Lee already did a great review on Serge Lutens El Attarine, but I got some different mojo from it, so I just have to comment on my, um, experience. Am I the only person getting a healthy dose of MKK on the open under the ethereal boisees series? Yes? It’s a heady mix, like hot, sweaty sex in the forest. Is this how moose feel? I mean, damn, this starts out fierce on me, and it is the open that I completely have fallen in love with – the perfect blend of naughty and rutting nature. It’s just charmed the pants off me because it has enough of all the boisees in there to distract me from that funkiness going on under it, but all of that going on underneath never strays from my mind. The longer it’s on, the less overtly saucy it gets, but that almost makes it more sensual, not less. Less is the new more.
Chandler Burr has already reviewed the new Dianne Brill perfume, and he notes from Brill that the smells she was going for were leather, wood, figs, the smell of Cuba, old books, and nutmeg. Brill herself writes some horrible copy about not wanting to give notes, that you must experience it melting, blah, blah,blah. If I never have to read another one of these horrible perfume pitches screaming for attention like Lindsey Lohan withing 50 yards of a camera, it won’t be too soon.
Burr likens it to Ambre Narguile on Nitrous Oxide. Oh-kay…. On me it has the resemblance of something more traditional on the open, but quickly veers off into some completely new territory, then back to traditional fruity-ish floral, then completely heads down the path of something far more interesting. I get a little of the ozonic quality that has been mentioned in passing in comments on other blogs at first, but that lasts not at all in any noticeable way. Once it starts to settle, then that leather shows up, but it’s slightly rubbery, and I mean that in a good way. Librarian meets rubber pants? But no Ambre Narguile in sight. There is a gourmandish aspect to it, even though I can’t quite figure out what note is causing that or if it’s just the combination of notes that twirls it away from fruity floral into rubbery gourmand. There in the background is something closer to a mainline fruity floral scent, just jacked up – emulating it, but not, and then giggling when you notice.