Rummaging in the sample draw, I was hoping to come up with the new Felanilla, but Luckyscent just sent me Drama Nuui, another new introduction from PG.
I’ve not really kept up with PG recently – it all got so confusing on their website with private scents having only numbers, and it was like you had to twitch your nose three times and do a behind the back handshake just to order a perfume.
These two new ones, sounded interesting, so… let’s see if they are! Notes of petit grain, absinthe, jasmine, spices, guaiac wood, sandalwood, musk make up Drama Nuui. It opens heavy on the jasmine, rolling indolic, but the green, wood and spice notes keep it from dropping in the crapper, fecally speaking. Are we sure there’s not Lotv in this? Probably not. It’s got a nice compositional feel to it, fresh and a little smutty at the same time. The jasmine goes in the direction of sweet, like Montale’s Jasmin Full, but pulls back short of it and sort of smolders. Again, I swear there’s some lotv in there or at least it feels that way, reminding me a bit of Ellie’s greenness. It’s well done and a nice angle on the jasmine. The drydown is really soft and beautiful, not a harsh, jarring note anywhere to be found.
Since I have it, let’s take a sniff of Lucienne too. Notes of Bay rose, Bulgarian rose, leafy green, ginger, lemon, bergamot, Indian jasmine, rose maroc, gardenia, orris, green tulip, lily of the valley, musk, heliotrope, vanilla, gray amber, sandalwood, cedarwood. Okay, let’s not and say we did. The open is all just… a mess of green and floral and… booze? No, not really, maybe like ginger beer. It’s trying to be too many things to too many noses and just seems scattered and erratic. It’s like my spice cabinet and vegetable bin — is that celery? But none of those notes are listed, so how can that be? It does slowly lose that and turn more into a floral, but I’m must not feeling it. Just no.
Anyone gotten their hands on the Felanilla (must be careful when I type that!) yet? If so, what do you think?