Originally Posted by ClaireV
I am not part of the sample pass, but I have just started to test these, thanks to the very generous Ipp, who sent me a lovely box of Slumberhouse samples to try out! I bought Norne myself from Indiescents because Ipp warned me that she was missing that one. I hope you all don't mind me posting here as I go along. Here is my review on Norne:
Somewhere between dark green and black, the color of this juice announces its sinister intentions ahead of time. This stuff stains. It feels
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Genre: Fruity Floral
This is basically the same kind of Del Monte canned peaches note that you can get for $245 US from By Killian's Flower of Immortality, offered here for a mere $60 US retail. Or you can just go out and spend $1.99 on the canned peaches. (Actually, the Jo Malone smells better than the expensive ultra-niche stuff – though maybe not better than the Del Monte.)
Granted, it’s a pleasant smell, but as a fragrance it’s
Updated 29th July 2014 at 03:22 AM by Way Off Scenter
Blackberry & Bay Cologne confirms my suspicion that Jo Malone makes fragrances for people who dislike fragrance. The central berries and clean musk theme parallels predecessors like Mûre et Musc and Fraîcheur Muskissime, but is offered here in a tenfold dilution, as if to ward off the calamity of somebody accidentally smelling it. The bay should make an interesting savory contrast to the berries, but in a fragrance this faint and fleeting, it hardly
Genre: Floral Oriental
Interlude Man strikes me as a cacophonous nightmare of a fragrance, but I’m happy to report that Interlude Woman is a much more successful and congenial composition. No shrieking horror of pseudo-sandalwood here, and no thunderous head shop patchouli. Instead, we get a novel, yet understated accord of nutmeats, frankincense, and white floral notes over a delicate opopanax, vanillic amber, and tonka foundation. Whereas the oudh reconstruction
Updated 28th July 2014 at 11:04 PM by Way Off Scenter
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