I brought three samples of new things with me to Texas, so like them, hate them, bored by them, doesn’t ‘matter, you get them reviewed. All are available at Luckyscent.
Montale Chocolate Greedy — What is that note? I’ve hated it in every candle that has it. But I’m never sure if it’s a chocolate piece or vanilla piece or a combination, and this has both notes. Notes of moka bean, bitter orange, cacao cream, vanilla from Madagascar, it starts off slightly bitter with not much orange at this point. The drydown actually improves it, as it softens and some of that sharp yuk note goes away, it never goes over to the sickening sweet chocolate or vanilla side of the boat, but goes a little, um, flat. Well, for me, but I’m not a fan of chocolate scents generally, and I don’t need this one, but for those that like the gourmand scents, it’s probably worth at least sampling to see if it will work. $95 for 50 ml at Luckyscent.
Profumum Olibanum — Perfection. Notes of incense, myrrh, orange blossom, sandalwood. Starts off sharp, rich and pungent and softens a bit, but maintains a rich incense wood smell. The orange blossom is backgroundish, but I can smell just a little trilling around the incense. My favorite Profumum to date — worth trying for incense lovers, definitely and emphatically. $215 for 100 ml at Luckyscent.
Profumum Acqua Viva – Lemony and refreshing, nothing to hate here, except the $215 per 100 ml price tage. What else? Um…. er…. nothing. The end.
Texas is hot, but green, a weird state of affairs for August. My dad always said if he had a house in Texas and a home in Hell, he’d sell his house and go home. The recent rains down here have worked a green summer miracle. The other miracle is my nails. If I had a a way to get a camera picture loaded in, I’d show off my China Glaze Lubu polish, which is a takeoff on the Christian Laboutin shoes with the red soles, so they have a red-black with sparkles in it and a more reddish red with sparkles. My nails look spectacular. I quit biting them recently, fo reasons that are unclear, and they grew and grew and grew! Which brings me to my new (waves to R!) passion for nail polish. If you like dark, rich colors on your nails, check out the Russian Collection for fall from Opi. Amazing rich, vibrant hues that will make your nails happy. Available at Head2Toe Beauty.