Got some new samples!!! Whee! It’s been a while since I’ve got samples from a line that is completely new to me.
From Luckyscent, they are offering the Profumum line. I got a few samples, and I’ll do two of them today and two more on Thursday.
First is Thundra. From the Luckyscent description “A solitary walk through a cool, damp forest, just after the rain. You can smell the rich earth as it drinks in the water, the bark on the trees, the carpet of fallen leaves and wild mint crushed under your feet. An unexpectedly cool and introspective rendition of patchouli, as peaceful and inspiring as the air after a thunderstorm has broken a heat wave. The warm earthiness of the patchouli is perfectly juxtaposed with the equally grounded, but chilly mint to create a unique and surprisingly relaxing fragrance. Thoughtful and serene.”
Notes of leaves, mint, patchouli and white musk. This goes on with a weird smell at first that I can’t quite put my fingers on, but the patchouli seems pretty dominant. Now, I normally am not crazy about most patchouli, but the description had me at walking through a cool, damp forest after the rain … this could be love.
This starts off pretty patchy, but while this develops, it starts to soften, the musk takes some of the mustiness of the patch out, and there’s a little hint of mint weaving its way through that musty smell. Still a bit weird for the first 30 minutes – like a dirty peppermint in your pocket — then it starts turning into the musty forest after a rain that is promised. I’m impressed with this one, it’s well done. I’m not certain I have to have a full bottle, but it’s an unusual treatment of patch well worth smelling and it may eventually be love like Borneo is love.
Next was Santalum from Profumum. The description from Luckyscent: “To put it simply, this is an extremely well done sandalwood. Deep, with a cello-like resonance, regal and reassuringâ€” everything you want sandalwood to be. There is a bit of incense and a bit of cinnamon, but the star of this show is sandalwood in all its noble glory.”
I can take or leave Sandalwood most times, so I wasn’t enthusastic about trying this one, except for the cinnamon note that went along with the sandalwood and myrrh. It goes with the sandalwood dominant, but it develops into not just a gorgeous sandalwood, but sandalwood with a spicy richness due to the myrrh and cinnamon. I’m not sure it’s one I need a full bottle of, but if you are a sandalwood fan who wants a twist, this surely brings a unique aspect to sandalwood unlike anything I’ve smelled before.
The mint in Thundra gives me pause. I’m not usually a fan of mint in scents unless it’s in an SIP (a note she seems to love and works well w/). Still, I think this may turn out to be decant worthy. If I had money to burn (dream…), I’d love to have a bottle of this for the name alone. Why couldn’t Serge have taken that name?
YES! :d These scents looked SO tempting…I’m so very very glad that they’re not getting major glowing reviews…
I admit I am intrigued by the Sandalwood, but Thundra I don’t know, and the pricing is definately making me want to steer clear of this line.
Thundra does have feel appeal namewise, and the description does more for me than all the others, but the cost makes me want to thundra in my pants. Neither you, able seafarer Marina, nor V have made me think ‘I need these in my life’. So that’s the bank account breathing a sigh of relief (as well as my undies).
R — let me know what you think. I have the Ambra and Ichnuse to test still and went ahead and ordered the rest of the line in samples yesterday.
March — it is a cool name, that’s why I tried it first. Sorta like Thor, I’d love a perfume named that too.
Judith, so far Thundra is the best and most worthy of consideration, though I still have more to go through.
I’m weak to quite weak on splurging for them. Maybe if they were under $100, my spending urge would get stronger.
Thanks, Sybil. Not sure how educated, but for $185 per bottle, they all definitely need to be thinned. For the money, I far prefer the entire Parfumerie Generale line over these.
Yeah, I have to get over to Luckyscent to test these. I understand that the Fiori d’Ambra is absolutely gorgeous.
What Judith said. I just like saying “Thundra.”
Hmmm. . .You clearly liked these better than Marina. I had just written them off after reading her reviews, and now you are tempting me again. . . .:((
Wow…glad you’re reviewing these, since I wanted to try them…better if an educated nose does thins the herd, as it were…
Malena, sorry!!! I think the Thundra could be worn by either sex, but I didn’t think of it as masculine or feminine.
The sandalwood is too masculine for me, but the cinnamon and myrrh really does change it up quite a bit.
Sorry, Chaya! I just needed something really new to test, my sample drawer is boring me, even though there’s lots of great stuffin there.
The Thundra is pretty long-lasting as well. I can still smell it this morning, and it smells even better then longer it is on. I’m still on the fence on that one. The sandalwood one didn’t last as long.
Stop doing this 😉 Stop making me want to test one new fragrance after another…
What do you think, are both scents more on the masculine side or unisex?
I find sandalwood always a bit too masculine to wear, but that cinnamon makes me want to try it…!
Patty, beloved girl-
Why do you do this?
Is it conspiracy?
First V, now you…
I’m a fan of wet sylvan glades and sandalwood, myself [ I imagine that March and Marina are, too !]…but cost of one can be prohibitive, much less two or more…
Good thing for you, it’s probably not a must-have.
A lovely review, oh sweet enabler !