15 September 2018

L'Innommable

OK, so I did get Serge Lutens L'Innommable (100 ml) in the new Gratte-Ciel bottle.


Again, similarities abound with Bourreau des Fleurs and Le Participe Passé.  I will discuss at length later.

30 August 2018

More Catching Up

Comme des Garçons Garage, 50 ml.
Comme des Garçons Tar, 50 ml.
Comme des Garçons Sticky Cake, 50 ml.
Comme des Garçons Andy Warhol's You're In, 100 ml.
Hermès Concentré d'Orange Verte, 50 ml.
Parfum d'Empire Azemour Les Oranges, 100 ml.
Serge Lutens Bas de Soie, 50 ml.
Serge Lutens Le Participe Passé, 100 ml.

I've been meaning to catch up on the Comme des Garçons reissues. Glad I got them.  I was kicking myself when the Synthetic Series was discontinued.  Got You're In on sale, it's ok.

I still prefer Eau d'Orange Verte  to the Concentré.

Azemour Les Oranges is similar to Yuzu Fou, which no one seems to like. Go figure. I like 'em both.

Bas de Soie is ok.... nothing special.

I still want to talk about Bourreau des Fleurs, but things are complicated by Le Participe Passé and L'Innommable, which is forthcoming. I'll wait until I've got them all.

15 April 2018

Catching Up

I won't go into much here today, but I've gotten a bunch of things:

D.S. and Durga Burning Barbershop, 50 ml.
Etat Libre d'Orange Antihéros, 50 ml.
Bruno Fazzolari Unsettled, 30 ml.
Kiehl's Original Musk Oil, 14 ml.
Marlou 50 ml d'Ambiguité.
Imaginary Authors A City on Fire, 14 ml.
Serge Lutens Bourreau des Fleurs, 50 ml.
Serge Lutens Dent de Lait, 50 ml.
Jean Patou Colony, 100 ml.
Tauer Perfumes Attar AT, 5 ml.
Comme des Garçons 125 Vogue, 100 ml.
Kilian Sacred Wood, 30 ml.
Kilian Noir Aphrodisiaque, 50 ml.

Bourreau des Fleurs is fantastic, and I want to talk about it more. I'll have another post and bring in some of the others in my discussion, because it will all be about skank and burnt smells.  I've just been a bit busy lately to write anything.

Later.

20 March 2018

Etat Libre d'Orange

I've been on an orange blossom kick lately.  I've been making samples of various fragrances for someone at work.  I had a mini of ELDO Divin'Enfant  and was, like hmmmmm.  I gave my co-worker the mini and decided to order a full bottle (50 ml).


Now that I have a full bottle, though, I'm not getting much orange blossom and it comes across kinda screechy.  Well, I'll give it more time but for the time being I'm not convinced.

I also ordered a bottle of Une Amourette  -- Roland Mouret (30 ml) blind.  It's got a bunch of great reviews and thought it might be worth it.



I've not given it a full wearing yet, but, from what I've smelled it seems kind of buttery. Kind of like La Fin du Monde in a way.

Anyway, I like the brand and am glad I'm trying more.

17 March 2018

Ummagumma

Continuing with my love of Bruno Fazzolari scents, I picked up Ummagumma (30 ml). I was expecting it to smell sort of like Cadavre Exquis, but no. It is sweet but not that sweet.




It does have chocolate, but the tobacco and leather kind of cut it. To be honest, I've never been much of a Pink Floyd fan, so that part doesn't really resonate with me (reminds me of my troubled teens).  I did get the poster as well!

I finally got a bottle of Comme des Garçons Jaisalmer (50 ml). I was not expecting to like it much and it is actually quite a beautiful incense.

It's really weird but the staff at Barneys always seems to steer me away from Comme des Garçons, so I ordered it online.

I got a travel size of Frédéric Malle Monsieur. (10 ml).  It kind of reminds me of Comme des Garçons Luxe: Patchouli, although not quite as interesting. I guess extra added levels of patchouli don't make that much of a difference. 10 ml will last me quite a while.

I did get another but I want to devote more space to it, so I'll have another post.

01 January 2018

End of Year

I was good and didn't buy any perfume for about two months! How weird!

I did get two bottles at the end of the year, both which didn't break the bank.

The first is Tauerville Patch Flash (30ml), which I had heard good things about. To be honest, it's ok.   A kinda dirty patchouli, along the lines of L'Artisan's Patchouli Patch.  Kind of head shoppy. But very reasonably priced and I think I even had a discount on top of that.

I had been reading a lot of good things about A Lab on Fire's Paris*LA (60 ml), so I thought I'd give it a try.  I was curious about the macaron-cola notes.  It certainly is very fizzy on top, but I'm not sure of cola. Compared with Lubin's Bluff and L'Artisan's Mon Numéro 10, which have genuine cola vibe to them, it falls a bit short.  Also:  I am confused when people refer to it as gourmand, as it doesn't smell edible at all. But I like it okay, and will probably wear it once in a while.


20 October 2017

L'Haleine des Dieux

Serge Lutens's Section d'Or has been, to say the least, controversial, due, largely, to the pricing. I think a lot of people have dismissed the line because of that, seeing it as some sort of soulless bid for the luxury market.  I have, now, three in the line.

Previously, I got L'Incendiare and Veilleur de Nuit plus a mini of Cannibale.  But when I first tried the line out, the standout to me was L'Haleine des Dieux (50 ml).  It took me up until now to finally get a bottle.  I haven't read many positive reviews of it (there are a few on Fragrantica). It just works very well on my skin.  It is very quiet and close to the skin.

Patty at Perfume Posse never tried this one, skipping it as it listed somewhere a pine note.  She was concerned it would be piney like Fille en Aiguilles or Chypre Rouge, which she didn't like (neither do I).  I really don't get the pine note at all here.  Some have compared it to Ambre Sultan, which I also dislike. I really don't get that either.  It doesn't have the herbal quality of Ambre Sultan.

Barneys lists the notes as amber, clary sage,  cashmeran and musk. Basenotes adds leather, cistus, pine balm, and vanilla, which seems about right.  More resinous-y than piney.



I also picked up a bell jar of Bornéo 1834.  I already have it in the 50 ml sprayer that was available briefly.  I've always wanted a bell jar of it, though.  Along with Muscs Koublaï Khän, I think the scent  really suits that presentation.  For some reason it just makes sense to me.