Have you ever, on the long road through life, just looked around you and thought: I really need to edit my life? I do from time to time, even though I usually don’t let my life get too cluttered. Sometimes you just notice that you have some things/people in your life that are redundant or really have no purpose. Does that sound cold? I guess I think that life is too short, and if you can’t find a reason, just one, for keeping something in your life, you really need to edit it out. Gently, kindly, but it should go.
Hey, what does that have to do with Boadicea? It’s a line that seriously needed a heavy-handed editor. There are some good/great/interesting perfumes in the line, but there are many that are so similar that you can’t sort through them. Some seem a little unfinished or lacking in purpose. Can I tell you which ones they are? Um, no. I smelled 28 of them in one sitting. I can’t remember! This could have been and still could be a great line if they edited it down to about 8 perfumes. Combine some, add some components to another, and then expand it from there. And the names! Get some more creative juice behind the names. They’re unmemorable names that blend together and make it impossible to remember which one you really loved.
Noble, Divine and Delicate are the three that Michele Obama bought when she was in London, and all three of those are quite good. The price point is a little high, 130 pounds for 100 mls, but the bottles with all the pewter is gorgeous. Complex got a lot of raves around the table when we sniffed it, t’s pretty fierce. One spray was wafting everywhere. Smidge of violet, all the rest labdanum, leather, musk and civet – yeah, I just saw 100 of you recoil and another 100 drool. Intricate was also a big hit and a big, fierce perfume, but it’s one of the aoud perfumes and runs 450 pounds for 100 mls. Ouch!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I believe they also call it Ethereal. The names keep changing on some of these, and they had one name at Selfridges and one name at Harrod’s. Is problem that also needs editing.
So I’m not going to review any of these because I honestly, beyond those that I pointed out, plus Seductive, which is fir and patchouli, ambergris, musk and rosemary, can’t tell you what I think is really good. I had several others I liked, but just gave up. I think Warrior and Warrioress, the two Selfridges exclusives, are quite good. I personally prefer the Warrior to the Warrioress (notes of lemon, rose, cassis, coriander, tonka bean and patchouli for the Warrior). The Warrioress was good, but seemed close to the Complex and Vibrant. So if you smell one of those three and love it, you may like the others or find them redundant and unnecessary.
Do I think the line is worth checking out? Yes, I do. There’s some good stuff in there, but I think it could be better with fewer scents, better clarity on what each is intended to be. I’ve got Divine on one hand, and I’m just smitten with it. Aldehydes, jasmine, violet, styrax and sandalwood. One of the other hyperexpensive aoud perfumes was love too, Elegant, but, again, that 450 pounds price tag scared me off, which is saying a lot for someone who is tough to scare on perfume pricing. It has notes of lemon, rose, jasmine, nutmeg, agarwood, guaiacwood and ambergris. Really fetching stuff.
I’ll help y’all out and give out two sets of samples of the noble, divine, delicate and complex. Just drop a comment and tell me what you need to edit out of your life or would like to,and you’ll be entered in the drawing.
Now, we have something else to discuss, but we need to keep it on the down low. Some of you may know that Roja Dove does private collection perfumes. They are limited to 50 persons per perfume, runs $1600 for 250 mls, and once you buy it, you are entitled to buy it forever. It just begs for splitting. Two scents were split when we were there, No 11 and No. 9. No. 9 is a gorgeous aldhehydic perfume that just made me cry, it was so beautiful. I have way more in my split than I can wear in a lifetime, so if anyone is interested in a half ounce, let me know. There was one other perfume that three of us would split, but I couldn’t commit to it because it’s just too much for three people to split. No. 7 is a skankfest on the order of Bal a Versailles and Party in Manhattan. It’s all glorious civety beauty with a drydown that lasts for a day. The problem is, nobody bought it, so there’s no way to smell it, you’d have to commit to it unsniffed. But having smelled the perfume, there are not just a few skank lovers out there that would take it off your hands if you hated it. If you’re interested in going in the split for 7, you know what to do. You can also do the math, but it’s about 6.40 per ml, plus any fees, postage, bottle costs, etc.