Update on the VI Peel – yikes!!!!!!!!!!!! I had the peeling I expected on Friday and Saturday, which was like a sunburn peel. Then Sunday and today is a whole different level of peeling on certain areas – around the mouth and the chin. Not sure if they are more sensitive or what, but it’s a little freaky – some bumps and scabbing. I’m still not going out yet. I went to the movies on Saturday, but after that – no way. My main irritation is I can’t work out. Once I start sweating, it irritates the skin with the salt from the sweat, plus just getting my heart rate up – it’s like little electrical jolts all over my face. So I feel like a slug and have been just ordering Sushi for delivery until this is over. What I really want is Gingersnaps or Snickerdoodles. That would make me feel better. Well, not better, but they sound good. I’m so hoping I can go out tomorrow or at least do a gentle yoga session at home, at a minimum.
So if someone tells you you will be back to normalish in 4 days or so, don’t believe them. You might, but I think it’s more likely that you’ll have some weird areas on your skin that didn’t like the peel as much or is peeling harder or something, and you may not want to be seen for a week or so.
March already reviewed Natori much more thoroughly, but I’m just doing a random dive into the sample drawer. Notes are aldehydes, rose, plum, ylang, peony, jasmine, patchouli, amber and musk. Like March, aldehydes are a no-show on me, which is good. This just isn’t that kind of scent. There’s an almost suede’ish smoothness to the musk in this. I don’t get this as an overly floral perfume at all, it’s got a more husky voice, but not slutty at all. It’s well done and certainly a scent that’s easy to wear. I’d definitely snag a bottle of it when it hits the discounters.
Can I just whine a little about The Garden Party solifores? There’s a Frangipane, Wisteria and Tuberose, though I only saw the tuberose at Harrod’s, not at Luckyscent where the other two are. $165 for 50 mls. Now, with today’s new, improved perfume pricing, that’s not wicked high, but it’s enough that you have to really think about it for a soliflore. The problem is, I really like these soliflores, but I just can’t pull the trigger on $150 for 50 mls.
Frangipane has notes of Spices, Calabrian bergamot, Ceylonese cinnamon, Indian jasmine absolute, osmanthus absolute, Venezuelan tolu balsam, white musk, oakmoss, East Indian patchouli. This thing is a really gorgeous jasmine/frangipane combo, just a little spicy and musky – jasmine is slightly indolic, but not so much that you recoil, and the other notes just balance it out to be this soft, feminine, womanly musky floral. It’s not the most fabulous thing I’ve ever smelled by a mile, but I really would like to wear it, but not at that price!!! And the tuberose. I smelled that briefly in London and was smitten, but, again, not for 150 plus. I think it was 165 pounds there for 50 mls. I keep hearing these things are way cheaper in Italy. Does anyone know if that’s true, and if so, how cheap? I’d spring 100 bucks for the tuberose, but I’d rather it be closer to the 50. They’re just not $150 worth of great. Do I sound bitter? I really hate it when I like something, don’t love it enough to pay through the nose for it, but I still want it anyway.
Am I wrong there? Do you have things like that in your head? Is this like my yearning for a sports car, but I can’t bring myself to spend that much money? I really want my kicks cheaper. Speaking of kicks, anyone want to split a bottle of Kilian Pure Oud – just need on taker? I don’t need the bottle or the pretty box, etc.