I think the unthinkable has happened: my relocation, my surroundings, possibly my diet, and other contributing factors have altered my chemistry. Things don´t smell the same, and the tenacity of scent on my skin is no longer as impressive as it once was. Now, nothing seems to last more than an hour. Last year, circumstances derailed my sense of smell; now they seem to be wreaking havoc on my skin.
I´ve dragged all my cool/cold weather faves out of hibernation, and once again I find myself bonkers for everything containing incense and woods. Out came Donna Karan Wenge & Labdanum (waves to Lee), along with my beloved Chaos, Satellite Padparadscha, Costes, Jozef Statkus, and the like. After my Ricci Ricci “fruitchouli” encounter two weeks ago, I needed to get my nose back on the right track. But, nothing seems to hang around for very long. The best part of all these scents, for me, is the warm, comforting embraces I´ve always gotten from them. Now, these embraces have deteriorated to those quick shoulder bump/back claps I see men give each other all the time. Like, all of a sudden, a nice solid bear hug requires too much effort.
One scent I´ve rediscovered is Serge´s Five o´ Clock au Gingembre. A lot of people complained that this one was too “perfumey”. I´ve always found it beautiful. It starts out all tangy and gingery, but warms up to this spicy, kind of chai latte scent on me. It has quickly found a place at the front of the line. This one is an underappreciated gem, in my opinion. And Lee, it has that magic ingredient – cistus labdanum.
Before I embark on a post, I always like to get a sense of what´s out there. Last week, I wound up in, of all places, Bath and Body Works. Why? Their newest offering: Twilight Woods. Woods are for me, the equivalent of the dinner bell for Pavlov´s dog. I´ve become so infatuated by them, I´ll smell them anytime, anywhere.
Unfortunately, there´s nothing remotely woody about Twilight Woods. Check out this list of notes: juicy berry, sparkling mandarin, hint of coconut, creamy frangipani, soft mimosa, wet honeysuckle, wild freesia, apricot nectar, oud wood, skin musk captive, vanilla milk and warm woods. Serge Lutens is off in a corner somewhere sobbing.
Again, we´re talking mainstream; my M.O. lately is to poke fun at the scents I´m sniffing, then admit they´re not all that bad. And most of the time, they´re really not. I think B&BW has done a pretty decent job with some of their newer scents – Sensual Amber is a good one, and that Chocolate Amber one they briefly had was even better. Black Amethyst is a little heavy on the patch for my liking, but all in all, they´ve come a long way from Flowering Herbs and Juniper Breeze. As for Twilight Woods, my nose picks up a good bit of apricot and freesia, and the drydown is more of a sweet musky vanilla than oud and warm woods. It´s nice; but it´s not one I would classify as “woody”. Serge knows his woods; Donna Karan knows hers. Twilight Woods is a grabber when you want a nicely scented body cream and shower gel. And when you can buy three and get three free, how can you go wrong?
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