What Leo said. This goes on like a cinnamony blast furnace. Did you ever make those homemade cinnamon toothpicks? No, not the ones you buy in the package, those are for the weak. I’m talking about the ones where you took your toothpicks, stuck them in a bottle filled with cinnamon oil (which I don’t even think they will sell anymore), sealed them up and let them soak for three days. Then you took out the toothpicks, put them in a baggie and used them when you needed to either rise from the dead or set your mouth on fire just to have something to do. The only other thing close to that was those Fire Stix, but even that was a pale imitation of full-on cinnamon oil on the tongue.
Shortly after that fiery opening blast of Rousse, this turns into spicy goodness. It’s a country kitchen during apple harvest time when they are making the spiced applesauce. This is dry comfort and a wonderful hug. If you do not like cinnamon or the associated spices, you will hate this with a passion. I have a friend at work who got really sick on Cinnamon Schnapps once and can’t bear the smell of cinnamon. I won’t wear this to the office unless she, well … upsets me. I’m trying to think of the layering possibilities, and there are a lot. It would be great with Rahat, might even make the drydown of Rathat (spelling intentional) palatable more often than it is. Chergui maybe too — oh, and Fumerie Turque! Anyway, I predict this will be a great seller for them, especially in the fall and winter. I think it will be a little too heavy for the summer months. I’m lining up for my bottles now. Last word on release date is early February.
Update on the uber-expensive candles. Um…. I got the other three, Opium Den, Salem and Ex Libris. Don’t kill me, but all three of these candles should be made into perfumes along with a couple of the other three I already reviewd. The throw on Salem and Ex Libris isn’t as good as the other four, but I think that’s by design. As potent and smokey/leathery and dark as they are, a little goes a long way, and the scent could quickly become overpowering. Opium Den is slightly less throwy than the other three. Salem is maple, hickory, walnut and fire, so think blazing smoky wood and you’ll have it. It’s really marvelous. Ex Libris is leather and parchment, and it is dark, old leather. Again, the throw on this is less, but I think that’s perfect, more scent than what it puts out would be overwhelming, and this one DEFININITELY should be a perfume. I mean, damn! Opium Den — resins, opiates and tobacco fumes. I honestly don’t know what an opium den smells like, but this is exactly as I would think it would smell, rich and sweet, cut with smoke and tobacco. Another of these three that should be a perfume.
So I pronounce this entire Modern Alchemy line of six candles perfection. They are unique and different, have decent throw (again, I use them in a candle melter, I never put flame to my candles), and most of them should be perfumes. Can we get someone to do that for us? Anybody know a guy? Available at Candle Delirium.
Caron Tabac Blond extrait… hello! Where have you been all my life, soldier!? I had no idea tobacco/leather could be this great in a perfume. My last exposure to a tobacco perfume was that awful Lorenzo Villoresi Tobacco room spray that I know a lot of people love, but I think his perfumes are just a muddy mess (sorry!!!!). Tabac Blond parfum is just amazingly wonderful.
Right now I have Tabac Blond around my neck, Rousse on my right arm and Shalini on my left with the Salem candle perfuming my house. If I could just find a good spot for a shot of Doblis, I would have achieved fragrance nirvana.
(I’ve put up in my sample/decant store pre-orders for a decant set of the Chanel Les Exclusifs (available in February) at a special pre-order price. The link to the store is over in the upper right, the Fragrant Fripperies one. If you pay with Visa/MC or personal check and order it on its own, the shipping is free and your card won’t be charged or the check cashed until the decant coffrets ship.)