When I wrote my first Posse blog post in mid-February, I mentioned an upcoming house move and refurb. Well, I’ve now moved into the rental (see pic; just made it under the wire – moved last Thursday; per the UK government, no more moves from Friday, 27 March) which is a nice little house, but the heating ain’t the greatest (so, using the fireplace every day).
The refurb is on hold clearly. Think the point is for the largest number of people possible to stay safe. Which means staying home. The dog comes out best in this as he gets two walks a day (UK lockdown parameters allow one visit outdoors a day for exercise – with two of us in the house that means someone does the AM walk and the other person the PM).
Anyway. We’re now unpacked (not much to do – most stuff went into storage), set up, and settling in. So, I am back to writing once a week…
…and paying more attention to the news. It’s an upside down world.
The house does have a small garden so it’s going to get well tended. And I already worked from home, so nothing changes there.
So, the … and more.
About a month ago I ordered some perfume samples. Hadn’t done that in a while. One was for a blog post to come, so won’t mention that. The other two were of fragrances I’ve sampled in the past but caught my eye again this time.
Thus, some thoughts on Knize Ten.
I’ve never worn this. I know people who do and wear it well. I like that it’s sort of obscure and that it’s been around for ages and that it’s structure seems to me quite classical and old school.
I also like that it’s unashamedly hardcore when much of what’s out there is wan. Further, there’s the idea of flowers and leather together which somehow seems a very imaginative combination. Something a dandy would wear (whether male or female – if you’ve never watched Kevin Rowland, formerly of Dexys Midnight Runners, and friends in his video of Both Sides Now have a look).
Notes include jasmine, rose, carnation, leather, castoreum, patchouli and civet. Sounds heady and it is. On me, the top is heavily carnation – powder and pepper which morphs interestingly into leather that is pongy but also interestingly peppery. The drydown is leather and jasmine … not fighting it out so much as looking slyly at each other – ie, the drydown is very animalic but complex, not knock you for six.
I’ve tried this numerous times over the years. I think it’s beautiful and it works well on my chemistry, but I know I’d never wear it so I’ve never bought a bottle. I’m not totally sure why I wouldn’t wear it – the only real reason I can come up with is that it feels a bit it like it wears me rather than the other way round. I’m happy with ‘big’ perfumes — just not this one. Still, I’m really pleased to have a sample to hand now so I can play around with it.
So, what about you? Is there something you sample over and over but know you’ll never add to your collection? If yes, what and why?