First, winners of the Serge Noire samples are: Pantera Lilly and momlady. Congrats!! Just click on the contact us on the left and let me know your address to get your sample.
Two new scents out this month, as we start to go full-tilt into the fall release season, are Van Cleef & Arpels Feerie and David Yurman.
Feerie has a bottle just TDF. I mean… look at that. My little sample bottle doesn’t have the cute little fairy on it, darn it, so I’m going to have to get this one. do I care one whit what this smells like before I buy it? No, I do not because I will have that bottle. Notes of violet, red berries, mandarin, rose, jasmine, iris and vetiver. It opens with a candied violet smell, fairly sweet, I suspect amped up by the red berries and mandarin notes. A little too sweet on the open, and I was very much worried that we had another fruity candied violet on our noses. I mean. that bottle!!! I know I don’t care, but I don’t want to buy a dog just for the bottle deep down. After about 15 minutes, the sweet aspect diminished, and the iris and vetiver asserted themselves enough to talk Feerie off the sugar ledge it was on. The rich jasmine meandered through, but it stays very much a violet/iris scent, but a rich, sumptuous one. It’s not powdery on the iris or earthy. Those of you that don’t like your violet or iris sweet at all probably won’t be wearers or buyers of this scent. Since I’m buying it regardless for that darling bottle, it’s good that it fits the kind of violet/iris I do like, because it’s a pretty great violet/iris. Nothing groundbreaking, just a scent that’s easy to wear.
The famous jeweler to the up and coming rich, David Yurman makes his entry into the perfume market with a concotion of mandarin, fresh green petals, cassis, peony, water lily, natural rose otto, patchouli, exotic woods and soft musk. This one couldn’t go on any different from the Feerie. Just the opposite. It’s a big-shoulder-pad floral that shoves its way into the room with sillage floofing about like dust-devils on the Kansas plains in summer. That’s not a bad thing, though, because one thing it is not — shy. It knows what it is- it is a rich, luxury perfume made for those who want to make the statement: I.have.money….lots.and.lots. As Robin notes, it does change remarkably about 30-60 minutes into it, morphing into a still rich, but much more woody, musky perfume, but it keeps a metallic tang on me – the water lily? Chandler Burr is right, they will make a fortune on it. This is what I hoped Donna Karan Gold would be. As long as you let that open settle down before you head to the office and you do a teensy spritz, you can wear this for day and not be banned from the office.
Up next week: My Wii, which should come to live with me hopefully yet this week.