This year I’m not ignoring the 2016 Art and Olfaction Award Finalists like I usually do. Instead I’ve hunted down as many as I can to try and have been impressed with the finalists. Yes, they are artistic, but they also smell great. I doubt I’ll get my hands on the Experimental finalists (if anyone knows someone that knows someone that can get a sample into my hands, I’d be grateful!) to confirm my thinking that those are artsy and aren’t meant to smell great. Hey, could be wrong.
I know at least one of the 2016 Finalists – Papillon Salome. I’ve talked about it before, It is amazing, smutty, raunchy, sex-filled and perfect. I had to go spray it on me again just to make sure I wasn’t going overboard with my memory. Nope, it’s that fantastically brazen. If you have any appreciation for this area of perfumery and have not tried it yet, then stop fiddling about and try it. I really love the brand thus far and can’t wait to see what they do next.
One of the scents that blew my hair back was La Curie Incendo. It is a smoky, huffing campfire number that made my heart skip a beat. Then I sprayed it next to Papillon Salome. Ohmyyyyy. Notes of fir needles, embers, incense, sage, pine, sun-kissed dark skies. Seriously, the sun-kissed dark skies comes from the company. I have no idea, but i didn’t want to leave it out. It’s enough for all the smoke, incense, sage and pine to be in there. That a smoke pot made it as a finalist just makes me so freaking happy.
Tammy Frazer Namibia. I’m familiar and have loved a couple of the Tammy Frazer perfumes in the past – they are pricey and all natural and beautiful. Notes of Mandarin, Bergamot, Omumbiri, Neroli, Sandalwood, Tonka bean. Bright and sunny on the open with a resinous tonka and sandalwood drydown. This one fits Frazer’s artistry, and it is a perfect perfume to be a finalist.
Thorn & Bloom Bird of Paradise is a unique white floral. Ginger, citrus, champaca, jasmine, ambergris, sandalwood and driftwood. It’s an interesting mix and it’s got that somewhat salty tang to the white florals that lifts it up out of the white floral Madding Crowd. I found it to be tremendously long-lasting.
I’ll have more about these Finalists as I try them. I think the judges have a hard job ahead of them choosing the winners – the ones I have tried are unique and beautiful, and my hat is off to those that chose the finalists.
I have some old giveaways that I never got around to picking the winners on. So here we go! Winners of the three Nabucco samples – Deb Lacativa, Spring Pansy, Pats133 and Sonia L. Guerlain Ambre Eternel and Armani Crema Nuda foundation samples – feraljasmine, Poodle, and Janice. Frederic Malle Monsieur (or another Malle if you really hate patchoujli) winners – Das, Marcy singer, Hajusuuri and Eve.
Just click on Drop Us a Note at the top, send me an e-mail, remind me of what you won and get me your mailing address. I’ll send you a quick e-mail to let you know I got your e-mail and it didn’t land in a spam filter and then get it on the way to you!
Let’s do a giveaway on these four perfumes. The Thorn & Bloom and Frazer ones are super-pricey for a small amount, so they will be little samples. I’ll give away two sets of these four. Just drop a comment to be entered. Can I just say that predictive advertising is awful? I just got that Sean T Cize dancing thing, haven’t even had a chance to try it, and I am nagged by every ad that shows up in my internet browsing to buy it again, which reminds me that I do have it and haven’t used it yet. Stop! I know it’s spring, but nothing short of a miracle is going to make my legs anything like summer ready. What’s annoying you this week or what are you loving, just for you postive people that don’t get regularly annoyed by something.