I´m having a nutty week, trying to pull some things together before we take off for LA – wheeeee!!!! By the way, I´ll be comatose Monday, having taken the redeye back from LA, so please stop by on Monday for Anita/Musette´s post on synesthesia. Also, for anyone in D.C. who doesn´t know yet – this coming Sunday the 15th, Ron Robinson of Apothia will be at Art With Flowers in McLean (top floor of Tysons II) from 12 – 5ish presenting his new fragrance, Pearl, and they´ll have the usual goodies. I´ll still be in LA unfortunately but I know several of our favorite dames are going on the earlier side. Have fun!
So. There have been some challenges in my perfumage recently. The new Hermes Vanille Galante (in English, “Oui, madame, I strangle you with my aquatic tendrils,”) was emphatically not my sort of thing, being a somewhat less melony Mousson with some wet, salty florals. Next up: Annick Goutal Matin d´Orage, which I stupidly kept reading as Orange, so I was expecting neroli, or something citrus-y, as opposed to what I got, which is, “Oui, madame, I strangle you with my aquatic tendrils.” It´s also got a big ol´ dose of Patty´s patented Tampax Fresh Accord. I am sensing a slightly terrifying trend here. Is fresh/aquatic the new pink pepper? I think I am the only blogger at this point who didn´t love these, so…
So I give up. Today you´re writing the review. The seasons are changing, it´s time to dig out your unloved bottles and dust them off. G´wan, go spray on something you haven´t worn in awhile and tell me how it went. Here are mine.
Kiehls Original Musk No. 1. I used to think this was sour and nasty. Then I thought it was … not bad. I just bought a bottle on the wiki splits page. It´s weirdly sweet and vegetal on me. I get cravings for it the way I crave carrot juice – even while I´m drinking it I´m not sure I like it, but that doesn´t stop me from reaching for the bottle.
Ines de la Fressange. I have the fussy, fabulous leaf bottle that smells different than the new one. I bet ten years ago I would have found this really sophisticated. It´s probably the most mainstream fruity floral I have, but it´s not gourmand and it´s not especially sweet. Sometimes I just want plain vanilla, you know? Or in this case, raspberry sherbet.
Jo Malone Lotus Blossom & Water Lily – I bought this last summer and promptly wore it too many days in a row, to the point that I was sick of it. Its tenacity on anything (skin, fabric) is astonishing. You can smell it on shirts a week later. I´m back to liking it again, but I want to mail some off to somebody like Octavian for his speculative analysis. It´s so pervasive and one-note in its radiance I have a suspicion it´s got an overdose of a single chemical ingredient, something it shares with the Dark Amber and Ginger Lily. Whatever it is, I hope they have the lid on the drum tight.
L´Artisan Mure et Musc. What the heck was I thinking? Ew. And I bought a backup bottle of this? Back into the closet. I bet in another six months I´ll love it again.
Hermes Jardin Sur le Nil – I used to think this was so exotic. Now that peppery incense note inexplicably reads as smelling faintly of vomit on my skin. Once I got that into my head I can´t get it out. On the other hand, this is JCE, right? This is watery, right? Separate from the vomit note, why doesn´t it nauseate me the way Mousson and Galante do? I think it´s something about the astringency – the citrus and the woods, but I´m not sure.
Your turn. Grab something out of perfume purgatory and tell me all about it. Have your feelings changed? Ardor dimmed? Passions rekindled? Tastes shifted?