I have a confession. Natural perfumes tend to not do it for me (hanging head and scuffing feet). Not because they lack artistry or creativity, but it is the ingredients that tends to not set with me very well or seem a little muddied. One exception has been Strange Invisible Perfumes. Now I have another exception, Soivohle’, formerly Liz Zorn perfumes.
Tobacco & Tulle – From the website, ” tobacco and tuberose absolutes with natural animalic and botanical musks. Contains cruelty free hyrax tincture, beach harvested ambergris, also contains a touch of green oakmoss.” I adore this scent. From the moment I uncapped it and sniffed until I had worn it around a while. There is a tobacco/oakmoss intensity, sharpened by the ambergris on the open, musky and veering to the skanky. It’s sharp, acrid, but the tuberose just rolls around in there, adding depth and not really softness – maybe just gives all of those pungent notes a good landing area. The pungent, almost acrid feel smooths out into a great earthy tobacco scent. It is interesting, hardcore and beautiful, everything I want my perfume to be.
Grand Canyon – Notes of orange flower, citrus, spices, herbs, myrrh, black pepper and laurel. A spicy citrus on the open, underlaid with the herbs and incense. It is made as an homage to the Grand Canyon, and the laurel and herbs in this make it at time to smell like that gorgeous desert air, but like you have one of those spicy cinnamon orange things mixed in and some smoky incense being burned over the horizon. It is completely snuggly and warm and lovely. March and Marina have reviewed this in the past and liked it, and I’m in the same camp.
Underworld – Notes of vetiver, balsams, jasmine, rose, smoky leathery base. Vetiver, leather and balsam. If you like your vetiver and/or leather served up earthy and smoky, this is your scent. It is not as green as Guerlain’s Djedi on the open, but it has a similar feel, that rough vetiver. As it dries down, the floral notes and a spiciness pushes through, softening it. One of my yoga teachers makes us strengthen to get into a pose, then keeps telling us, as we are breathing hard to soften something – your ears, your fingers, your eyes. Strength and softness held in tension. That’s Underworld, and it’s simply gorgeous.
Well, so far, I’m not finding anything I hate or even am indifferent to, and I’ve got several more samples to go through next week! So I’m a fan now, and I think more of you would be too if you tried them. So! Yes! Let’s give away a set of samples on these four. Just drop a comment, and you’ll be in the drawing.
The winners of the set of Omnia Profumo samples are: Ninara Poll and Nika. Just click on the Contact us on the left and send me your address and what I’m supposed to be sending you.
Can we talk about movies briefly. It seems like almost every movie this winter season has been despairing or ineffably sad in some way or another. The big exception has been Slumdog Millionaire, which everyone should see, it really is as good as the hype, but don’t expect something big – expect something completely human and full of hope. In the last week I’ve seen Revolutionary Road and The Wrestler. Both great films with great acting and direction, beautifully shot, and in the end, characters despair. The Wrestler is seriously hardcore, so don’t fool yourself into thinking you’re going to see this uplifting redemptive movie that may make you cry in the end, but will leave you all fuzzy inside. That just won’t happen. Same with Revolutionary Road – it’s not a love story, and there’s no redemption in it either. Should you go see them? Yes. I recommend you read the book before you see Rev Road – it helps flesh out some things they didn’t have time for in the movie. The Wrestler, Mickey Rourke is brilliant. He has an unself-conscious vulnerability that he has always had as an actor, something that draws you in. It’s a gift most actors don’t possess, and he should win the Oscar for that performance. He should also wear Tobacco and Tulle, easy on the Tulle.
I’ve also seen Doubt and Benjamin Button this season as well. And they aren’t full of despair, but they’re not exactly happy-happy-joy-joy flicks, but both are excellent. You know what I really need? For “He’s Not that Into You” and “Confessions of a Shopaholic” to open in a couple of weeks so I can laugh for a change in the theater! No, March, I refuse to go some that Mall Cop thing, even though I adore the lead actor in it.
What movies have you see, and what did you think of them? I did notice in Rev Road, Millie had a bottle of some Guerlain perfume on her dresser – she should be wearing L’Heure Bleue – but I couldn’t make out the perfume bottle on April’s dresser. Also, have you tried a Soivohle perfume, and what did you think? I know there is a violet one that gets high regard, is it the Domino Viole?
BTW II, who was it that recommended Gina at Blondie’s in Denver for color and a cut? Brilliant tip. I went there today, and she did an amazing job on my hair, she is just terrific, so thank you!!!