I’m having a little trouble just focusing on one perfume to talk about these days – or any – after the halcyon days of last fall when practially everything that got popped under my nose was interesting or beautiful or both.
Back to reality. Isn’t that an Eminem song?
Van Cleef & Arpels Oriens, the bottle is really beautiful. I’d like to have it as a ring.
What? I can’t just stop there? I mean, it’s okay, it’s a nice Fruitchili, I do like it well enough, I wouldn’t hate wearing it and would probably like it after the initial pretty patchuiti blast. Top notes of raspberry, black currant, and praline; middle notes of jasmine and fresh-cut white flowers; and a base of patchouli. Is it wrong to just be disapointed because of how much I loved their Collection Extraordinaire? Probably. This is definitely a more mainstream scent, following the same tried and true paths. But if you are a bottle trollop, get it for that. It doesn’t have the cheese factor that some of you ( not me, I love cheese!) found with the Feerie bottle. It sits in your hand perfectly and has some heft to it. You won’t hate the perfume in it, but you also won’t be exclaiming about its originality or anything close to that.
On the other hand, I love Parfumerie Generale Papyrus de Ciane. Denyse was kind enough to let me smell some of hers when I was in Paris, but I sorta glossed over it in my rapture over the new L’Artisan (nope, you can’t get a word out of me, I am sworn to secrecy). Notes of galbanum, broom, plants, creamy wood and Mousse de Saxe. What is not to love there. It has that yummy base that feels all Caron’ish floating in a boat of green. It really is so lovely to wear. It’s just hard to sniff this on one hand, which feels like such a loving tribute to perfume of the past, while making it modern and Oriens on the other hand. If you haven’t read Denyse’s interview with Pierre and stared at his mysterious, dark, super-stud image as well (we’re having image problems on the blog – no, not cosmetic surgery ones, just can’t upload anything new, which is getting frustrating), you need to go do so now (fanning self). I love his reverence for the art of perfumery and history, and I so hope he does what he is contemplating, bringing out non-IFRA compliant perfumes only for contemplative purposes.
Source of perfumes – Lisa at TPC send me some of the PG to smell, and the Oriens is from my bottle I’ll be decanting for TPC. Do you guys need me to tell you that? You can usually assume that, unless I specify that I got it somewhere else. It’s usually there or the free samples I get with perfume orders 99% of the time.
And I am out of space! Winners of the Kilian Red Oud samples are: Natalie and Melissa. Just click on the contact us on the left, remind me what I’m sending you, and give me your address. This will be a teeny sample since I only have a bit.