Hey, look who found an internet terminal!?!? I know, I just can’t stay away. Forgive me in advance, it’s now 2pm-ish my time on Friday (?) and I’ve been up more or less since Thursday morning, so I’m a bit out of it. Anyway, here’s your chance to giggle at any of my perfumage notes following, since I don’t have the time or the energy to double-check my impressions.
The Roja Dove boutique in Jenners here is a bit of a disappointment. They don’t have some of the things I was looking forward to (Diorling, Diorama); I am assuming those will be at Harrods in London. The other general Jenners issue is: they couldn’t be nicer, but nobody knows a thing about any of the fragrances they’re selling, notewise, in the entire dept. The nice young Roja Dove girl didn’t know anything either. There was an entire wall of unmarked flacons (except by number) and she said they were individual notes but wouldn’t let me play… insert sad face here :(.
Anyway: lots of Caron, Guerlain, some Serge, plus hard-to-find-in-stores classics like Ma Griffe, Miss Balmain, Antilope. That was fun, but as all the concentrations are EDT (so far as I could see) they lack oomph. I got to try Caron Nuit de Noel in extrait (and the tiny black bottle is gorgeous) and The Earth Moved. It did.
Browsing in the general fragrance area: they have things we don’t seem to have yet (like a wall of Armanis — ReMix and White? one each for men and women) which were perfectly pleasant but like the new City Glam I probably won’t be buying. I smelled the new Summer LE for YSL Opium, this one’s called Orchidee de Chine and it is wretched — powdery sweet and overwhelming, unlike the last two, which i liked a lot. I got to fill in some fragrance gaps by smelling (finally!) McQueen’s Kingdom, which is not that outre compared to reorchestrated Femme, the Mother of all Cumin. Kingdom’s easier to take, IMHO, gorgeous rich scent, although too much for summer in D.C. That’s the EDP. The EDT I also really loved — like a summer version of Kingdom, without the cumin (although that’s sort of like saying chocolate cake without the chocolate, but indulge me.) I’m tempted to buy a bottle of that, it would be perfect in summer.
Vivienne Westwood Boudoir is fabulous– musky and funky and creamy (sorry, no notes here!) I thought her Anglomania was meh, and the new Boudoir Sin Garden has a great bottle but isn’t anywhere near as interesting — more a basic fruity-floral to me.
Also — you all remember DKNY Woman? Sure you do. It’s in a long, angular container like a three-sided ruler. I’m going to guess grapefruit, pepper, cucumber and lily, and those notes will be all wrong, but damn! It was gorgeous. If you’re a green and/or lily lover, you should dig one of those up online, I’ve seen them at the discounters. I may pick one up at the airport on the way home, the little ones are dirt cheap. Really interesting fragrance.
The scent that stole the show – Worth Courtesan!!! Have no idea if it’s new — and, no, they couldn’t tell me a thing. It’s … the name is perfect. It’s wanton. It’s not overly sweet, a little dirty (cedar/vetiver?) The brief probably said: give me a fragrance that makes me think of the morning after a night with my illicit lover. Sorry, that’s the best I can do. Strikes that perfect sweet spot between musky, sweaty and perfume.
Final note — I followed your instructions and soaked my whole darn hand in SL Rousse. Spray it on, you all said!!! Well … what? I still think it smells sort of like Mandarine Mandarin, only murkier. I am just not getting the cinnamon love. Sigh. Well, I guess it can’t all be perfect.
Oh, also — went by Penhaligons on George Street. I keep trying to fall in love with one because I love their bottles so much. Malabah I have and like a lot. Artemisia and Quercus have potential, but they’re gone in 30 minutes. And a couple (Bluebell?) are scarifying although I should note that the woman there knew her line and could not have been lovelier to me.
Okay, signing off. I’ll check back in when I can — I miss you all!
Postscript — five hours later. Okay, I get it about the Rousse!!! I totally get it now! But why, oh why do I have to wait so long? Not sure the first four hours of muddy spices are worth it, but then it’s just yummy cinnamon woods and something musky.