Unfinished business: first off, regarding yesterday’s post on tattoos: y’all are freaks. And I love you. I knew I could count on you! I knew everyone would be lifting up their shirts and dropping their drawers and offering helpful advice … I live in the D.C. area as some of you know, and I’m not traveling to get a tattoo (not that I’m getting one!!) so right now I’ve been browsing local websites, looking at portfolios, and reading reviews on Yelp. Any local recommendations appreciated.
Second, I keep forgetting this – my own dear darlings, chat amongst yourselves in comments and arrange hookups to your hearts’ content, that’s why we’re here, but please don’t type your regular email address in comments. Spambots troll for that stuff, and then next thing you know you’re getting adverts to Empower your trouser serpent, to quote an actual email in my spam filter. If you must, at least type it like this: jane doe at verizon dot net
Threed: Robin at NST smelled my CB I Hate Perfumes Wildflower Honey and thinks it smells just dandy. So. It’s me. (sad emoticon here). She suggested that maybe whatever musk is in there that I can’t smell is further blocking out the other dimensions of the scent … like the actual honey. Sounds plausible to me.
So – today’s perfume review! Martin Margiela Untitled! Which Patty already reviewed and about which I didn’t care; if they can´t be bothered to name it, why should I bother to smell it, especially since I’m pretty sure right this second you can only get it at Colette in Paris? Is that right? (Oh, I don’t know, March – you’re the blogger.)
Notes are: boxwood, galbanum, bitter orange, incense, jasmine, cedar and musk. “The fragrance reinterprets aromas of greenery after rain.” (via Fragrantica); the perfumer is Daniela Andrier.
I don’t know if you’ve read many reviews yet but Untitled is not what you’d expect from those notes – or at least what I’d expect. It’s not sharp/green, and it’s not pissy. It’s certainly not floral, and if I were going to stereotype I’d say the “masculine” end of the unisex spectrum. Patty mentioned Bois Farine in her review (which BTW smells doughy and awful on my skin) but I see what she’s saying in terms of comparison. It’s woody/nutty but not yeasty.
It is so hard to describe perfumes sometimes, but as I smelled Untitled with Louise, I knew instantly what Untitled reminded me of! Let me quote myself: Untitled smells pretty much like the part of the smell of marijuana that I really like. Not the acrid smoke – this smells like a bud, that green/grass/resin smell, neither super-high-grade stuff nor skunky ditchweed. It is … decidedly hempy. If it “reinterprets aromas of greenery,” we’re not talking about your lawn here. Fresh Cannabis Santal to me is sweet/earthy, and Nasomatto Hindu Grass smells mostly like patchouli … although, hey, it’s not like either of these is advertised as smelling like weed. (Nasomatto’s now done hash, heroin and pot – where’s my Nasomatto Crystal Meth? Eh? Or maybe that’s too …. synthetic for their aesthetic.)
Untitled is not virtual-reality pot – I bet CB could do an excellent rendition if he wanted to – there’s a musky component at the base and a hint of dry citrus that makes Untitled smell more like a cologne. Dope cologne. It smells great, it really does, and unlike actual dope smoke it wears lightly (delicate sillage) and doesn’t last more than five or six hours, which (for me) is pretty brief. I think this would be very refreshing to wear in warmer weather. It would never have crossed my mind as the sort of thing I’d want to wear, but … I do. And since I’m queen: anybody doing a split I can weasel in on? I really want a decant.
Source: private sample.