I’ve got a weird conglomeration of scents this week, but I often struggle to find more than a paragraph to say about scents I really love, so I’m going to move back more to random testing. Especially today – it’s training week, which always drains me. I swear, I don’t know how people can stand up and teach all day five days a week.
This week I’ve got a couple of new release summer perfumes. Let’s start with L’Artisan Caligna is their new release in 2013, centered around the smells in Grasse, France, it has notes of clary sage, fig, jasmine marmalade accord, lentisc and pine needles. I was hoping for something a little more sagey and piney, but it skews more to fig and very light touches with the other notes. It’s positioned well for spring/summer, but at $180 for a bottle, I think it’s pretty high for such a light scent. Made well, very pretty, easy to wear, not that memorable, but I don’t know that every perfume has to stick in your memory banks.
Diptyque Eau Moheli is the summer 2013 entry. Centered around the solar aspects of ylang, it is a white floral, but not anything traditional. Pink pepper, ginger, patchouli, vetiver, benzoin and incense are the other prominent notes. I like Diptyque Eau Moheli more than L’Artisan Caligna just from a personal standpoint. I’m more likely to wear it – or remember it enough to wear it. Boy, that sounds bad. It’s crisp, which feels weird for a ylang fragrance. The incense is there, but it doesn’t really feel like an incense fragrance. It feels very much like a summer fragrance in heaviness. The price point is better than the L’Artisan, so this would be my go-to summer scent between the two.
Scent I fell in love with at Los Angeles Scentsation that was a surprise – Olivier Durbano Heliotrope. Released in 2012, I pretty much missed this Durbano because I hadn’t found a Durbano to love since Rock Crystal and Black Tourmaline. Notes for Durbano Heliotrope are elemi, olibanum, ginger, blood mandarin, angelica, chili pepper, saffron, magnolia, cypriol oil or nagarmotha, heliotrope, myrrh, cedar, sandalwood, musk, ambergris and benzoin. See all that incense in there. Oh, baby! This is incense heaven with the perfect dollop of sweet heliotrope and plush saffron. The notes are balanced beautifully in this. If you are an incense or saffron fan at all, this is a must-try. There is this slightly sweet, spicy woody myrrh smell wafting after hours that is enchanting and stunningly beautiful. Best news? Incense is great in summer, and this one I think would be perfect.
So for summer, you have two great picks. For everything else, just try the Durbano Heliotrope, it fits everything. Of course we can do a giveaway! So samples of all three fragrances to 3 lucky commenters that I draw at random! Do you like traditional summer perfumes? Do you wear incense in summer? Think that’s weird?
Winners of last week’s drawing for Posse gift bag we gave away at LA Scentsation – dremybluz and Laurel. Just click on the Drop us a note up at the top, remind me what you won, get me your address, I’ll confirm I got your e-mail and then get it all mailed out to you!