Hey, hey, it’s spring!!!! I have 17 rosebushes and a tree in my kitchen while I’m writing this. Hopefully by the time you read this, most of them will have taken up a new, dirty abode in my backyard. I’m still worried about that many rosebushes for the space? Too much? I don’t have a huge backyard. Naw, you can never have too many roses. They were supposed to be in the ground already, but a fairly nasty strain of intestinal bug has made it impossible for me to go digging around without worrying about – well, you know.
Just as a pitch for my favorite iris and rosebush companies – Schreiner’s has some of the most beautiful monstrously big irises I’ve ever seen. They grow great, and I’m pleased as punch with them so far. Roses, Heirloom roses is the place to go. Beautiful roses, ship perfectly, and the selection is just outstanding for antique varieties, which are the ones i love. They also rank them by fragrant factor. I have all 9s and 10s.
Roses, iris, lavender and a white Wisteria tree are the new adds to my backyard this year.
Okay, digging around in my sample box, let me find something newish and interesting. Cale Mistero, this is available at First in Fragrance. Top notes of rum, rhubarb and mint; middle notes of pimento, elemi, saffron and basmati rice; and base notes of oakwood, agarwood, labdanum and musk. Holy smokes!!! I’m glad I pulled this out of my little bag of sample tricks that have been neglected for a while. It smells a lot like Gypsy Water while it was in the sample vial. It’s like smoky spice over rice and incense – comforting and hot – and some burnt notes in there, just a touch of Eau de Fier. There is nothing not to love in this for those that like your scents in the more, um, interesting side of the line. It does soften nicely in the drydown, and I wish it stayed as potent as it did at the beginning, but you just can’t have that much hotness smoking along for that long. The rum notes had me afraid, but no fear here, it’s not boozy at all. They suggest it’s for men, and I do think it would smell great on a guy
Let’s see if there’s another Cale in the bag. Yup. Preludio d’Oriente. Top notes of bergamot, lemon and mandarine; middle notes of artemisia, incense and chamois leather; and base notes of patchouli, sandalwood and agarwood. Very different from the Mistero. It starts off all pretty citrus and quickly devolves into a woody rough leather that’s pretty great. It doesn’t strike me as oriental at all. It’s just a terrific leather/woody/incense scent.
90 Euros for 100 mls brings the Cales in at a not totally ridiculous price point. All of the perfumes have a story. An interesting line, and the two scents I’ve tried so far are interesting and well-done.