Okay, your assignment for next Monday – hey, why should I do all the work?!?No, seriously, I like to read your responses.So – the assignment, suggested by Maria last week (and with a nod to Now Smell This, who just did something similar on Friday):it has come to our attention in the blogosphere that many of you have made sniffing expeditions and/or unsniffed purchases based on The Guide.Also, Patty says anecdotal evidence suggests that people are sampling highly-rated fragrances.I´d like a report next Monday on how your sniffage/blind buys worked out for you.Alternately, tell me about your latest foray or unsniffed purchase prompted by a review that I or another blogger did.Next Monday, don´t forget!
Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Figue Iris – I love that bottle.I love Guerlain.I love fig.I´m fond of iris.This would seem tailor-made for me, and yet it´s a disappointment.Notes are bergamot, grapefruit, iris, fig, violet, milky notes, woods, vetiver and vanilla.The light milky fig (along the lines of BBW Brown Sugar and Fig) meets the Guerlain powdery heliotrope and then the fig mostly disappears after ten minutes. I drenched it on the second and third times – I´m talking my whole arm, wet – and still it didn´t stick around long. What´s left is like “An Impression of” the Guerlain powdery-heliotrope base.An Impression of Guerlain Meteorites, I guess?The drydown, once the powder fades, is kind of woody and interesting, like Kenzo Tokyo in the first 90 seconds before it implodes into a crappy fresh scent.If we´d skipped some of the powder, I´d be happy, but this is just too much powder and not enough interest for me.
Aqua Allegoria Laurier Reglisse– and this one surprised me in the opposite way – by pleasing me quite a bit.I´m not wild for anise, but this one is refreshing – notes of bergamot, orange blossom, licorice, bay laurel, woods, violet, galbanum and amber.The licorice is bright rather than candied and is pretty much gone after the first three minutes on me, leaving a not-particularly-sweet, leafy green woody smell that I think would be just the ticket in the summer heat.Nice – I might buy this on discount.Lasting power is so-so, and if I´m saying that, me of the scent-grabbing skin, I wonder what normal people get – five minutes?
Let me say again: I love Sephora.In addition to an increasing number of small bottles for less than $50, this last visit yielded a $50 four-bottle gift set containing Prada regular, Intense, Tendre and Homme.How great is that?
Moschino Cheap & Chic I Love Love (in the orange and blue Olive Oyl bottle) is sort of like D&G Light Blue, only more floral and even more appealing to me, and I like Light Blue.It´s Light Blue´s more gracious older sister.If you like Light Blue in theory, but after two hours its pervasive Light-Blue-ness starts to work your last nerve, you might want to consider trying this.Notes are grapefruit, orange, lemon, redcurrant, tea rose, muguet, cinnamon leaves, musk, cedar, tonka wood, created by Olivier Cresp in 2004.Every time I sniff it I wonder, why don´t I own this thing?And then I remember why an hour later, because my only complaint is it gets a little sweeter than I like in the drydown, although it´s not so sweet by mainstream standards.I am crazy for that bottle, though, and if I run across some cheap I´ll probably buy it.In the meantime, I sniffed the new one, Hippy Fizz, and come on – look at that bottle — based solely on appearances, I don´t even care what it smells like, I want it.Notes are: raspberry, rose, violet leaves, magnolia, lotus, cedar and oakmoss. I´ll take their word for the cedar and oakmoss – on me it is the sweet, fruity floral you´d expect from the first five notes. In terms of artistic merit, Hippy Fizz is the fragrance equivalent of Pez, or Sour Patch Kids candy – and be honest, don´t you ever want a mouthful of Pez instead of a mouthful of, I don´t know, organic, fair-trade shade-grown artisanal dark chocolate?I know I do.I couldn´t pick it out of a lineup, it could just as easily be one of the Escada summer LEs, it´s a little fresh on me.
Finally, there was Oscar Fresh Vanilla for Women, which I tried at Bloomie´s and which she assured me was a special Limited Addition and Very Rare and I better buy it now or I´ll never see it again! Notes are: bergamot, blackcurrant, rose, marshmallow, orange blossom, vanilla,Peru balsam, musk.When I looked online I realized there have been a whole series of these Oscar things I´ve never seen – bamboo, pink lily, citrus, mocha chip, etc.Okay, not mocha chip.
Marshmallow.Marshmallow, for Pete´s sake.Honestly, though?It was kind of fun – it smells like a marshmallow you´ve toasted on a stick until it´s nicely browned, so it loses some sweetness and has a bit of that burnt smell – with a musky finish.It’s like Demeter did a scent called Toasted Marshmallow (you could layer it with Bonfire!), or CdG added it to their Sweet series. I know, I know.I must be losing my marbles.Off to apply Kolnisch Juchten to regain my senses.
PS For Mother´s Day my darling children gave me various items they made lovingly by hand in their art classes.I gave myself that Stuart Weitzman purse in the photo up there.I´ve coveted their shoes in that particular, iconic color – Red Quasar, a pearlized lipstick red – for years, but the shoes are usually either flats or 4-inch heels, and I want something in between.Then I saw the purse and knew:It Was Destiny.