So. Ever have those moments in your life where you look up, shake your head a couple of times and realize that you are living the life of your dreams, even though it doesn’t look exactly like what you thought it would be? Yeah, I have been easing into one of those for months. What makes it real is that my complete contentment and happiness is dependent on no one person. I’ve had times before where I thought life was perfect, but it was because I was in love or some other outside thing was happening that precipitated that, and it was transient and cosmetic – it left as soon as that relationship hit bad places or the new wore off of the promotion or new house or Laboutin shoes. This is a deep-rooted to my bones happiness that comes from my heart and soul. Wow, that took a long time, just 49 years.
This is also the contentment of abundance season for perfume. I’m awash in things to try that I’m admiring and/or loving. The FKs, the new Cartiers, the VC&As. It’s a pretty great fall for perfume. Yes, there’s a lot of releases, but so many are really good and great. I just can’t figure out what to review next! So I’ll keep working through the Kurkdjians.
Lumiere Noire Pour Femme has notes of Spiced Rose (cumin, hot pepper), Patchouli and Narcissus. Lumiere Noire Pour Femme is just ridiculous – this is a fully grown, bosom-heaving woman who knows how to cast a come-hither invitation while never looking like a tramp. There was a scene in Mad Men last year where Betty Draper was standing in her front yard in a beautiful white negligee, perfectly coifed and made up, a cigarette dangling from her lips, eyes squinty to keep out the smoke, and the camera scans down to the shotgun in her hands, which she hoists up to her shoulder and shoots the neighbor’s pigeons because he threatened to kill her kids’ dog. That’s Lumiere Noire – it is dark because the light can’t penetrate, but it lacks nothing and needs nothing. Rose, patchouli, spices, warm, lingering, and hot, naughty narcissus. Caron’s Narcisse Noir meets Amouage Lyric woman and conspire to ensnare your soul. Denyse reviews it and Pour Homme beautifully.
Lumiere Noire Pour Homme takes masculinity and binds it. Notes of Spiced Rose (cumin, cinnamon) , Patchouli, Narcissus, Mugwort herb. On first blush, I thought this was going to be a much more traditional masculine scent. It opens that way, and then somehow it is captured and bound and starts radiating some heat that’s closer to the Pour Femme, and that dusting of cinnamon as it hits the heart is completely unraveling me in the bet ways. As Denyse notes, it is a little bit of a sexually ambiguous perfume, which means we chicks can happily wear it, but it’s not anywhere near feminine enough to scare macho guys away. Well, maybe a little if they scare easy. They’re not the same scent at all, but wearing one on one arm and one on the other is pretty intoxicating. The Femme strikes me as being a little dirtier in unexpected ways, and the Homme strikes me as being a little primmer in unexpected ways.
These are two surprising, unexpected, classic scents. Okay, winner from last week’s FK review post is: Margot. Just click on the Contact Us on the left, send me your address, and I’ll get you out a set of samples of all the FKs.
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