What I sniffed this weekend and what I can’t wait to sniff

So I headed to Neiman-Marcus this weekend to pick up a bottle of perfume (what else? it is always either that or picking up some more Cle de Peau, which I’m addicted to these days), and I asked the SA what was new, and she of course started scurrying around to find me something new to sniff.

I always have to laugh when they do this, because they don’t know who they’ve got as a customer, and inevitably they go and find something that was released six months ago and pronounce it new. (insert eye rolling) They did find something somewhat new, LaCoste something or other, and swiped it under my nose. How can the alligator people come up with a fruity floral? Gag. I love fruity florals most of the time, but there are so many of them out there right now, I’m starting to hate them just from boredom. I guess that’s why I’m swooning more than normal over things like Dzonghka and Fleur de Narcisse, they are running against the popular tide.

Then a nice SA did let me try her behind the counter Jo Malone Agave and Cacao. Ina did a little review of it here. I have to concur with her opinion, this thing smells just wonderfully different and for me, oddly comforting. The chocolate in it is just right, not too much, not too little, and the agave is a note that I don’t smell a lot, but gives it a different character than most gourmands. I’ve preordered it already, it’s a definite keeper. It’s due in sometime in October.

Last thing I tried was the Elixir de Merveilles. Now, I really liked it on the first sniff I had, and since I found it at Imagination Perfumery for about half the price it was in Needless Markup, I had to get that too. I like that chocolate note they amped up in it. I still get the scent I adore, but just a different view of it.

Small adventure, I know. What I can’t wait for is Tom Ford’s Black Orchid. Haven’t smelled it yet, but I expect it to be interesting. If it’s not, well, me and Mr. Ford are going to part ways. Donna Karan’s Gold is due out in the next couple weeks as well, and based on the reviews so far, I’m anxious to get that in my hands. Hermessence’s new Paprika one is now available in Paris, but won’t be available here until December, probably, but I think I’ve got my hands on some, whee! So much to sniff this fall and early winter, I’m in heaven!

  • CindyN says:

    Like you and others I am salivating over Tom Fords new frag. DK Gold arrived here (San Jose)at Nordstrom on the 25th-so I rushed out and bought it unsniffed. Glad I did. Just enuf lily to cut it from being solid amber on me. Great sillage, too. Look forward to your comments. I’m hoping JM Agave is coming here soon–after your review and Ina’s my interest is definitely piqued.

  • Tigs says:

    The Jo Malone sounds interesting, although there has never been one of her line I was wedded to – maybe things will change now that she and it have parted ways.

    The Donna Karan Gold I have been testing today -veddy in-terestingink, and the drydown smelled absolutely incredible on the SA, but I can’t decide whether it is simply too lily-ish for me.

  • Actually Patty I just posted about West Side, if you care to take a look.

    V, right the Rancé Eugénie. Histoires de Parfums has also a scent inspired by Eugénie. Need to re-sniff the two Rancés I’ve got.

  • Robin says:

    Glad to hear the new Jo Malone is worth smelling, I’m looking forward to it! LA Narcisse I can do without, I think…

  • violetnoir says:

    Babe, I just sent you a “heads up” on the DK Gold. I am wearing the EdP today for the second time since Saturday evening. I can’t wait to find out what you think about it.

    I’m not crazy about the JM’s, but this one sounds interesting, although the chocolate part makes my mouth water, and that’s not a good thing, lol! I’ll have to dig out my Elixir de Merveilles sample. The first little touch of it I put on did not impress me, but hey, I’ve been wrong before.

    And, even though that evil Tom Ford made Susanne Lang change the name of her wonderful Black Orchid to Midnight Orchid, I do look forward to testing his version.

    I really want to test the new ones at lusciouscargo, especially Rance Eugenie and Miller Bertaux Just close you eyes and…(or something like that). Plus, Debut is now in EdP strength.

    Hugs and love!

  • Ina says:

    Agree on JM Agave. It’ll be a purchase for sure, just need to find out when they’ll get it in (in a few weeks, I was told). But there’s another JM coming out at Saks – Napa Leather living cologne. Sounds potentially good.

  • Patty says:

    H — I had forgotten about the West Side. Eeep, there’s another to go on “the List.”

  • Patty says:

    Malena, to Europe? Not sure. I would expect in a couple of months? I know that’s about how long we wait until we get stuff that starts its release in Europe.

  • Patty says:

    Elle, I’m thinking you’ll like the Jo Malone. It’s gourmandy, but the agave saves it from being too much of that.

  • Black Orchid is the scent I’m most eager to try this fall and am also curious about the upcoming Bond no 9, West Side. The Jo Malone sounds like a great hit.

  • Malena says:

    The new Jo Malone sceent sounds so lovely, but I wonder when it´ll make it´s way over the ocean…:-?

  • Elle says:

    Sounds like the Jo Malone will be a must have. I’m really looking forward to Black Orchid as well. Can’t wait to hear what you think of Paprika! That and MM are my biggest lemmings right now…why can’t they be the ones that show up at Imagination for half the price?? Sob!