website describes the collection as “a new collection of modernistic New York-inspired Arabian perfumes.” And Dubai Emerald is a true icon of this collection.

As the name suggests you should be expecting an Arabian scent. The perfume is leathery and woody. It has a warm spicy scent mixed with floral (rose) notes.


Top Notes

Saffron, hyssop

Heart Notes

rose, gurjum, balsam

Base notes

patchouli, sandalwood, amber, cypriol, leather


Reviews on other websites:

“This fragrance is amazing – strong, long-lasting, with excellent projection, beautiful and exotic. Similar to New York Oud, but less sweet and much more dramatic. Likewise, somewhat Reminiscent of Kilian’s Gold Oud, though the elements differ, and Emerald definitely standing out as much more crisp. Having tried all 3 exclusives, this is by far my favorite. I purchased almost immediately.”

Ask us for a sample size (pocket perfume) if you’d want to try this perfume.