L'Artisan Parfumeur: Mechant Loup
Honestly, with a name like that how could I not try it?
So there's definitely a note somewhere in this that I specifically don't like; it's right there in the opening, too, although it rapidly disappears under something much more gourmandy. I can't unfortunately identify it offhand, although looking at the description it's very likely to be the liquorice/aniseed. This is a hard to classify scent, I wouldn't call it typically masculine
Hmmmmm. So: Estee Lauder Pleasures. I loved this stuff back in the 90s; it has an assertive, in-your-face niceness about it that just says "I am absolutely not in the mood to be (a) a sex object or (b) in any way tolerant towards your bullshit today". It's the middle-class mum whose face the school receptionist dreads seeing, because she knows very well it won't go away until little Jack and Olivia have the school canteen completely rearranged to fulfil their gluten-free extra virgin olive
Armani Prive - Ambre Soie
Goes on lush, mellow and spicy; almost gourmand. Reminds me distinctly of BPAL's foody Christmas scents - I think the anise and patchouli are contributing to that. Lovely for its opening, certainly. Other reviewers complain about longevity but I'm pretty sure it'll beat out a perfume oil! Added to the wish list not for a full bottle but for a good-sized sample, this is definitely a comfort zone fragrance for me, and if comments about its subtle complexity
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
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