Wednesday, June 27, 2012

He fell in love with an Indian maid over in the antique store...

A Review of Olivier Durbano Citrine EdP

First off, picking a winner for the A Lab on Fire's Super Sweet What We Do In Paris Is Secret and 1950s/60s girlie group mix.

And the winner is:


Congrats to Taffy. Email me at feminine (dot) things @ gmail (dot) com with an address I can ship your goodies to. You package will also include a sample of A Lab on Fire's Sweet Dreams 2003, which I've obtained.

I had a big weekend of writing planned, but other things got in the way, hence my extreme delay in posting a winner.  I did, however, consume an inhuman quantity of Gossip Girl, which was only slightly less fun than seeing the look on David's face as I intermittently explained the plot twists to him. Bafflement, doubt, and incredulity is all there is to describe it. Of course, it was the same look he just gave me while I explained the changes to the college football bowl/play-off system, so there you go.  I speak many popular American tongues with which my California-born, perpetually unshod, lifelong-pescatarian Jewish husband is unfamiliar, and they range from faux bitchery on the Upper East Side to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.  And him? He's better at foreign policy, Victorian history, gaming strategy, international relations, and getting people to like him.  It all works out in the end. I did manage to give myself a manicure and got all my grocerying for the last two weeks done in one late night Target run with the Kate, so the weekend wasn't a total wash.

One way the D&D symbiosis works out is that David is often willing to indulge me (a wonderful trait in a partner, IMO).  Tonight he helped me make up for lost weekend time by taking me out for a proper date, complete with sushi dinner, stop at the Sweet Factory for fancy candy (David likes to go crazy in one big bag, whilst I like to divide into multiple smaller bags that include chocolate in one and a mix of cherry and strawberry sour ropes in another), then to see Moonrise Kingdom, which was delightful. David declared it the "least depressing Wes Anderson film ever." So charming, so sweet, great soundtrack with a heavy reliance on Hank Williams tunes.  I loved it.

You know what else I love?  You, dear reader.  Thanks for being there.  Sometimes I, I know, I'd be lost without you.

And with that: on to the perfume! I chose today's scent because it reminded me of the color palette for Moonrise Kingdom, which in turn reminded me that Wes Anderson is always worth experiencing on a screen large enough to immerse yourself in the full sensory experience of his world.

Citrine EdP is the seventh and final scent in a series by Olivier Durbano is his "Stone Poem Jems" line based on semi precious gem stones known for their healing powers. Citrine is an "amber wooded spicy" and is described as follows: 
The scent unfolds and reveals materials reflecting the color of the sun: bright Sicilian lemon introducing a citrus blast; sweet mimosa buds clustering on branches doused with pure sunlight; and warm amber solidifying solar energy. Notes of ginger and pink pepper further invigorate the golden notes with zest. Traces of precious woods and the finest Japanese incense complete the scent journey from inner flame to celestial light. 
Notes: Sicilian Lemon, Wild Orange, Elemi Incense, Ginger, Pink Pepper, Carrot seeds, Mimosa, Rosewood, Gaiac wood, Musk, Myrrh, Grey Amber, Beeswax
 Citrine's citrus opening is strong without being acidic like cleaner or overpowering, and quickly sl-l-l-i-des into an amber so smooth it's surprising after the sharp opening. The scent reminds me most of a good tea with lots of honey and lemon.  It's beautiful, strong but also soothing; Arthur described it as having a glow, and I think that's dead on.  Not terribly unlike the gem from whence it takes it's name, come to think of it.  It grows more toward the incense and wood about an hour in, but remains surprisingly light.

Citrine wears very close to the skin.  On me, the sillage is so low I feel like I'd need to double spray to get enough.  Longevity is middling, about six hours, most of which is more about slightly sweet woods and not so much about citrus, so if you want to try a citrus that isn't really -- a kind of gateway citrus, if you will -- this might do nicely.

Unfortunately, for the price point?  The scent is too soft for my tastes.  But then, I like aggressive perfumes.  If you don't, this might make a great addition to your collection.

Olivier Durbano Citrine EdP is available in 100ml for $190, but you can buy samples from LuckyScent.

And with that, I'll leave you with this classic gem which features prominently in Moonrise Kingdom, which I have loved since I was a little girl:


  Want more? Try...
~ a review from EauMG
~ a review from Doll Eyes
~ a review from A Nose is a Nose is a Nose
~ a review from CaFleureBon
~ a review from Kevin at Now Smell This!


Ines said...

It sounds interesting and I don't mind soft scents (especially amber ones) so I will probably give this one a try.
Although a try is where I'll stop - the price is a bit limiting. :)

Anonymous said...

Are you kidding me?!!! I love this prize, Diana! Not only the sweet scents, but the 50's and 60's girlie group mix is pure "icing" on the kek!

Thanks for a great prize!


olenska said...

I saw Moonrise Kingdom this weekend, too.... oh, so magical. Every time I see a Wes Anderson film, I feel as though I want to pen him a thank-you card. Citrine perfectly suits the sweet wistfulness of this film-- a hazy golden atmosphere of nostalgia.

Diana said...

Ines, it is a soft scent. Soft is the right way to describe it. I like Olenska's "hazy golden" wording from below. That's definitely fitting for the scent. For me, it's the price point that is the killer. (Great minds! :) )


Diana said...


And I'm psyched to give it to you! Glad the randomizer planets aligned!


Diana said...

olenska -

Sweet wistfulness, indeed! I just loved their stubborn innocent passion. It made me feel so happy. Maybe we both owe him thank you cards! :)