Friday, April 22, 2011

I'm froze by desire.

2011 Perfume Challenge Week 16: Monday, 4/18/11, to Friday, 4/22/11

A weekend in Wallingford...
I had a nice time in Seattle last weekend celebrating my friend Becca's birthday.  We watched great stuff on video, ate and ate and ate, wandered Seattle, and returned my hair to a color of awesome.   I'm sad she lives so far away, but I'm happy for an excuse to visit Seattle more regularly.

Unfortunately, being out of town has resulted in a long week here in Portlandia for your intrepid sniffa.  Lots of travel, lots of work, but not a lot of sleep unfortunately.  When this happens, it help to keep myself focused by giving the week a theme.  This week I am giving my challenge week attention to the elizabethW line based out of San Francisco.

Monday: elizabethW Rose - Irresistible, passionate, sophisticated. Moist green notes and wild roses, enhanced with accents of fresh forest berries and hawthorn. A light honeyed rose with a hint of cinnamon underneath. I do get a little hawthorn, which makes it a slightly greener rose than you normally find. It's a nice rose, though not a singular reation in a crowded field. Also, my biggest complaint, not just for this scent but all of the elizabethW creations, is the staying power. It is still there by the four hour mark but only very faintly. By the 5.5 hour mark the scent had disappeared completely. 3.5 of 5 nods for quality of scent, 2.5 for longevity.

Tuesday: elizabethW Magnolia - Summer nights, romance, sensual. White magnolia petals deepened with saffron and sandalwood mingle with Riviera mimosa and gardenia. Magnolia comes on like gangbusters at first, full of pretty clean floral oomph. After ten minutes it backs down significantly, though I do really enjoy this floral blend, which becomes more gardenia than magnolia by the fifteen minute mark. By the four hour mark I could barely smell it. What there was of it, while it lasted, was a lovely solifloral. 4 of 5 nods for quality of scent, again 2.5 for longevity.

Wednesday: elizabethW Lilac - Romantic, fresh, intensely floral. A single note from boughs of springtime lilacs brightened with subtle hints of jasmine, neroli, and freesia. A warm dark lilac, but the jasmine gives it a candied edge. As twenty dollar lilacs go, I challenge you to find a better lilac at this price point. 3 of 5 nods for quality an 2.5 for longevity.

Thursday: elizabethW Sweet Tea - Gracious, spirited, elegant. An enticing marriage of oriental black teas, juicy fresh Amalfi lemons, and the sweetness of almond honey. I am southern. Anyone who has read this blog for more than fifteen seconds probably knows that. So you can imagine how I feel about the creation of a sweet tea scent. In this I get lemon and classic Lipton instant tea. I don't get honey, but I do get a bit of artificial sweetener. So in a word? Smells like home. 4 of 5 nods for quality, though again only a 2.5 for longevity.

Pike's Place Market
Friday: DSH Perfumes Nouveau Gardenia - Notes: Bergamot, Mimosa, Gardenia, Musk, Sandalwood What a strange experience of Gardenia. It's almost Palmolivey in the first few seconds, then becomes this dry musky scent with a citrus like orange pith rather than orange flower. It's not all that sweet and might make an excellent masculine gardenia (what a strange treat!) if you could find a man you could pin down long enough to spray it on him. I really do need to find a guy who is willing to let me randomly apply scents to them. Perhaps when my friend Andrew comes back to town... 4 of 5 nods.

Winner of the Week: Sticking to my theme, elizabethW, I'd have to say my favorite is the Sweet Tea. I also loved the Magnolia and will happily pony up $20.00 for a 15ml purse spray. If you fall in love with one of these scents, you can grab an entire 2ounces (60ml) for only $35.00. And the low price tag actually makes the longevity problem less of an issue. For $100, you an buy five different purse sprays and wear a different one morning, noon, and night.

"I am yours now.
So now I don't ever have to leave.
I've been found out.
So now I'll never explore.

See what I've done.
That bridge is on fire.
Going back to where I've been.
I'm froze by desire.
No need to leave."
~ "Islands," the xx


Undina said...

I think I saw elithabethW's perfumes in one of the strange places ("strange" as in you do not expect to see a perfume there), so I plan to check it this weekend to see if I remember it correctly and if yes, will try a couple.
Does your friend share you hobby? What was she wearing for her birthday?

Diana said...


I wouldn't describe Becca as into perfume, but she's supportive of my being into perfume, which in my world is almost as good.

I think elizabethW used to be carried in Anthropologie, though it does not appear they carry the line anymore.

ChickenFreak said...

Ooh! ElizabethW Sweet Tea used to be my very favorite perfume. It's been superseded by new favorites, but I'm still fond of it.

And I'm addicted to ElizabethW Rose bath oil. I don't know why I love the oil and ignore the perfume, but there it is.