[Hey, everyone — Patty’s in India and we’ll be mixing up the schedule for the next couple of weeks. Here’s Tom.]
A couple of years ago I met Brent Leonesio, the youthful founder of smell bent, the West Hollywood based house known for its playful packaging, low price points, and seriously good scents. He has released his limited Holiday line for 2010, and sent me samples of them to try.
Dr. Dreidel is woody, with cool anjelica balanced with spices. He writes its pimento leaf. I swear there’s cardamom or mace in there. I like the way it dances from warm to cool- like coming in from a snowball fight to a warm fire and the smell of baking.
Sexy Turtleneck is a resiny tonka with a disconcerting butter element that’s discernible and surprising. (Hey, Uncle Serge is going to do a butter scent in 2011,(LINK) I read this morning…) Luckily after finishing his croissant, Mr. Turtleneck snuggles in to share reading the paper, and his soft musk and patch makes you not mind so much that he insists on hogging the style section…
Elf-Fulfilling Prophecy lists “cinnamon sugar cookie, naughty pipe tobacco and toy shop sawdust”. There’s also some funk in there; like Santa needs to remind the Elves to dryclean, and a fatty nuttiness to it. Not my thing until the drydown when the sweeeeetnessss burns off and its all tobacco and woods.
Reindeer Games is bergamot, incense and woods and is the polar opposite of “Elf”. While I wish “Elf” was diluted by about half (at least the beginning), I wish “Reindeer” was about three times stronger. Maybe I need the oil?
Bi-Polar Express starts with comb honey, complete with wax. It’s closer to Botrytis than Miel de Bois- no cats here. Chamomile joins in cutting the sweetness with a fresh wood note at the base. I never thought I would like to smell like sweetened tea. Well, that kind. Live and learn.
Once again I have to marvel that smell bent manages to come up with scents that are this good (even the ones that I wouldn’t wear personally) at this price point. $20 for 8ML oils and $45 for 55ML EDT make these practically stocking stuffers. I gave some to my godchild for her birthday and she was thrilled- and this is a young lady who wears Bandit, Asja and Norell (courtesy moi) and Lutens (pilfering from her mother). I have three of his scents in my rotation and enjoy them immensely, and not in a palate-cleanser sort of way.
Brent’s been kind enough to offer a pack of samples of these five to one commenter. Please leave a comment today saying that you wish to be entered in the draw. I’ll pick a winner and announce next week.
My samples: came from smell bent.