Friday, July 15, 2011

I do this thing where I think I'm real sick but I won't go to the doctor to find out about it.

Perfume Challenge Week 26: Monday, 7/11/11, to Friday, 7/15/11

Where I'm heading...
26 weeks, people! TWENTY SIX WEEKS! I've made it halfway through my 2011 challenge. Wow. 118 scents reviewed this year so far. That's a lot of sniffing,
and a whole lot more to go.

Leaving in a few hours for Houston. It's going to be in the high 90s with over 70% humidity in Houston, so I've been desperately trying to figure out what I can take with me that will work with the hot weather and help me with my damaged calm. So far I'm thinking of taking Jo Malone Fresh Mint Leaf, CB I Hate Black March (a comfort scent for me because it smells like my PNW home), and Chanel CoCo Mademoiselle. What would you suggest, if you could pack my a perfume kit for me for my weekend trip?

Monday: CB I Hate Perfume Winter 1972 - A field of untouched new fallen snow, hand knit woolen mittens covered with frost, a hint of frozen forest & sleeping earth.

A colder, icier version of CB I Hate Perfume Black March. Dirt, leaves, fresh snow. All icey blues and deep piney greens. I wish there had been more wet wool in it; it would have been better if it had been a deeper scratchier scent. Instead its a little bit iris-y, which is nice, but I prefer both Black March and Wild Hunt to this one. 3 of 5 nods.

Tuesday: Borsari Violetta di Parma - Notes: Violet, Rose, Muguet, Orris, Jasmine, Heliotrope, Hyacinth, Vetiver, Musk, Vanilla.

Oh, I like this scent! The overly sweet edge burns off almost immediately and this is not a soapy violet. It's got a lovely tea-like quality, but with an undercurrent of sweet of the vanilla balanced against the musk and vetiver. A great violette if you want a gentle and balanced violet, especially if youre looking for something lovely *and* reasonably priced. 4 of 5 nods.

Wednesday: Parfums Delrae Emotionnelle - A sophisticated but sensual fruity floral. It begins with notes of melon, tangerine, bergamot and ylang-ylang which add transparency, freshness, and a certain mouthwatering quality. Eau Emotionelle has beautiful floral heart notes of violet, jasmine and roses and finishes on a base of cedarwood, vetiver, clove and amber.

Oh melon, you and I do not have a good relationship. You always smell to me like something biological development has warned me against eating by making it bitter and unpleasant to the taste. The bitterness is a sign you should not swallow; it may be poisonous. It disappears after about half an hour, but blech, I'm totally ruined by then. Melon notes -- you are my sniffa kyrptonite. I'm not even going to rate this, since I'm totally biased by my melon hatred.

Thursday: Laura Mercier Violette - A delicate and sophisticated fragrance that is inspired by the delicate violet flower. Notes: violet leaves, black currant, mimosa, peony, vetiver, musk and raspberry.

Hello, sweet and fruity violet. No tea here, this is a much more floral and fruity violet, an edible styling. The vetiver and musk are quite strong, and that's the source of the underneath warmth instead of the normal soapiness you get with violets. I remember trying this ove a year ago and not loving it, but now I really do. It seems more multifloral than solifloral, but not quite floral enough for multifloral, so it comes off as kind of muddy, thematically, and as a spray rather than a dabber, I suspect it could be strong enough to crank up the volume, but not necessarily blow the doors off. Sadly discontinued, but still findable online at a really reasonable price. 3.5 of 5 nods.

Friday: Serge Lutens Fleurs de Citronnier - Serge Lutens celebrates spring with Fleurs de Citronnier. This perfume belongs to oriental olfactive group and it expands our knowledge about it by its freshness and gentleness. Lutens has used only rare materials of high quality, as always. Notes: Lemon blossom, petitgrain, neroli, white honey, iris, several sorts of musk and styrax resin.

My preferred weather...
If you might sniff this and your immediate reaction is "very light Aquanet?", I urge you to smell past that. This is an interestingly dry and light scent, and the harsh lemon edge burns off almost immediately, so that the citrus is much more gentle than you might expect. The middle is a lovely blend of lemon blossom, neroli, very light iris, and mild honey. The mixture results in a more complex neroli scent that is both more floral and more foodie than an orange blossom solifloral. After about an hour its a soft sweet resin and musk scent that I enjoy for the sheer niceness of it.

I agree with Robin that this is more a cool day neroli than a hot summer day scent. I think it's the coziness of the honey. Either way, it's lovely. I think I'll add it to my fall season buy list. 4 of 5 nods.

Winner of the Week: I think I'll give it to Serge Lutens Fleurs de Citronnier, though it's a close call because I think Borsari Violetta di Parma makes a nicer warm weather scent, but Serge Lutens Fleurs de Citronnier is a nier scent for cooler days, which we tend to have more of here. And let's face it, I just want it to be cooler all the time anyway.

"Oh, you're almost home. I've been waiting for you to come in.
Dancing around in your old suits going crazy in your room again.
I think I'll go out an embarrass myself by getting drunk and falling down in the street.
You say I choose sadness that it never once has chosen me.
Maybe you're right..."

~ "The Good That Won't Come Out," Rilo Kiley


Bloody Frida said...

you have been a sniffing machine!

Undina said...

To tell the truth I can't imagine Coco M. In 90+ heat. I like the other two choices. And I'd pick one or two Atelier Cologne's perfumes.
Have a safe trip!