When Sweet Diva asked me to pick an Etro for her to try, immediately I knew it must be Messe de Minuit. The one Etro that really stands out, a masterpiece of swirling scented memories and melancholy days.
Messe de Minuit is a very woody, musky sentimental smell for me. Maybe the sadness for me is associated with my great aunt that is now passed, my namesake. The fragrance takes me back. Her house along the Ohio River had been though a great flood. It always smelled damp and musky, added to by the piles of old books with crumbling pages. A bittersweet memory. I cannot but catch the mere whiff of this scent and I am transported back; sitting on the piano bench in the living room looking up at the high ceiling and the large chandelier. There were stories of finding a chairs hanging there after the flood. As a child I was in awe of the big house that stood the flood and sweet gentle woman who lived there.
This is a melancholy fragrance for me, it transports me, haunts me. I don't wear it often, it makes me too sad. Yet I love the memories it provokes.
Notes: Orange, bergamot, tangerine, labdanum, incense, myrrh, cinnamon, patchouli, honey, amber, musk, vanilla
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