Ava Luxe is a one woman US based perfume brand and is the brainchild of Serena Ava Franco. I have previously reviewed her scent Madeline (have a search) which reminded me of milk and whisky by a log fire. She is good at what she does and generous to her customers, always including several samples.
Mousse de Chine divided myself and my friend Lisa Wordbird, owner of the sample I used.
Going off on a tangent briefly, I have an ashtray outside in my garden for smoky guests and I try and ensure it doesn’t get too full between visits. When I empty it, the black water from the bottom of the ashtray is particularly vile, as you can imagine. Unfortunately, Mousse de Chine smells like a weaker version of black cigarette water and I could not wait to get rid of it. Stale cigarettes can work in perfume, but this was too much, even for me.
However, as the title suggests, there are two sides to this coin. On Lisa, in her own words, this smells like “salty wood and maybe some oakmoss”. She was amazed I got cigarettes from it, which is proof, if proof were needed, that scent can vary almost beyond recognition depending on skin type. According to Fragrantica, just to give you the whole picture, the notes are : Lime, Bergamot, Fern, Lavender, Oakmoss, Moss, Amber, Resin, Labdanum and Musk.
In other words, it’s not for me, it smells great on Lisa, and if you like the sound of the notes you may not get what you expect.
Ava Luxe, although US based, can ship abroad because Serena cannily sends oils rather than liquid. The quality of ingredients is very good- nothing synthetic smelling or cheap here. Lisa adores the brand and she knows her stuff, so that’s good enough for me!