Lalique Encre Noire Sport - bought a sample to see if it works on me better than Encre Noire, which I adore on paper but which vanishes on my skin. It's opening with mainly a rather rich lemony accord, which will be the grapefruit and bergamot working together, and then a hint of the cypress. It doesn't obviously preserve the jaw-dropping, Gothically moody character of Encre Noire, but there's a chilliness in the sillage which I find rather pleasant and the same sort of clear-headed feel. This is
Updated 29th December 2014 at 02:54 PM by philistine
Paco Rabanne Ultraviolet Man: Fresh-citrus of the Nivea shower gel school. Silly bottle. Nice quality but not a genre I enjoy. Has amber in the base but all the cool-fresh ("cold and synthetic in character") bits I like seem to disappear very fast.
Paco Rabanne 1 Million: Surprisingly nice. Fresh yet sweet. Smells vaguely fruity-floral on paper. Should skin test this one; paper drydown is lovely. I like the fact reviewers are complaining it's too feminine! Suspect it might
Imaginary Authors - Cape Heartache
Reminds me strongly of BPAL Talvikuu when wet (good thing - moody, chilly pine), but rapidly warms into pine-tinged woods with a hint of vanilla. THe strawberry is evanescent but present. I smell like a Christmas tree beside a log fire. Very apt for December Think this one could stand generous application to bring out the pine resin. Definite win.
And now my upcoming birthday brings the presents... yet more Scentsamples minis!
Musc Ravageur - currently testing. I see what the reviewers mean about the sly references to classic heavy orientals, but so far this is wearing more lightly on me. I like that about it - I love the classics but I can't wear the heavy stuff. I'm not revolted by the opening, it's assertive but not overwhelming; but I'm looking forward to the drydown everyone seems to enjoy so much.
Woohoo - took advantage of the recent discounts. Today we have:
Fahrenheit 32 - currently testing. I can see why reviewers are complaining about the drydown but we'll see where it goes on me. So far I'm liking it and really enjoying the freshness, especially after several days of orientals!
Jubilation XXV Man
Tom Ford Amber Absolute - I love amber and must start testing some of the classic amber frags, at least one of which
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