There are many moments in a Perfumista’s life that are fraught with peril. I had three of them in one day. A couple of glasses of champagne are helping now.
The vintage Mitsouko parfum arrived, and it was perfect and pristine, and I sniffed the stopper, and I smelled – nothing. OHNOES! Factice? Gently clip the tie for the seal, try to turn Baccarat stopper. Frozen stiff. Take deep breath for surgical stopper removal and feeling grateful I did not start drinking early today, despite the foot of snow that came overnight. Bathroom faucet turned to hot, gently place neck of bottle under it for 30 seconds, make sure I’m not cavalierly holding bottle when I turn it again. Ah, it turns. But does it smell?
Dab some on to make sure top through bottom notes are in good shape. Swoon some more. Walk huge honking bottle back to safe place. Whew!
Open box that has a small bottle of Joy parfum in it and unknown size bottle of 1000 parfum in it. Open box to very strong Patou smell. Well, yeah, they always leak, those Patou parfum bottles – not sure why, but never had one show up without smelling it before I open the box. Seller sure had a weird way to wrap this, and – crap! – paper around one bottle is very brown. Very bad. Pull it out and squeal when I realize it hadn’t leaked much, until, of course, the stopper came out in my hand and I spilled more all over my hands. Slippery little thing, caught it before I dumped more of it, didn’t lose much. Then pull out bottle of 1000 parfum, which feels… well, large! And IT IS!!!! Big honking bottle of 1000 parfum for ridiculously low price because seller did not state the size.
So far, a couple of near misses that turned out excellent. A great day.
Open new Hermes from Jean-Claude Ellena, Voyage d’Hermes. Will this finallly be the Ellena where he re-creates the smell of air? I know it’s going to happen, I don’t know when, and I don’t want my crushing on J-CE to be over yet. No list of notes that I can find, just the cryptic “musky woods” as the description, along with a lot of stuff about taking a journey.
Spray. There are notes, it is not air, I am saved!!! Most of the reviews and descriptions of this are similar to each other and the way I experienced it, so it seems to not be veering all over the place on how people smell it. Citrusy and a little tart on the open, green, a shot of skank as that clears, very brief, like a flash of bloomers (or less), but an interesting follow-up to the open, before it lands, for me, in a little bit vegetal Terre d’Hermes place, but not exactly there, with the tartness sorta swirling around. It is, like most of the J-CE’s of the past few years, fairly transparent. There’s no heaviness that weighs it down, it has a nice float to it. It is so easy to wear and has that beautiful waftiness that so many of his scents have that are difficult to smell when you put your nose to your skin, but surround you in a lovely cloud of scent.
The bottle is gorgeous, and it is refillable. The 100 ml refillable bottle is going for $145, they will have a 125 ml refill bottle for who knows what price, I think it’s usually $125(?), but my boutique didn’t have those as of yet. Of course they tossed in a sample for me! So I’ve got one carded sample to give away, plus a couple of other noncarded samples I’ll make up for three commenters total.
So what has been the most perilous moment in your perfuming adventures?