So what’s new? Ava Luxe Shisha is what’s new. Notes of tabac, honey, raisin, aubepine, Indian jasmine, amber, sandalwood, spices, incense and musk. I’ve generally had better luck with the Ava Luxe fragrances in lotions and things, but this one is the first one that I’m pretty happy to wear on its own. It’s got a rich, velvety tobacco feel to it, it starts off just a little sweeter than I would like, but it quickly tamps down and is one of those wrap-around hug scents that just make you feel all warm and cozy.
Stephanie de Saint-Aignan came out with a line of scents that are even harder to find than most things we are all hunting for, only available in Printemps Paris for now. Tobacco Mucho is an great tobacco scent, all leather and dark tobacco — Knize Ten meets Tabac Blond and indulges in heavy petting thing. Au the Sahara has notes of mint tea, smoky incense, woods and leather. Now, my aversion to mint in perfume sorta takes over everything else, but for those of you that don’t mind the mint, I have a feeling leather/incense/woods lovers would find much to recommend this one. I can’t get past the mint. Why put mint in a perfume? Then I feel like I’m wearing a throat lozenge. I don’t want to wear a throat lozenge. Anyway, I do wish these were in wider circulation. I know Lisa (the one eBay and Bond treated so badly) has samples of it. If anyone is wanting them, let me know, I can put you in touch with her.
What I really loved the most of my daily sampling session, though, was that Niki de St. Phalle that March sent me. What opening weirdness are you guys talking about? This thing is absolute perfection from start to finish. It feels a little Aqaba’ish, but doesn’t get so strong and almost unwearable. Notes of Peach, Mugwort, Bergamot, Mint, Jasmine, Rose, Clove, Iris, Ylang-Ylang, Cedar, Patchouli, Oakmoss, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Amber, Musk. I’m digging this. It may not be March, but it is definitely me! It’s just so weird, I don’t get the manly aspects or weirdness at the beginning at all, it goes past go, collects the $200 and hits Grade A Gorgeous. An excellent find, thank you, March!!!
Am I distracted a little and disjointed? Um… yes. 1 — IRS sends me a “Drop on by, we’d like to take a look at every record you have for 2005” mail. 2 — Aedes has made me realize, once again, that first impressions are never wrong. No matter how right you are, asking people nicely to do something creates a lot more goodwill than being a dick and continuing to be a dick even when the other person has acknowledged the first person is right and they will remedy their error. Has the whole world just ditched that “catching more flies with honey” bit?