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North (2013)
by Mendittorosa

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North information

Year of Launch2013
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
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HouseMendittorosa
PerfumerAmelie Bourgeois
PerfumerAnn-Sophie Behaghel

About North

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Bright and pure, light, and nostalgic, North evokes memories of empty white pages, dry leaves, crisp wood of Swedish saunas, children’s drawings. A tidy sense of beauty, with crisp notes of Italian bergamot, sensual Jasmine, and earthy cedar wood.

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Reviews of North

If you're not drawn to the northern european minimalist aesthetic applied to perfumery, you should probably stop reading this now. There's really nothing interesting here. Instead, if what you're after is an aloof and yet affable composition, North is well worth checking out.

A combo of sparkling aldehydes, bright green citruses with robotic, kind of soapy, florals revolving around a smooth cedarwood foundation that will make the joy of every fragrance modernist. North is the opposite of an old-fashioned fragrance. In fact, it's modern synths galore but the whole composition is handled with the right amount of restraint and intelligence to never border into cheap, mall-style, synth dry woody stuff. Imagine CDG's Seprentine, some of the Geza Schoen's more sparkling offerings and Nu-Be Oxygen and you get close to this fragrance profile. It's cold and detached while still feeling very wearable and affable. It's essential and straight to the point without resulting simplistic.

The base is more of a been there done that kind of affair. The usual peppery-cedarwood combo with some spicy-incensey facets but, again, while being remarkably synth, it never feels cheap or uninspired. Probably not groundbreaking and surely overpriced but, at least, it smells very nice.
15th August, 2015
drseid Show all reviews
United States
North opens with an aromatic lavender and natural smelling Virginia cedar starring duo. As the composition moves to its early heart the natural cedar gradually gains further strength, eventually overtaking the lavender. Moving further through the composition's heart, the cedar changes in character, now adding in an incense-like facet to the mix as remnants of the aromatic lavender finally vacate. During the late dry-down the cedar starts to dissipate as it is gradually replaced by relatively gentle black pepper that takes the fore through the finish. Projection is on the low side of average, as is longevity at about 5-6 hours on skin.

North is a composition consisting of “what might have been". The open is truly outstanding and quite similar to the amazing aromatic lavender and natural cedar duo found in Anat Fritz by Anat Fritz (and it's intentional slight reformulation and re-release now called "Classical"). The primary difference between the two is Anat Fritz kicks up the aromatic lavender to much higher levels and leaves the cedar a tad more rugged and stylistically aggressive. That said, things were off to a great start. Additionally impressive was the way the composition emulated the use of incense without actually containing any, with the cedar deftly changing character in an ever so subtle fashion without losing any of its great smelling qualities. If one could hit the pause button and could freeze the development right here this review would be a big rave, but alas the perfumer couldn't quite leave things well enough alone... Instead, the late dry-down turns into a rather bland generic black peppery affair, with remnants of the cedar well in the background. The pepper is not much of a foundation for the composition and ultimately it falls apart in short order, leaving the wearer scratching their head as to what just happened, wondering “Why?". Even with the major let-down late, the composition is definitely a winner on the whole, but with the superior smelling and performing Classical by Anat Fritz selling for less money (despite North being an Extrait and Classical an EdP), a purchase becomes more than a bit of a tough sell. The bottom line is the 185 Euros per 100ml bottle North has a lot of things going for it, but when things go south, they plummet big time, still earning a "very good" 3.5 stars out of 5 and a recommended rating. Rating aside, this is definitely a disappointing outing when one takes into account what might have been.
11th April, 2015
Mendittorosa North is supposedly a "cold northern" scent composed just by "cold" ingredients (I partially disagree). Basically I detect an aqueous super sharp/super spicy cedarwood mastered concoction with a touch (or more than a touch) of "marine" ingredients (a touch of ozonic, salt, mineral and seaweeds) and a soapy final temperament. The opening (the best part imo) is kind of mineral/aldehydic, lemony, floral, bright/dark and spicy with a combination of fluidy cardamom, huge piquant pepper and nutmeg (overall flanked by sharp floral notes and upcoming synthetic soapiness). The pepper is anyway dominant, especially in the very first stage of the top transition (pepper, woodiness and salty soapiness). I detect floral notes while the general atmosphere is moody, silent and "intimate". Surprisingly the pepper holds on to be heady till the end when a more notable (more ordinary) woodiness starts to be influencing. Anyway, saltiness, floral soapiness and especially pepper are the main themes of this "introvert" "northern" sensual soapy concoction. A huge aromachemicals "implementation" and a really "supreme" piquancy. Whispers, caresses, shivers, melancholia, silences. I catch a lot of moonshiny "scandinavian" romanticism in this "al femminile" (modern western hammam style) creation straight from Amelie Bourgeois and Anne Sophie Behaghel.
10th March, 2015

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