Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Sage Machado Perfume Oils: Jade, Moonstone, Pearl

I was pretty impressed with the look of these Sage perfume boxes with their use of Japanese printed paper, so I decided to review three Sage scents, one for every day of the New Years celebration in Japan (January 1st, 2nd and 3rd). Here are my favorites in the niche line hailing from the funky jewelry shop in Los Angeles. These luscious oils can be found on but they are also available at the lovely Takashimaya in New York City if you want to hop over and sample.


Jade: (edited--the perfume name is Jade, not Sage as I'd written earlier. My apologies!) When a friend of mine smelled it with me at Takashimaya last year, she said it smelled like jasmine. No wonder I like this one, then...but to me, it smells like a vanillic green tea and vetiver scent. It's green but soft and fresh, not too spicy, with a bit of sweetness that's well-tempered. I think it's an easy one to love if you like Serge Lutens Vetiver Oriental or Dawn Spencer Hurwitz's Parfums des Beaux Arts Celadon: A Velvet Green. Notes: Israeli blood orange, jasmine, magnolia, tuberose, amber, sandalwood, musk, oakmoss, white opium, spicy vanilla

Moonstone: This one is a white floral that's very similar to two popular niche perfume oils named Monyette and Kai. These are tuberose-gardenia blends: heady, sweet and tropical, what I like to refer to as beachy, summery scents. They're as delicious-smelling as coconut cream. A touch of tobacco flower makes Moonstone the unique creation it is. Notes: gardenia, paperwhites, amber, vanilla, musk, oakmoss, tobacco flower

Pearl: If you like creamy-musky, powdery semi-classic skin scents like Donna Karan Cashmere Mist, Creative Scentualization Perfect Veil or Penhaligon's Artemisia, you might love Sage Pearl, too. It's an understated scent that has a mossy, woodsy base-heavy richness uplifted by a subtle, hazy floralcy lurking beneath the smooth surface. Notes: mousse de chene (oakmoss), sandalwood, musks, vanilla

(Images:,, 1/4 fl. oz. parfum