Okay, fresh pile of perfume samples today to plow through, so let’s get started.
Ineke Evening Edged in Gold – The latest perfume from Ineke, it features notes of gold osmanthus, plum, Angel’s trumpet, saffron, cinnamon bark, midnight candy, leather, woods. Definitely an evening floral. It opens big floral, while the cinnamon adds a nice little bite to it that keep the florals from overwhelming you. Shortly after that, the drydown gets leathery, very nice interplay between the notes – this is not what I expected. I was guessing there would be more floral, so it’s a great surprise to get this nice little cinnamony leather with only the most delicate floral floating around it. Don’t let the midnight candy note scare you, though it does lend a sweetness to the perfume the longer it’s on, softening the edges out. Elegant, I do like this. Available from ineke.com – $88 for 2.5 ounces.
Montale Red Oud is one of the newest scents from Montale. Notes of aoud, pepper, iris, saffron, cumin, Haitian vetiver and Mysore sandalwood. Wow! The saffron, cumin and pepper make this almost gourmandy, while the oud, vetiver and sandalwood keep it grounded. Spicy, gourmandy oud — Montale hasn’t done oud like this before. It’s definitely unusual, and those of you that are looking for a new treatment of oud should try it. I’m all over the map on it — fearing it one second, but I find it irresistible to stop sniffing. The combination of notes are weirdly interesting. This is a fun little freak, I think I’m landing in the digging it zone.
The other new scent from Montale is Red Vetiver. No notes are listed for it yet, but definitely pepper and, er, vetiver, of course. While I’m not sure I find anything wildly different about it, I very much like the way they surrounded the vetiver with a warm spicness. If you like your vetiver spicy and warmed up, this one should work for you.
Out of arm space for the day, the Red Oud has eaten all the air around my arms.
So I’ve got a grabbag of samples that are piling up on me, so let’s do a giveaway to get rid of them. Included will be these three samples, plus a whole bunch of others. Just drop a comment to be entered in the drawing!