Hi there, snowbound friends of the Posse! We’re still digging ourselves out on the East Coast and the kids are underfoot because school’s closed (anyone want to place bets on whether they’ll reopen this week, or are we headed right into winter vacation, which starts Wednesday afternoon?)
I’ve been getting my champagne and shovel on. Those of you familiar with the DC area know that Sunday in the mid-Atlantic was warm enough after a typical snowfall that if you don’t get that 16 inches of snow off your car and out of your driveway by Sunday night, it’s 8 inches of icy mush by Monday. But we had a great time playing.
Before I forget – thanks to the many commenters who came by on Friday to enter the Tauer Perfumes draw. I won’t include Andy’s email here, because I don’t want to embarrass him, but he was very, very touched as he read them, and congrats to Tara for winning.
Okay, today’s review: The Different Company’s Oriental Lounge, the new oriental (duh) from the line. Here´s a link to Grain de Musc, in which Céline Ellena explains how she was tinkering with the genre to come up with the fragrance. Notes via LuckyScent are: Bergamot, curry leaf, pepper, red rose, labdanum, tonka bean and satinwood. (Satinwood, according to Ellena, is a blend of a synthetic sandalwood note and a powdery note.)
To be fair, you should read the Grain de Musc interview, which explains Ellena’s intentions. I started to try to quote from it, but I’d end up quoting most of it, which feels too plagiaristic for me. Also, here´s a link to 1000 Fragrances’ review, and Octavian knows way more about perfume structure than I ever will, and hey – he liked it.
Me? Eh. Seriously? This could have been straight from the Macy’s bottle of Usher’s newest flanker for men, maybe called something like Usher IV: Love Machine. To me it smells like a midrange woody guy cologne, subcategory: barbershop shaving cream. I am pretty sure it’s Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez who’ve noted that if you take a classical feminine and cheapen the ingredients enough, it starts to smell like a cheesy masculine. Well, Céline Ellena has apparently worked the same dark magic using expensive ingredients and all her technical skilz. Congratulations, Céline, I’m (sort of) speechless. I note, again in her Grain de Musc interview, that “Oriental Lounge arose from the need to compose a warm oriental, which was missing from the brand´s line-up. It was also missing for me, because to speak bluntly, orientals aren´t my favorite perfume family…” So, this is an oriental developed by someone who doesn’t even like orientals? Well, that explains everything, I guess. Since I’m too lowbrow to appreciate this result of the subverting of the aesthetic, I invite you to comment if you’ve tried it. It’s not terrible. It’s more … pointless. I can’t think why I’d put this on instead of … well, pretty much anything else I own. I think I’ll dab on some vintage Cinnabar parfum and go downstairs and scare the children. Cinnabar goes with sledding, yes? I promise I’ll put my champagne flute down first!