Friday, October 8, 2010

Ayala Moriel - Espionage and Rainforest

A spy walks in the forest

I'm not that familiar with natural perfumes. Ayala Moriel creates ready to wear and bespoke natural perfumes from pure botanical essences. Her perfumes start very strong, but mellow quickly and I was surprised at the complexity of the fragrances.

Espionage starts with a strong note of peat fire. A swirl of smoke and peat reminds me of whiskey, and maybe the person with the dram also has a lit cigar. After a few minutes the fire and smoke give way to a sweet vanilla and tobacco that lasts a long time. Very nice.

Rainforest starts with a strong mossy green with undertones of leaves and mulch. It is amazingly like walking in a forest, with the leaves and dirt under your feet and the trees dripping with water around you. After a few minutes an uplifting bergamot shines through like a beam of sunlight.

I smell green galbanum throughout the day, my favourite, and some rose in the heart. In the far drydown you can really smell the beautiful hay absolute. Gorgeous.

House: Ayala Moriel
Nose: Ayala Moriel

Espionage: Ambrette (Musk) Seed , Bergamot , Guiacwood Jasmine Grandiflorum , Leather Notes, Orris Root Rose Otto (Turkey), Tabac Blond, Vanilla Absolute Virginia Cedarwood
Rainforest: Bergamot , Virginia Cedarwood, Orris Root, Pine , Rose Otto (Bulgaria), Rosewood, Spikenard, Spruce Black, Violet Leaf, Galbanum, Ginger, Hay Absolute, Juniper Berry, Oakmoss

Photos: ozjimbob and vladeb


  1. These both sound beautiful. My only issue with natural perfumes is that they seem to be meant for the wearer only. That might sound like an odd comment - of course they benefit the one wearing them most - but on my skin, they lack sillage and lasting power.

    How do these stack up in those areas?

  2. I love Rainforest and own that lovely frosty flacon . espionage was a little more challenging , but you have inspired me to give my sample another try...

  3. Josephine: Espionage was noticed but only when I hugged someone. I'd say sillage was minimal. Longevity was about 6 hours, not bad, I've had mainstream scents disapear sooner.

    waftbyCarol: The bottles are beautiful.

  4. Ooooooh? Ooh. I like the idea of natural perfumes, and I'm actually OK with them being close to the skin - that's what I want, oh, four wearings out of five. Thank you for the review.


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