In my quest for incense-based fragrances I made a recent discovery that makes me extremely happy because it stands quite close to Profumum’s Olibanum, my reference in the domain so far. The name of the house is Etro and the perfume is called Messe de Minuit, which I might say it was suggestively chosen, given that the expression is Italian for “Midnight Mass”. This was possible because, in my opinion the image that optimum depicts Messe de Minuit is that of a purifying incense, more elaborately described on the official website as “the incense that purifies the air of a gothic cathedral, as suggestive and persistent as the humidity distilled by the secrets of a castle”.
Etro is an Italian producer of textile, fashion, home furnishings and fragrances, famous for “their exuberant prints and bright colors”. The company was founded by Gimmo Etro in 1968 and continued to run as a business owned by the family until today. The mark of the brand is represented by pegasus “a winged divine horse and one of the best known mythological creatures in Greek mythology”, according to Wikipedia. Their line of fragrance debuted in 1989 with Ambra, followed by that very year by Heliotrope, Lemon Sorbet, Palais Jamais, Patchouly, Sandalo, Vetiver and Royal Pavilion. Messe de Minuit arrived on the market in 1994, as a woody spicy unisex fragrance developed by perfumer Jacques Flori.
Because I simply loved the fragrances built around incense, Messe de Minuit represents one scent that I could buy any time, if I was only able to come up with the money. Analyzed against Olibanum, I noticed that the incense featured in here is a little subdued, by an exquisite blend of myrrh, amber and a tad of vanilla. From the opening, Messe de Minuit greeted me with a pleasant and refreshing aroma of bergamot, transformed slowly into a powerful combination of frankincense and myrrh that takes over the olfactory space and is prolonged until dry down, while the base features a musky-ambery facet that concludes beautifully a beguiling aroma. Messe de Minuit exhibits excellent persistence and the listed notes include: bergamot, galbanum, cedarwood, cinnamon, myrrh, frankincense, patchouli, vanilla, amber, honey and musk.
The scent comes in Etro’s signature bottle, featuring a rectangular shape with rounded edges, with a label that looks like as if it was hand-made and topped by an elegant silver stopper, embossed with symbols all over. Similar patterns, which remind of Etro’s famous textile pattern, might be observed on the packaging box, which sports a classic image dominated by a color scheme that combines white, black and a hint of violet shade. Overall, Messe de Minuit is one special fragrance which will definitely please the incense lovers.
Etro Messe de Minuit Perfume Details
- Messe de Minuit by Etro is available in 50 and 100 ml Eau de Toilette Spray; the lasting power is above average (more than 12 hours!) and the sillage is excellent.
- Olfactory Group: Woody Spicy
- For: Unisex
- Year Introduced: 1994
- Perfumer: Jacques Flori
- Recommended Wear: Day and Evening
- Dress Code: Casual