The worst days for me in writing are when no sample, perfume, idea, season jumps out at me and seems to want to be written about – there’s just this great big empty space where my brain used to be. I uncap and sniff sample after sample, wanting one of them to speak to me – good, bad, anything but indifferent. And they are all silent.
Panic set in after I’d gone through about 20-30 samples, mostly new stuff, and I was resigning myself to writing about plants or sewing or sex. BTW, I did just order a tuberose bulb so I can have the smell of tuberose around my house. It joins my champacca, gardenia and jasmine plant.
Then I spied the new Soivohle samples. Surely something in there would leap out at me. Pink Praline sounds like a sticky mess, though I was pretty sure it wouldn’t be Liz’s somewhat more refined rendition of Pink Sugar. Notes of pink grapefruit, cocoa, maple, dark roasted coffee, spices, cinnamon, honey, fenugreek, vanilla.
Citrusy, almost tart chocolate on the open, which is a little weird, but then the coffee really takes it in another direction. It’s gourmand, but not GOURMAND. Spicy coffee chocolate, which just a touch of sweetness from the vanilla and maple. I love Bond’s New Haarlem for coffee fragrance for many years, but I prefer the Pink Praline much more – it’s not as agressive, I don’t feel like Starbucks and Tastee Cakes were making out on my arm. It’s subtler and more interesting. And it’s definitely a gourmand you can wear in the summer, it’s not heavy, it has almost a coolness to it. Basially a tasteful New Haarlem.
What perfume’s name threw you when you actuallly smelled the perfume the most?