UPDATE on Ellie parfum — Wow! Sorry, guys, I’m having a moment here. Everyone, I think, knows how I despise LotV in a perfume — mostly because it feels plasticky, but I don’t despise it in the garden, where I think it is gorgeous, especially surrounded by everything else. Ellie is a spring garden in the greenest sense of the word. LotV has been rendered gorgeous and the way I think of it in the garden. I wish I had enough words to describe this, but it is vetiver green earthy. I know the vanilla is there, but it is not there in any amount that’s scary at all. And the coconut, as it is, is like the pulpy inside of the coconut, not that sickly sweet part of it, it just enhances the green and does not stick out anywhere at all. Get the cyclamen mostly in the top, the jasmine is there, but it doesn’t feell like a jasmine fragrance, same with the rose. Fig leaves gives it more green. And the musk and sandalwood, they’re just playing backup to the green beauty this is, which is a full, rich earthy green scent. This really is just in time for spring. Worth the $180 for 1/2 ouch (spelling intentional)? Yes, if you like earthy green scents, but I’ll keep hoping for an EDP with just a little better price point on it so I will feel unconstrained to spritz wildly. Yum!
I shamelessly hustled a sample of Human Existence from the Mugler coffret from the movie Perfume recently, and besides just wanting to smell it, my main purpose was to torture my family.
As soon as I get it, I scoot it under Harry’s nose, not telling him what it is, and his SpideySense picks up, “like soap at the bottom of the shower, with all the skin and dirt and everything.” One of the first times I rode on the El in Chicago, I was peacefully sitting in the front of the car, and it made the next stop… all the smart people got up and started moving backwards, including my “friend.” Thinking to myself, why do you suppose… a pretty disheveled homeless guy gets on the train and sits down in the seat behind me. Now, how rude were all those other people, is this homeless’ism in America, I can’t believe they didn’t want to sit next to the guy just because… ew, what the hell is that smell!??! It was old urine, cheap alcohol, dog crap on in the tread of your shoe, soap at the bottom of the shower and all the skin and dirt and everything.
When I opened up the Scent of Humanity, sniffing up close, I didn’t think it was so bad. I spilled a drop on my desk, and it was like the morning after one of Caligula’s parties came to life in my office. I’m not very brave… it isn’t going on my skin, but I am going to start sending it around… March and Leopoldo, you’re first. Have I mentioned how much I love reality scents? Not to wear, but just the sniffage is fun!
Then I was thinking, what possible review could I tack onto this? It’s too short and disgusting to go by itself. Oh, I know! Clive Christian No. 1 for Men, not because I want to hate it because it’s so blasted expensive, but because putting these two together in the same post satisfies my sense of the absurd. Notes of bergamot, lime, cardamon, Sicilian mandarin, nutmeg, thyme, cedarwood, sandalwood, vetiver, ambery woods, vanilla, lily of the valley (KOD – Kiss of Death), Rose, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang and heliotrope. I have more difficulty trashing really expensive perfumes just on the basis of price alone because I understand with many of those, they really are using the most expensive ingredients, and it usually shows and… well, I’ll buy ’em if I like them!
No. 1 suprised me. I was expecting a more typical men’s scent, with a heavy bergamot/lime top (see the notes!), and that was fairly crushed into nonexistence by the cardamon, nutmeg, thyme, cedarwood, sandalwood, vetiver, ambery wood, but, gratefully, not by the LotV. This goes on fairly spicy, not in an Ambre Narguile way, where it is caramelized, but in a more restrained lightly, but not weakly, spiced fashion. The drydown lasts forever and stays a little spicy, with a very little floral underpinning. It’s really pretty damn gorgeous, I’ve had my nose glued to the sweet spot where it lives all day. It’s exactly the sort of elegant, rich scent I would expect to get for $735 for 50 mls? Is it worth that? A year or six months ago, I would have said no, nothing is worth that, but with the beauty of eBay, you can get it for about half that amount.
Did you guys notice this little scent that is now at Bendel’s, Ellie? Yeah, it should be in my hands today. Made by Roudnitska with notes white flowers, vanilla and vetiver. How can they go wrong? Here’s why I’m withholding judgment on expensive perfumes, $180 for 1/2 oz. Ouch!