First, Parfums Raffy is having a 10% off sale. Use code RAFFY07PP. The sale runs through 10/24/07 and is only valid for internet orders.
Second, my unabated and unrequited crush on Christian Bale continues. Made “Reign of Fire” watchable.
Montale White Musk, got some of this in the Montale Swedish sale, and I was shocked at how good it is. I did find a bottle of it listed on the Parfums Raffy site, but not seeing it anywhere else. Does anyone know if they discontinued it? No listing of notes that I can find, but it is a slightly sweetish, well-behaved musk, closer to Soleil de Capri in feel than to CB’s Musk. The drydown is a little sweet, a little musky, though the sweet starts drying off and a hint of something oudish comes out the longer it is on. A very nice musk for those that like their musks to not veer off into raunch.
Olivier Durbano has launched his third perfume, Black Tourmaline. Notes of Cardamom, coriander, cumin, frankincense, pepper, smoked wood, oud, leather, precious woods, musk, amber, moss, patchouli. I wanted to love this since I love the other two jewel perfumes he has done, and there’s part of it that I do love, and I certainly don’t hate it — it has a lot to recommend it. There’s plenty of smoky incense, woods and leather here on the open, but the patchouli is just a little more dominant than I’d like, and it takes the whole composition into too pungent a territory. Yeah, I know, this from the girl that adores SMN Nostalgia and Bvlgari Black, but those two have a drydown that gets tamer, and this one just gets fiercer, which will work well for those of you that are into that sort of thing. The cumin isn’t too overpowering, but it and musk do give you a bit of a sexual tumble. Sorta like sex in church with that guy on Rome — you know, that one over there with lots of leather on… the, um, choir boy. Well, it is Hottie Friday, so there’s plenty of cheesecake for everyone!
While the patch and cumin aren’t a deal-breaker for me, those who aren’t big fans of heavy patch or are sensitive to that note when it is a little heavy in a perfume, like you get in Borneo and Prada, you may not find this to your liking, so tread carefully. Why I love Borneo as mindlessly as I do is a mystery. If you were fans of the less patchy first two perfumes Durbano did, make sure to sample Black Tourmaline first. Luckyscent has samples and full bottles.
Lastly, before we get to the winners of the two drawings I had, was I a cruel person to send March some of the Donna Karan Chaos pure parfum? Or was I being a true friend? y/y?
Winner of the sample grabbag, and you will get a little taste of the Bond Andy Warhol Silver Factory thing – it’s my pennance for all the mean things I’ve done this week – 2scents. Winner of the Posse Scent Club sample pack is – Tessa. Congrats to both of you! Just click on Contact Us over there to the left and send me your address, and I’ll get those in the mail.
I do have one other drawing I haven’t forgotten about, the new Roja Dove scent sample pack. I’m waiting because they sent two of the same bottle, and it was missing one, so we’re waiting for the third bottle.