First off – thanks to everyone who voted for Perfume Posse on the 8th Annual Basenotes Awards – we took the silver medal (and congrats to Now Smell This for gold and Bois de Jasmin for bronze.) We work really hard on this blog, as you can tell, sort of, if you squint. Or read it when you´re drunk, or bored with GFY. No, seriously, we were thrilled!! You readers are the best! Hugs all around.
Now put your hats and sidearms back on, it’s time to ride with us for the sniffage roundup.
Here´s my contribution:
I am uninterested in smelling like standard-issue man, even nice-smelling man. I think Ralph Lauren Double Black is a great mainstream men´s scent, with its coffee and mango, and Armani Attitude isn´t half bad, either – and while I might buy one of them for the Cheese, I wouldn´t wear either. I´ll smell like civet or popcorn or the inside of a moldy crypt, but I don´t want to smell like a guy. So. If Envy for Men were one iota more conventional, I wouldn´t wear it. As it is, its gingery-woody-oriental goodness is the love child of L´Instant Pour Homme and Givenchy Organza Indecence – the quirky, patch-y classicism of the former and the warm, spicy vanillic sweetness of the latter. I want to layer it with something to amp up its femme quirkiness – maybe more vanilla, or maybe Serge Five O´Clock Snooze, or maybe that Origins Ginger thing you all keep mentioning. Yummy. ADDENDUM: It is wonderful with more ginger, I tried the Origins.
Mariah Carey M – marshmallow, “sea breeze” accord, Tahitian tiare, gardenia, amber, patch, incense, done by Carlos Benaim. I´ve confessed on here my love for tacky bottles, and M would certainly fit into that profile for me. The only reason I hadn´t sniffed it was … well, it´s by Mariah Carey, and nothing against Mariah herself, understand, but I´d assumed M was likely to be a gag-inducing fruity floral. Anyhoo, in The Guide TS called it a “pleasant nutty-lactonic sweet floral” with a browned butter smell, which sounded like it might have some legs as one of my snuggly comfort scents. And it just won the Basenotes award for best women´s celeb scent, so I gave it a go, why not? And… oh, I don´t know. It´s not terrible. I wonder if I´m anosmic to some part of the base? It´s fairly diffuse on my skin, have any of you tried it? Is this one of those five-spray deals? It´s less appealing to me than Hilary Duff With Love, or Betsey Johnson — both of which I like, and either of which I´d prefer (TS hated La Duff with its masculine woody drydown, while I admired its gutsy break from what you´d expect from a teen queen.) With M you´ve got your (slightly bitter) fresh thing at the opening, then you´ve got your gourmand. Sniff your skin at the drydown and the incense smells like Pixy Stix. Too bad, I was kind of lemming that bottle once I picked it up.
Okay – your turn. Did you get what you were expecting in your sniffage, or something different?