This is a chypre fragrance evoked by the transcendental discovery of her past, present and future echoed in this fragmented memoir.
top: Mandarin, Cardamom, Absinth, Pink Pepper.
heart: Pepper, Clove Bud, Opulent White Blossoms, Rose, Jasmine, Precious Dark Wood, Frankincense.
base: Styrax, Oakmoss, Castoreum, Leather, Labdanum, Fenugreek, Musk.
the gold and the black
Under a citrusy mantle of bitter Mandarin and Pink Pepper, the astonishing meeting of herbaceous Absinth and icy Cardamom takes place.
Like distant images, spectral emanations of Black Pepper deposited on an opulent bouquet of Rose and Jasmine enhance the chiaroscuro between the medicinal profusion of Clove and the waxy innocence of Tuberose and Ylang-Ylang blossoms hemmed with Incense.
Suddenly the whiteness fades, the darkness wanes, and the memories come alive. A plasticky Styrax warms the cold asperities of Oakmoss and smoothes the animalic ones of Castoreum, while a fleeting wisp of Fenugreek rounds out the dry edges of Leather and lends its empyreumatic nutty notes to the ambery depth of Labdanum.
A black and white chypre coloured with burning spices, Memoir Woman evokes fragmented memories that mingle and collide.
Perfumer: Daniel Maurel and Dorothee Piot