The Good — er, just the Bad and the Ugly

Random samples I have that I haven’t tested that are just laying around. That’s the only warning you get that I’m scrounging around in the sample drawer, and it won’t end well.

Vera Wang Princess — Notes of water lily, apple mandarin meringue, and golden apricot skin, dark chocolate, amber, musk and vanilla. Wow, this is… a worse Badgley Mischka (remember that I like BM, I just use it as a reference point) or that Moon thing from Hanae Mori or Hilary Duff’s new fragrance. Fruity without much floral. I feel like I just stuck my nose in an overripe basket of fruit. This is geared to the younger woman, but if she wears it, it will be.. oh, gag, sorry, stop me. I just can’t take this anymore!

John Varvatos — Tamarind tree leaves, sage flower, mediterranean herbs, auramber, vanilla and black leather essence. The bottle is awesome, the juice doesn’t really mach its spare, strong lines. It’s pretty potent when it goes on, but in an over the top, little too fruity-herby way. I’m not sure what note in this stays so strong, maybe the sage? Whatever it is, it stays too dominant, and there’s not enough leather in this. More leather would have made this pretty darn good. It’s not terrible, just not very memorable. Meh.

Miller Harris L’Air de Rien — I think this is the one March said I would hate. Well, it’s got to be better than the first two. Good Lord, that is some serious stanky skank. Okay, she warned me, but that’s not going to stop me from blaming her. Well, if you are looking for something darker, not run of the mill, this is your scent right here. For the first 20 minutes or so, I see myself back in the barn of my youth, with the musty hay and eau de crap that was in every crack and crevice of that buliding. As it dries down, it really is pretty unusual, like something beautiful that is warped just a little. It’s not one I’ll ever wear, but I’m not saying anything bad about it because they made a perfume that dared to be different, one that makes no excuses for being a little repulsive around the edges. Those of you that love to get your skank on need to get this immediately!

  • Ina says:

    L’Air de Rien is warped allright but in a crazily appealing way. I absolutely need more than just a sample.

  • Robin says:

    Oooh, I want to smell that Miller Harris! Sounds like something different, anyway.

  • Patty says:

    R — you would despise the Rien, I’m quite certain of it. 🙂

  • Leopoldo says:

    Edges at the centre? I can feel my turgidity peaking…

    I reckon I’ll have an Ormonde Jayne noseyposey fo sho.

  • violetnoir says:

    No thank you to the L’Air de Rien. I prefer to get it on in more traditional, and satisfying ways. 😉


  • Patty says:

    Marina — I was being really nice. 🙂 I re-read your review and just couldn’t bring myself to declare those edges going almost to the center of the thing. 🙂

  • Patty says:

    Chaya, no horsie pr0n here. :d Really, blow in their nose? I’m going to try it on my husband first.

  • Patty says:

    L — you can get as skanky as you want, darling. So if you get up to London, are you going to take a look at what they’ve donein the remodel to Ormonde Jayne?

  • Leopoldo says:

    I will blow up a horse’s nose the first chance I get (I get plenty).

  • marina says:

    “A little repulsive around the edges”…:-) Exactly!

  • chayaruchama says:

    I’m with Leopoldo [yeah, that’s a big surprise !]- I eagerly await Eau de Livestock !
    Considering the amorous encounter I had with a Clydesdale last w/e at a country fair, I empathize…

    [BTW, L- Did you know that , if you blow your breath into a horse’s nostrils, they will never forget you? It’s true- that huge beauty lowered his head against mine, and we stood there together, happy and peaceful as all getout !]

    Now, regarding those putrid scents…

    Marchaloosk !!!

    SO good to see you here and there !
    Hope all your hedonistic pastimes aren’t too wearying- SNORT…

    I really miss you-
    I could never fill your shoes…[sighs…]

  • Leopoldo says:

    I’m hoping to get down and dirty with the MH (if not Jane Birkin – well I can’t have everything. Yes, I know I’m gay, but a guy’s allowed to dream, ain’t he?) if I make it to London this weekend. Hubba hubba. I like a bit of horsecrap on my wrist.

  • Patty says:

    Elle, you will adore it, then. If it didn’t remind me so much of smells I remember less than fondly, I’d buy it too for that reason alone — it doesn’t pretend to be something pretty or nice.

    Vera, what the hell was she thinking? I’m just baffled.

  • Patty says:

    March, miss you!!!!!!!

    Nope, not so much. Musty, straw was in there, though I don’t remember that as a listed note.

    You must have loved it.

  • Elle says:

    I am a complete skank loving sl*t, so I have high hopes for L’Air de Rien, but even if I didn’t I’m almost prepared to fork over for it just because I want to support something that is gutsy enough to totally ignore all conventional marketing wisdom – wisdom which Vera Wang obviously took very much to heart…and to a hideously dull end.

  • Marchlion says:

    Eau de Crap.3:-o

    Absolutely. Did you get ANY of the other notes Ina got (maybe Marina too)?

    Me neither!

  • Patty says:

    I would agree with that vote. 🙂

  • sariah says:

    Hey P,

    Have to agree with you on the Princess, looks like it will be the winner of the 2006 “Farty Award” over on scentzilla. Congratulations Vera!