First off, I got a lovely email from Amrita Kaur at Tigerflag, saying a huge THANK YOU to all of you, and that she was overwhelmed with orders for the attars in her very small business, and that she’s getting them out as quickly as possible, so if you ordered something, please have patience. As I emailed her back, I have no idea when I blog on something whether it’s going to generate much business, and I’m happy for her. (Also, as I hope is/was crystal clear: I don’t know her, I got my sample in a swap, and I bought and paid for my recent order just like the rest of you.)
Second, for anyone who ordered the Majmua attar – I accidentally wore it the same time I had on a shirt spritzed with Nuit de Tubereuse, and SHAZAM!!!!!!!!!!! EXCELLENT combination. There’s something about the vegetal/earthy aspect of the majmua that balances beautifully with the creamy florals of NdT. Just sayin.’
Finally, I’m preparing for Wednesday’s post on another tuberose, Honore des Pres’ Vamp a NY. So today instead of a review there’s a question for debate.
I’ve been wearing my lovely decant of L’Artisan Nuit de Tubereuse, which – remember – is from my third source, after the teeny two-drop vial samp from Denyse in April, and then the spritz from a friend’s bottle more recently (which made it clear to me that I needed the decant.)
The friend’s bottle-spritz lead to my review revisit because the topnotes were weirder than I first detected with my two-drop sample. This is not unusual. In fact, I’ll wager, after hearing these sorts of complaints regularly on the blog, that the biggest sample fail people have is: they test something on their skin with a couple drops from a vial. Then they buy a decant or a bottle and – whoa! It smells different! And unfortunately, that “different” is usually not in a good way.
Spritzing on my decant of NdT smells different than my heavy spritz from the friend’s bottle, although in my case in a good way – I get a lot more of that sharp/vegetal smell of unripe mango, which I personally love. But what happened? Why does my decant smell different to me? Is it because I’ve had multiple times to try it? Has my nose become better at picking out the top? Does it actually smell different than Friend X’s bottle – more mango-ish? I have no idea.
I think I can de-cloak Musette, who sent me a small samp of her share of a split of Le Labo Aldehyde 44 because she keeps getting (of all things) cumin from it. Cumin. Now, cumin is a great note, and Musette loooooves her some cumin. She’s new Femme’s Number One Fangirl. But cumin in Le Labo Aldehyde? Yecccccccccchhhhh. Who wants cumin there? And her decant, as you can imagine, was not inexpensive.
So she sent me a sample, and I told her the good/bad news: it smells exactly right to me. It smells like a big ol’ slightly soapy aldehyde, and it’s glorious, and I’m not getting any cumin. (And if there’s cumin to be found in a scent, btw, I usually get it.) So there’s nothing apparently wrong with her split. We’re both praying to the cumin gods, asking them to stop haunting her skin.
At the same time, I’ve decided, having received my large-ish decant of L’Artisan’s L’Eau de Jatamansi, that I am glad I didn’t spring for a ginormous 250ml bottle, even though I’ve sprayed it on several times at the boutique and loved it. (Notes: grapefruit, cardamom, bergamot, sage, jatamansi, Turkish rose, ylang-ylang, incense, gaiac wood, Indian papyrus, Australian sandalwood.) Sometimes it’s perfect — clean and sharp and herbaceous, the way I think the inside of a fancy, relaxing spa/yoga joint should smell. Other times it smells very barber-shop shaving-cream to me – that citrus/cardamom smell that’s nice enough but I don’t want to wear it like perfume.
Throwing it open to you: Have you ever gotten, say, a bottle of something after falling in love with a sample, and thought, ugh? Do you think it was a problem of dab vs. spray? Or do you think the perfume (from two different places) actually smelled different? I’m always begging people to spray before they buy, because I do think that makes a huge difference, and to live with/work through a decant of it first – but I don’t always follow my own advice either. Or have you tried something from a bottle, having tried it previously from a sample, and discovered that with a proper drenching it was loooooooooooove?
image: Hecate at my dad’s today on Father’s day, modeling a fright wig and a matching snake she found in the toy stash. Can u feel the naughty? No, I have no idea why she’s wearing that. Except that she’s Hecate.