It must be time for a Scent Bender. Sariah, who lives in the area and comments on the blog, met me at the Tysons Galleria for some sniffage on Thursday night. (WARNING: ADULT CONTENT. OBSCENE AMOUNTS OF FRAGRANCE CONSUMPTION.)
Saks has been greatly improved by consigning all the fragrances to one corner of the store (probably with hidden cameras to keep you from stealing.) This worked out wonderfully, since they basically left us alone à¢â‚¬” or maybe we just looked a little crazy. Anyway, I did my duty to Patty by testing all three strengths of Cartier´s Baiser du Dragon (is that friendship or what?) I am able to report that the EDT is a pale shadow of the EDP à¢â‚¬” sharper, greener, and much, much lighter. The parfum is stunning à¢â‚¬” on me there is a pronounced animalic note that I adore, and the woody aspect is also stronger. The EDP, which is the only one I´d smelled before, is the true Dragon´s Breath à¢â‚¬” I find it both fascinating and essentially unwearable. So I´m sending her some. Let´s see what she thinks. Sariah and I agreed that the Cartier Delices parfum is really an excellent tart cherry, not too fruity, and we´d wear it if someone gave it to us. But we wouldn´t buy it. Also, in other Breaking Duh News, I noticed that they carried Annick Goutal in both EDT and EDP. All you fellow Petite Cherie fans (all 11 of you): the EDP is considerably stronger than my EDT but smells the same to me, which isn´t always the case. So if you´re looking for something beyond 20 minutes of lasting power, maybe it´s for you. Sariah was visibly repulsed by the Missoni, winning points from me. Also, I really need to buy some Hermes Equipage for this fall.
At NM we had to fight off the SAs a bit more vigorously, but it was late and they were tired, plus we smelled really weird. I am happy to report that Angel for Men is not half bad à¢â‚¬” the original femme makes me retch, but there´s enough à¢â‚¬¦ something (patchouli? tonka?) in the Homme that it replaces the cloying aspect of Angel with something kinda sexy. We were also thrilled to sample Truly, which we were assured is a NM exclusive and veeeeery special because it contains no alcohol. And I think Sariah would agree with me that it was truly the worst thing we smelled that evening à¢â‚¬” a mildly repulsive, green, mushy thing, hint of mildew, lime peel, distant skunk. All you Beach Fragrance lovers à¢â‚¬” stop off at the Nars makeup counter nearest you and smell the Monoi oil à¢â‚¬” it is gorgeous, a rich, buttery floral. From the Sephora website: à¢â‚¬Å“Native to the South Pacific and France, Monoi de Tahiti oil is the result of macerating the native tiare flower (Tahitian gardenia) in refined coconut extract for at least ten days, slowly infusing the oil with nutrients as well as a delicate, natural fragrance. Each bottle of Nars Monoi Body Glow II retains an original tiare flower to capture the essence of this unique process.à¢â‚¬? C’mon, how great does that sound? We also stopped off for a sniff of the Donna Karan Wenge, which gets better every time I smell it, and her Jasmine, which I like because it’s just a little skanky… Finally, we dabbled in the giant Dior colognes — the Eau Noire is such a great smell, and we decided (this was weird) that there is a definite resemblance to the middle part of the SL Chypre Rouge drydown. You heard it here first.
We did some damage at Art With Flowers, which is the ultimate destination of any trip to Tysons. Art With Flowers carries the niche product locally, and Bill and Neela are so obliging, to the point that not only will they play with us for hours, they´ll lend skin so we can smell even more things. I´d brought along my little vial of Chypre Rouge for Bill and Neela to try, and they thought it was very interesting, as did Sariah, although after she sniffed the vial she declined to put any onà¢â‚¬¦ but we played with the Rosines. She does not share my love for Ecume à¢â‚¬” the salty rose, it is not working for her, although she was charmed by their Zeste de Rose. I revisited their Rose d’Homme, which smells very Guerlain-ish to me and thus is FBW in the fall à¢â‚¬” it´s a bit much in this heat. I found two Miller Harris fragrances to love (the Miller Harris line has, up to this point, pretty much left me cold): Feuilles de Tabac, a men´s tobacco scent that is quite unisexy, although it has a faint, unfortunate soapy note on me; and the Fleur Oriental, which is just my thing, and probably your thing too if you like musky florientals — another purchase for the fall. I re-tried, for the umpteenth time, Apothia Velvet Rope, hoping it would not smell like the usual crap on me à¢â‚¬” and it didn´t! It smelled à¢â‚¬¦ well, very nice. But not great, like it does on Bill. Oh, well. Then we got busy and played with L´Artisan. Sariah tried my beloved Passage d´Enfer, and our new friendship was on shaky ground when she pronounced it à¢â‚¬¦ liver-ish (it did smell a bit odd on her, I admit.) But she redeemed herself entirely by trying and purchasing my adored Tea for Two, which she was just wild for. So obviously she has great taste. I revisited Piment Brulant and Poivre Piquant, which are really interesting, and actually quite wearable, although I am having trouble visualizing myself wearing them. (Bill says their best sellers are Mure et Musc and Eau d’Ambre.) I also (sssshhhhh à¢â‚¬” don´t tell!) bought Patty one of their last two bottles of Fleur de Carotte, which is just adorably packaged with this weird carrot top, and also comes with a little empty atomizer to decant into, which I promptly swiped and filled for myself, but I bet she´ll forgive me. It´s a big, honking bottle, so I won´t be surprised if it shows up in her eBay decants on Fragrant Fripperies. We pretty much skipped the SLs, which we just couldn´t face in the heat, although Sariah was fascinated/horrified by Miel de Bois and kept her paper strip just so she could keep giving herself the shivers. We dabbled a bit in the Carthusia (Sariah liked Mediterraneo) and the Santa Maria Novella. They stock the Citta di Kyoto, which I love for cooler weather, and is a pretty radical departure from most of the rest of their line. We left with our purchases and two gift bags stuffed with samples. So I´d say it was a complete success. By the way, they’re happy to ship. Tell them March from that ol’ Posse blog sent you and ask them to throw in some extra samples — their phone number is 703-903-6837. They’re open until 9 p.m. Eastern Time.
Okay, let me explain the image at the top: I googled “scent bender” under images just to see what would pop up. And there it is. I have no idea what it is, or why it is, but how could I resist?