Monday, February 28, 2011

There's something deep inside of me; there's someone else I've got to be...

Monday, 2/21/11 - Friday, 2/25/11

 I went to the coast this past weekend and it was deserted because of the cold, but so beautiful. The tide was so high when I got there the beach was basically nonexistence There is nothing quite like staring out at the sea to make one feel contemplative, which is what I felt.

Monday: I'm taking a personal pass today because I got "a wild hair" as my father would say and, as I was running out the door this morning, layered Origins Ginger Essence with Bath & Body Works Wild Honeysuckle, which has resulted in a spicy top note with a soapy dry sweetness underneath. I have no idea what made me pair the two or motivated me to layer this morning, I just did. But it turned out nice.

Tuesday: L'Artisan Al Oudh - Notes: Cumin, cardamom, pink pepper, Neroli, rose, castoreum, civet, leather, musk,Oud, sandalwood, Atlas cedar, patchouli, myrrh, incense, vanilla, tonka bean OMG! So good! I haven't tried a lot of Ouds yet but I'm ready to start. It's a dry, warm, and mix of wood, moss, and peat. It's smoky. It's slightly medicinal. It reminds me of walking in the woods after a rain in the summer. It's a very different green outdoor scent than, say, CB I Hate Perfume Black March. It's an intense scent, and feels very close. I don't know how else to explain it. Some scents are light and airy and spacious; this scent feel like this moment from George Michaels' "Freedom! '90" video. FN1 Right around the 5:45 mark, one of the models pulls her entire head inside a black wool sweater and they shoot her singing inside this kind of...cocoon. Al Oudh does that. It cocoons you. The sillage is wide, so beware. Don't get over zealous with spraying if you can't take/don't want them to smell you coming. If you do, though, it's a wonderful way to go. 5 of 5 nods.

Wednesday: Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar solid perfume - Notes include: vanilla, coconut, vetiver This starts off a a very gourmand vanilla and coconut mixture, not unlike taking a large tablespoon of sweetened flaked coconut and holding it in your mouth. After about an hour, the sweetness fades and a creamy vetiver base comes forward mingling with the coconut. It's so sweet I don't know if it would work as a spray, but it's a great solid perfume. It's just lovely and would be a great summer scent. My only complaint is that it only lasts two hours before it disappears. Luckily I can carry the little solid perfume tin in my purse for mid evening reapplications. 3.5 of 5 nods.

Thursday: Dawn Spencer Horwitz (DHS) Perfumes Nourouz (Tamarind / Paprika - Holiday Edition - Natural) - Notes include: Black Pomegranate (accord), Paprika, Tamarind, Bulgarian Rose Otto, Orris, Osmanthus, Oppopanax, Red Wine notes, Tobacco Absolute, Vanilla Absolute

 Nourouz, also known as "Tamarind / Paprika" is a limited edition holiday scent. It's a lovely scent with a boozy edge that blooms into a nice,dry warmly herbal scent. I find it to be sort of black tea like, with a touch of cream and a smidgen of sugar. I enjoy it because it's slightly sweet without being gourmand or floral. Truly lovely and delicious, great on a man or woman. 5 of 5 nods.

Friday: Annick Goutal Gardenia Passion - Notes: gardenia, orange blossom, tuberose, jasmine, ylang-ylang, vanilla, patchouli and oakmoss Wow. I have not encountered such a gritty gardenia before. Really! I feel like this is a scented caste iron gardenia, a gardenia made of glass and spun, still not, in gun powder. It's edgy in a way that florals aren't usually, which makes it a very sexy gardenia, but in completely different way from other gardenias. The tuberose is nice but the sharper notes are what really wow me here, because it is so different from Robert Piguet Fracas but yet just as fabulous and strong. Love, love, love. 5 of 5 nods.

Winner of the weekWhat a great week of scents!  I honestly cannot choose this week -- love'em all and can't wait to have them.
"All we have to do now
is take these lies and make them true somehow.
All we have to see
is that I don't belong to you
and you don't belong to me.
~ "Freedom '90," George Michael

Also it's that time again, readers.  It's time for our monthly mixed CD and sample drawing!  Three or four samples of my choice plus a mix CD of the variety given by significant others in high school, complete with handmade cover art by moi.  And as a teaser -- the mix has got a little bit of everything, from artists like Best Coast and Be Your Own Pet to Wanda Jackson and The Ronettes, with a little Decemberists and Black Keys in between. 

Leave me a comment to enter, telling me either (a) the Oud you recommend I try next or (b) how you think Oscars went.  Or (c) anything you want to tell me, really.  Open to all readers regardless of residence. Comment by 11:59 PM, Pacific Standard time, Saturday March 5, 2011 to enter.

Mix title: This Gun Don't Care Who It Shoots.

FN1. Video below. WARNING: NSFW depending on your work.


Ines said...

I didn't watch the Oscars, there was no live feed here (it will be on TV tomorrow night).
But I'm glad King's Speech got 4. :) and I want to see what Franco and Anne looked like hosting it, I read comments how he wasn't particularly good (and I'm somehow doubtful of that being the truth).

Elisa said...

I smelled Gardenia Passion for the first time this weekend. Only smelled it on paper but it had a remarkably canape-like cheese-and-mushroom accord!

I haven't delved too much into ouds yet either.

Diana said...


No Franco was a pretty bad host. You'll see. I kind of felt sorry for Anne Hathaway, who looked like she was trying to fit in enough over the top schitck for both of them.

King's Speech was my pick for best picture, so I was happy to see it win, too. :)

Diana said...

Elisa --

Wow, how different on paper! I'll try it tonight and see if I get some mushrooms as well. On skin I like it. Certainly enough to own a bottle, though given how little space I've got right now, I'd don't know where I'd put it.

PearlSugar said...

Is Nourouz a holiday scent for Persian new year? I am very intrigued!

Anonymous said...

I did watch the Oscars and found the show very boring. Even the red carpet wasn't very interesting except for Cate Blanchett. Unlike many, I liked her Lanvin gown -- partly because it was different.
And, as a woman of a certain age, I thought Helen Mirren looked fabulous.

-- Lindaloo

KathyT said...

I want to try your Ginger Essence and Wild Honeysuckle combo - that sounds good! I haven't jumped onto the oud bandwagon so far, but I did try a sample of L'Artisan Al-Oudh. It overwhelmed me with cumin, so I didn't really give it much of a chance. Now that the weather is warming up, I want more florals and light fragrances, so the oud fragrances just aren't calling to me.

Diana said...

Lindaloo -- Helen Mirren did look fabulous and managed to look classy even beside Russell Brand.

Diana said...


It's part of a holiday scent collection from DSH Perfumes. I'll bring it for you to try when I see you this weekend.

Diana said...

KathyT --

I think it helps that it was sub- freezing when I tried the Al-Oud here last week. I wish it were warm/sunny enough for me to move out of a winter scent mind set, but so far Mother Nature refuses to cooperate.

samberg said...

I didn't watch the Oscars, but I did go dress-spotting on websites later and I thought Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman both looked colorful, sexy and radiant.

I used to do themed cd mixes with a group of friends but after a few years the parties faded.