Hey Hey Australian Perfume Junkies,
I’m going to try a new Thursday thing for September.
Hoping to combat the guilt I feel when so much arrives and so little gets written about the idea of New Sniffs emerged.
The idea is that anything new that’s passed under my nose through the week will get a short write up. It must feel worthy of comment, either good or bad, and will have a YMMV caveat. Up till now I have kept APJ positive comments only, those days are gone. If I think something is terrible, shamefully lazy, greedy or stupid and you should know about it, it will be said. As you know, not everything works for everyone and it would be pretty boring if it did. I’d love it if you all agree, respectfully disagree, have any thought-out opinion and want to share, do so in the comments below. As always the point is starting a conversation with you all.
Anything that I’m not going to keep will become a GIVEAWAY. A super simple one. All comments are instantly entered. Next week I’ll tell you who random.org picked. If the winner doesn’t get in touch with me during the week it will JACKPOT to next week and that winner will get both.
New Sniffs: 6.9.2018
With a recent purchase Amara sent me two IDEO Parfumeurs minis. I’d never heard of this brand. Looking it up they are a Lebanese brand owned and produced by wife and husband team, Lyudmila and Antoine Bitar, in 2016. Intrigued? Yep.
Prison Blues by Ideo Parfumeurs 2016
A patchouli fragrance from the very outset. Prison Blues is cool and wet. The green creaminess of cardamom and some sharp woodsiness that at a pinch could be clove or pepper. Though the notes list seems a million miles from what I’m smelling this seems a very competent modern niche patchouli with some ozonic incense bells & whistles.
Tarbouch Afandi by Ideo Parfumeurs 2016
Citrus and juniper done in a modern interpretation of L’Eau d’Issey. Water darkened by woods and ambergris. This is a really interesting aquatic woods and I think a lot of the traditional suit wearing, gym going menfolk would go crazy for it.
At Libertine Parfumerie‘s Winter Collection launch recently we met these two new L’Artisans.
Mont de Narcisse by L’Artisan Parfumeur 2018
The first time I smelled this at the launch it was boring and too wimpy. I was yawning in Ainslie Walker’s face about it, yet she was loving it and chose it as her bottle. Now, in the calm of my home I can see why she liked it. The sweet honeyed hay of immortelle combined with pepper and vanilla are pretty.
I’m still bored to death by it. Why did they bother? Where is the Narcissus?
Mandarina Corsica by L’Artisan Parfumeur 2018
Sweet, fizzy citrus candy and tonka backed by a hefty immortelle and a little sprinkle of coconut (not listed but I definitely smell it). This one is fabulous. Totally unexpected within the L’Artisan oeuvre. Imagine if the fruity, candy fragrances grow up and became deeper, warmer, more interesting and had better ingredients. Then add a dash of Pierre Guillaume sweetness. There you have it; Mandarina Corsica. I can see a bottle of this coming home soon.
Twilly d’Hermès by Hermès
This is 100% better than expected. I love the salty citrus and white floral adventure it gives. Does anybody else get a greenness and a lemonade vibe? While you may not all love this it is a good sidestep from what the others are producing lately and it’s fun! Yes, it has some 21st century lolly-ness but more like one of those blackcurrant hard travel lollies Mum used to make us suck for plane take offs and landings. As soon as the discounters get this I’m shopping.
Have you tried any ofd these? How did they work for you?