I’m having the hardest time accepting that it’s 4degrees warmer (WARMER) in Central IL than in Santa Barbara CA. Let’s ignore the fact that we’re 2 hours ahead – the sun set awhile ago (not that we had much in the way of a sunset; we’re expecting thunderboomers a little later)….we’ll just give that a bye. It’s Central Illinois, people. In early March! That’s just not right. Even weirder? Two days ago it was arctic. And yesterday I was in a tshirt and yoga pants, battling a lice-infested apartment. Okay, to be fair the lice were probably gone (the tenants moved out a week ago and there’s no carpeting – can lice survive in carpeting? ) But…..ewww…. lice are just gross.
and none of this has anything to do with a perfume review. I’m just crabbing because I lost several hours sleep this morning, which I was craving after the 9-hr Epic Cleanfest and Lice Battle. Our boys have been prepping for DST for the past two weeks; like trees, dogs don’t go by clocks – they go by light. So they’ve been shaking their collars and dancing at the bedroom door earlier and earlier. Sigh. I could’ve really used that extra Sunday Sleep, though studies show (at least for now) that ‘catching up’ on sleep isn’t that great a thing. So….
okay, that STILL doesn’t have anything to do with a perfume review. And unless I rein in the crabbing we’ll be here all day. So….let’s talk about Swapmania, shall we? Well, just a little bit. What I want to discuss is all the new/cool/unexpected stuff I got from my few swaps. As happened in the last swap, it’s the extra goodies from generous swappers that proved to be the most intriguing. Masha and I swapped for some Majmua, the one so many of you wax eloquent about – and I can’t smell it. :(( But she also threw in this rollerball vial of golden liquid….and that’s the topic of today’s ramble.
So…you all know my perfume cabinet is chockablock with some of the most expensive perfumes and attars on the planet – and El O couldn’t care less. Tribute? huh. Carnal Flower? “wow. you have on a LOT of perfume”. Mitsouko? ‘ah-choo!’. So imagine my surprise when I tried this little rollerball of golden liquid. Really lovely, it smelled like an unidentifiable blossom dipped in wild honey. I had no idea what it was. I was prepared to just like this little rollerball a whole lot until I wore it to bed on Friday night. El O (yeah, El O!!) walked into the bedroom, stopped dead in his lumbering tracks and said “you smell GOOD!”. What the heck? Okay. Now I’m worried. Crap. Is this going to be another cash-fest like Jubilation 25 or Epic? Wore it to the Cleanfest/Lice Battle and the next door neighbor complimented me as well (pre-cleaning, obviously)! Crap. With heart in mouth, I emailed Masha…..Masha replied that it is a perfume oil from Swiss Arabian, called Noora. And it has orange blossom as a dominant note. MORE Crazy! I am not a fan of orange blossom, finding the usual greeny-soapiness to be a bit grating. Somehow, though, Noora avoided all that, and wove this silken, honeyed tendril of golden elixir…it’s not quite ‘exotic’ and I think that’s what works here – it’s generic ‘pretty’ with just a smidge of a hint of unusual. Amouage has nothing to worry about – they’re worlds apart – but this is one of those scents you could wear every day, as wallpaper and people would think you smell GOOD without really thinking about perfume.
Here are the notes for Noora, from the website: