So I got samples of the new Augustes that Luckyscent is carrying, and of course just set them to one side because they are $245 for 40 ml, but they have really super-cute bottles according to the pictures. But in the spirit of not overlooking anything that is really spendy, let’s take a look at the Augustes.
Esprit de Chine has notes of Ambrette, Orange blossom, Lilac, Carnation, Muguet, White Musk, Tree Moss absolute, Sandalwood. The open is a little bitterish, but not in a bad way, just slightly sharped. The floral notes immediately soften that sharpness, adding a lovely floral quality, lots of interest from the distinctively greenish muguet and still slightly sharp ambrette. It’s underpinned very nicely with the base notes, the musk the most prominent, but not overpowering the florals. This scent is really lovely. It has a beautifully rounded feel to it that makes it grown-up without being “old Ladyish.” I would happily wear this.
Esprit de Cuir has notes Citron, Geranium, Galbanium, Jasmin, Clove, Birch, Opoponax, Tonka Bean absolute, Oak Moss absolute. Okay, it has a slightly citrus open that lasts for… a second, and then it goes right into full-on leather. Rich, earthy leather. You leather freaks should love this. I like leather, but it’s not something I find myself wearing all the time. This is elegant without being too refined. Earthy without being too raw. An interesting take on leather.
Esprit de Chypre has notes of Bergamot, Ylang, Citron, Patchouly, Nutmeg, Vetyver, Oak Moss absolute, Heliotrope, Cistaceae absolute (rock rose). Very mossy open in a great way. Just a hint of citrus. The nutmeg lends a nice spicy touch to the florals. I don’t smell the leather in any overpowering way, it’s very understated. Okay, this is probably my favorite of the three. It’s got a beautiful symmetry to it that you could wear for every day or for a really special evening.
Are any of them worth $245 for 40 ml? It says it is extrait de parfum, which leads me to believe it’s a decent strength, and it seems to have good lasting power. If it is extrait, $245 for more than an ounce of extrait is just not a bad price at all. I’d be in to buy the Chypre for sure at that price. I think all three are interesting, and I’m surprised there hasn’t been more.
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