Mona di Orio Carnation — Notes of bergamot, giroflee (Wha?!), geranium bourbon, ylang ylang, violet, jasmin, precious woods, musk, amber, styrax. I am trying to give this some time because there are some nice notes floating around in it, but it must be the musk or syrax that is ruining it for me. This one is deep and really earthy. As long as I don’t get my nose so close, it’s not bad, but get too close, and I’m nauseous. I’ll leave this one alone for a while and get back to it later…. (later) Gak! Smells like I spread a tire on my hand. No, not for me, not even a little bit.
Random Sample of the Day — Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Grain de Plaisir. Just pulled this one out of the sample pile. Notes of celery seeds, amber, precious woods, lemon, citrus and musk. This one is pretty fun. Very green and citrusy with enough woody notes to keep it from going over the edge into sharp. I really like this for a summer scent to a certain extent, but there’s a note in there — must be the celery seeds? — that’s keeping it from being love in the drydown, but I’d certainly wear it, just not sure I want to buy it. It didn’t seem to last on me, which is a shame. Any other MPGs I should try? The Or Des Indes sounds fun, as does the Bahiana. Ideas?
Kai — I’ve had this sample for like 100 years and just never got around to it. Gardenia and white flowers, designed to emulate the tropical flowers. It certainly is pretty enough, but at $45 for 1/8 oz of oil (4 ml), I think I can take a pass on it.
Malle of the Day — naw, I’ll do the new Sel de Vetiver from The Different Company instead. Robin at NST lists the notes as grapefruit, cardamom, Bourbon geranium, lovage, Haitian vetiver, patchouli, iris and ylang ylang. This is that dry, salty smell, the dry grapefruit, with just a little tang. I get some of the Iris too. I think Marina posted that it was supposed to be the smell of wet dirt. If I think of it more as the rain hitting the dirt during a spring thundershower, I think they’ve come pretty close to pulling together that magical smell of dry dirt and rain, with some green things in there as well, though it does miss it alittle. Those of you (yes, March and Marina), if you like that salty earthy smell with iris in the mix, I
do think you’ll like this one. I need to do more testing to make sure this is FBW for me, but it is certainly an interesting entry into their line. The drydown is scrumptious. Definitely need to do another test with just this on.
The picture over there on the right and below
are pictures we took during a dirt storm in Kansas about two or three years ago. I had never seen one this bad, but that big billowing thing is all dirt, not a drop of rain in it. We watched it roll across the plains towards us for what seemed like hours, and I thought back to the ’30s
when this was a daily occurrence, and they lasted for hours and how the sight of one of those meant ruin for so many families. This left a trail of dust everywhere, pushing dirt into places you didn’t think dirt could get. I took a bunch of pictures that day, and I never could really capture what it looked like. Normally when a spring storm comes rolling through the plains, there is the smell of green and grit and
electricity, as if everything is more alive then, but this storm wasn’t like that. It just smelled like dirt, extra dry, extra dirty.