Moondeva and Quarry -- Thank you as always for your knowledge, insight and wonderful, pragmatic sense! How lucky we all are to have you both among our Basenotes family!
Fruity notes are traditionally my least favorite (with the possible exception of cherry and plum blossoms and blackberry/raspberry notes) -- anyone have any suggestions for me? I tend to be a woody/floral/oriental gal myself... But am always looking to expand my horizons!!!
Moondeva in particular, but anyone else feel free to chime in: I find myself drawn into a bit of a love-hate relationship with Patou's Sira des Indes... and I suspect the conflict in my soul is over the banana accord. On today's Fruity Sniff & Speak: Help?!?
Anyhow, for today's Sniff & Speak, I chose two. One from my collection, and one from my current obsession (as a Boston-area fragrance junkie who's finally nailed the local custom perfumer having released a retail line AT LAST!!!!)
On left side:
Ilana Jivago's 7 Notes
: fruity pear and mango, floral orchid, jasmine and lotus, cinnamon, amber, sandalwood, and musk. Which is, of course, more than seven notes, but only if you count the individual listings, not how they're separated by commas!
On right side:
Neil Morris Fragrances Coral
, which was sent with my sample pack of all six currently available NMF scents (the folks at NMF say Coral will be released on the web site later this spring). No description currently available, but for me it is a tropical fruit bonanza, and while I don't like tropical fruit, this is still a nicely constructed scent, IMO.7 Notes
was a gamble for me: I'd bought the fragrance blind for several reasons: I'd smelled Jivago 24K, and while it was not at all for me (because of all the jasmine and tuberose together - a truly deadly combination for me
), I could tell she knew what she was doing as a perfumer; I was trying to find a scent I could wear that had jasmine in it, but NOT as a primary note, since I tend to kill all such scents (or more accurately, they smell funereal on me... it's JASMINE plus whatever else there might be in the scent, never mind that the jasmine is supposed to be in the background); and I was looking for something a little lighter than my favorites (which tend to be patchouli/incense/opoponax/amber heavy) for the warmer weather.
I think 7 Notes
is an underestimated winner. The pear note came up on me very elegant and a bit sweeter than I expected, almost more apple than pear. And for those who may be avoiding this frag (as I was) for the tropical fruit/mango note: on me, the tropical note is both subtle and fleeting. Really a support rather than a front-runner. And the amber/sandalwood/musk base is, in my opinion, perfect. I hope to wear this one more often this spring and summer. It's a pleasure. I also think it's available on many of the discounted online sites. Go for it, friends!!!
As for Neil Morris Fragrances Coral
, I have to state at the outset that I really do NOT like tropical fruit scents, which Coral most definitely is. However, I can recognize a well-constructed fragrance even if it's not for me. I think Coral
is such a one.
Coral was sent to me along with my sample pack of all six currently available NMF scents (the folks at NMF say Coral will be released on the web site later this spring). While no description currently available, but for me it is a tropical fruit bonanza.
I am flying blind here, but here's what I smelled: an orange/other citrus opening, that almost immediately was accompanied and then overtaken by some sort of tropical fruit bonanza - passionfruit, then mango/papaya, and coconut! Like suntan oil coconut. I also get some vanilla, possibly sandalwood, and at one point, I swear I smelled lime jello (fleeting). To me, Coral
is sheer tropics, with lots of palm trees, tropical fruits and suntan oil. Summer vacation (for some) in a bottle!