Lisa Hoffman is the wife of Dustin Hoffman and has apparently been whipping up some skin care on the side, along with some perfumes. I had no idea. But I did get some samples recently, and two of the fragrances were up for Fifi Awards last year. Again, I had no idea. I mean, I’m sure I saw them, and then just thought, well, nobody is talking about them.
She takes a different approach to the scents. They are oils in roll-on bottles, and they go just at the pulse points, but there is a different variation of the scent for morning, daytime, evening and bedtime. Well, okay. The entire set I got to try is Japanese Agarwood, which was one of the nominees for a Fifi Award, along with Madagascar Orchid. I’m fairly enchanted with the Japanese Agarwood. It’s pretty simple and direct with notes of Italian bergamot, spiced ginger accord and warm amber. There are very definitely different angles at the scent, depending on which of the four you try. My preference is the morning or daytime. They are fresher and very airy. The evening tends to be more woody, but I still like it very much. I wasn’t as crazy about the bedtime one, not sure why. It just seemed soapier or something. It is intended to be soothing, so maybe that’s it.
Madagascar Orchid has notes of jasmine, lily, ylang dew and pink peony. This one doesn’t work so much for me. I’m not sure which variation I got in the sample, but it was just way too soapy and didn’t work on me, though I suspect it will work for other people.
Tuscan Fig has notes of amber, woods, musk, French jasmine, honeysuckle, osmanthus, madagascar vanilla bean, madagascar gardenia, tahitian tiare and tuscan fig. This one is most definitely a gourmand, hitting pretty squarely on the vanilla and fig notes, though the florals do find their way through. As it’s been on a while, it settles in a really soft area still between the vanilla and the fig. It’s a pretty great gourmand, and I would be interested in smelling all the variations of this one. The sample doesn’t say which one I have, but it’s a pretty easy to wear gourmand scent. Rich enough to give you a lushness, but not overpowering, just a soft, lovely gourmand.
They also have French Clary Sage and Tunisian Neroli available as scents. I did a quick sniff of both, and they are nice scents, but pretty straightforward as what they are, and I don’t really have anything else to say except I did like them, and they’re pretty much what they say they are. If you like those notes, you would like these perfume oils in those scents.
The price point isn’t ridiculous. You get four perfume oils in a cute little pouch for $95. I’m not sure exactly the size of the bottles, but I think each is about 5 mls maybe? Refills for the bottles are $60. It’s certainly an interesting angle on perfumery, and I’m interested to see what they do with it. In the meantime, I’m really happy with my Japanese Agarwood, that is just a lovely, floating, easy to wear scent.
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