Coquillete Paris Moramanga is a perfume that wants to celebrate the glorious olfactory materials of Africa. And yes, that’s a huge continent to pull inspiration from. YET, so many perfume brands seem to ignore this huge region that is full of lovely raw ingredients. This is why I ordered a sample of Moramanga. I was happy to see a destination inspiration outside of the Mediterranean or islands popular with European tourists.
Moramanga opens as a heady, indolic white floral with a lot of jasmine and cool tuberose. So, yeah, it’s indolic and may have some of those mothball facets that you either despise or love. (For reference, I’m a goalkeeper in Team Love.) It then starts to wear as a sweeter “bubble gum” white floral. It becomes softer, more gardenia and a creamy ylang-ylang. This is its theme throughout most of the wear – tuberose, gardenia and candy. It fades into an indolic white floral with a white musk and a subtle vanilla.
Overall, Moramanga is a really gorgeous white floral. Like it is just so unapologetically pretty. It’s one of those white florals that makes me think of stereotypical girly things – like the color pink, lace undies, tubes of red lipstick. What I like about Moramanga is that it’s a balance of youthfulness and maturity. The white florals are elegant and mature and then the sweetness adds a delightful frivolous/innocence to the composition. I sort of think of this like a Piguet Fracas that hasn’t been crushed by the harsh realities of love, life and the realities of this world. Or maybe it’s like a Piguet Fracas that’s going to forget, even if it is for just a few hours, that the world maybe isn’t such a bad place.
Notes listed include jasmine, gardenia, Japanese iris, tolu balsam, Ethiopian opponax, benzoin, tuberose, ylang-ylang, Madagascar vanilla and musk. Launched in 2012. PERFUMERS – Elise Juarros and Rosa Vaia
Give Moramanga a try if you like tuberose or white floral perfumes. Or perfumes like Heeley Bubblegum Chic (the closest I can compare it to), LUSH Lust, Honore de Pres Vamp à NY, Monyette Coquette Tropique, Fueguia Tinta Roja and/or original Michael Kors.
Projection and longevity are average.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Candied tuberose and gardenia. It’s really fun. I think it’s a cheaper and more interesting sub than my previous candied tuberose crush, Heeley Bubblegum Chic.
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*Sample purchased by me. Product pic from Parfumo. Irina Baronova pic from smh.com. She’s actress Victoria Tennant’s mother. FragranceX is an affiliate link. Thanks!