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'Aritisan'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.

18 October 2017

¡Ay, Hatshepsut!

I've been meaning to get a bottle of Charenton Macerations Eye, Hatshepsut (30 ml), so I did.  Don't love it as much as Christopher Street, but it's good. And affordable!  Not as off-putting as you'd expect.

I also picked up Bvlgari's Eau Parfumée au Thé Noir (75 ml).  It's ok.  Not exciting.  This and Bleu are my least favorite of the series.  My favorite is Rouge, and it's been discontinued. I've never been a fan of Vert, oddly.  Doesn't smell remotely like green tea, whereas Rouge certainly smells true-to-life.

Finally, I bought Montale's White Aoud (50 ml) blind. I don't know what to think.   The bottle is itty-bitty.  Those 100 ml bottles are like three times the size. And it's glazed.

03 October 2017


I went to Japan for two weeks back in the beginning of September, so put my buying on hold.  I meant to get a bottle of Hermès Cuir d'Ange, but I didn't.  There were also some Serge Lutens in duty free for about $100, though I already had most. Was going  to get Une Fille de Berlin, but, then, didn't.

So I've been back two weeks, back to work.  Have got a lot in those two weeks.

First and foremost, I got Comme de Garçons Concrete (80 ml).  There have been some complaints that it's not sandalwood and it's not petrichor..... well, I do think it is sandalwood.  Kind of a sweet one.  But better than a lot of recent sandalwoods out there.  I like it!  Nice variation on the standard pebble bottle, too, by having it made of actual concrete.

I also picked up bottle of Comme des Garçons Carnation (100 ml) from the Red Series. This is a pretty good carnation, not as clovey as usual.  This may be my favorite of what I have from the Red Series so far (I also have Harissa and Palisander).

I aso got yet another of L'Artisan Parfumeur's Mon Numéro series, Mon Numéro 4 (100 ml).  I certainly like it more than 3 and 9. I'll probably get more use of it.  Does lavender and leather make a barbershop scent?  I really don't think so.  I like it and will probably get use out of it.

On a whim, and after reading a positive review of it on Persolaise, I got a bottle of Reminiscence Oud (100 ml).  I've never really tried anything from Reminiscence before.  It's pretty nice.  Don't smell any oud at all, though.  Sadly, it doesn't come in the starry bottle.

Finally, I ordered a bottle back before I went to Japan of Serge Lutens De Profundis (75 ml).  I have yet to go pick it up.  Maybe today.  I've been busy and/or sleeping. By the time I wake up Barneys is closed.

Whew!  Also decants of Areej le Doré Siberian Musk (I guess I mentioned this before) and Oud Zen.  You, know? They're ok.  I don't think I needed full bottles.  I'm curious what they'll come out with in the future and am glad to have smelled natural musk.

05 August 2017

Nuit de Bakélite

Well I went out and got a bottle of Naomi Goodsir Nuit de Bakélite (50ml). This is amazingly good. I sometimes feel weird wearing tuberose, but this works really well for me.  It may be my favorite new fragrance this year.

 I've since taken out my other tuberose scents to compare.  It may be my favorite.  I've since ordered a  10 ml travel size of Carnal Flower.  I don't think I'd ever go through a whole bottle. I may go through one of Nuit de Bakélite, though.

As a gift with purchase I got a 10 ml bottle of Memo Irish Leather  It's ok.

13 July 2017

Attack of the Spectacular Bottles

I got a few things recently. Three of which have really nice bottles.

The first I got, and have been planning on getting for a while, is Bruno Fazzolari Feu Secret (30 ml). Parfum1 had it with a 20% discount.  It's really nice, although the last time I wore it it kind of reminded me of Flowerbomb, although they really don't share notes.

This is the least nicest bottle. Bruno Fazzolari has thankfully changed the sprayers on these and they work much better than they used to.

I got Jean Patou Chaldée (100 ml).  I had no idea what this would smell like but I really like it and will probably get a lot of wear out of it.  Doesn't smell too feminine to my nose, though it's marketed that way. Gorgeous bottle.  The photo doesn't do it justice.

Next, I got Cartier L'Envol (100 ml). The bottle is really nice and original, if fragile. Kinda reminds me of a giant Vitamin E capsule. I'll probably never use it enough to get a refill, though. I bought this blind based on the honey. It's nice, but not great. Fine for summer.

Last, I got UNUM Io Non Ho Mani Che Mi Accarezzino Il Volto (100 ml). I was excited to get this, as I had a sample which I was wearing the hell out of.  Definitely worth getting.  The bottle itself is not so spectacular, but the cap has the whole cossack thing going.

The material used reminds me of the material used on a Dishonest John puppet my sister had when we were growing up. Mine does't fall so nicely as the photo of the bottle.  I'm trying to play with it to make it look nicer, though.

05 July 2017

Things I Failed to Post

I got Annick Goutal Rose Oud (75 ml) from Parfum1.  I don't see it on sale anywhere else in the US and the price wasn't bad.  Of the Goutal Ouds, I prefer 1001 Ouds. Rose Oud was somewhat less interesting, although I like it more than Vanille Charnelle.

Next, I got Diptyque Tam Dao, edt (50 ml).  As usual, I can't smell a thing. I've smelled it before, sometimes it smells of the lumber yard, sometimes a beautiful creamy sandalwood.  Most of the time, nothing.  I'm not sure why I bought it.  I'm not nuts about the edp version.

I also see that I failed to post that I got Oud Palao (75 ml), which is actually really nice. I got this a long time ago. Within the past six months.

I got that giant bottle of Jacques Fath Green Water reissue (200 ml).  It's ok.  Very lime.  

Finally, I got a 5 ml decant of Areej le Doré Siberian Musk instead of shelling out for a full bottle.  It uses actual deer musk legally sourced, they say.  So it's interesting in that respect.  It's very beautiful, but I'm not sure I'd like a full bottle.  I'm very curious to test their other fragrances.