Reviews by Fhaoilgeal

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    Antaeus by Chanel

    First applied and while still wet - floral.
    As it dries - leather - old saddle leather and sweat - both horse sweat, but also human sweat creeping through the fabric of jodhpurs.
    Hay, grass, maybe just a little bit of mucking out a stable as well: not unpleasant, just earthy and dark.

    The leather smell continues on but settles, more polished like an old saddle well kept and soaped, but no longer often used.
    Flowers in a vase next to the saddle? And perhaps a good soap next to the vase?

    Settles down into an overall sense of horse leather and the smell after a day's ride - the afterglow of leather and sweat with just a wisp of flowers and old cologne still lingering about overlaying some of the sweat.
    I like it as it reminds me of a very long time ago.

    It is more a souvenir than something I would wear out to dinner or to a party.
    If I belonged to a club I might wear it there.

    24 February, 2012 (Last Edited: 25 February, 2012)

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    Coromandel by Chanel

    On first sniff the smell of flowers freshly picked in full bloom, quickly dispelled by an olfactory image of working in the garden...a bag of potting soil just opened standing next to a hole dug for a flowering plant.

    The scent of the potting soil powerful, earthy, fecund with astringent notes of minerals, the fragrance of the flowers overshadowed by it's bedding partner.
    The flower is planted, the hole filled with potting soil, tamped down, watered, the two smells - potting soil and flowers tussle, the potting soil more angular, the flowers more globular, yielding.

    Watering and time brings a melding, occasionally a dominant note, the bouquet of earth gentled by water, floral perfume becoming resinous on being joined to the soil.
    A tight, slow, intoxicating dance, the interplay of shadow and sunlight, sensual.

    Two thumbs up and an important mile marker along the patchouli highway.

    24 February, 2012

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