First I can say that I bought the whole sample set in March and they were just lovely to deal with. They have since upgraded the sample packaging from charming to drop dead gorgeous, raised the price a bit and simplified international ordering. The line as a whole is lovely and while I wouldn’t buy them all, I disliked none of them. The website gives good descriptions of each including full pyramids.
Cribbing from my testing notes, here are some impressions
first try 3/25/07- settles right away that Champaca note is not a problem- must be something else in the generic nag-champa incense that I can’t bear. This is very nice and has a furry feel, not sure if I feel strongly enough about it to buy it
\t6/25- nice notes but not assertive or lasting enough for me
4/15 – This one says fresh, sweet and fruity very fast. So tropical it could come with a tiny umbrella, nice dash of lime. While I wouldn’t dare tell anyone else what to wear based on their age, the opening on this does clearly feel too young for me. It pretty quickly morphs into a languorous and heady white floral. My nemesis, the tuberose, has been somehow smacked into civility. It is splendid outdoors on a crisp sunny day and the base peeping through is beautiful. Not at all my usual style, but quite a ride and well worth another try before I make up my mind.
ISFARKAND pour homme
1st -tried on Fritz evening 3/23- yeah and looking at notes, what’s not to like!-in the running for a bottle
2nd and 3rd- always nice on Fritz
\tI’ll include my impressions but can’t fairly review this one-
tried a very small amount 4/5 and I think hemlock is at least part of the problem w OJ Woman, but I can still pretty much smell this- but a did notice something between pine and cedar do kind of a clean sweep on my sinuses
night 7/21- I can’t quite feel this knocking out my perception, but I can not really smell it properly either
I’m including these notes, but try it yourself! I think these reactions are entirely specific to me.
Will have to retry- tried it at bedtime 2/1/07 and it seemed more to remove all odors and leave an incredible clarity- with a very faint and lovely afterwhiff. Nose is sore and I am getting a cold , but this doesn’t make sense- will revisit
Retried 3/2/07- Damn, I know I would love this if I could smell it, but I’ve pretty substantially documented that the bulk of this perfume hits at least one of my specific anosmias. I can feel it hit my nose- kind of a slight searing but I find faint with my wrist to my nose while my daughter can smell it as strong from across the room. Odd, very odd
2x – I really want to love this and just can’t. There is something about this one that short circuits my nose. By the notes, I’m thinking it is the grass oil or the black hemlock, because I recognize and can smell everything else listed. Very odd in that daughter can id as very strong and I can barely smell it, while at the same time I can sense something missing and feel it lightly searing my nose
1x- night 3/25- very appealing but I can’t tag what this reminds me of. It is my early favorite of the line.
2x-5/27- wore to Folklife, persistent and deep, appealing and rather mysterious. It lasted all day and stood up to the Sequoia that I was testing on my husband.
3x-finished sample to go out dancing- shortlisted.
1-night 4/1/07- very fresh and citrusy- didn’t notice the pimento or base, thought I smelled a bit of coffee and vanilla at one point- I either like davana or osmanthus, not sure which- might be a bit too clean and simple for me to really love
2-tested with TDC Osmanthus and Hermes O. Yunnan- like the Hermes best
6/6- I don’t think the grass oil is a problem but I’m not entirely sure. I find it opens very light, but I like the way the floral (jasmine?) comes out.The magnolia in this does not resemble L’Instant’s. Need to check again.
tried night of 4/27- lovely sweet rose, well balanced and framed. Need to retest with other roses.
First tried night of 3/28- Very warm and cozy oriental, sweet in a very woody- resiny way. I get a bit of caramel and or chocolate.
Didn’t keep notes on the next two wears, but this one is short listed.