In which I continue with the mess this year started. Two more Serges. Yep. Including one more bell jar.
I was able to find a 50 ml export bottle of Bois de Violette online for a reasonable price (although, had I gotten it a year ago or so I would have paid maybe $40 less). Weirdly, it was through Amazon.com sold by Parfum1. It was a lot more expensive on the Parfum1 site itself. Which makes no sense. And Parfum1, always the best in my book, were gracious enough to include some nice samples of things I have actually not tried. I need to buy from them more. Lately, though, they seem less a discounter than legitimate sales outlet, so things are not usually on sale like they used to be. But if I need to get something like ELDO fragrances, I might as well buy from Parfum1. Also.... is Parfum1 connected to Twisted Lily? I thought so, but then wasn't so sure. Included in my order was a Twisted Lily post card, so I'm assuming so.
The bell jar i got was, as usual, through Barneys and in order to get a lousy $25 Purple Card (which I still haven't gotten, btw): Santal de Mysore. The good news is that it smells even better than the sample I had from The Perfumed Court. Which means if there have been recent reformulations it has been for the better. Reading reviews online, I am kind of confused my comments indicating it smells of curry, or that there is no sandalwood. Well, I don't now what you whippersnappers think sandalwood smells like, but Santal de Mysore is the closest scent I have gotten recently to true sandalwood. When I lived in Japan, they used to sell folding fans on train platforms in the summer which were scented with sandalwood (I wonder if they still do, considering Japan's disregard, usually, for international sanctions). That, plus true sandalwood fragrances used to be more readily available and I have had a few. Anyway, I know a thing or two, thank you. I wonder if it is indeed true that Serge Lutens used real sandalwood they had reserved before it was sanctioned. It's beautiful in any event and not at all syrupy, as I have also read.
Bois de Violette photo from liberty.uk.com
Santal de Mysore photo from Fragrantica.