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: MMKinPA
eMail me at (portia underscore turbo at yahoo dot com dot au) with your address please
New Sniffs: 6.12.2018
Hey crew, have you heard of new Aussie Indie frag house The Reminiscent Lab? Yeah, me either. They sent me through three fragrances to have a try of. Very excited to sniff what they’ve created.
Chord by The Reminiscent Lab
Primary notes: Bergamot, lemon, white sage, clove, amber, cedarwood
This has the smell of an essential oil blend. Very green and a little earthy with a balminess that smooths it all out. Chord smells like a high end spa. Simple yet interesting enough to enjoy. Like nothing in any designer fragrance, this says artisan all the way.
Shine by The Reminiscent Lab
Primary notes: Cinnamon, bergamot, melon, nutmeg, incense, white cedar, honey, geranium, lavender, patchouli, dark vanilla, amber, sandalwood
Shine smells like one of those candles you light and then wish you had a fragrance just like it. Citrus, fruits and honey combine with the patchouli and vanilla to create a fragrance so ambient in nature it gave me a surprise. Jin says it smells like the fragrance in restaurant and club bathrooms.
Steel by The Reminiscent Lab
Primary notes: Cardamom, bergamot, orange, lemon, musk, dark amber, nutmeg, cinnamon
All the smooth greenness of cardamom mixed beautiful with the rest of the ingredients. This is my favourite by far, it feels the most finished and polished. I can easily imagine someone not really into the smell of designer or niche fragrance, that likes a more natural smelling scent, absolutely loving this. If only more men would wear this in gym locker rooms the world would be a better place.
There have also been a bunch of other new arrivals
Leather Attraction by Olibere Paris
A dark leather, birch and iris dripping over a patchouli heart. Oud brings some very funky depth and the oily vetiver seamlessly tightens the whole fragrance up. A really meaty leather that is right on the verge of foody. Like smoky BarBQ meat. Delicious.
Cuir Altesse by David Jourquin
Another leather but done much more smoothly and waxier, like patent leather. A sweeter, more vanilla and amber leather with a hefty, earthy patchouli to keep the whole fragrance grounded. There is a white floral giving a lightly breathy lift and cloves for that spicy depth that always smells so expensive.
Oud Bouquet EdP by Lancome
The old trope of synthetic oudh, saffron and rose combine with a delicate choc nougat dry sweetness. All of this is drizzled with vanilla essence and one of those ubiquitous base notes which serves to smooth out any rough edges and give a warm lustre. Extremely amiable and wearable. I can imagine this was a huge hit when it was launched in 2014. Now I desperately want a bottle. I bet it’s exorbitant. Doesn’t matter I reckon it;’s worth it, whatever the cost. SWOON!!
Have you tried any of these? How did they work for you?