Who says money can´t buy happiness? As it turns out, a little money — $12 including shipping – buys a surprising amount, in terms of the beautifully-constructed sample 4-pack from Ineke Perfumer.
As shown in the photo, the four spray minis come lovingly papered and wrapped in individual miniature matchbook-like boxes, which are then wrapped in another paper, in a pouch, in an envelope along with a gorgeous full-color mini catalog explaining the scents. Really, I would have been impressed even if the fragrances were mediocre.
Which they are not. They are low-key, charming scents rather than bombastic, look-at-me fragrances, but every wardrobe needs a few things that are easy to wear. We´re heading into the long weekend here, and I´m not going to review each scent because I couldn´t do any better than Cait´s extensive reviews of these four fragrances on Legerdenez. My quick summation of the scents as they registered to my nose:
After My Own Heart – berries at the top, lilac, and musk on my skin; the lilac in the air was first-rate – you lilac-lovers, take note
Balmy Days and Sundays — honeysuckle and mimosa on a delicious, dusky chypre base, my favorite of the bunch along with Derring-Do
Chemical Bonding – citrus, tea, amber in a late-summer combination that reminds me of an amped-up L´Artisan The Pour Une Ete
Derring-Do – the “men” scent, which I´m going to declare deliciously unisex if you have some tolerance for a citrus-y fougere
All four fragrances are worth smelling. They have surprising presence for scents that go on with such delicacy – there is a wonderful sense of the perfume in the air around me, rather than emanating from a particular patch on my skin. They stick around decently without wearing out their welcome.
The last $12 purchase that made me this happy was the cup of coffee I bought at the Caffe Florian, so I could sit and watch the crowds wade by at high tide on the Piazza San Marco in Venice.
The winner of the Blind Sample giveaway is … Justine! Send me your address via: Contact Us and I’ll mail them to you.
I´ll leave you for the upcoming weekend with this final note of joy: my last few visits to various palaces of perfumage have been greatly improved by the fact that many, many people around me seem to be wafting the understated but instantly identifiable Guerlain Insolence. Can I tell you how delighted I am to get bits and hints of the Guerlinade in public, rather than blasts of Angel or some fruity-floral monstrosity? Judging by how many times I´ve smelled this one breezing past me, it must be doing very well indeed.
photo credit: ineke.com