Moresque Parfum, Part 2 (Art Collection)


Moresque’s Art Collection showcases artisanal talent in its opulent fragrances (composed by Andrea “Thero” Casotti) and in the hand-decorated, one-of-a-kind bottles that house them. Some of the perfumes in this collection even take inspiration from other art forms. Here are three that are sure to delight the nose and engage the imagination.


In the world of classical dance, nothing is more iconic than Swan Lake, and few dance companies are more legendary than the Bolshoi Ballet. Moresque’s Ballerina invites us to picture a performance in progress: Tchaikovsky’s haunting music, the polished wood and heavy velvet curtains of the theater’s box seats, and the prima ballerina onstage in the spotlight. What scent would embody this dancer, whose delicate gestures and fragile satin-and-tulle costume bely her extraordinary strength? Ballerina’s dewy peach top note segues into a heart of raspberries and cream, but this fragrance isn’t just sweet and fluffy. Like the dancer who performs the dual role of the White Swan and the Black Swan, it’s lithe and tenacious beneath its ethereal surface, with a heart of iris (evoking powder on warm skin) and a base of olibanum and musky ambrette seed. (Fans of Parfums de Marly’s Delina will definitely want to try Ballerina as well!)

Art Collection Contessa MORESQUE PERFUMES


Virginia Oldoïni, the Countess of Castiglione, was an Italian aristocrat and influential member of Parisian high society in the later 1800s. She is often remembered for her romantic connections with famous men like the emperor Napoleon III. However, she was also significant as a muse to the painters and photographers who documented her beauty and her opulent sense of style in hundreds of images. More than a century before social media, the Countess knew how to present herself in a way that was distinctive and memorable. As an olfactory tribute to Virginia Oldoïni, Contessa is a colorful femme fatale of a fragrance. Its classical heart of rose, jasmine, and ylang ylang is dressed up with unconventional top notes of pink pepper, nutmeg, and most of all, anise—whose unusual, licorice-like aroma tempers the heat of the other spices. Contessa’s drydown is sultry and lasting: tonka bean adds some woody sweetness and a persistent trail of musk completes the perfumed picture.


Moresque describes Aristoqrati as a celebration of the noble and royal dynasties whose family trees have shaped history. We could also consider this fragrance as a salute to the time-honored alliance between artists and their patrons since so many aristocrats have supported culture over time. In either case, Aristoqrati’s composition draws from the rich offerings of the Silk Road and the spice trade, combining notes of Egyptian geranium, Indonesian nutmeg, and vetiver from Madagascar for a spicy-woody blend with an enduring amber base. This is a less traditionally “feminine” fragrance than Ballerina or Contessa and it could be worn by anyone with a taste for artistic achievement and a sense of adventure. After all, no aristocratic title is required to appreciate the art of perfumery!



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!




Masque Milano, Part 2

Many of us haven’t traveled much over the past two years, but fragrance can be one way to connect with the world through our senses and our imaginations. Masque Milano may be based in Italy, but its founders and perfumers look far and wide for inspiration. 

Here are three bold scents from Masque Milano’s “Act II” collection that take us on olfactory trips and introduce us to time-honored ingredients and traditions from around the world.



If you’re interested in Japanese culture, you may already know that kintsugi is a technique of repairing broken ceramics and accentuating the mended cracks with gold, a reminder that greater beauty can be gained through life experience. Masque Milano imagines a potter practicing kintsugi under a magnolia tree, and perfumer Vanina Muracciole includes this floral note as part of modern chypre composition. Kintsugi’s bergamot top note is as bright as gold and its deeper notes are as textured and cleverly fitted together as the pieces of a mended vessel: warm suede, bitter green leaves, a salty-musky ambergris, and more.


When we inhale this fragrance designed by Christian Carbonnel, we can imagine the sounds of spinning prayer wheels and chanting monks accompanied by the scent of sacred incense. A blend of myrrh, labdanum, and frankincense bordered in sandalwood and dusted in spice, this deep and aromatic fragrance is named for the “sacred circle” of the mandala, a graphic representation of the universe used in Buddhism and Hinduism. Worshippers focus on a mandala in order to visualize the cosmos and move towards enlightenment; we can incorporate fragrance into our own daily rituals.


Vetiver, a grassy plant native to Southeast Asia and now grown in additional warm climates, is prized for its fragrant roots. In this fragrance by Fanny Bal, vetiver oils sourced from Haiti and Java are paired with piquant rhubarb and ginger and a smooth cedar note. Vetiver smells earthy, slightly smoky, and a little rough-edged; it’s a fitting central motif for a tribute to the American writer Ernest Hemingway, who spent time in Havana, Key West, and the Bahamas and took literary inspiration from their Caribbean settings. Hemingway’s travels have become legendary. We might be staying closer to home this year, but we can always wander through scent!




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!


Gift Guide For Every Budget

It’s time for another gift guide. Here we are giving options for every budget. If you rather give a gift set, make sure you check our last post. Let’s start with the least expensive gift idea and make our way to the most expensive.

Calvin Klein Sheer Beauty Essence

This is a very safe option. A fresh and floral perfume that’s great for everyday use.

Maxaroma Price: $14

Reyane Insurrection II Dark

This spicy fragrance is a perfect option for this time of year. It’s a dark scent so if you know someone who enjoys that scent, this would be a great option.

Maxaroma Price: $19.99

Burberry Brit Sheer

This one is a very delicious scent. With notes like pineapple and pear, it can be worn by any age group in any occasion. It’s perfect for spring and summer.

Maxaroma Price: $34

John Varvatos Dark Rebel Rider 

Take one look at the bottle and name of this perfume and you’d know who to buy it for. It’s balsamic, leathery and woody and makes a perfect gift for the daring guy on your list.

Maxaroma Price: $33.56

Lolita Lempicka EDP

There is a reason this is considered a classic fragrance. This sweet yet spicy fragrance has a playful take on the chic classic floral scent.

Rasasi Hawas

This is another easy to wear fragrance on the list. We tried to include perfumes that are easy to gift and everyone would love. Hawas like many other aquatic and fresh fragrances is a people pleaser.

Maxaroma Price: $56.70

Victor&Rolf Flowerbomb Bloom

As the younger sister to Flowerbomb, Flowerbomb Bloom is a fresher younger take on this all time favorite scent. It is a lovely scent and a safe gift.

Maxaroma Price: $87.55

Christian Dior Sauvage

This is Christian Dior’s take on a blue fragrance and it’s been a best seller since 2015. Aromatic, soft spicy, and sexy fragrance for any man on your list.

Maxaroma Price: $72.99

And now time for the most expensive perfumes on our list.

Roja Parfum Elixir

This is a very feminine, sweet and powdery scent. Just like all other Roja perfumes Elixir is an elegant and chic scent that’s perfect for making someone’s holidays happier.

Maxaroma Price: $279.99

Parfums De Marly Layton

Really any perfume from this brand would make a great gift. We went with Layton since it’s the most versatile and best seller. This is a spicy, sweet scent with a note of vanilla.

Maxaroma Price: $295

Don’t forget that candles make great gifts as well, especially if you are not sure what is their taste in fragrances.

Happy Shopping to All!


Best Gift Sets to Gift to Her

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, which means we will be sharing our gift ideas with you.

Today’s list is our Favorite Gift Sets for Women.

Mon Guerlain

What is better than gifting this gorgeous vanilla, aromatic scent? including a mini and body lotion that smells the same. The packaging is beautiful, the scent is a great oriental woody scent and it’s a compliment getter.

Gucci Bloom

If you are shopping for someone who likes floral scents, they will love Gucci Bloom. As suggested by the name it’s a floral perfume, with a base of vanilla and sandalwood. The set also comes with a rollerball and a body lotion.

Chloe Eau De Parfum

Another option for people who love floral scent would be Chloe. There is a reason that this perfume has been a best seller since 2008. Floral, Fruity and fresh accords make this a fragrance that many would enjoy and use daily.

Lady Million

If they like the smell of honey, this is the way to go. The bottle is pretty unique too, so it will remind them of you every time they see it on their vanity.

Lancome Collection

If you are not sure about their taste in perfume, give them this gorgeous set. They can try the best sellers from Lancome and decide what they like best.


Best Fall Fragrances for Women

The pumpkins are here. It’s time to switch your fresh airy fragrance for a sweeter and darker perfume. Here are some of our top picks.

This classic perfume has been a favorite for years. The honey, rum and vanilla notes make it perfect for colder weather.

Even though the original is a good choice too, but we are putting this flanker on the list. With notes of Freesia and Jasmin, it is a staple for fall.

It’s Young and sweet. Rose, vanilla, and almond make this a good choice for colder seasons.

This one is a unisex fragrance, and everyone loves it. It’s woody and aromatic. The lavender adds a coziness to the scent that reminds you of fall cuddles.

Let us know your picks for fall and peel your eyes for men’s edition.


Some of the Best Fig Fragrances

As the fall is approaching, fragrances with a fig note are more popular than before. There are some very well known perfumes such as Hermes Un Jardin en Méditerranée and Premier Figuere that feature the fig note. Here we want to introduce some maybe lesser-known fragrances that feature fig.

  1. Dyptique Philosykos

It has main accords of green, woody, sweet, milky and fresh

2. Blu Mediterraneo Fico di Amalfi by Acqua Di Parma

Main Accords are Citrus, Woody, Green, Fruity, and Sweet.

3. Nest Indigo

With the main accords of Green, Woody, Fruity, Citrus, Ozonic and sweet

4.Thierry Mugler Womanity

Has main accords of woody, savory, fruity, green, and animalic.

5. Banana Republic 78 Vintage Green

Features main accord of citrus, woody, fruity, ozonic, and fresh spicy

What are the best Fig fragrances that you’ve tried? What is the next note you want us to cover next time?


5 key Perfumes trends all men must know

They probably won’t be as clear as runway trends, yet there are subtle moves in what’s hot in perfumery happening constantly. What’s more, in case you’re the sort of fellow who likes to stay up with the latest, is there any good reason why you wouldn’t spruce up your fragrance line-up as well?

Perfumes trends have a tendency to be less recognizable contrasted with trends in garments, absolutely on the grounds that garments are more discernible than perfume – however there are perfumes trends. Not exclusively does the fragrance world seeks the catwalk for motivation, perfumes for him creators are continually endeavoring to discover new olfactory domains to investigate.

So what perfumes trends are worth focusing on at the present moment? Here are five perfumes trends that all men must know.

Spice Bombs

From the cool cardamom and the zingy ginger to interesting dark pepper and intensely hot bean stew, spices are all over this season, testing the sweet epicure as well as oud trends of the most recent couple of years for strength in perfumes for him.

Fiery scents are to your fragrance closet what jumpers are to your attire one, warm and comforting, however sexier as well.


Similarly menswear homes in on a specific shading or cut each season, once in a while certain fragrance notes ascend to prominence in perfumery. Lately, everything from smoky odd to the interesting pink pepper has ended up kind of the month.

In any case, this pre-winter its saffron’s turn, regularly named the King of Spices because of its shortage and cost. Sweet, hearty and somewhat leathery, saffron mixes particularly well with woody notes giving them additional profundity, so pay special mind to it in the event that you like fragrance for him, warm, attractive and fiery.

Dark Knights

The perfumes for him industry is well known for utilizing shading as a signpost to a scent’s temperament or character. Red, for instance, says blazing and sweltering; yellow is citrusy and summery; and blue oceanic. So as you may expect, dark – this present season’s favored shading for fragrance bundling – signifies scents that are intense, dark, sensual and somewhat secretive.

Boutique Perfumeries

In case that you need verification that specialty or ’boutique’ fragrances are where it’s at the present moment, you just need to take a gander at the details.

Offers of boutique fragrances costing more than £200 a container have quadrupled over the most recent five years, and as per drift Analysis Company NPD Group there’s been a 36 for each penny increment in the quantity of specialty fragrance for him available since 2011. On account of men getting progressively perceiving in their fragrance purchasing habits, it’s this area of the market where development is going on.

Seventies Scents

There is unquestionably a pattern right now for woody, musky fougère perfumes for him with barbershop botanical notes of lavender and jasmine, which recommend tastefulness and certainty and behold back to a period of customary qualities and decorum, of valor and exquisite, refined manliness.

Ideal for adults, these perfumes trends are additionally awesome for more youthful folks needing to kick back against non-specific, mass-showcase fragrances bound with sweet, foodie notes or the bitter aquatic ones.


Our Mother’s Day Gift Guide

If you are looking to buy a gift for your mom from Maxaroma, we made our mother’ day gift guide based on hobbies. Maybe this can help you pick a gift that she’d love.

The Active Mom

If she is going to the gym often we recommend something that will not offend other people at the gym, something that she can use every day without worrying if she is going to hit the gym that day or not. Something like Clean Cool Cotton.

The Baking Mom

If she loves baking, chances are she’d love sweet perfumes with notes of vanilla, tonka bean or cardamom. It will remind her of the calm that baking brings. We suggest something like Narciso Rodriguez for Her.

The Artist Mom

If she is an artist or if she is into art, she will love something a little different and unique. Go for something with warm spicy accord like Gucci Oud.

The Fashionista Mom

If she is into fashion she will appreciate something from a designer line with a special bottle. something that would look good on her vanity like Marc Jacobs Decadence.

The Makeup Lover Mom

If she loves makeup and she watches a lot of Youtube makeup tutorial get her a gift set with makeup in it. We recommend Chanel Coco Noir Gift Set. You can’t go wrong with Coco Noir and a classic red and the bonus makeup pouch.

The Adventurous Mom

If she likes trying new things she might like a gift set that gives her more than one option and lets her try different scents. Buy her something like the Georgia Armani Mini Set.

What are some of your recommendations for mother’s day gift?