Independent San Fran-based perfumer Ineke Rühland offers a very attractive way to get consumers to try samples from her alphabet-scheme-named line: all five in small 1.5oz sprays, presented in a beautiful box, for $20, shipping included. As if that were not enough, should you love one of your perfume options, that $20 will be put toward the cost of a bottle!
Needless to say, I ordered the sample box posthaste following the recommendation of Heather over at Memory & Desire. Upon arrival, it was just as Heather described -- each bottle, wrapped in colored rice paper, individually boxed, inside its own beautiful and sturdy showcase box. As presentation goes, this is at the top, and would make a lovely gift for any budding perfumista.
But does it smell as good as it looks? Today, I'm sporting Derring-Do. INeKE describes Derring-Do as:
Spring rain, fresh and fearless, the first glimmers of light.INeKE notes that this fragrance is "for men" but I'm in the perfumista camp that believes there is no such thing. I like Derring-Do. It smells like modern art to me -- clean, angular, stark. The initial application is a sort of citrus and spice combo. The citrus isn't a real life lemon smell necessarily, but it isn't chemically on me either. On dry down the spiciness drops out a bit, leaving a lovely clean lemon citrus kind of smell. INeKE aimed for spring rain, but I see light and air...like the fragrance version of modern architecture. James Turrell's work with light or Phillip Johnson's glass house. It's got structure, but it's clear, visible, even empty...but in a good way. Like sticking your hand through what Turrell has constructed to read, to the eye, as solid space, but isn't. Floating inside the solid, swimming in clear Carribean water.
Notes: top, fresh citrus blend, rain notes, cyclamen; middle, magnolia, fougere accents; base, guaiacwood, cedarwood, musk.
This kind of art is an experience, whether it is visual or olfactory. You just have to know it for yourself.
Sweet like the way it was
like swimming for the
very first time...