Let’s face it – you and I, we’re in the same boat. When it comes to sampling, I end up trying many things for the same reason you do – I read about it somewhere recently, on our blog or somebody else’s. Then my greedy little mind says, oooh, I have got to get me some of that – and off I go to the discounter, eBay, etc., to score my fix.
Today I’m looking for your comments on what you’ve tried recently after reading/hearing about it here or elsewhere, and whether it lived up to your expectations. How about those of you who bought some vintage Emeraude, I know some of you did. Anyone try any Replique? Shout out to Anita – how’d that Yves Rocher Gardenia play out, hon? Fess up, all of you – did your search yield satisfying results?!?? You won’t hurt my feelings if you hated something I loved.
Also, regarding those comments: It’s fun when everybody plays, I love when you strike up conversations with each other, and I’m letting go of the concept that I have to reply to each and every one of your comments. It’s our fault we’re such comment whores, and/but now that the volume of comments is high, it can take literally most of the day to respond to them. I want you to know I do read every single comment, even if it takes me a day or two, and it’s one of the chief joys of this blog.
In the meantime, we’re way overdue for a candy samples post, wherein I wax brief and semi-coherent on a variety of things. Here’s some of what I’ve gotten my hands on just in the last two weeks.
KenzoAir – one of those scents that keeps popping up like a Whack-a-Mole in online perfume discussion, and since I don’t maintain a proper to-try list I forget about needing to try it, plus also since they’re all named so generically I keep thinking I have tried it. Notes are bergamot, anise, vetiver, amber, woods. It disappointed me as a dabber; then I do what I do in such cases and just pour some in my hand and splash it on with abandon, figuring what doesn’t kill me makes me stronger. This deserves a heavy hand; I’d have loathed it two years ago (vetiver and anise, kill.me.now) but now I just sniff it happily and think what a perfect duo they are. I wish it were a little less woody, but I guess you can’t have everything. Although I can’t see why not. Done by Maurice Roucel, if you need a little shove in the try-me direction.
Replique dupe from Irma Shorell/Long Lost Perfume. Just before hell freezes over I’m going to learn to love green chypres. I’m aesthetically incapable of appreciating the top of this or any other green chypre, they all strike me as a mélange of chocolate and grasshoppers, but the drydown! The drydown is totally worth it. It’s not as dirty as my vintage bottle, and it’s soft and alluring without being powdery. FWIW my girls, who mostly refrain politely from telling me how much they loathe whatever I have on (unless I goad them) liked it too. I still think it’s probably better appreciated by Melissa, or Louise.
Caron Eau de Reglisse – which I won’t yammer on again having just mentioned it in my anise post, but once I figured out you could buy it for 3 cents online (okay, $30) I got a bottle. I really love how gingery it is as well, I hadn’t really noticed that before. It’s so tall I bet it immediately launches an attack on my Serges, forcing them to choose between the taint of Betsey Johnson or hurling themselves off the shelf to certain death.
Guerlain Mitsouko Fleur de Lotus – hahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!! Wow… whiskey tango foxtrot! Okay, holding this one back for regular review, sorry!
Still awaiting my delivery from Mr. Postman, pleeeeeeaaase: Carla Fracci Giselle, which is Patty’s fault, plus those two new Hermanessences (thanks to Anita for getting that spelling permanently imbedded in my lizard brain) because I’m too lazy to drive to Tysons, and some Osmanthe Yunnan, another decant, for what I’ve spent on OY decants why don’t I just buy the damn thing? I don’t know.
Okay, your turn! What foolishness have you been up to lately? Go on, spill, I won’t tell anyone, your secret is safe with me!
image: monster, Maple White’s sketchbook, forgottenfutures.com. No, it doesn’t have anything to do with this post, but isn’t it fun? We could call it March Meets Angel for the first time.