Hi Posse. Lately I’ve been on a spending spree. Almost all of it perfume related. It’s not like I need more perfume, quite the opposite. Sometimes I think my addiction is acquisition, rather than fragrance. I was very excited to grab the Collection Intense Travel trio by Nicolai in a recent Fragrances & Art order. It came with Ormonde Jayne Orris Noir. This has been on my list for a while. They also have run out prices on Pierre Guillaume’s Phaedon brand, so I might have grabbed some of those too. SHH!
Jin and I also bought a very smell piece of land three hours away in the Upper Hunter Valley. It’s one of Australia’s major wine growing areas and has long been a tree change getaway for Sydneysiders. We have bought 2/3 acre in a tiny little village called Bunnan, population 94. It’s a slender block that slopes into a gully in the middle that becomes a creek during rain. Jin has promised to build me a fairy tale bridge, YAY! No, I’ve no real idea what we will do with it but have a gazillion ideas. Doesn’t it look beautiful and tranquil?
In other news I was having supper of Cheese & Biscuits the other night. Some super soft brie, seeded biscuits, salami and chilli garlic black olives. Delicious. Thought I was crunching down on a seed and it was not, it was a tiny piece of bone in the salami. CRACK! Split my upper tooth in half, right down the middle. GAH! So as soon as I could, into the dentist. Out it came. GRRR! Now I’m waiting for everything to heal up. Dentist wants me to get three teeth and sinus lifts for two of them. All my sautéed chickens are coming home to roost.
We were initially thinking to go to South Korea to get it done. The father of modern implant technology is there and it would have been half the price, including travel expenses. Then my dentist got in touch with one of his most trusted implant guys who he went to Uni with. He coincidentally has his offices just down the street from us. Through the connection he shaved over $5K off our expected costs, YAY! Plus if anything goes wrong he’s right down the road for Molotov Cocktails. So hopefully he will work out, otherwise it’s Korea.
Collection Intense Nicolai Travel Trio
The packaging on this set is suitably hefty and luxurious without being overly wasteful & huge. 15ml is a perfect size for travel, handbag, briefcase, gym bag or backpack. The bottles too are sturdy and feel like they can take a fair amount of wear and tear. I knew that even 30ml would never get used, though I do also have a fair selection of this size in the PdN line. 100ml just seems ridiculous at this point (though I’m still buying them sometimes too). At Fragrances & Art I payed around US$65 because they take the VAT off for overseas buyers. I also bought enough in that order to get Free Shipping. I don’t know about you but to me that seems like a really good deal for what it is.
On open a sweetly floral adventure that reminds me so much of something I cannot put my finger on. One of those gorgeous vintage, rosy florals. What a showstopper! Is it one of the Caron’s? GAWD! This is the shizzzz! Roses, carnations, musks and some dirty animalics. If you love some of the historic beauties and wonder what on earth you could replace them with, look no further.
New York Intense
This is the smell of a suit. Clean, buffed and polished on the way to work. A functional human in a well cut garment ready to take on the world. Old school masculine done for a modern day dandy and wearable by both sexes. If you need to smell like you can do the job, any job asked of you, then New York Intense will be a very good choice. A well spiced mossy citrus built over a layer of lavender. The back end is an unsweetened vanilla, incense and soft musks.
Well, the opening is clean and green. Orange and geranium but I smell some extra herbaceousnous that could be basil or angelica. It seems sheer and dark, maybe wormwood? Not what I would have expected but happily surprising. The opening is a stayer too. The patchouli is swamped by the florals for most of the life of the fragrance and makes a late dash into my nose towards dry down. Interesting way to work patchouli. This is my least favourite of the set but still very wearable and beautifully created.
I also talked about PdN Cuir Cuba Intense here recently.
Are you a fan of Travel sizes, Nicolai or intense versions of things?