Friday, January 28, 2011

Now you got me running, running, running for cover...

Bridgework on the 101
Monday, 1/24/11, through Friday, 1/28/11

Hives, people.  I am covered in hives.  And all I did was look up the date for the July 2011 bar exam, which I need to sit.  Within 24 hours, covered in bumps!  And they keep spreading.  No good.  No.Good.At.All.

Busy is as busy does, and does, and does, and does.  And that's me, my lovelies. Busy as a bee. Bee-like. But never to busy for sniffing, or for you.  Well, not most of the time anyway. FN1.  I want to tell you about my trip, but cannot seem to find the time.  Perhaps this weekend.

Monday: L'Artisan Passage d'Enfer - Notes: white lily, frankincense, aloe, white musk

L'Artisan thinks this is "cool, dry and haunting." It is supposed to conjure images of "of chilled cathedral walls, echoes of rituals and incantations." I get the cool and dry, and I guess if you associate white musk incense burning with church, which I don't, you can get cathedral. But haunting? This ain't my kind of ghost. Not unless I'm being haunted by a soapy spicy awesomeness. I picture girls in dresses with square sailor collars and cute, clean cut boys in tennis whites flirting together while little white sailboats float in the distance. It is the scent equivalent of a Whiffenpoof song, which is not haunting to me. FN2  Maybe not sexy or smouldering, but definitely adorable.

When I think about the man your man could smell like, he doesn't smell like Old Spice. He smells like this. Which isn't to say a woman can't smell like this. Certainly, I'd love to. Seriously wonderful. 4 of 5 nods.

Tuesday: Guerlain Shalimar - Okay, this is kind of cheating. I love Shalimar. I already knew I love Shalimar. I got a sample a while back, tried a little, and it was like being hit with the perfume hammer of love. And everyone knows Shalimar, whether they realize it or not. And everyone either loves or hates it. I don't think I know anyone in real life who has "meh" feelings about Shalimar.

I know it was created in 1921 as a "soft amber" and I get the amber sweetness, but to me it reads like a vanilla. I love vanillas. While it's true that I care for some far more than others (which almost gaurantees they will be discontinued), I pretty universally like them all. So when one comes along that I fall in particular love with, I'm always pleasantly surprised. It happened with Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille. It happened with L'Artisan Vanilia. So you can imagine how reluctant I am to tell you how much I love Shalimar. It would be my luck that after several decades, they would either reformulate it or discontinue it to spite me the second I did so. What do I love about Shalimar? So many things that it deserves a full review -- spicy sweet loveliness. Full review to come, but let me say now: 5 of 5 nods.

Wednesday: Diptyque Vetyverio - Notes: mandarin, grapefruit, lemon, bergamot, ylang ylang, Turkish rose, geranium, vetiver, carrot seeds, nutmeg, apricot, clove, cedar and musk

On me the opening is a lot of cedar, musk and lemon. Its got a dry, cleanness to it, like the smell of a new suede couch in a bare room, sitting on top of a newly polished wood floor. It feels angular and tall, like 1960s mod fashion. It is not very earthy on me, so if you don't like dirty vetivers, you might really like this. I found this one just ho-hum. 2 of 5 nods.

Thursday: L'Artisan Nuit de Tubereuse - Notes: tuberose, cardamom, pepper, clove, citrus, tuberose, orange blossom, ylang-ylang, rose, mango, angelica, gorse, sandalwood, palisander, musks, benzoin and styrax. FN3. having a hard time getting this one into words. Umm, my immediate thought? Pencil shavings and menthol smokes. Weird, right? It's not sweet at all. (Okay maybe a tiny bit, but only if you really look for it.) Instead it is fresh and dried-herbs-and-peppers herbal, but with a sourness I can't put my finger on. I agree with everyone who says it doesn't really smell like a tuberose at all, because I cannot imagine this as even a distant cousin of my beloved Robert Piguet Fracas. I agree with the people who also said "metallic" when they sniffed at it.  It gets more floral over time, but retains some weird wood shavings and metallic structure that reminds me of that iron bridge work in the photo above.  It can beautiful, but you have to see it a certain way.  Otherwise it's just roadwork.

Patty said it was a "disturbing comfort" and I'm with her on that. Marla at Perfume-Smellin' Things compared it to Bjork's "All is Full of Love" video, but for me, I think I'd have to go with another song comparison. If Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" was a scent, this is probably what it would smell like. It's unique and well-made, but like Robin, I don't know if I like it.

And I want to like it. For one thing, it's so rare you smell anything truly different from everything else that you have to appreciate the artistry that went into it; when it happens to be good as well as unique, even better. But I just can't decide. It seems like I'm in pretty good company, though; I Smell Therefore I Am and Bois de Jasmin couldn't make up their minds either.  3 of 5 nods, with the option of being set aside for later revision.

Friday: L'Artisan Tea for Two Taking one of my passes for the year due to tiredness. I got a 15ml sprayer of this as a gift with purchase when I bought my bottle of Iris Pallida. Still have more tan 85 ML of Iris Pallida. My 15ml of Tea for Two? Almost gone! Guess that's the sign I should spring for a full bottle, eh? See previous full review here. 5 of 5 nods.

I dedicate the song reference in this post to my beloved Shalimar, winner of the week and my heart. A bottle of you will be mine. Oh, yes! You will be mine.

Also, don't forget to comment to enter my January drawing!

"Have mercy, baby, on a poor girl like me.
You know I'm fallin', fallin', fallin' at your feet.
I'm tingling right from my head to my toes.
So help me, help me, help me make the feeling grow.

~ "Say You Love Me," Fleetwood Mac

FN1.  I don't want to lie to you.  I am busy, sometimes too busy, to be here.  But I still love you.
FN2. Though I suppose a bunch of rich white dudes can be scary, especially if they're trying to get between me and my reproductive rights, I'd certainly never find them haunting.
FN3. I was on a weird L'Artisan kick this week, apparently.


Bellatrix said...

Love to read you again :)

Diana said...

Bellatrix, great to be read! Thanks for being patient with my erratic posting.

The Left Coast Nose said...

Oh, dear. Benadryl ad deep breaths are in order!! Honey, you are super smart-- you'll crush that nasty bar exam!

Thanks for stopping by LCN!-- it was so nice to hear from you-- I was checking by for a while and you weren't around.

The Other Nostril and I are down in Argentina for 10 weeks-- not sniff-related, but if you want to check out my baby blog about our life in Buenos Aires, go to