We have come to the last two in this series.
Notes of lily, ylang, vanilla, sandalwood and peppercorns compose Lys Carmin. The name is very apt. This is a spiced-up lily. I get used to the more common pristine, virgin’ish lily, the one of Easter and springtime. This lily is more the in full bloom of summer. It’s ripe and the stamen is spreading all of that yellow dust that gets all over your hands. It’s almost messy, but not quite. This is probably my least favorite of the six. Not sure why exactly, but I get almost a plasticky smell from it. I really like the spiciness and the angle they were taking, but it just doesn’t seem to work on my skin. If anyone else has smelled this and gets a different take on it, please post your thoughts. After several hours, I did wind up liking it more as that plastic smell seemed to fade, but the fading also muddied it a bit on me. Liked it okay, didn’t love it.
Cologne Noire, while giving more of a nod to the masculine fragrances, is the one of the six that is the most unisex. Created by Mark Buxton with notes of ginger, cardamom, pepper, bergamot, bitter orange, mandarin and wood notes. Octavian reviewed it, and I’m not sure there is much I can add to his excellent review. It does carry the spiciness in a cool way. Not ice cold. It dries down to a lovely woodsy scent, but still carrying the spices, deepened with incense. It carries the Mark Buxton olfactory stamp, so if you already have a Mark Buxton that you love, you probably don’t need this one. I definitely like it, but it fails to move me in some transcendant way towards my wallet. If you were missing the Mosbudd whatever thing, this is pretty close to it.
So two of these that didn’t turn out as well on me. I guess it’s good that only four of the six won me over, but that’s a really good batting average.
Since the blog was down last week when I did the announcement of the drawing for two sample sets, I’m going to make it three and draw from commenters on this post and the one last week.
We do think the blog is working again. We finally got the upgrade notice to a new software version that’s been out a while, so we think some of the weirdness may be fixed. I sure hope it is!!
Moving on. Has anyone sniffed the Cartier things yet? I read a couple of quite notes on Basenotes that they were fine, but not that special. At 225-250 (?) per bottle, I guess they have a higher bar to get over, but I’m still anxious to sniff them since Cartier’s stuff is normally pretty interesting, or has been.