Oh man. I have buyers’ remorse right about now. I’m jobless and two nights ago I made my first purchase of perfume unsniffed. That means I bought this perfume solely on the reviews of others, as well as marketing strategies of the company. I can’t help but have some guilt – there are more pressing things I need right now, and I have a lot of expenses coming up. But it just sounded so PRETTY. And Beautyhabit had a 20% Friends and Family event so I gave in! Thankfully this perfume was under $100 for 100 mL – it’s normally $85 but I got it for about $73 with shipping in. Yippee!
Anyway, as the title of this post suggests, Lostmarc’h Ael-Mat is what I bought. Here’s what Beautyhabit has to say about Ael-Mat:
“Ael-Mat Eau de toilette is for both men and women. Head tone of hesperidia with undertones of jasmine and chamomile blossom over a soft musk base note.”
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There many reasons I purchased this perfume unsniffed, chief among them is the fact that it’s simply not available for purchase anywhere near where I live.
Second, it’s made by a company that, if I’m not mistaken, is based out of Brittany, France. If they’re not Breton, their marketing has surely capitalized on that imagery. My ancestors happen to be from that part of the world, and the images this line of perfume conjures resemble so well my homeland too – a place of occasional-sun, wind and salt air. The Lostmarc’h website declares Brittany as a magical land at the end of the world, where traditional fishing practices persist and the sea meets fine sandy beaches. I’m not sure what it is about such cold coastal places that evokes magic, but they do, and it’s appealing. And I’d love a perfume that reminds me of my roots!
Then there is Olfactoria’s review, which really stirred my imagination. A Breton Angel? Peaceful, innocent, herbal/floral, and unique? Sign me up! According to Lostmarc’h website, Ael-Mat means ‘Guardian Angel’. I love it. Maybe the guardian angel sits at the shores and waits for her fisherman to return home. Maybe the guardian angel is more folklore and myth than that (albeit romantic) notion. I’m reading a book right now – The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton – which, even though partly set in Cornwall, and not in France, makes me imagine the Guardian Angel/Ael Mat as Morton’s heroine ‘Queen of the Piskies’ who sits on her sea rock and writes fairy tales. I’m not finished the book yet, but all this talk of magic at the edge of the world seems to tie in well. Maybe this perfume and book will go well together!
Other reasons I bought this perfume relate to its composition.
It has a chamomile note. Chamomile happens to be one of my favourite teas, one that I’ve been drinking since I was a kid. It’s herbal and calming and feels like hugs.
It has a jasmine note. I LOVE jasmine (well, some jasmine at least).
It has a musk note. Love musk, too.
Finally, citrus. Who doesn’t like citrus? I like it.
I sure hope I haven’t built this up in my head so much that it’s disappointing. Others have said Ael-Mat has short staying power, but that’s okay since it’s not terribly over-priced. Has anyone else tried this scent? What are your unsniffed full bottle purchases?
Catch Ael-Mat while you can with the FF discount at Beautyhabit!