The Malle candles. OhmyLord. I’m still pretty blown away by the amount of scent in them. I had the Sandalwood and Cardamom sitting by me last night unlit and had to move the candle because I was getting overloaded with scent.
Update on the Amy’s Country Candle gardenia candle. It is a definitely reasonably priced alternative to the Malle. Had I not smelled the Malle first, I’d probably very content with it. It’s got a nice throw, but the gardenia is a little plasticky. It is nice, though, and if you want a good gardenia, you might want to try it in the tiny candle Amy has just for that purpose.
But we’re not talking candles today. All you non-candle people will rejoice. The nice salesperson at Byredo in Barney’s made me a sample of the M/Mink, their newest scent. Perfume Jerome Epinette made it with notes of adoxal, incense, patchouli, honey and amber. I looked up Adoxal from the link on Now Smell This. Says it’s a waxy aldehyde. Kinda interesting! Not that I understand all the chemical stuff on that page Robin linked to. There’s plenty of aldehydes on the open, which feels fairly cold, overlaid on some very warm notes of honey and amber. The concept was to have an inky smell, which they hit, though it’s not just inky. I’m thinking it’s a little like sitting bundled up in my fur (if I had one) in a freezing cold room scratching off a note with a fountain pen whilst honey is dripping from my tongue. It has an animal elegance to it with some seriously twisted dark places. Octavian has an in-depth review that’s a really interesting read.
I’m happy to see Byredo move this direction. I really haven’t been thrilled with much they’ve done in the last 4 outings or so. They seem to give off the appearance of being on the bleeding edge of haute perfumerie, but not a lot that is very bloody, which is something that’s necessary to be considered “edgy.” I do love a couple of their scents because they have a comfort factor that’s amazing. M/Mink isn’t really comforting in any conventional sense, but it does draw my nose back over and over as it reveals something else in it. As far as wearability, it works for me. It’s not so smutty that you have to apologize to your seatmate on the subway, but it has great, sharp angles in it that provide interest, but not to the point of distraction. Like Octavian, it reminds me of some other scents, though I never seem to have the ability to find which one in perfume catalogue that is my head.
And their ad campaign. These belong in March’s Hall of Smut perfume advertising posts. But they’re visually interesting. Is the black just ink or feathered ink? Furred ink? I keep thinking there’s a Dexter episode in one of those pictures.
So I do have enough of the sampled they gave me to send on to a lucky commenter. Smutty perfume advertising, smart or just dreadful? Byredo, can they be edgy? Or did Pulp and Blanche condemn them to “normal”?