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So what to review today? The summer slump over fragrance continues. Not a lot of new releases, and I comb through my drawers to see what I want to talk about until White Patchouli and Love in Black and the two new Serges come bounding through my door.
*drumming fingers on tabletop while looking through samples*
Comme des Garcons Zagorsk – one of my favorite incenses, period, and particularly great in the summer. Notes are white incense, pimento berries, pine, cedar, violet, iris, hinoki wood, birch wood. There is a piney woodiness to this incense that takes it out of the “really churchy” into the outdoorsy reverent. The floral notes and pimento berries give it a softness and a spicy quality that enriches it. It’s not a warm incense, but I don’t find it as cold as Bois d’Encens from Armani. It’s a dispassionate incense that is comforting in the way your best friend is. For me, it’s really perfect in the summertime, cooling and refreshing. Right up there with L’Artisan’s Passage d’Enfer and Bois d’Encens, both of which are summertime staples.
Aroma M’s Geisha Blanche now comes in an edp and has notes of lychee, jasmine, hyacinth, ylang ylang. Okay, I’m kinda digging this even though those notes aren’t usually my thing. It does have that “fresh” thing going for it, is that the lychee? It’s not overly sweet or overly floral, and the fresh isn’t as “Tampaxy” as a lot of these are, it’s just kind of brisk, slightly sweet and refreshing. If you don’t like fresh things, this likely won’t change your mind, but you’ll probably hate it less than other fresh-smelling perfumes that have come down the block. I think the hyacinth lends it a less sweet and more interesting feel than other fragrances in this genre.
Of the two? I’m going with Zagorsk, but I’d spritz the Geisha Blanche on some days, and I think a young woman would find it really lovely to wear and enjoy it a lot.
Is it fall yet? I’ve got more construction projects going on at my house than you can shake a stick at, and it feels like everything is either torn up or breaking, with no end in sight, all delays, and I just want to leave the country again until it’s over. What is making me happy this summer is my new wine habit. Um…. should someone with a perfume addiction take on a wine addiction? My budget is saying no… my nose, which totally gets how much wine and perfume lovers have in common, says hells yes! Though I read in a wine magazine how one person stopped wearing perfume after they started into their wine education. Um…. why? The mind boggles at why that would happen. Anyone have a guess? I’m clueless.