Val the Cookie Queen
As you all may know if you have been following my Strange Tales from the Cookie Kitchen on A Bottled Rose, I have an Altered States past. These days perfume is my addiction of choice and once in a while something interesting lands in my hands.
The strangelove nyc perfume oil collection – by Christophe Laudamiel.
I was given the strangelove nyc oils as a gift on my recent trip to London. I was familiar with the name but that was it. I had no idea that Helena Christensen, the supermodel, had anything to do with them for a start. Have a look at their website for the whole story and for a proper assessment of the three oud oils please read Clare’s brilliant and in-depth analysis.
I was hooked from the first drop.
deadofnight – oud, rose, violet leaves, vanilla balsam, sandalwood, amber, musk
I am no oud expert, being amongst those who hated the stuff for a long time. I totally got into Dior’s Oud Isphahan last year, but this is the first oud-based oil that has screamed my name. The opening is über-animalic – beautiful, addictive. A decent smear across the neck lasts a good twenty four hours on me. Oud is in all of the Strangelove NYC fragrances, but in the deadofnight it is the main attraction.
meltmyheart – orris butter, sandalwood, a drop of oud, ylang yang dark chocolate, mandarin, ginger and bergamot ….
Oh my gosh this stuff is freaking amazing. It is the favourite of the few bloggers who have written about it and is just divine. Very sensual, and so smooth. The orris really comes to the fore after a few hours on the skin. I have never smelt anything like it. Lasts even longer than deadofnight on me. As Clare says “billowing gusts of melting dark chocolate, and buttery orris, shouting eat me …..”
silencethesea – pure real ambergris, black oud, blue cammomile, natural narcissus, tuberose absolute, mimosa.
I am sat here, nose glued to my wrist, gulping it in. The more I wear this the more I am beguiled. This is an oil for a perfumista to be alone with; celebrating the olfactory senses. It’s comforting, feels grey in colour, and smells of air, skin, and ocean spray.
lostinflowers – jasmine, champaca, gardenia enfleurage, saffron, real oud
Animalic hothouse white floral, almost a decaying green, tinged with oud. Roll on hot weather.
All the oils last at least a day. There are EdPs too but I have not tried them yet. Sitting back and waiting to see if someone gives them to me as a gift. Prices vary in the whole collection from about $150 to $500.
I wanted to call this post “Suck It Up Bitches, You Can’t Afford It.” We are not their target audience, except maybe for the super models, footballers, and WAGS amongst us. I would pay the money for these if I had it though. Because the strangelove nyc’s are THAT good.
I know how lucky I am Bussis
All photos from Unsplash except the strangelove nyc oils – which is mine.