Random samples I have that I haven’t tested that are just laying around. That’s the only warning you get that I’m scrounging around in the sample drawer, and it won’t end well.
Vera Wang Princess — Notes of water lily, apple mandarin meringue, and golden apricot skin, dark chocolate, amber, musk and vanilla. Wow, this is… a worse Badgley Mischka (remember that I like BM, I just use it as a reference point) or that Moon thing from Hanae Mori or Hilary Duff’s new fragrance. Fruity without much floral. I feel like I just stuck my nose in an overripe basket of fruit. This is geared to the younger woman, but if she wears it, it will be.. oh, gag, sorry, stop me. I just can’t take this anymore!
John Varvatos — Tamarind tree leaves, sage flower, mediterranean herbs, auramber, vanilla and black leather essence. The bottle is awesome, the juice doesn’t really mach its spare, strong lines. It’s pretty potent when it goes on, but in an over the top, little too fruity-herby way. I’m not sure what note in this stays so strong, maybe the sage? Whatever it is, it stays too dominant, and there’s not enough leather in this. More leather would have made this pretty darn good. It’s not terrible, just not very memorable. Meh.
Miller Harris L’Air de Rien — I think this is the one March said I would hate. Well, it’s got to be better than the first two. Good Lord, that is some serious stanky skank. Okay, she warned me, but that’s not going to stop me from blaming her. Well, if you are looking for something darker, not run of the mill, this is your scent right here. For the first 20 minutes or so, I see myself back in the barn of my youth, with the musty hay and eau de crap that was in every crack and crevice of that buliding. As it dries down, it really is pretty unusual, like something beautiful that is warped just a little. It’s not one I’ll ever wear, but I’m not saying anything bad about it because they made a perfume that dared to be different, one that makes no excuses for being a little repulsive around the edges. Those of you that love to get your skank on need to get this immediately!