It’s early in the week of first week of July as I type this and it’s warm and rather humid. I’m not going to complain about it since 85° and 85% humidity is a lot better than the 120° and 95% they’re getting in the desert. But it does make me reach for the light stuff, as I wrote last time.
A friend of mine was in town and wanted to stop at ScentBar. Something I will do for practically excuse: It’s a hot day and they have AC. My friend really wants to go. It’s Sunday. I’m breathing.
In any case, I came across Les Nombres d’Or Eau Absolu and refreshed my memory about how much I like this one- it opens with tart citrus, like ripping open some weird hybrid fruit that had somehow been infused with petigrain and ice. On a hot day, it’s an instant “ahhh.” Almost immediately the pink pepper comes in on little feet- slightly tip-toeing around your ice-bath to give you pleasurable little bits of sunny warmth. As it goes further the sun starts to set, going green and herbal but still radiating some of the warmth of the day. The finish is is where the cistus comes in, bringing the night. Just a touch of a little dirty musk. My scent twin wrote “(it) manages not to get its white shirt soiled even though it steps dangerously close at times.” I don’t think I could have said it better.
Although this is an Eau, it’s a di Orio Eau, very rich and with great staying power. I put some on at ScentBar in the afternoon and was smelling it clearly when I woke up the next morning.
It’s still painful that we lost Mona di Orio (I would have loved to meet her) but it makes me very happy that her company is still moving forward making wonderful scents like Les Nombres d’Or Eau Absolu.
Notes (from LuckyScent):
Bergamot, clementine, Petitgrain Citronnier, Litsea Cubeba, Egyptian geranium, vetiver from Java and Haiti, Jamaican St. Thomas Bay Leaf, pink peppercorn, cedar wood, musk, cistus labdanum.
$230 for 100 ML, at Luckyscent, where I asked for and received my sample.
By the time this uploads it will be the weekend of the 4th of July. To our American readers, happy 4th!