Huge fan of green-chypre, citrus, summer florals, marine, grass and woods. I love clean, minimalistic and transparent scents--preferably reflecting some variation of a French garden. Lately, however, several chic gourmands have begun to spoil me.
My ideal fragrance would be some elusive concoction of basil, lotus, peony, freesia, leaves, and a faint sage. A subtle grassy dry down would further merit it perfection.
Some new notes that I am exploring and loving are: datura, mimosa, fig, coconut, praline, linden blossom, japanese plum, juniper berries, and balsam.
My nose never tends towards one particular house, but to me, Diptyque has never failed my nose. There is nary a stain of the synthetic, nor a revolting note, in all of their perfumery. Diptyque's spices are tart while humble, their florals effortlessly green, and their citruses are perfectly summery. They are currently my favourite house.
Some classic or popular notes I absolutely cannot stand are patchouli (a 'green' note, ironically in many chypres), civet (anything resembling the smell of a mammal's anus is a no), lychee (cloying saccharine-ness initiate chronic nausea), and synthetic roses (reminiscent of the cheap-motel bathroom potpourri). On the other hand, those fragrance houses who feature such notes but can mask or mix them in such a way so as to magically remove their foulness automatically deserves a Nobel Prize in Awesome, in my book.
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