One of my favorite new websites, This is Why You’re Fat. Ponder the Turbaconucken, which is chicken inside a duck inside a turkey, covered in bacon. Seems maringally more healthy than the deep fried s’more on a stick.
Evody Parfums is a perfume shop in Paris near the Odeon Metro stop. They sell niche perfumes, but have also developed their own line. At 60 euros for what I think is 50 mls (it doesn’t say on their website), it’s at least at a halfway decent price point. Funny how my concept of that has changed over the last five years.
But are they any good? Let’s start with Reve d’Anthala. Their website lists nots of tropical flowers, orchid and tiare, Madagascar vanilla, jasmine, musk and benzoin. This is a nicely made tropical gourmand, if you’re a fan of that. The vanilla is not too sweet, somewhere between Indult Tihota and L’ann-ael maybe? The musk and benzoin give it a nice base to sit on and keeps it on the mild and not overpowering side of the perfume fence. It has a nice, soft drydown that seems like a soft tropical summer night.
Pomme d’Or has notes of lime, oak and juniper, and it is light and brisk and refreshing and right in SMN Eva territory. Just a sparkling, happy brew that would work for men or women. Its best season would be spring and summer, but just wearing it any time for a pick-me up would work for me.
Note de Luxe has notes of bergamot, white flowers, iris, woods, spices and balms. It’s not exactly an oriental and not really a wood. It has a sharpish note in with the floral, a little rooty iris. It starts to go a little soapish early on, but the bitter note pulls it back into a really interesting drydown that wound up being the one I kept returning to to sniff over and over again, trying to figure out the interplay.
Bois Secret is a powdery woodsy scent. It has a little of a Bois des Iles feel too it, with a more sharpish woods note. They do describe it as powdery, but I don’t find it drifting off in that direction too much, it stays very nicely woodsy and refreshing. This is one you could spray on with abandon, it’s not overpowering, and it’s just a well-rounded, nice scent
Ambre Intense is incense, flowers, balms and woods. This is a really nicely done amber that stays fairly dry and has a nice play between the amber and incense, some tang to it, and then some sweet. Sorta like when you sit down to eat potato chips, and they get too salty, so you eat a chocolate, and then your mouth is too sweet, so you eat another couple potato chips. It has that kind of balance to it. It’s not overly amberish, and for me, I mean that in good way. Some ambers are just tooooooo much and I can’t seem to shake them off my nose once I smell them. This one is really just rght.
All five of these scents would work for men or women, except maybe the first one, the d’Anthala, it leans probably more feminine early on, but I don’t think that femine aspect lasts long enough to be of concern. The entire line is well done, has a decent price point, you can order directly from them, so they’re not trying to be all haughty and exclusive. The nicest thing is, after putting on all five? I really adore the smell of all of them together.
Let’s do a drawing for a couple of sample sets of all five of these since I still have some left in my little sample bottles. Just drop a comment, and you’ll be entered in the drawing!