Wait a wait a wait a minute. Â* When you guys say sweet and tart, does tart mean slightly sour or just not sweet, Â*which I've been thinking of as dry (not to be confused with just not aquatic)???
Tart means slightly sour. Â*Dry is absence of sweetness, but not tart.
Dry and Sweet like martinis Â*-- 60's style with only a whisper of vermouth (dry) or a cosmopolitan or appple martini (both sweet)
Imagine continuum lines 0---------5---------10
Sweet on one end, dry at the other end. (0 is dry, 10 is sweet).Chanel Bois D'Iris
is dry, for instance and Diptyques Tam Dao
is bone dry. But neither is tart, or sour (or bitter for that matter.)Chanel no. 5
is drier and Chanel no. 22
is sweeter. (Relative to each other, that is.)White Shoulders
is drier than White Diamonds
but White Shoulders is not tart in any way.Annick Goutal le Jasmin
is a somewhat dry (& Light & even green) interpreation of Jasmine and Serge Lutens A la Nuit
is far sweeter (and more intense but still fresh).Keiko Mecheri Loukhoum
is of course sweet.
Wood family scents are usually dry and can be bone dry if they do not have amber, honey notes or florals to sweeten them. Â*
Now we'll try it with tart
Soft, round 0-------------5------tart ----------10 Sour
Soft & round on one end running to Tart (and on to Sour at the extreme end) Â*SL Daim Blond
, Demeter Laundromat
, Ralph Lauren Blue
and The Different Company Divine Bergamote
is slightly tart, Creed Spring Flower
tarter still, 06130 Yuzu Rouge
is very tart.
For me Amber, Vanilla, Benzoin, Tonka are on the soft or round end of one continuum and Cassis, berries, apricot, citrus and certain roses, for instance, are tart. Some roses go too
tart toward winey and become sour, puckery even.
Amber & vanilla can not only be softening but also sweetening depending on their type and the company they keep, though.
Reminds me of cool and warm colors. Â*Reds and Oranges are definitely warm, Blues and Greens are always cool. But a yellow and a purple can change teams a bit depending on how "green" a yellow is or how "red" a violet/purple might be. In other words a cool yellow (chartreuse) and a warm yellow (amber) are both possible just as a sweet or dry Vanilla or Tonka are possible.
For example Hypnotic Poison
is a sweet vanilla and Velvet Rope
is a dry vanilla.
Pungent and/or tangy is not the same as tart. Pungent is a bit of a blend between tart and a touch of bitter. High-pitched might be better as a descriptor. Â*Saffron and cedarwood are good examples of pungent, some even say medicinal, but neither is tart the way a berry or blackcurrant are.Montale Aoud Rose Petals
is a bit pungent from safron, cedar and aoud, L'Artisan Voleur de Roses
has a pungent, tangy Patchouly. Ditto Dana Tabu
or Serge Lutens Borneo 1834
Make sense? Or as much sense as any of our poor verbal metaphors can?