I recently got a bar of Auromere Tulsi-Neem Ayurvedic soap.
I'm not familiar with Tulsi, but it's also called holy basil, so I associate it with mint, rightly or wrongly. I have smelled Neem oil and it's vile. It smells like dung from a horse that's been eating peanuts and garlic. I viscerally grok it's reputation as pesticide and antiseptic. I was expecting soap that smelled just shy of unbearable: herbal-minty, garlicky, shitty.
Instead it smells like drywall
I think it's unfair to the art to sample more than one perfume at a time. It's distracting. One ends up comparing and contrasting rather than getting intimate with a perfume. Like a kid eating candy before dinner, when I got samples of Balenciaga's Talisman and Serge Lutens' Sa Majeste La Rose in the mail yesterday, I couldn't wait to try them individually.
This morning I'm wearing Sa Majeste La Rose on its own. Like yesterday, it opens with rose, rose, rose. It's not thin,
A few years ago (5?) I got a sample decant of Chanel's Cuir de Russie. I don't remember where. If theperfumedcourt.com wasn't in business yet it, then was probably from ebay. Anyway, I tried, it stunk, and I put it away in the fridge. I can't recall what it smelled like, only that I hated it immediately.
Last week I stumbled across a review of Cuir de Lancome on fragrantica.com. (How is it that I've been visiting Basenotes.net since 2006 and just heard of Fragrantica last