Hey Hey Perfume Junkies,
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: Kathleen Smith
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New Sniffs: 22.11.2018
TinaG and I went down to City Perfume to see my mate Thierry. We did a couple of short videos about new fragrances for their site. Don’t forget if you’re shopping with them to use the 10% Discount Code in our sidebar.>>>
A Day In My Life
Citrus, fresh and breezy. Peppery roses give A Day In My Life a lift, a jolt a call to action. This is the perfect fragrance for those days where sluggishness could rule but you don’t have time to wallow. Five lavish spritzes will see you out and living. An ozonic, breath of fresh air blows through and it may be the lily of the valley.
Message In A Bottle
Very delicate until it hits the body. Suddenly Message In A Bottle comes alive. Soapy and fleshy, riding a sea salt wind. The white flowers are sandblasted into submission and play a background role to the salty savoury version of themselves. Think a beach wedding or tropical evening walk without sunscreen. A manly floral.
OK so this seems to change depending on who smells it. I’ve had such disparate reminiscences as Coca Cola, Fleshiness, Powdery, Herbal and a few others I can’t remember. The animalics take it sweeter and sweeter through the heart to a labdanum/castoreum base. So unusual and I think the large amounts of synthetically created ingredients shine differently for everyone.
Hyun came over on Saturday and we sniffed some new stuff from First In Fragrance that they sent with my last order. Here are six of the best.
Black Phantom “Momento Mori” by Kilian
Ever had a White Russian? This is it in fragrant form. Delicious and dark. A sweet choc/almond/vanilla drizzled over creamy woods. WANT! a lot
Cedro di Diamante by Perris Monte Carlo
OK, so this is a cologne. It’s really fresh and invigorating. Smells like freshly cut lemon. “Why didn’t they just call it lemons” says Hyun. It does sweeten more towards mandarin in the heart and cedar pops through later with a bouquet of flowers. Sure, it feels like they’ve used the good ingredients but I would better spend my money on 4711 Acqua Colonia Lime & Nutmeg for around $30.
Chevalier de la Nuit by Ciro Parfums
Interestingly, this seems to be a re-release of a vintage perfume that came in an exquisite bottle from New York in the 1920s. It seems the current reformation is very modern, ingredients and smell. The patchouli and clove are the main players for a good while. It does that interesting sheer but hefty thing. This is a winner. Hyun says it’s sexy, I’m not convinced. Smells really good though
Dark Lord by Kilian
Kilian seems to be caricaturing his own work. I’m not complaining, it smells like he has remembered how to make dark and interesting perfume. Pepper, leather, booze and the desiccated green smell of nargamotha play hardball above the smoothing modern patchouli and woods. If you hate modern niche woodsy/leatherness this will smack your nose. I for one, love it.
Esprit Infini by Hayari Parfums
The artemesia opens green and lettuce-ish. The background is played by rose, patchouli and amber. Unusual and surprising. Esprit Infini could be quite challenging for newbies, it’s parts are slightly in cohesive and the battle that rages between green and sweet makes it utterly entrancing.
Revolution de la Fleur by Sana Jardin
Tropical flowers done in the Annick Goutal Songes style. Loads of ylang and white flowers over creamy sandalwood. Imagine a slightly overblown KAI. Very pretty, totally wearable and seductive but so derivative for anyone over 35. Hyun says, “It’s not remarkable” and I agree. On the plus side it’s not excessively expensive.
Sandalo by Acqua di Parma
OK, Hyun hit the nail on the head “It smells like a Chinese medicine shop” I don’t understand why they called it sandal because the lavender and cardamom play such significant roles. Hyun is also smelling Ginseng. We are BOTH loving it sick and want more to spritz lavishly. If you are a sandalwood aficionado then you will be let down. It is there but hardly the focus.
Have you tried any of these? How did they work for you?