Time to round up all my new samples I’ve gotten to sniff!
Bond Saks for Her — Notes of Jasmine, tuberose, gardenia, vetiver and vanilla. I’m totally underwhelmed. It’s kinda nice, soft, nothing offensive here, and the drydown just fades… to a softish gardenia. Okay, take that back, should have been more patient — as the drydown continues, the gardenia becomes more prominent and richer. Maybe I’d like it more if I were a big gardenia fan.. With the tuberose/gardenia mix, I prefer the new one from Estee Lauder, which has a balance between tuberose and gardenia that I like a little better. Due to be released in September 2007 only at Sak’s.
Bond Saks for Him — Notes of chili, black pepper, cardamom, bergamot, incense, guiac wood, amber. Muuuuchhhhh better! Okay, this is supposed to be for the guys, but I’m digging the pepper and spices and incense immensely on the open. Wait, where did it go? It was really great out of the chute, but the interested parts vamoosed. Okay, that’s not good. If they amped this up and could maintain that open for a while longer, this would be perfection. It’s not terrible at all and certainly a nice scent, but the interesting parts of it are on the open and fade too quickly. Due to be released in October 2007 only at Sak’s.
Bond Andy Warhol Silver Factory — Notes of bergamot, grapefruit, lavender, violet, incense, jasmine, iris, amber, wood resin, cedarwood. Freak Alert, love, love, love it! This starts off like metallic rubber, if that’s possible, a more metallic SMN Nostalgia, and then dries down to a smoky, soft incense with that never loses that little tinge of the metallic — it’s a Weird Scene scent. This is probably the most interesting scent Bond has ever done.. it’s not their normal floralish thing. Set to launch in December of 2007, this is the one of the three that goes on my wish list. It is an adorable freak.
biehl . parfumkuntswerke Mark Buxton 03 — This is a new line available from First in Fragrance, modeled along the lines of Frederic Malle where the perfumer creates and has their name put on the perfume. MB 03 has no top notes. Notes include roman camomille, red pepper, elemi, cistus, cashmere wood, styrax, amber, incense, sandalwood, and patchouli. Incense lovers will be thrilled with this dry, peppery, woody incense. I’m actually loving a lot in this line, which I’ll explore more on Friday!
Andy Tauer’s new hyacinth and the Mechanic mod — The beauty of the hyacinth is captured here perfectly, and then firmly planted in a mechanic’s gloves, spring floral perfection in an oil-soaked mechanic’s glove. There aren’t enough words to say how much I adore this, and I can’t wait until Andy is finished with it.