Hits and Misses of niche perfume samples I’ve tried recently.
Regina Harris Rose Maroc Oil — $125 at La Creme Beauty for .5 ounces.
Rose Maroc, Frankincense and Myrrh are the notes in this long-lasting and you only need a little oil. It goes on with the sharp incense notes, and the rose is very subtle in there. The sharpness makes your nostrils flare and reminds me that I’m way overdue for confession. This is a really beautiful, soaring incense, and the rose softens it just a smidge, but not enough to take away from what it is — a smokey, rich incense. And that bottle, I’d sell my mother — oldest teenager for that bottle. Is it worth that price tag? Normally, I’d say no way, but this really is lovely. For incense lovers, it really is an extravagant incense, much warmer than Armani Prive Bois D’Encens. Which gives me an idea! Maybe I should mix the BdE with some rose, like the Micallef Rose Aoud, which I still need to order. (picture from La Creme website)
Annick Goutal Petite Cherie —
March and I are pretty sure that we are the only people on the face of the planet that love Petite Cherie. Notes of freshly cut grass, musky rose, peach, and vanilla. I never smell the vanilla in here, I just get all that peach and grass, and this is the perfume that makes me feel frilly and girly and young and frivolous and giggly. It needs a plug in the spring, it deserves it, it’s been reviled and spit on enough. Girlie Girls UNITE in support of a sweet fruity scent that doesn’t make us feel stupid for wearing it!!!!
Costume National Scent Gloss — I’ve had a sample of this forever, and for some reason, I’ve just never put it on. Time to fix that. Notes of spicy rose, purple orchid and fresh musk, it goes on with a little rose and some other stuff that made me sneeze. Okay, sweet candy rose with a little musk in there. Not terrible, not memorable.. what was it I put on?