The weather’s been gray and rainy – not in a bad way, it gives me hope that spring, as they say, is just around the corner. It’s the kind of weather that calls out for Fendi Theorema, which is what I’ve been wearing. A lot. And for me, it’s a nice change of pace to really wear a beloved perfume (rather than three or six new things) for an entire day.
Of course in the middle of that I got my bottle of the 1999 Calice Becker Ines – bought from Overstockperfume for $14.99 for 1.7 oz (!), I think with shipping the total was less than $22, and it came – literally – the next morning. I already had on Theorema but I sprayed some Ines on anyway, on the opposite arm. It was quite the felicitious combination. Not a layering – I could still lift a wrist and smell either – but I love doing that sometimes. Theorema’s candied orange on one arm, Ines’ warm, musky embrace on the other, and the scent of the two of them mingled in the air around me… joyous. And I got compliments, both from a daughter and a stranger. As opposed to funny looks. A nice change.
I did try the Balenciaga Paris. Reviews have been mixed – it’s a quieter scent, a violet, not too sweet, done something along the lines of Prada Infusion d’Iris, maybe a bit more punch. I haven’t seen the bottle in person but in the photos it’s gorgeous. It’s been noted that the musky base tends to linger. I have to say … linger it did, to the point that it wore out its welcome. I’m having trouble putting my finger on exactly what my problem with it is/was. It’s certainly light, and Prada IdI never gave me that trouble. But that base stays and stays and stays and it’s just persistent enough, in maybe a marginally fresh/metallic way? That it began to annoy. Not to the point that I scrubbed, but to the point that I buried it. Under some Mandragore. I know. You’re shocked. I’ll be trying it some more, and if I fall in love (and I might, as I like violet very much) I’ll let you know. Until then, let’s all bow our heads and have a moment of silence for the fact that we can’t buy Laura Tonatto’s discontinued Eleonora Duse, the greatest violet I’ve ever loved and lost … oh my GOD!!!!!! It’s on her website again!!!!!!! I wonder if it smells the same … notes grabbed from there: ylang – ylang Comores – bergamot Italia, violet victorian, iris Italia, lily of the valley, mimosa, woody, poudry, cedar Texas, vanilla Madagascar. 72 Euros!!! Hmm….
Today’s post, inspired by my cheapie Ines, and because I’m curious: everything can’t be Serge and Amouage and some vat of stuff you have to order direct from Florence or Ulan Bator (although you know I would, and pay $50 shipping). What cheap thrills have you indulged in? I’m thinking of discounter-available frags. There’s a whole world out there of good stuff that’s under the radar – I had no idea that Becker Ines even existed, and I’m amused to see from comments to that post that several of you already own and wear it. So, let’s hear about your other online “budget” finds – whether they lived up to expectations or not. Did anyone try that Bill Blass Nude that Angela blogged about? How was it? And if your cheap scent was bought unsniffed, whether after a review or because you saw it in a plastic case at Marshalls and had heard about it, I’d love to hear how it worked out – I’m always interested in people’s success rates with unsniffed purchases, as mine is not great.
PS. For anyone interested: I see in the Sunday NYTimes that Martin Margiela Untitled will be available “this month” in the new boutique in NYC: phone #212-989-7612, no size or price quoted.
Sources: Calice Becker Ines: overstockperfumes.com; Balenciaga Paris, private sample, Fendi Theorema, my own bottle.