For someone who can barely smell her perfume, I seem to have bought a lot of perfume recently.
As I mentioned earlier, I’m filling in the few gaps in my Annick Goutal collection. I’ve bought Camille (love), Charlotte (jury’s out), Mandragore Pourpre… that’s the stronger one. Y’all know how much I love Mandragore, right? It’s probably the closest thing I have to a signature; my third bottle is almost empty. And guess what! I can’t smell it. So, I figured I’d try Pourpre. It doesn’t smell the same, but at least I can smell it, and it’s nice. Apologies to all of you who’ve blind-bought Mandragore after I raved about it and wound up hating it. At perfume meet-ups, folks chuck them at me occasionally, saying, here, since you like this so much! Because they don’t like it, not one bit.
I also finally bought Annick Goutal Mon Parfum Cherie, Par Camille, which I think I am going to adore, and good thing, because it was a blind buy and not cheap. I’m going to test-drive it in cooler weather, and I will report back. Rounding out my AG purchases was a bottle of L’Ile au Thé, which is summery and which I like well enough, but it lasts about ten minutes on me (bummer), so I’ve been layering it over Duel.
I also bought this set pictured above. The Maison Lancomes aren’t getting the love they deserve IMO, probably because Lancome is kind of been-there, done-that as a brand, and also some people (like me) don’t really love any of their stable of department store fragrances. But these. Goodness, they are lovely, the first set they released (the Roses, the Ouds, the Jasmine, Iris, Tubereuse, even the lavender one!), with various gourmand aspects without being too foofy. The newer spring/summer bottles they just released are very light and thus for me a big ol’ disappointment, and I don’t think I’m alone, based on online reviews. Have I mentioned how beautiful the Maison bottles are? I won’t be wearing any of mine until it’s cooler out, except maybe the lavender, which startled me with its milky-sugar vibe; I am not a fan of lavender but this I loved, like a lavender shortbread. Also I hope they decide to release some more of the scents in 1 oz. bottles (or a coffret!) because I still “need” the sandalwood and that rose parfait one, which is jammy deliciousness.
Whenever I feel like a spendthrift I remind myself what I didn’t buy (not yet, anyway!) – the Cuir Intense in Guerlain Les Absolus, which smells fantastic, and I’m not generally wild for leathers…. and the Guerlain Joyeuse Tubéreuse, which is green and lovely, but I’m sticking with the Maison one. Look, I just saved myself $500!
What have you bought (or not bought) recently?
*Also on the Maison Lancomes — Lancome is having a big bonus deal on Macy’s right now, you get a ton of makeup/skincare freebies with your Maison Lancome purchase, if you’re into that sort of thing…