I have no idea where that title came from, it just seemed like Kerosene and Xerjoff together made up some biker flick they should have made in the ’60s, starring Billy Jack with “One Tin Soldier” playing at the end, but it needed a third wheel to complete it.
Just asking – are you all totally happy with all the new Posse Posters and the double posts on some days and posts on the weekends? Aren’t they amazing? I knew all of you, by your comments, were a literate/literary group, despite our more irreverent view of perfume, but as the post submissions have come in, I’ve just been bubbling over with happiness at getting to share so many great writers and their thoughts about perfume and life with all of you. Thanks for being so welcoming, but I knew you would be.
I’ve got a few scents to go through today.
Kerosene needs a perfume called “Light a Match.” Seriously. And the notes in it should be birch tar, patchouli, incense, rubber, sulfur and? What else? I think the name of this perfume line is incredibly clever, as is the back story. John Pegg was a YouTube perfume reviewer and started his own perfume line. CaFleuerBon has done a really nice interview of him, and I recommend it as a great background. Musette sent me some of her samples to try, and it’s an interesting line and approach. Meant to be much more raw, there is a jagged edge around them that only feels a little jagged in the beginning.
Creature is green and mint, like you just rolled around in minty grass. Pretty amazing if you are a big fan of mint or green or both together!
Whips & Roses is musk and leather and roses. It’s an interesting blend between the three. Usually when you do this sort of thing, one dominates, but they all seem to take turns being top in this threesome. Rose puts the other two in submission early on, but in the drydown leather binds rose up and shoves her out of sight, but not out of smell, it keeps a certain sweetness to this. Musk isn’t ever top or bottom, just the filling in this rose and leather sandwich. Oh, what?!?! Do you really think I could resist? I restrained myself as much as I could. Oops, I can’t stop!
R’oud Elements – Oud, Sandalwood, Amber, Vanilla, Lavender, Iris and Orange Bitters. This is a really interesting oud composition, things that you think shouldn’t be going together that actually work. Lavender and oud with orange bitters works unbelievably well together.
Copper Skies has notes of Amber, Cedar, Sweet tobacco leaves, Honeycomb, Basil and Cloves. My serious favorite, this is some smell from somewhere long ago that I can’t place, but it is warm and spiced and everything that is good and comfort and love – my head is about to go all splodey trying to figure out where I remember this smell from. Copper Skies took me by surprise, banged me over the head and drug me off to the cave so I could love it forever and ever. Rust, slightly sweet, spiced rust. I don’t think there’s anything else like it. Except that smell in my memory that stays just out of reach of my mind.
Then I got really brave in my Billy Jack flick and pulled out the Xerjoff Oud Stars Gao. Now, when I say brave, I mean it. Not everyone is cut out for oud. As an example, I gave the bottle to my youngest son to smell, then walked out of the room quickly. The bottle had a little leakage from overspray around the cap. I heard a yell, and I tried not to laugh, and left for about ten minutes. Went back down and peered around the door and asked him if he wanted me to take the bottle back. He said I didn’t need to then – it was room-clearing just sitting on the bottle cap, but once you had some on your skin, he could stand it and was kinda liking it. Notes of Spanish Saffron, Iranian Saffron, Gurjum, Bois de Cade, Nagarmotha, Indonesian Patchouly, Amber, a Blend of Thai Pratchin Oud with Oud Laos (Udomsai). Oud with saffron ladled on like gravy – that is all. The oud is spectacular, if you like your oud to smell like oud and not a watered-down variety like those showing up in lesser compositions. If you have been yearning for something bold in the Saffron department or oud department, Gao is your Gao-to. It’s like nothing else.
I think I have enough of the Kerosenes to do a giveaway, but, just two sets of those with a Gao as well. Just drop a comment. Do you like your oud room-clearning or something you can serve up with tea? And do you have any scent like the Copper Skies is for me that reminds you of something – a place, a time, a soft space in your past that has happy memories – but you can’t figure out what it is? Did you ever figure it out?
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