Monday, August 1, 2011

Last night I dreamt I had forgotten my name...

Perfume Challenge Week 27: Monday, 7/18/11, to Friday, 7/22/11

NOTE: Unbeknownst to me, Blogger ate this post last week. I don't know why. Everything else went up fine. I'm reposting now and will post this past week's reviews tomorrow.

Come on, cool and rainy days!
Dear universe, I am ready for fall. That's right, it's not even August yet, Spring was long wet and late, and yet I am ready if not eager for Fall to arrive. I've spent so much time being cranky about this summer that, despite the days I spent in the winter longing for the warm lengthy days of June, July, and August, now I just want it to be over.

I cannot wait to run back to the dark cool days and even darker long nights wandering around the Olympic Peninsula and Northwest Coast again this Fall. Every time I don't think I can love this area more, I spend one of these weeks on one of my crazy adventures and then I do. So I say bring on the Fall.

Monday: Pacifica Perfume Malibu Lemon Blossom spray perfume - This fresh scent captures the free spirit of the Pacific Ocean with Lemon Blossom, Litsea Cubeba, flowering Angel's Trumpet, fresh herbs and salty sea breezes.

This scent is a quick turn, and longevity is minimal (~ two hours). At first a very light, almost bitingly acidic citrus is followed by a mouthful of lemon fruit dipped in baking sugar, which turns again to a bitter lemon peel. A wonderful scent for unbearably hot weather of the kind I experienced in Texas, and for $22 there are worse buys out there. 3.5 of 5 for the scent itself, but 1 of 5 for longevity.

Tuesday: Pacifica Perfume Tibetan Mountain Temple spray perfume - Vetiver and Indonesian Patchouli are the base of this tranquil, incense-like blend, while Ginger sits lightly in the middle and Orange provides expansive lift for these distinctive essential oils.

"Incense-like" is on the right track. Did you ever get slathered up with Tiger Balm and think, "This would make a great perfume if it weren't quite so pungent?" Great news! Someone has a made a perfume just for you. Clove-y, sweet, and medicinal with flesh and coppery blood undertones, its a one trick pony but reminded me so much of the smell of sleeping next to my mildly congested husband it made me smile, and I give it credit for that, 2.5-4 hours longevity. 3 for scent itself, 1.5 for longevity.

Wednesday: L’Artisan Premier Figuier - Notes: Fig, Fig Leaf, Milk of Almond, Sandalwood, Coconut. 

Dry, mossy, and green, this fig is neither particularly sweet or fruity. If fig trees flowered, this is what I'd expect such a bloom to smell like. It reminds me of some southern plant, something deeply ingrained and familiar to my youth, but for the life of me I can't figure out what it is. Bois de Jasmin described it as "a vision of green figs oozing milky sap" and I can get behind that description. I really like it, and think it is really nice for summer because it's less sticky sweet and has cooling accents. I haven't tried the Extrême, but I'd like to. 4 of 5 nods.

Thursday: Odori Tabacco - Notes: Sicilian bitter orange, Somalian incense, Chinese eucalyptus, Egyptian jasmine, Haitian vetiver, Madagascar vanilla, oak moss, tobacco leaves.

About seventy percent of the show here is a dryer, less sweet tabacco scent that on my skin falls somewhere between drying tobacco leaves and processed cigarette tobacco. It has a slightly medicinal edge that is almost chemical. It would make a nice masculine, but the dryness also makes it a chic and sophisticated feminine. The sweetness over most of the scent is very gently sweet, but strengthens substantially toward the end, around the two hour mark.

Despite that, if you want a less sweet tobacco but don't necessarily love the floralness of say, Etat Libre d'Orange Jasmin et Cigarette, don't want the strong sweet incense of Bond no. 9 Andy Warhol Silver Factory, and think slumberhouse Kote is too weird and harsh, you might like this one. 3 of 5 nods.

Friday: Le Labo Neroli 36 - Notes: Orange Flower Essence, Rose, Calone, Musk, Mandarin, Jasmine, Vanilla, Tonka Bean.

This is the first time I've encountered a strong neroli without it being welded to an equally strong orange blossom. This means this is really my first encounter with a true neroli scent. People, it has taken me five different tests several hours long, but I finally see the beauty.

I'll be honest, if you're new to perfume and you smell this, it's going to remind you strongly of Aquanet. I urge you to perservere! Now, fifth try along, I can discern the musk and vanilla and even the tonka bean. I don't have a strong frame of reference for nerolis, but let me say this one is pretty in a clean aqautic way. Neroli 36 is a good floral for warm weather. It is light and floral enough to read as feminine, I do wonder if I would like it on a man. *Sigh.* I really need a male guinea pig. 3.5 of 5 nods.

Winner of the Week:  L’Artisan Premier Figuier is the winner for being so lovely and figgy and yet...different.

"Chimney falls and lovers blaze.
Thought that I was young.
Now I've freezing hands and bloodless veins
as numb as I've become.
I'm so tired.
I wish I was the moon tonight..."
~ "I wish I was the Moon," Neko Case

Photos from the author and Eye on Spain, respectively.


Josephine said...

My kingdom for cool, rainy days. Everything smells better and feels more meaningful.

I wonder how many perfume lovers live in the northwest. Perhaps a smelly event in Seattle is in order? That would be enough to snap my current boredom.

Premier Figuier is lovely.

Undina said...

As I keep reading/hearing from people all over the world about hot, humid, tiring summer I realized again and again how blessed we are here, in San Francisco Bay Area. I like our summers in general (with just a week or two of a really hot weather) and I love this year's summer (or, rather, lack thereof) in particular!
The only real problem: this year we're not getting figs that are as good as on the picture you used ;)