So I headed to Neiman-Marcus this weekend to pick up a bottle of perfume (what else? it is always either that or picking up some more Cle de Peau, which I’m addicted to these days), and I asked the SA what was new, and she of course started scurrying around to find me something new to sniff.
I always have to laugh when they do this, because they don’t know who they’ve got as a customer, and inevitably they go and find something that was released six months ago and pronounce it new. (insert eye rolling) They did find something somewhat new, LaCoste something or other, and swiped it under my nose. How can the alligator people come up with a fruity floral? Gag. I love fruity florals most of the time, but there are so many of them out there right now, I’m starting to hate them just from boredom. I guess that’s why I’m swooning more than normal over things like Dzonghka and Fleur de Narcisse, they are running against the popular tide.
Then a nice SA did let me try her behind the counter Jo Malone Agave and Cacao. Ina did a little review of it here. I have to concur with her opinion, this thing smells just wonderfully different and for me, oddly comforting. The chocolate in it is just right, not too much, not too little, and the agave is a note that I don’t smell a lot, but gives it a different character than most gourmands. I’ve preordered it already, it’s a definite keeper. It’s due in sometime in October.
Last thing I tried was the Elixir de Merveilles. Now, I really liked it on the first sniff I had, and since I found it at Imagination Perfumery for about half the price it was in Needless Markup, I had to get that too. I like that chocolate note they amped up in it. I still get the scent I adore, but just a different view of it.
Small adventure, I know. What I can’t wait for is Tom Ford’s Black Orchid. Haven’t smelled it yet, but I expect it to be interesting. If it’s not, well, me and Mr. Ford are going to part ways. Donna Karan’s Gold is due out in the next couple weeks as well, and based on the reviews so far, I’m anxious to get that in my hands. Hermessence’s new Paprika one is now available in Paris, but won’t be available here until December, probably, but I think I’ve got my hands on some, whee! So much to sniff this fall and early winter, I’m in heaven!