Listen, doing the Art and Olfaction Award Finalists for 2016 was so much fun last week, I have a fresh round of them for this week.
Zoologist Bat is spectacularly weird in its beauty. Zoologist is an Indie house out of Canada, and Bat just has me giggling. Notes of Banana, Soft Fruits, Damp Earth. Fig, Tropical Fruits, Mineral Notes, Myrrh, Resins, Vegetal Roots. Furry Musks*, Leather*, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Tonka. (* is synthetic notes). Okay, just read that list again and try to control yourself. I’ve smelled a lot of realistic scents before and love all the CB things. That’s as close as I can get to a comparison – Black March and JAR Shadow have a baby that’s even more earthily feral, if that’s a thing. Dank, pungent, earthy, awash in leather and vetiver and roots and scary things in the cellar like, um, bats!
Sorry, I love this so much, and my hat is off to the Zoologist geniuses who made it. A completely deserving finalist for 2016.
Now off to the beauty, Nomaterra Cape Cod Wild Beach Rose. Notes of amber, saltwater, citrus, wild flowers, rose, and French lavender. This salty rose has stolen my heart from the much beloved Rosine Ecume de Rose – hard thing to do because that has had that spot for a decade. This beautiful salty tang sits lightly on a beautiful rose. The rose is not too sweet, it feels like petals. Add in the lavender, which is elegantly done and not overpowering, and this is one of the rare rose perfumes that I’d happily wear. Yeah, I admire rose perfumes, but have like 4-5 that I wear. Another lovely finalist more than deserving of the honor.
Nice job, committee who picked the finalists. I’ve been super happy with everything so far that I’ve tried and can see why they got through to the last round.
Winners of last week’s Art & Olfaction Award samples (La Curie Incendo, Papillon Salome, Thorn & Bloom Bird of Paradise and Tammy Frazer Namibia) – Pam and Greennote2. Just click on Drop Us a Note at the top, send me an e-mail, remind me of what you won and get me your mailing address. I’ll send you a quick e-mail to let you know I got your e-mail and it didn’t land in a spam filter and then get it on the way to you.
I’ll do a giveaway this week too, samples of these two perfumes to four commenters drawn at random. So after last weekend’s April snowstorm and waiting on my bathroom contractor since November, I gave up and found a Czech guy with great reviews to come in and do it. He says it will be two weeks. I’m worried, but it can’t be worse than the five months I’ve waited. Right? Someone make me feel better about this. The czech guy just does it differently, he won’t schedule ahead. He does one job and doesn’t even talk to anyone else until he is at the end of it, then he goes and gets another job. Well, I ordered the bathtub of my dreams, and I so hope it works out! Will it work out? Ack, I hate making these big decisions that can cost me a ton of money.