A few from Scentsamples' Halloween offering:
Papillon - Anubis
This I'm either going to love or hate. Awaiting test...
Serge Lutens - Muscs Koublai Khan
This is what I would like to smell like when I've just finished a workout. It's skin. Musky, *real*, sweaty skin. No uptight cleanliness and prurient scented toiletries here. It's that leather jacket he's worn for years, which has become a part of his body over time. It's the scent he leaves
Crown of Gold
Yes, it's patchouli. No, I don't like it. Smells bizarrely headshop-ish. I suspect I'd be a bigger fan of patchouli used in a "darker" fragrance. And that I'm not a fan of patchouli as an in-yer-face note.
I think I need to get some spray vials for these. This started out as a lovely rich woody mix but
Reviewers rave about this being like drinking chai by a fire with ginger cake. On me it's nothing but jasmine and faint soap and it disappears after half an hour. Fail.
In self-education terms, if there actually is jasmine in it then I know it will probably be turned up to 11 because my skin seems to do that to jasmine. It may also be the spice notes interacting badly with each other, it's one thing I tend to dislike about spices. Can't explain the near-instant fadeout at all though.
Freshly on, WOW, what a rose. Syrupy and just a hint tannic. Gives me a mental image of a huge, blowsy, thousand-petalled damask rose in full bloom, saturating the air with fragrance on a hot still summer day. I can tell there's a whole structure of other, more bitter notes underneath it, but they're holding up the rose, not cutting through it. This is a glorious fragrance experience.
For once I'm actually pleased when a hint of wood comes out to temper the sheer bombast of the opening.
Damn, and I so wanted to like this one.
Just for a minute it went through a phase of smelling exactly like a gorgeous BPAL I sampled years ago, one of the Zorya fragrances I think, probably a spicy-floral; at that point I was completely convinced I needed a full bottle. An hour on it's drying down into yet another tedious For Men base blend; I'm on the point of washing off, but CK's restraint and the fact it's on the sweeter and more unisex end of masculine is saving it for me. It's