11th Day of Violets

On the 11th day of Violets…

I don’t want to write this review, because all you Apres L’Ondee fans aren’t going to be happy.

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Violet, cassie, bergamot, neroli, jasmine, rose, mimosa, vetiver, sandalwood, ylang-ylang, carnation, orris, vanilla, musk, amber and heliotrope.

What’s not to love? I don’t hate it, really, truly, but I’m having trouble finding it enough to form an opnion. I have the parfum in a decant. I spritzed it on, and it’s nice enough, and it lasts for about an hour, then it just wilts. For that hour, it’s certainly likable, but probably more powdery than I like, but way less powdery that Shalimar, which is unwearable for me.

If it weren’t for all the love poems composed in Apres’ honor, I think I’d like this scent on its own, but expecting lush waterfalls full of sparkling violets and then getting a slightly wistful, sad violet may bias me a little.

I suspect it’s much better than I perceive it, that it may be my body chemistry that is not making the magic happen.

Okay, I’m ready, beat me!

  • Qwendy says:

    OK, we’re scent triplets, because I’m with you and Marina on both of these. The Guerlains I LOVE I just LOVE, like Vol de Nuit, and there are others that just leave me cold, or just plain leave me!:bouncy::crying:

  • Patty says:

    You can have what is left! I don’t think I’ll be wearing it. There’s between 1-2 ml, and I also have a decant of the EDT. I’d be happy to send it to you, V. I’ll have to comb my archives for your address or you can e-mail me that. It should go where it is loved.

  • Victoria says:

    I think that Apres L’Ondee smells like wistful, delicate idea of violets bathed in the raindrops and warmed by the sun. It is certainly not lush, so I agree with you. I love its wistful and melancholy air.

    However, like R says, sometimes it is not meant to be, and there are plenty of other fragrances for you to love. I am envious of your parfum decant, because I ran out of mine, and now I am just consoling myself with the EDT, which is not as good.

  • Patty says:

    Sistah Marina! :wave:
    I love the idea of Shalimar, but I put it on and just gag. Now if we could agree on the boozey notes, we could be twins.

  • Marina says:

    I am so happy. I didn’t want to be the only one for whom the magic of Apres did not happen, so I never voiced my disappoinment. But now that you’ve gone and done it- I don’t get either :crying:

    And woohoo! – Shalimar is unwearable on me to! (((scent sister)) :bouncy:

  • Patty says:

    March, my decant was plenty big, I blew through about 3 ml of it trying to get something to stick, and there’s a little something.

    R, I am heartbroken, but my credit card is happier that I have not found one more thing to buy.

  • marchlion says:

    Hey, P, sorry it didn’t work for you — I got a bottle for Christmas, let me know if you want more (I think your decant was small?) It is true that it doesn’t last long… a forgiveable sin, to me, only because I love it so much. FWIW, to ME, anyway, the E Duse we’re jonesing for smells very much like a stronger Apres.

  • mreenymo says:

    Hey, no apology necessary, babe.

    Sometimes it’s just not meant to be…:crying: