Winner for last week’s Guerlain (or some other choice of Guerlain or Frederic Malle samples) is BBLISS!!! Hit the Contact us button over there on the left and send me your address and let me know which two you want.
Aomassai, an oriental Woody bitter. The promotional bit:
“Redolent of many-coloured wood, inspired by Southern Africa and the art of the Baoule tribe, with a surprising fusion of tangy and luscious notes in the heat of a ritual flame… A fiery breath of caramel and toasted hazelnuts, enriched with spices, fans the flames of vetiver, balsam wood and bitter orange. Bewitching spirals of incense, mingled with liquorice, surround a blazing core of fragrant Wengue wood, dried grasses and resin.”
Huh. Patty’s briefer ad copy: “I’ve been crawling through a muddy forest after a night of jumping over the bonfire at a kegger.” (Not that I have any personal experience with that) But I really do NOT mean that in a bad way. This is woody goodness. I don’t get much of the caramel and toasted hazelnuts throughout, though I get a little whiff of that in the early notes. It’s just roots and wood and twig and leaves, and it is an addictive little thing. Do I love it? Yes, yes, I do think I do! I’m going to give it a run of the man-units in the house and see what they think (oh, no, no go there, it’s all MINE!!!). You can get this at the Parfumerie Generale website for 75 Euros for a 50 ml bottle or 125 Euros for a 100 ml bottle.
After I crawled through the forest and was scraping the mud from my shoes and picking the leaves from my teeth, I saw a beautiful store on the lake with the sun setting behind it (well, it was a street and maybe a fountain instead of a lake), and that store was Caron Montaigne. Launched in 1986, with notes of mandarin, bitter orange, cassis, jasmine, narcissus and mimosa, spices and vanilla, she is elegant and perfect. If you do not like that Caron base, this is probably the least Caronish base of the Carons and may work, and it really is exceptional. Now I just have to patiently drum my fingers until Caron has its sale, hopefully soon, except this looks like it is only available in Paris? No! Cuuuurap, I don’t speak French, I can’t go to Paris! I got my decant from the always wonderful Diane at Dragonfly Scent Me, who carries all of the Carons, I believe.
What shall we give away this week? Suggestions in the comments, please.