Saturday, May 21, 2011

We're drinking and we're dancing and the band is really happening and the Johnny Walker wisdom running high...

Perfume Challenge Week 18: Monday, 5/16/11, to Friday, 5/20/11

"Ah, we're lonely, we're romantic
and the cider's laced with acid
and the Holy Spirit's crying, 

'Where's the beef?' 
And the moon is swimming naked
and the summer night is fragrant
with a mighty expectation of relief."

This week in Oregon, we had two consecutive completely sunny days with temperatures in the 70s. This is the first time this has happened since October 19th and 20th, 2010. That's right -- seven months. If that isn't a sign of end times, I don't know what is. At this moment, the day is overcast, but that doesn't change the fact that when the weather is lovely, and it's been a long time since it's been lovely, we Oregonians get really excited. Me? I went for several long, barefoot walks. It was nice.

You know, when I wrote about the rapture last week, I didn't even know it was going to be a big deal this week. If we've got to go, at least the weather was nice this week. In all seriousness, though, I feel unspeakably sad for those who have nothing to live for but their faith in a better life after this one. Because this one? It can be pretty powerfully awesome when you really stop to appreciate it. And part of what makes it awesome is all this wonderful perfume.

Monday: Jo Malone Grapefruit - Notes: grapefruit, tangerine, vetiver, rosemary. A bitter sharp take on the fruit, with none of the sweetness you expect.  It reminds me of the first sharp tang of a large gulp of grapefruit juice, like fruit rind and pulp instead of the fruit itself, and also a little bit like dried and cracked leather and pencil shavings.  Not bad, but not what I'd like out of a grapefruit.  If you like less sweet fruits, though, definitely give it a try.  3 of 5 nods.

Tuesday: Miller Harris Figue Amere - Notes: figs, green violet, amber and cedar. Holy moly, bitter fig is right! Oh god, the applicaton is almost a scrubber for me. It's true that it never hits the super sweet you expect from a fig, but I kind of wish it did. The dry down is a light amber and cedar blend, which is nice enough actually, but not particularly figgy. And the figgy part is, does not work for me.  I just have such a difficulty with the bitterness.  It's like an aspirin dissolving on the tongue.  2 of 5 nods.

Wednesday: DSH Perfumes Butterfly - Notes: Blood Orange (Israel), Lime Peel, Mango, Melon, Ocean, Egyptian Blue Lotus, Gardenia, Green Tea, Honey, Jasmine, Purple Lilac, Tiger Lily, Amber, Brazilian Vetiver, Chai Tea, Musk, Sandalwood, True Arabian Myrrh. What a sparkly lovely spring scent. I typically do not love any scent with the word "ocean" in the notes, but this works for me. Maybe because there is so much going on I can't quite determine what I'm getting other than zesty, bright, sparkling, light, and effervescent. The immediate opening is orange-y, but soon I get a burst of lime peel and green tea, myrrh. I like it so much -- and that's rare or me for such a bright floral. I bought an ounce after a quick sniff from a wand sampler, and I don't regret it at all. 4 of 5 nods.

Thursday: Ava Luxe Opoponax Intense - Notes: opoponax, amber, vanilla, Himalayan cedar, Mysore sandalwood, iris,black rose, jasmine, orris.. Reminds me of Calvin Klein Obsession, except way nicer. Its sweeter and less synthetic, and where Obsession is peppery, sharp and green Opoponax Intense is gentle, sweet, and lulling. It's like the difference between 80s florescent and a naturally bright color. It's beautiful if you like that super-duper sweetness of the big 80's O variety, definitely give this one a whirl. 4 of 5 nods

Friday: Jo Wood Organics Amka - Notes: Iranian rose otto, Egyptian jasmine, neroli, bergamot, green mandarin, sweet orange, cedarwood. Bergmot, neroli, and orange dominate the top creating a crisp, light scent. I love how green and limey it is. This is a perfect scent for warm weather. It reminds me of laying in the shade under a tree in a citrus grove, the grass awaying gently around me. My only complaint is the it doesn't have greaat lasting power, but in Amka's defense, I did not have a sample I could spray myself wet with, which may be the way to make the loveliness last. This is everything I wanted Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin to be. 3.5 of 5 nods.

Winner of the Week: This is so tough. I think I'm giving the tie to Ava Luxe Opoponax Intense and Jo Wood Organics Amka, though I love Butterfly and own it, so there you go. For those of you who love Figue Amere, I'm sorry. I just can't get into it and I tried three times. When I want strong fig leaf, I go to Olympic Orchid's Midsummer Day's Dream.

For those of you who don't get raptured today, I'll still be here next week, heathen that I am, to bring you more post-apocalyptic, perfumey thoughts. If you're looking for safe haven and can make it to Lewis amp; Clark, we will be more than happy to take you into our community. And for the record, the same holds true for a Zombie apocalypse.

"So we struggle and we stagger 
down the snakes and up the ladder
to the tower where the blessed hours chime
and I swear it happened just like this:
a sigh, a cry, a hungry kiss,
the Gates of Love they budged an inch.
I can't say much has happened since
but closing time.
~ "Closing Time," Leonard Cohen

Photos by Diana Wiener Rosengard, 2011. All rights reserved.


Bloody Frida said...

Here in Ohio we have had 10 inches of rain above normal - egads!

That Butterfly sounds enchanting - oh no, I really AM becoming a girly girl!

Diana said...

Frida -- I don't think I would have ever ordered Butterfly if they hadn't sent me a sample. It's certainly worth a go, though, especially while it's on sale. (Ends today!)

Bloody Frida said...

thanks Diana!!

*jen said...

Glad you're still around post-rapture. What is the perfect scent for the end times?

PS: Sampling Olympic Orchids commences today. Thanks for the prize! I can't wait to dig in. :)

Diana said...

*jen -- I was rocking L'Artisan Dzing! yesterday morning and Tauer Perfumes L'Air du desert marocain last night.

Happy to hear you got the package, and I'm excited to see what you've got to say about the Olympic Orchids line.

Undina said...

Jo Malone's Grapefruit combines very nicely with some other their scents (though I like it on its own as well).