Hey Hey Perfume Junkies,
APJs 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 worthy of comment, either good or bad, that’s passed under my nose through the week will get a short write up. 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. Not everything works for everyone and it would be pretty boring if it did >>> YMMV. 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. The point is starting a conversation.
Anything that I’m not keeping becomes a super simple GIVEAWAY. All comments are entered. Next week I’ll tell you who random.org picked. If the winner doesn’t eMail me during the week it will JACKPOT to next weeks winner who will get both.
Last Weeks Winner: marcellavmiller
eMail me at (portia underscore turbo at yahoo dot com dot au) with your address please
New Sniffs: 20.9.2018
Pluie Noire by Parfumerie Particulière
Imagine salty sea and metal joining with the sharp tang of juniper berries. Pluie Noire is cold, refreshing and weird. Like being inside a clock mechanism, metal, oil, cold, sharp. Not for the faint hearted but so interesting.
Patchouli Oud by Affinessence
Ignore the first minute or two of Patchouli Oud. It has nothing to do with the excellent fragrance underneath. Patchouli, incense and the lemony resin zing of elemi all work together seamlessly to produce a very wearable fragrance that is unusual enough to maintain interest. I also smell a dose of rose or clove that’s not mentioned in the notes.
Cedre Iris by Affinessence
If you told me that Cedre Iris was from the Hermessence line I would totally believe you. It has that weightless and slightly oily feel to it. Doughy iris and warm pencil shavings. Nice.
Eleventh Hour by Byredo
Stewed fruit, pepper, booze and woods. People are poo-pooing this release but I find it gorgeous. It’s in the style of those early Serge Lutens releases but with a 21st century upgrade. Eleventh Hour could be retail FB worthy for me, I’m going to give the sample a few more wears.
Pour un Homme Millesime 2014 by Caron
This should be the gold standard lavender. Desiccated, parched and windswept lavender softened by a rich vanilla/amber. Breathtakingly gorgeous and a huge surprise. WOW! I WANT IT BAD!
Tiger’s Nest by Memo Paris
My experience of this brand will be forever tainted by my memory of knocking over and breaking one of their candles at Le Bon Marche in Paris. The sheer weight of mortification cannot be understated.
BUT! If you love incense and want one that smells more like a Pacific Islands version than India, Japan or the Catholic church then this is a very good one. 90% incense with lovely bitter green wormwood, dry cracked pepper and tea rose. Smells worthy of the hype.
Tendre Nuit by Isabey
Very pretty feminine. Almonds, vegetal musk and rose. Its gentle, smooth elegance could fit easily into the Sylvaine Delacourt lineup. I bought a 15ml Travel Spray and the packaging is to die for. EXCELLENT stocking filler. Not a necessary purchase for anyone who already has something smooth and pretty.
(homage to) Hemingway by Masque Milano
OK, if you LOVE vetiver or don’t have a vetiver in your collection then you should give Hemingway a sniff. A very accomplished vetiver with a few bells & whistles for extra zing. Personally, as a softcore vetiver liker, I found it not clever or unusual enough to warrant a purchase.
My collection already boasts bottles of L’Artisan Coeur de Vetiver Sacre, Lalique Encre Noire, Montale Red Vetiver, Guerlain Vetiver, Terre d’Hermès plus some vetiver-centric decants.
Have you tried any of these? How did they work for you?