Niche perfumer, Ruth Mastenbroek agrees: “A dark fragrance has complexity, depth and mystery. Think sensual animal notes of musks, ambers, exotic woods like patchouli and vetivert. These notes allow us to feel strong.”….”Oud and musk appeal to our most basic instincts, while conjuring up a fantasy world that is exotic and sensual,” says Mastenbroek. “Animalistic notes – musks and ambers are dark and take one down to the groin of the human body, so to speak.”

“When I was 18, I discovered Mitsouko by Guerlain, “ remembers Mastenbroek. “I will never forget the way it made me feel – like I was embracing womanhood. When a woman chooses a fragrance for an occasion it allows her to express those facets of her personality that she wants to accentuate. There’s a magic in that: the fragrance chooses its wearer.”

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