After Patty’s post on By Killian Love Don’t Be Shy I went off looking for a sample. None of my regular haunts stock it. So, I took a deep breath and used a site I’d never heard of with fingers crossed I’d actually get my order. I don’t plan to use them ever again, but my samples (I decided that if I was going to buy one thing I might as well buy a few others) did arrive safely. I haven’t yet tried the By Killian. I was so taken by the name of the AleD fragrance that it was the first thing I popped on. So, today is about that plus a few book series I’ve been following which might be of interest.
First off, I haven’t read War and Peace. However, Tolstoy was one of my mother’s favourite authors, so I associate the book with her. The fragrance was released in 2019 and a W&P II has since been released that is apparently a bit gentler or more well-rounded (whatever that means). Which is to say W&P I is decidedly not gentle or ‘well-rounded’. Notes include (I am paraphrasing, as notes list comes with a lot of noise) amber resin, ruh galib, Taif rose, patchouli, orris root, musk, ambergris, castoreum, oak moss, vetiver, civet, more amber resin.
This is a big fragrance, unsurprisingly from the notes list. On me, the first hour is the most interesting part during which I smell all kinds of things: gun smoke (it’s not just me – I found the reference in some comments and I have shot a gun so have a sense of the smell), wood smoke, resin, leather. So, incredibly evocative in a rather unsettling way. As it opens up, I get a long-lived powdery, leathery musk. It’s very nicely done, but that first hour makes the perfume, IMHO. This is not something I would consider purchasing. It’s just too much and too expensive, but I am quite pleased to have the sample and expect I might wear it again — on the colder days of the winter, assuming we have true cold and dry rather than dreary and damp.
On to books.
I read for a living, but I also read for relaxation. I tend to read quirky detective stuff because it seems to come in series and I find it easy to get lost in the procedure which can be profoundly relaxing after having spent a day reading stuff that isn’t generally relaxing.
The series I’ve enjoyed the most over the past few years include John Connolly’s Charlie Parker books (US detective with a very sad past plus some magical realism, and two wondrous characters, besides Parker, in Angel and Louis) and Elly Griffiths’ Ruth Galloway series (forensic archaeologist based in Norfolk on the UK east coast; see pic — this isn’t Norfolk, but gives a feel for the landscape). I’ve also recently discovered another archaeology-focused series set in the Middle East (only three novels – I’m finishing up the first) by Paul Sussman.
So, what about you? Tried any Areej le Dore (Patty reviewed a few a bit ago) and what are you reading if that’s a thing?