It’s August. I can’t believe it’s August.
I’ve never been to New Orleans. Always wanted to go when I still lived in the US – and I even have a relative now living there. Just never happened. Sigh. Too many places to go.
Anyway, Strange Invisible Perfumes – SIP – is located in another place I would like to visit … at some point: Venice in California. It’s a militantly natural fragrance company. Their ‘About’ section states quite strongly that their essences are made up of all-natural ingredients.
Their offering now seems to have settled into a sane number of fragrances (there was a period, as with many ‘niche’ companies, when they were launching loads of stuff). Well, sort of. The Signature Collection includes 12; the Perfumes of the Zodiac obviously has 12; and the Reserve Series has five and four of those are sold out. So, 29, in theory. Plus, there’s a sample set called the Perfume Minibar which contains 12 0.6ml ‘minis’ plus a $50 gift card redeemable against purchase of a 50 or 100ml bottle of a Signature Collection perfume (the Minibar costs $90).
SIP stuff isn’t cheap: $210-ish (approx. £160/€178) for a 50ml bottle. The Zodiac Series is more and the Reserve Series is significantly more.
I got samples of some things years ago (not the Minibar) and the standout for me was Magazine Street: magnolia, vanilla, vetyver, botanical musc. Inspired by the smell of New Orleans this is a warm, slightly rubbery floral on me, with a resinous drydown. I think all the vanilla does is mute the rubber a bit. It is strange and beautiful (and probably evocative, though I wouldn’t know), though not that long-lived.
Note that I didn’t pay the full whack for my bottle. Content (https://www.contentbeautywellbeing.com/collections/perfume), which is the UK stockist (I think they are trying not to be the stockist any more), has been offloading SIP for a while and I believe my bottle was £115 around eight months ago (no Magazine Street left at this point) which was bearable because I’d been thinking about Magazine Street for years.
So, anyone have any SIP in your collection? If so, what, and what do you think of them as a company?
PS This is my second go at making bagels. Taste good and look far better than first effort.