First, winner of the Tokyo Le Labo Gaiac 10 sample is: monkeytoe. Click on the Contact Us button to the left and send me your address, and I’ll get this in the mail! You are in for a spectacular treat.
What a great name for a perfume – Gypsy Water! Before I spritz it on, I am seeing swirling, colorful skirts and shirts, castanets, flashing black eyes and white teeth set in dangerous faces that know a little too much about fun.
Does the fantasy hold up? Well, very few of my fantasies don’t melt in the light of day. Top notes of bergamot, lemon, pepper and juniper berries; middle notes of incense, pine needles and orris; and base notes of amber, vanilla and sandalwood. Hmmm, this isn’t sniff-reading dangerous at all on the open. Well, according to the literature, this is “a fictional glamorization of this lifestyle filled with mystical woods and earthy influences.” Well, it is earthy-ish and woody, but mostly it’s really freaking cuddly. I want all my sweaters to smell like this. It reminds me of something – Pafum Sacre underpinned with some not too sweet vanilla — is there something else like this? This is snuggly and woody warm. Couldn’t we have had just a little paprika in it for sauciness? Well, it’s certainly a nice little cuddly scent, but the price tag is $195 at Barney’s for 100 ml, so you may not find that much cuddly to be in your budget. Do you think it’s too expensive to spritz on my bed and pillowcases? Maybe if they made it into a dryer sheet? I really want to sleep in this.
The latest update of Perfumes: The Guide listed B Never 2 Be Busy to be — wait, B Never Too Busy 2 Be Beautiful, I think it is – annoying name, they should lose it — Breath of God as a newly minted, Genuine Five-Star Masterpiece, along with Chanel Sycomore. B (I’m not typing that ghastly name more than once) is an offshoot of Lush that’s now also in the perfume business. Of course I had my credit card in hand hovering over their website to immediately possess this Masterpiece. Smoky notes, sandalwood, amber, neroli and patchouli with rose, lemon oil, floral notes and jasmine. Sounds pretty generic, doesn’t it? When I first spritz it on? Motor oil can filled with flower petals, not holding the aluminum note in the least. Listen, I love Santa Maria Novella Nostalgia and Goutal’s Eau de Fier, so this is never something that I look at as a bad thing. I smell some bergamot, like SMN threw a little Eva in with the Nostalgia. It’s definitely got its finger on the pulse of interesting, may even have it shoved up in the corner necking with it like crazy. But I have to hold firm on this. I love my oddities in perfume, love to wear them, sniff them, regale people with how freaky they are, but I just can’t put them in the Masterpiece category if I can’t argue that it’s a little mainstream and won’t send your average perfumista screaming from the store on the open. This one does eventually yield a little, and the florals make some of the weirder things sit in the backseat of the oil-smoking Chevy, but you get up close, and it’s a freak, pure and simple. Being also super-fun and interesting, I’ll happily wear it on dates with men I don’t want to see again, but no Masterpiece star from me. The good news is this PTG Masterpiece is relatively cheap. I can’t remember exactly what I paid for this huge bottle, but like 40 pounds maybe? They have smaller bottles available for a lot less.
Hey, it’s almost Christmas, and I have this big honking bottle of Breath of God sitting here, so let’s give away some more samples. Drop a comment, tell me your favorite freak perfume and I’ll draw out five names to win a sample!