Saturday, March 20, 2010

Little darling, it's been a long, cold, lonely winter...

Memoire Liquide No. 205 Vanille Florentine

Spring has sprung here in Portland, finally. The vernal equinox bought lots of sunshine and warmer weather, and just in time in my opinion. We've had a mild winter, but it's been a long one and I am ready for a change of scenery. Each year this change of meteorological tempo brings a surprise. In various places around campus, sometime during the fall, they plant tulips in various hues. You can always tell it's Spring here when the tulips start to bloom. So, in my mind, when I think Spring, I don't necessarily think "greens" like everyone else. (I think "green" in summer.) No, for me, Spring means flowers, lots of lovely flowers. And, therefore, sweet and lovely floral scents.

According to Studio Beauty Mix,
A unique symphony of exotic Vanilla accords, Florentine Iris and warm resinous notes composed in dreamy harmony decoratively packaged with a convenient roll-on vial.
My basic impression: candyfloss and something fruity. I've never smelled a Florentine Iris, so I don't know if a mildly citrus or melon like edge exists in the flower, but it's definitely here. There is definitely iris there, but mixed with this much candyfloss, it comes off as a little sour and melon-y and reminds me of the smell of cantaloupe.

In my opinion, iris tends to be earthy and realistic or classic and dignified, even in the most pop-y incarnations, like Prada Infusion d’Iris. But if a typical pop music iris is like the Bangles covering Simon & Garfunkel's folk hit "Hazy Shade of Winter," then this is like the Lady Gaga extended dance remix of the same song. It's big, it's loud, it's in your face and it goes on and on. That doesn't mean it is bad. But be prepared: it is what it is. This perfume oil lasts and lasts, I could still smell it faintly when I woke up the next morning, some eight or nine hours later.

Memoire Liquide says that their oils are "designed to layered and mixed, complimenting each other beautifully, but stand alone as well." I can't imagine layering this one with anything else though because it is so much of itself. Maybe Memoire Liquide Champagne et Mure #900, because it is gentle enough, but even that might push this super sweet scent over the top, placing the wearer at risk of insulin coma. If you're going to try this one, I strongly suggest that you do so at your own olfactory peril if you don't really enjoy the prospect of smelling like cotton candy. Even as candy flosses go, this isn't my favorite, but I can see some people just loving it. I'm sure, given the sweetness, that this one would be meant more for 'women,' but I'd love to see a man try it. I think the paradoxical image of someone traditionally masculine identified wearing this super sugary scent would be awesome. Given that I really enjoy candy flosses, I certainly would be willing to give anyone, male or female, wearing this one a nuzzle.

You can buy the perfume essence of Vanille Florentine in a 15ml for $65 from BeautyHabit who I love and is always generous with the samples, but if you want the whole line, StudioBeautyMix appears to be the place to by Bespoke Perfumery online. They have the perfume essence in 7.5ml, 15ml, or 30ml, plus an EdP spray, a bath & shower gel, a lotion, and a massage body and bath oil. I also found the 15ml on sale for $48 right now at Bird.

"Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces.
Little darling, it seems like years since it's been here.
Here comes the sun.
Here comes the sun and I say it's all right."

- "Here Comes the Sun," Beatles (You can listen a Nina Simon sing it here)

I couldn't find any other review of this one. If you've tried it, please comment below to let us know what you think.

Flower image from Nancy J. Ondra at Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. The bottle is Memoire Liquide and the last photo, obviously, is Lady Gaga.


Mals86 said...

"Here Comes the Sun" is my favorite, FAVORITE Beatles tune. Ever.

But I think I myself would associate it with a green floral scent. (Chamade comes to mind. Or maybe Matin d'Orage.) Interesting the associations our brains make, seemingly all on their own.

Diana said...

I think it's largely cobntextual on my part.

It's because of the flowers here. After living on campus for...a long time...the gardening dept. basically has me trained to think, when I see those flowers popping up, YAY SPRING!

Meanwhile, my childhood spent in SUPERHOT Texas means that every year that I stay here and the grass and trees don't visible wilt or die over the summer is one more summer I think of as being amazingly supremely green. Since we're surrounded by evergreens here and the winters are mild, we keep green a lot of the year, so I really tend to notice it most in the Summer, when I expect the heat to have killed everything.