Sorry about not having the ginger thing this week. I’m traveling and forgot to grab all the great ideas for ginger scents and bring them with me.
But I grabbed Dior’s new Patchouli Imperial and Shalimar Initial parfum instead.
Dry patchouli lovers – rejoice! Dior’s version is gorgeous, very chypre. Notes they list are sandalwood, coriander and patchouli. This presents a dilemma for me. I’m not a patchouli lover, though it works for me occasionally. The coriander in this renders it really beautiful for me, and though the patchouli is a slight annoyance, I’m getting past it because of the coriander. The patchouli is cool and dry, and the coriander and sandalwood warms it up, leaving it this oddly balanced scent. In the end, it leaves me mixed. Objectively, it is beautifully made and should have a lot of fans. personally, it’s a hair too much patchouli. But that shouldn’t scare you off because I’m a little sensitive to it and still find myself loving it even though my patchouli-colored annoyance.
Shalimar Parfum Initial, on the other hand – you know, Shalimar is a scent I think it so great, a masterpiece. It is completely unwearable on me, it turns into a powdery mess that no one wants to smell unless they are doing a baby bottom diaper changing line – and like that! Now I have a Shalimar I can wear in Parfum Initial. Do I not sound excited? It isn’t exactly dumbed down, but it is reworked, all the powder seems to be back in the Johnson’s bottle. It’s pretty, easy to wear, Shalimar for those skeered of Old Lady Perfumes.
Not being able to wear Shalimar does not equal that I want it changed like this. All of its personality is gone, and it’s another run of the mill nice modern scent out there. Pity.
So samples of both of these to five commenters. Yes on patchouli for you or no? Which scents are your favorite patchouli. Can you wear Shalimar or is it a mess on you like it is on me?