Just imagine that you’re sitting on the patio of a Moroccan riad as a balmy summer night makes way for the new day and the wind carries you a dash of freshly baked pistachio pastry mixed with the fragrance of roses.
With Oriental Lounge, Céline Ellena presents a surprisingly light and gentle fragrance which masterfully unites natural and synthetic ingredients into a modern interpretation of Oriental. She could not have done this with 100% natural ingredients, as she explained in a recent interview with Grain de Musc, “I need synthetic materials to allow the composition to breathe, to give it light and rhythm.”
Oriental Lounge is seductive in an unobtrusive way and, after a fresh bergamot opening, bonds in an unpredictable way with the skin into a creamy vanilla, while the amber note, too, is very tempered. Forget the heavy Oriental perfumes of our grandmothers: here comes a fragrance you can wear during the day and evening. Céline Ellena herself says that she likes to wear it with jeans and a T-shirt and that’s exactly what sums it up: the fragrance is sensual and mysterious in a casual way. It exudes a certain lightness and is thus suitable for those who don’t ordinarily like Oriental fragrances.
Céline Ellena is being modest when she says that Oriental perfumes are not her strong point. With Oriental Lounge, she demonstrates very clearly that she is the daughter of her father, the famous Jean-Claude Ellena, with whom she founded The Different Company in 2000.
I’d like to recommend anyone unfamiliar with Céline Ellena’s blog to have a look at Chroniques Olfactives (in French). This is where the perfumer writes about everyday impressions.
Perfumer: Céline Ellena
Notes: bergamot, caloupilé leaves, pink pepper, rose, tonka bean, amber, labdanum, satinwood