You know what the hardest part of writing a post is? Coming up with a Subject and Title. Once I get that, it writes itself. I’m thinking of being bold, shucking off my Titling undies and going Title-less. But, no, my two years of High School Journalism — which consisted mostly of checking out the camera, heading to a football/basketball/wrestling event and drinking beer and creating fuzzy pictures, or skipping class on the excuse we were going to sell ads, but instead spending it in the car with my off-and-on “Mandatory Volatile Relationship” boyfriend burning one — will not let me do that. It’s like planning a meal. Shopping is fine, cooking is fine, even doing dishes is fine. Figuring out what to make blows.
Amouage Ciel — notes of gardenia, cyclamen, violet leaves, peach, waterlily, rose, jasmine, amber, musk, cedarwood, sandalwood, and the elusive frankincense. I am not so crazy about the opening –It’s nice, but a little busy. I’m finding with most of the Amouages, for me, they come into their own as it dries down, the open can be off-putting for those who don’t like what appear to be big florals. The drydown is when I keep resniffing them and finding so much joy in each one. Perfume Smellin Things reviewed it here (hoping Blogspot permalinks are somewhat behaving). I’m not crazy about the waterlilly (as M notes too) note that appears early on, after all the busy bee around the flower notes at the beginning, but once that subsides, I find my nose glued to my arm, it is incredibly lovely. Hang time on it is all day, and it gets prettier even when it is down to whispers on my arm. Be prepared to give it an hour or so at the start before you form a judgment. I don’t think it is listed as being available at Suravionline, but I’m pretty sure they either have it or can get it. So far, of the Amouages I’ve tried, this is the one I’m most likely to buy.
Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist — So much pressure from so many of you! I have tried Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist at least four times. From a sample vial at least twice, spritzed briefly from my decant when I got it. It’s the open that almost kills this deader than a squashed tick – it is so cold and slightly metallic, it is very hard to not form an opinion too quickly.
This time, I have concentrated as much as my Short Attention Span allows me on Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist, endured that open without scrubbing it off or spraying something over it like a cat covering its dookie, and this is what I get:
THIS IS ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!!!!
I am a complete tool for ignoring this and hating it on the open. For pete’s sake, I know better with Serge stuff (think Tubereuse Criminelle). Once that open is gone, and the roots start behaving themselves so I’m not thinking I’ve fallen into a mud pit of iris tubers and can’t get out, there is a delicate spiciness to Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist that is just astounding and I never got to before. Very delicate, still a little cold and metallic, but incredibly lovely.
You can get a Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist sample at Surrender to Chance