So we’re back in the high heat of summer here, after 10 days of sweater weather and rain. My nerves are shot. One minute I’m schvitzing under an umbrella, considering yet another bourbon-laced iced tea (to combat the heat, dears. Everybody knows bourbon is an excellent heatstroke remedy!)…the next, I’m digging out a hoodie to ward off the chilly rain and considering a bourbon, neat. Then 90s again, with 400billion mosquitoes. Yeah, another bourbon. Please.
So back to my nerves. They were so shot that I just…I just couldn’t pick a fragrance to review! So I turned the lights off, opened the armoire, stuck my hand in the decant drawer…and pulled out Nicolai pour Homme. Huh? Oh, yeah. Now I remember: I got this quite awhile back from an incredibly generous friend (thanks, E) but never tried it. Hey, it was a ‘”Homme” scent. I was a newbie. What can I say? Imperiale was as far across the aisle as I’d gone. But I kept the decant – and I’m glad I did.
March is already laughing up her sleeve – she knows I’mo love this because it has my signature Spring smoochies in it: mint, jasmine and geranium. Designed for men, with that whole ‘homme’ thing, it’s also a pretty, comfy-yet-sprightly feminine fragrance. Very “manly, yes, but I like it, toooo”. Anyway, I would wear this on hot days when I wanted the refreshing scent of 4711 but didn’t want to have to spritz every 11 minutes. It has decent sillage and hangs around a bit without buzzing in your ear. I am surprised to like this so much because I have issues with so much of Patricia de Nicolai’s work – there’s something in the base of the early ones that just hovers on the edge of My Very Last Nerve. They’re beautiful and I can smell the skill and craftsmanship that goes into them but ….you know what they remind me of? Sometimes I get overwhelmed with work and I’m over-multitasking and I’m going on and on and on about something interesting but I’m not communicating it well and I can hear myself and it’s not horrible but it is going to get really irritating in a just a minute and I need to shut the hell up and….. yeah, they are something like that. This one, with that hint of bergamot (I know you’re in there), coupled with the mint and geranium, quiets it down and makes that buzzy base work for me. Then the tobacco comes in and grounds it nicely, making me think of mint juleps on the porch. I would wear this on a scorching-hot day, with a loose cotton shift. And a mint julep. And at $40 for 30ml (on backorder at Luckyscent) it’s practically free! Plug-ugly bottle, though, with that scary chemical beaker on the logo, like a bad Science Fair project.
Notes are: galbanum, China mint, lavender, geranium, jasmine, moss, amber, spruce, cedar, tobacco, benzoin, labdanum
D0 you guys have a line (or a perfume) that irritates you because it’s Reeeeeally Close – But Not. Quite. There?
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