Saturday, March 5, 2011

If you want another kind of love, I'll wear a mask for you.

Monday, 2/28/11 - Friday, 3/4/11

14 kinds of chow-dah!
Last weekend I went to the 5th Annual New England Chowder Challenge at Fifth Quadrant.  My friend Kate, one of the two Yankee transplants in my life, came along.  Together we both blind picked the winning candidate of fourteen entrants an listen to some very good live music.  Of all the gifts this perfume obsession has given me, a more discerning palette is one of the best.

Monday: Miller et Bertraux Shanti Shanti - Starts off with a big burst of rose it turns and becomes gentle and creamy. It is a snuggly kind of rose, one you want to curl up with an sniff on a dark and stormy afternoon under a blanket by a fire with a good book. I agree with other reviewers who referred to it as "calming." Some people get spicy with this one apparently, but I didn't. On me it's a gentle rose, not overly aggressive, like fuzzy bunny slippers. Unfortunately, I prefer my roses on the 6 inch spike kitten heels or wrapped in miles of velour variety so I can't imagine I'd wear it very often. But if you like your roses on the not too strong side, and you'd prefer to skip the skany rose trend afoot of late, this might be a nice one for you. I'd like to say its more than just good, but the rose field is a crowded one, which makes it difficult to stand out. These days it feels like if you aren't Tauer Perfumes Une Rose Chypree or DSH Perumes Beach Roses, I've kind of smelled you before. 3 of 5 nods.

TuesdayWeil Zibeline - A floral aldehyde from 1928, I have is a vintage sample from the 1940s-50. Zibeline, or "sable," is part of a line inspired by and meant to be worn with fur. To learn more about the history of the scent and the line, I recommend this great piece from The Scented Salamander. I can see the 'fur' homage here.  The opening reminds me of something -- Chanel No. 5, but less floral, or Guerlain Mitsouko, but without so much peach.  It's lovely and sweet and warm like a fuzzy sweater.Very nice, and probably worth getting your hands on if you're into warmly sweet floral aldehydes.  4 of 5 nods.

Wednesday: Tauer Perfumes Incense Rosé - Okay, here's a tip. Never sample a Tauer perfume in a non-scent friendly environment. The sillage will blow you right down, and piss off the scent haters around you. Personally, I think the big sillage is one of the things that make Tauer Perfumes so consistently beautiful. The incense portion is similar to Une rose chyprée (the scent so nice I reviewed it twice), but the opening has a citrus rose opening I really enjoy, and that aspect, though receding, is still an ongoing part of the scent.  Love it, just like basically everything else I've tried from Tauer Perfumes. Someday I'll have a bottle of each.  5 of 5 nods.

Leonard Cohen, live Dec. 2010
ThursdayJean Desprez Bala Versailles parfum - Fizzy like a soda pop kind of like a scent Dr. Pepper at first, it becomes rough, animalic, and almost rubbery.  And yet, still vaguely sweet like cocoa powder is sweet.  In other words, awwwwesome.  So incredibly sexy! I admit that if you're not into perfume, this one is going to be a challenge for you, but it's really worth it. Would work for either a man or a woman, and be hot either way. If there were a scent version of Leonard Cohen's "I'm Your Man," this is probably it. 5 of 5 nods.

Friday:  L'Artisan Mure et Musc Extreme - Remember when I reviewed L'Artisan Mure et Musc over two years ago and found it to nice to like?  Well I decided to break down and try the extreme version.  I wouldn't describe it as too nice.  The open as a medicinal green kick, it's not overly sweet or fruity, but instead hot and sticky, like berries too long in the sun, bodies pressed and rolling among the brambles, too lost in love and lust and rebellion to notice the scraping thorns.  Beautiful and lush and lusty, this is the Mure et Musc I could have worn as a teen.  If you think Ava Luxe Wild Blackberry Musk is too fruity sweet, try this. 4 of 5 nods.

Winner of the Week:  In a week of amazing scent, I'm giving it to Jean Desprez Bala Versailles for its singular filthiness!

"I've been runnin' through these promises to you
that I made and I could not keep.
Ah, but a man never got a woman back
not by beggin' on his knees,
or I'd crawl to you baby and I'd fall at your feet
and I'd howl at your beauty like a dog in heat
and I'd claw at your heart and I'd tear at your sheet.
I'd say please.
I'm your man."
~ "I'm Your Man," Leonard Cohen


Anonymous said...

Well now Bal a Versailles and Leonard Cohen are inextricably linked in my mind.
That photo looks likes it's from a cell -- I'm very envious if you got to see him live in December.

-- Lindaloo

Diana said...

I did in fact get to see him live in December Lindaloo. My husband's parents took us and we were 6th row. I don't think I'd pay as much to see God Herself as they paid to see Leonard Cohen, but I was super grateful for the opportunity to go. He played for almost 4 hours, did 3 encores, and it was easily one of the top 5 concerts of my life

(The other 4: Tori Amos, Summer of Sin tour Sept 2005; Mountain Goats, March 2008; Liz Phair, Dec 2010; Beastie Boys/Smashing Pumpkins, Lollapalooza 1994).

Elisa said...

Sometimes I wear Incense Rose on planes. Ha! That'll show 'em. (Really, just a tiny bit.) I want FB's of that and URC someday too, and I agree the sillage and long lifespan is part of their beauty.