Do you know what my biggest perfume pet peeve is? – and I may not have a right to feel peevish about it, and perhaps someone can explain why people do this so I can move on from this fit of miserable irritation – “Can you recommend a fragrance that smells just like Wi-Wi Perfume?” whilst Wi-Wi is not discontinued, is easily accessible, probably sells for less than 30 quid at scentiments.com. Why? Just use Wi-Wi, no need for something that smells like it. Leap outside the box, try something new. Am I missing something?
Gimmicky fragrances tend to turn me off or at least make me suspicious that they are hiding inferior juice behind a clever marketing strategy. I had seen these a couple of times in Barney’s, but went on by because of that jacked price tage of $185 for 1/4 ounce. Now they have some of their scents available in edp for $135 for 1.7 ounces or 50 mls. We are going in the right direction. I’ve tried these now about four times, and my initial reaction when I first put them on is always … yowsah, these are just much for me. Then about an hour later I have this wonderful smell or two wafting around, but I can’t remember where I put them, so I’m not sure if it’s all of the three I’ve got or just one or two of them. In an effort to give them a good run and find the great smell, I committed myself today to getting past the open and not being impatient with them. So I spritzed, braced myself…. and waited.
L’Invisible is the signature scent of the line with notes of oak moss, resins, ylang ylang, blood orange, hibiscus, vanilla, rose, and lemon. This starts sharp and strange and takes about 30 minutes for it to come out – it’s beautiful, rich and lush, with the oakmoss underlying it to give it depth and interest. This is the one that wafts around beautifully as my arm goes traveling by.
Black Rosette has notes of black tea, rose, leather, and spearmint. This is like Annick Goutal Eau du Fier/CdG Tea with some Wrigley’s Spearmint gum wrapped around it on the open — weird and sharp and pretty wonderful. The rose peeps out… of the mouth of a dragon, all fire and smoky blackness, with that same stick of Wrigley’s tucked behind its green scaley ear. Strangely perfect.
Moon Garden (edp) has notes of tuberose, jasmine, pikake and African resins. Tuberose hits the gates of this as soon as you spray in on, with an underlying darkness that I’m going to assume is the resins. If you like your tuberose dark, a little feral, definitely not green, Moon Garden should be a perfect fit.
Still don’t get the name – these perfumes are anything but invisible. Strange? Absolutely. This is not mainstream stuff, so if you’re new to fragrance, you’ve been warned.
I shared my favorite perfume pet peeve. What’s yours?