Hey Posse! I hope this finds you all happy and well. Portia reporting from AustralianPerfumeJunkies and very glad to be back from holidays in India, even though they were terrific fun. What did I end up wearing most and how did they cope with the super heat of a Rajasthani summer? Here are my Top 5 most worn during my trip.
India Holiday Fragrances 2013
Iunx Splash Forte: Friction de Iunx
I can’t find this on Fragrantica and frankly Basenotes has gone mental and it’s impossible to find ANYTHING in their fragrance directory anymore. What i did find was on the SurrenderToChance site and it says that these are old fragrances being re-released and only for sale in the Hotel Costes in Paris. interesting! A super boozy opening that hints at spice and cloves and Bourbon that calmly becomes a deep and sensuous woodsy, earthy wash. I wore Friction de Iunx (Yooonx) for 3 days of my India holiday because it is so easy, interesting without being arresting and softly masculine. I think it would be delicious on a lady too. My only sadness is that in the heat I was only getting 3-4 hours of wear, I can’t wait to see how my remaining couple of ml Friction de Iunx wears in the cool.
Tauer: L’Air Du Desert Marocain
I have long loved Andy Tauer’s work and he was my first major niche purchase after finding you all on the internet, along with Eau d’Epices. I gave LDDM to my bestie for Christmas a couple of years ago now and have been smelling it on her ever since. I decided to go in on a split recently because I have not worn it since I used up my initial sample from Tauer. The spicy, feisty and fresh opening is marvelous and beautifully reminiscent of the wide open sky and dirt of the desert, but a desert filled with humanity that has added its cooking, living, farming influences over millenia. Like India, funnily LDDM can only be noticed for the first half hour in India because it becomes exactly the smells surrounding me. I still smell beautiful but like I am part of the landscape rather that landing in it from afar. Gorgeous.
Don’t let anyone tell you that the Amouage line is too big for heat. Ubar blooms (Thanks Sheila for the word) like a desert flower and it lasts FOREVER in the heat of India, I can still smell traces of Ubar when I go in for my morning shower. What a fragrance! It really comes to life in surprising ways and smells more than ever like a traditional attar or oil. In the desert heat the flowers become the focus,, white, sensual, narcotic and beguiling Ubar becomes a glorious coruscating trail of light that burns down to a woody/oudhy, still glittering and sparkling siren song. I have nearly used my 10ml from Ruth K and am SERIOUSLY thinking FB. WOW!
PS: I have in fact pulled the trigger on the Ubar, can’t live without it.
L’Artisan Parfumeur: Cote d’Amour
Recently re-released by L’Artisan Cote d’Amour is the fresh, salty, spicy natural perfume of my dreams. I love its perfectly bright opening and how it greens out but never loses its briny tang that is so reminiscent of the seaside. The ultimate foil for India desert heat Cote d’Amour is not very long lived, maybe 3 hours maximum, but I love the salt and citrus opening so much that I enjoy a respritz anyway. I took 5ml with me and came back with only a skerrick. The dry down is softest skin scent of whispering vanilla woods, like the susurrus of wind over the leaves and needles dropped by trees leading from the beach.
CHANEL: No 5 Vintage Parfum
A dream in the heat, all the animalics overrun as the aldehydes whizz past at 100 miles an hour taking most of the citrus and a few of the flowers. What was I left with after 20 minutes? A really sensual woodsy, patchouli, animal musk that stayed around for hours in the evening. I could still grab delicious whiffs after dinner, drinking and playing pool till 4am. The booze only added to the depth of fragrance and it was so far removed from any India scent that it stood out like dogs balls. Very enjoyable.
At last look all these were available as samples and decants from SurrenderToChance
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Do you have some more surprising heat friendly frags to share with us? I stole all the photos today from previous Perfume Posse posts and I know that some of them don’t quite fit……
Till next week, take care of yourself,