Friday, June 10, 2011

Well, the devil in you tried to tell me what to do. I don't think so.

Perfume Challenge Week 21: Monday, 6/6/11, to Friday, 6/10/11

kitten surveys her new territory
What a week, cats and kittens. It’s been a long week of longness. David and I had to temporarily move while they do a partial renovation on our apartment, so it’s been a lot of packing, unpacking, reorganizing, and generally trying to get settled in. My cats are trying to adjust as well. It was an opportunity to get out my Aveda oil burner David gave me several years ago and using my collection of twenty or thirty home fragrance oils to scent my new house.

Monday: Jo Malone Vintage Gardenia - A captivating blend, the classic florals gardenia and tuberose are combined with cardamom, sandalwood and myrrh to create a rich seduction of the senses. There is a whole lot of tuberose is the opening, so much so, that I couldn't find the gardenia at first. This isn't a knock for me; I loves me some tubereuse. When the gardenia is there, it does a little dance with the tuberuese for the forward space on me, which on me sometimes come off as a little tropical (coconut/banana) on me. Cardamon and myrrh make their appearance about twenty minutes in and that is when I really begin to like this, because it becomes kind of...well not to be obvious, but spicy to me -- sexy spicy. Generally, though I tend to think of this as a tubereuse with a twist, name notwithstanding.

Also, I borrowed a layering tip and tried it against Jo Malone Black Vetyver Cafe. I'm undecided. On the one hand, I like the combination. The spices compliment each other and the floral notes combine with the sweet coffee business nicely. An hour in, the combination is almost like burning wood. It's big, though, so I'm thinking summer is maybe not the time for this layering combo. I'm going to try it again this fall, when I'm thinking more cozy thoughts.

For Vintage Gardenia, 3.5 of 5 nods. For the layering combo, a tentative 3 of 5 nods.

Tuesday: Olympic Orchids Fleurs de Glace - Notes unknown. One of those surprising scents not even listed on the website (I love that Ellen does this!), I am forced to rely entirely on my tiny newbie nose. "Flowers of Ice" on me is a surprisingly green scent! Like tiny geen budlets emerging from beneath the ice and snow. It's dry, but here's a gentle sweetness to it I can't place. It reminds me of the taste of chewing on freshly picked dandelions stems, a childhood pastime. (I was a weird kid, okay?) It also feels a bit woody to me, because it smells a bit like the smell of a brand new paperback book. It's very nice, almost elegant; a lovely gentle scent with moderate sillage. At first I found it a little to refined for me, but now I think I might wear it to see Jane Eyre. It makes me wish I had white elbow length gloves with pearl button clasps to wear with it when I go. In fact, I wish I had a whole soft lacey outfit. 4 of 5 nods.

Wednesday: By Kilian Beyond Love - Notes: gardenia, orange blossom, tuberose, coconut, jasmine, ambergris, and musk Tonkin complex. Hello again, gardenia and tubereuse. I have randomly chosen you again. I was wondering what the citrus was lurking and then I looked at the notes -- ah, hello orange blossom! I also get a lot of the rubber-y aspects of tubereuse, which I personally love. It's summer and I go to the ocean at least once a month (including the last two weeks), so happy am I if a scent smells like familiar beach scents, including a dryness that even reminds me of the smell of warm sand. This is like laying on your stomach in the sun, with your eyes closed, the water crashing in the background, and the gentle scent of flowers being carried toward you on the breeze. Not overly sweet, either, so if Annick Goutal Songes is too sweet for you, this might be a better fit for you. 4 of 5 nods.

Thursday: Soivohle Writing Lyrical Poetry (on a Bright, New Day) -Lush white flowers of gardenia, jasmine, lily of the valley, orange blossom and lilac, with cassis, red berries, freesia, sandalwood, oakmoss, soft musk, vanilla, and civet. I get a wallop of cassis, citrus, and tart berries in the opening. The middle is nice blend of white flowers, none particularly dominant on me. Later the civet and oakmoss come through, balancing the floral with a moss and earth tone. The civet isn’t too strong, so if you are not into civet, fear not. I also recommend this for people who would like a white floral that wasn’t all about the big flowers. It’s very well made and subtle as such scents go, and makes an excellent white floral for the hot days ahead. 3 of 5 nods.

Friday: DSH Perfumes Cimabue (Italian Journey no. 8) - Bergamot, Bitter Orange, Cardamom Seed, Clementine, Italian Neroli, Lemon, Nutmeg, Carnation Absolute, Cinnamon Bark, Clove Bud, Egyptian Rose Geranium, Grandiflorum Jasmine, Honey Beeswax, Moroccan Rose Absolute, Mysore Sandalwood, Saffron absolute, Tuberose Absolute, Ciste Absolute, East Indian Sandalwood, Labdanum, Oppopanax, Siam Benzoin, Tahitian Vanilla, Tamil Nadu Sandalwood, Vanilla Absolute. What wonderful scent! Though I think it is more of a wintery, holiday scent, Cimabue is so delightful. It smells like warm eggnog, complete with a sprinkling of nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove on top. I am definitely going to buy this, and I will bring it out when I start getting the urge to play Christmas music in July, I am definitely bringing this out. Definitely on my “to buy” list for its unique qualities. 4 of 5 nods.

Winner of the Week: Tough call! I don’t honestly think I can choose this week. I can honestly recommend trying them all.

"But I know myself better than I used to.
And I have some type of respect for the things that I do.
Don't you think that you should come on, now,
cut the cord from the cloth before it tears you down."

~ "Devil in You," The Watson Twins

3 comments:

Undina said...

With all my love to Jo Malone Vintage Gardenia is one of a few that I actively disliked before I even new that I do not like tuberose. Now I know. So I wasn't surprised at all when I didn't like Beyond Love. I keep trying this note in different perfumes but with no luck. The best result achieved so far - some of them do not give me a headache if applied in homeopathic doses ;)

How long will the renovation go? (shivers from the mere thought)

Diana said...

Renovation? If' I'm lucky, done by August 1.

Based on past campus construction precedent, I already know I'm not going to be that lucky.

girlichef said...

Thank you so, SO much for stopping by and offering your kind words...it means the world :)