MEM is the Phoenician word for Water, the mothery fluent element. An element that never stands still, keeps moving and changing.
The scent looks like a still lake, but underneath things are moving continuously.
MEM is a game around lavender. It contains 5 different types of lavender. MEM changes a lot on your skin, hour by hour. It's a continuous surprise.
MEM opens up on a dark lavender note. Sunshine soon arrives in the form of hops, toasted malt, and the pale ale fizz of aldehydes, lifting the scent out of its humus-rich opening.
The scorched-sugar of ethyl maltol caramelizes the lavender, creating a phantom accord of fruit like the dark, almost calcified contents of a forgotten jar of peach marmalade.
But as soon as the mind adjusts to this accord, MEM shifts again, this time into a rich floral heart of jasmine, rose, and ylang ylang that sacrifices prettiness for the more interesting facets of wax, gasoline, and rubber.
Indian sandalwood with its wheaten milkiness and Himalayan cedarwood with its lingering note of woodsmoke work in tandem to ease the florals and aromatics into the base.
The drydown, which is sturdy and beautiful, weaves the sweet dust of unlit incense into the musky, salty, animalic base of a Fougère.
petitgrain, mandarin, grapefruit, lavender (5 different species), ylang ylang, lily of the valley, white champaca, jasmine grandiflorum, rose damascena, bourbon geranium, vanilla, peppermint, laurel, Siam benzoin, rosewood, sandalwood, Himalayan cedarwood, labdanum, ambergris, musk, castoreum, civet, amber
Antonio Gardoni produces small batches of perfumes 2-3 times a year. Each batch results in roughly 250-300 bottles. Every batch is a limited edition due to the artisanal nature of their production.
The formula doesn't change, but the perfumes can smell different from batch to batch. MEM contains almost 80% of natural organic materials sourced from a large number of independent producers around the world. The same product can change quite drastically due to weather and seasonal conditions, climate change, pollution and so on. These variations affect the final result and inevitably modify the perfume smell profile.