I have so many samples of new perfumes around here – no sandalwood post, circumstances conspired to make that not happen quite yet – so today we are just going to the bag of samples to see what we think.
Aftelier Cuir de Gardenia – adore this. In my gardenia obsession, this slightly rank gardenia goes at the top of my list. Beautifully crafted, leather only slightly roughs up the gardenia blossoms, but in interesting ways. Seriously love this, it dries down soft and incredibly sexy, yet stays close to you instead of shouting with a push-up bra and skimpy knickers.
Hermessence Epice Marine – Holy cumin! Wasn’t expecting that, and it was a lovely surprise. After rolling around in cumin for a while, this dries down to a dry, salty, spicy scent that’s pretty darn unique. I love story of the collaboration behind it and how Ellena was inspired by some booze.
Agonist Isis – a new release from Agonist, which is a brand I’ve ignored because – oh, I don’t know why, just overloaded with new, overpriced brands, but they’ve got my attention now. Cistus, green mandarin, black pepper, anise, peach, ylang-ylang, ginger, heliotrope, nutmeg, lorenox, caramel, benzoin, amber, musk , vanilla, labdanum. This is an interesting mix between comfort and perkiness. I mean, seriously, peach, vanilla, nutmeg, caramel, labdanum and benzoin? I expected a gloppy mess, but it works, which is probably an outsize source of my intrigue. I’m not sure it has my name on it, but now I’m thinking I need to at least look at the line and quit ignoring it.
Ex Idolo Thirty Three – Oh, my. Aged oud, 1980 vintage, rose, more patchouli and oud than rose. If you love oud, this is one to try. If you’re over oud, well, you know, carry on.
Juliette Has a Gun Anyway – No rose? I thought they always did rose. Lime, neroli, jasmine. I mean, it’s fine, inoffensive. I think it was aptly named. Anyway…
Giveaway for today is a two-fer! The lovely folks at Beauty Encounter are giving away a $50 e-card you can use at Beauty Encounter to one lucky commenter. As a personal plug, I am a huge fan of Beauty Encounter, it’s one of my favorite discount perfume shopping sites. They are reliable, have great prices, carry some niche brands in addition to mainstream brands, and they ship and communicate promptly. I’ll also throw in samples of the fragrances mini-reviewed in this post as well for the winner drawn at random
Comment on whatever you like today – how cold it is where you are, if you are a block of ice yet or living in some much nicer, warmer place. Me, I’m happy as a mule in the cold temps this year. I keep my bedroom frosty, which works for my night hot flashes where I want to cool down quick so I don’t have to get up. Just stick out my feet for 30 seconds, and I’m sufficiently chilled down to snuggle back under the covers.
Oh, I have some more knitting porn for you. 🙂 Those of you that hate the knitting portion that is slowly becoming a part of my posts, just skip over this part. There’s some weird correlation between my overrunning perfume samples and the “startitis” i have in knitting.
I had no idea I’d even like Fair Isle knitting, but I’m so addicted to it! It just seems to take forever, but how quick it progresses surprises me. The below seems like a scarf now, but I’m thinking of turning it into a cowl. Just make it a bit bigger, then graft it together with some nice ribbing so it stretches nicely over the head. Yes? Knitters opinions? The fair isle in the round makes this so thick, I’m just not sure doing a great big scarf with all that bulk is what I want to do. Shhhh, it’s for my mom for Christmas. She is just going on and on about it after I put a small picture on Facebook, so it will belong to her on December 25.
This is my next Fair Isle project (other than the Kaffe Fassett Foolish Virgins pillow I’m anxious to start on) it’s in this month’s Vogue Knitting. I’m not using the Koigu yarn, it’s just not one of my favorites for some reason, and I’m adapting some of the colors. Isn’t it gorgeous?!?!?!? I have to hurry, though, or winter will be over before I finish it!
Oh, here’s the Foolish Virgins thing for reference. This isn’t Fair Isle, though, because of so many colors.
Sorry, last one! This is my next Fair Isle project – you know, my other next that runs simultaneous with the Koigu cowl. The Vogue Tuque hat. Yes, I’m a little obsessed, but my knitting skilz have finally gotten decent enough that I can attempt these super-cute patterns with a high probability of success. Wait until I get down with my toe-up socks class in January!