Wednesday, June 9, 2010

And you didn't even notice when the sky turned blue....

Christiane Celle Calypso Mimosa EdP

Oh, the job interviews, they keep happening. I guess this is the sign that the economy here is finally looking up. I keep wondering how I'll deal with going back to work full-time after being out for over six months now. At first all this free time made me anxious. While I've certainly experienced my fair share of boredom by now, I've also kind of relaxed into the void, as it were. It will be weird to have structured time again at some point. Hopefully "some point" is going to be in the next few weeks, because I really deserve to buy a whole lot of perfume to celebrate.

According to Calypso Christiane Celle, Mimosa is an "enticing blend of orange rose and jasmine. A Mediterranean springtime breeze." Because this isn't all that helpful, I turned to Luckyscent for additional insight. Here's what they had to say:
Calypso’s signature scent is a sunny, transparent floral that shimmers n’ shines with dashes of mimosa, green leaves, rose and jasmine. It’s a sweet and gentle fragrance that never tries to overpower your nose or leave a flower-scented vapor trail behind you. Instead, it dances on your skin, joyful and playfully feminine, giving off delicate hints of sunny summer flowers enhanced by a powder-soft musk base. Easy to love and a perfect fragrance for any occasion.
Notes: mimosa, green leaves, jasmine, rose

Transparent? Dancing vapor trail? This was, dear reader, not at all my experience. Initially, here's what I get: rubber and hand soap. About ten minutes in I do get something a little bitter, which I'm guess is green leaves coming through like chewing on dandelion stems coated in salt and pepper.

It took a couple of tries at this one, though, before I could see the prettiness of it. Why? Because of the damned hand soap! My first thought was that I smelled vaguely of hands freshly washed from the public bathroom. I kept seeing that light blue color in my head that the soap always is. Setting that aside, though, I can see some of the niceness. This is one of the first mimosa scents I've tried, and inevitably it will grow on me until I finally cannot imagine what I was thinking when I wrote this, but there's the truth of the thing. Newer noses, beware, and be patient. It's a nice scent, this mimosa thing, but it is going to feel kind of familiar at first, and not necessarily in a good way.

Once I got over it (3rd try? 4th?), I could see a creamy texture to this, like the feel of crisp, unwrinkled satin. It get a tiny bit sweet after about an hour.  Some folks complained about staying power, but it was fine on me.  It's a nice clean scent, and as long as you don't over do it, would be suitable for daytime-to-the-office kind of wear. I don't find it particularly feminine, and think it might bloom in a surprisingly nice way on a man. I'm going to try more mimosas to see how it compares, but I find the overall experience so far as middling. Not unpleasant, but as yet, nothing to take to the hills in song about. Does anyone have any mimosa scents they recommend I try next?

You can buy Mimosa in 100ml for $55 from LuckyScent. (The perfumer sells the scent direct for $60.) There is also a shower gel and body lotion.

"You'll find it hiding in shadows.
You'll find it hiding in cupboards.
It will walk you home safe every night.
It will help you remember.
If that's the way it is,
then that's the way it is.
You are the bluest light."

- "Blue Light," Bloc Party (You can listen to the song here)

Want more reviews? Try...
~ a review from Perfume-Smellin' Things
~ a review from Sweet Diva


La Bonne Vivante said...

Sounds pretty nice...good luck with the job interviews!

Diana said...

Thanks! My fingers are crossed.

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