Hey, look what the fairies did overnight. Bitch-slapped the blog around. Which makes this the perfect post for today.
A couple of years ago, when I really started down the niche path hard core, one of the first samples I got from Aedes was Serge’s Daim Blond.
When I dabbed it on, I remember thinking – really clearly – Wow, that’s really interesting… I don’t think I’m interesting enough to wear it. Never ordered a bottle or sniffed it again until recently, when someone requested that I get it. This time I spritzed it on and thought, hmmm, wasn’t that a lot stronger when I smelled it the first time?!?!
Does that mean that I’m just interesting enough to wear it now, or have the Carons, Knize 10, etc., etc., shaped my nose to think strong scents aren’t really strong at all?
Notes of iris, apricot kernel, cardamom, musk, heliotrope and hawthorn. It feels a little citrussy on the initial spritz, not very much, but I find it almost discordant, because back behind it is the musk and hawthorn and what feels like a very soft leather. I never smell the heliotrope at all, or if I do, it is blended well enough that I don’t think cherry even once, but there is something there where I can catch a fleeting glimpse of it.
This dries down to a very soft, buttery suede, like what a man or woman’s suede coat would smell like after they had been out in their most expensive, slightly sweet perfume.
I’m still just shocked at how different I smell this than I did a couple of years ago. Was I just stupid back then and uneducated (hush! you over there, no nodding your head and agreeing!) or does it take time to build up to appreciating the stronger fragrances, to the point where they don’t even feel all that strong, just pretty spectacular.
What scent did you originally think was too much for you that you have gone back and smelled again and found fits you?