I’ve had Belle en Rykiel from Sonya Rykiel sitting around for a while because it just seemed much too heavy to test or wear in the summer, so I thought I’d take another run at it now that the weather is getting all crisp and the Rockies are…. IN THE WORLD SERIES!!!! Well, maybe. At the time I’m writing this, we don’t know yet, and I may be retracting it late tonight or early tomorrow morning.
Also, today will be a sample grabbag giveaway. I have tons of them – Shilo, Bois 1920 Sutra Ylang, some Il Profumos, Cristina Fissore Rapsodia in Blu. So just leave a comment and let me know if you’d like to be in the draw, and the winner will receive a bunch of samples that I need to get rid of before it is impossible to wade out of my office.
I’ll even toss in a bit of my Bond No. 9 Andy Warhol sample :cries:. I’m trying to let go of little samples I love, and it’s really, really hard on this one, but I keep telling myself a full bottle will be mines, mines, all mines!!! in December. Lord, I’m just a ‘orrible, selfish wretch. I can’t let go of it. Instead, I’ll be giving away a set of the November Posse Scent Club samples in addition to the grabbag. Two separate drawings for one post, so just indicate if you want in the drawing for one or the other or both. If I can convince myself to have some dignity, the Andy Warhol bit may still make it in one of these.
Belle en Rykiel has top notes of mandarin, red currant, and lavender flowers; heart notes are heliotrope, coffee blossom, and frankincese; base notes are patchouli, amber, vanilla, and Mahogany wood. This reminds me of a creamier, more floral Bond No. 9 New Haarlem. New Haarlem is my favorite coffee fragrance of all time. NH is stronger, more pungent than Belle. Belle is a little softer, it doesn’t have that coffee bitterness, or it is tempered by the other notes. The longer it is on, next to NH, the closer together they start to come, but Belle never quite has that coffee pungency that NH has and veers off away from the coffee midway through the drydown, retaining only a trace of the coffee on me.
For those of you that like your coffee softer and surrounded by flowers and perhaps a teensy bit of some sweets, and that in the open and going to almost nothing in the drydown, and you find New Haarlem to be too Starbucks Burnt Coffee, Belle en Rykiel is very pretty and appealing, and it works far better in colder weather than in summer. I’m still preferring New Haarlem, but I suspect the price point, once it gets to discounters, will make Belle en Rykiel the more attractive of the two.
So ya’ll remember the expensive candle from last week? The Santuario di Bellezza Roma Modern Candle for $120? It smells great in the jar! Unfortunately, that’s where the beauty ends. I tried burning it and I tried melting it, and the result was the same — almost nonexistent throw. ‘Tis a shame because it’s a beauty and should have a way to get out and perfume my house. The only way I could have wound up more irritated by this purchase is if I had bought the bigger $180 version of this “no smell unless you stick your nose in the jar” candle. Why would they spend this much time and effort to make this beautiful fragrance wrapped up in wax in a beautiful 24% leaded jar, tied up with a beautiful bow, just to have the fragrance be a big zero?
Two questions for today. What’s your favorite coffee fragrance? I find myself in need of sampling some more. And what’s the candle you have that has the best throw?