Sunday 2 November 2008
Morning: Profumum Thundra
Afternoon: too many to list!
Evening: Annick Goutal Ambre Fétiche
I stopped by Barneys
and Saks Fifth Avenue
in Beverly Hills late Sunday afternoon. I tried a lot of new things at Barneys
, including most of the entire i Profumi di Firenze
line. The real stand-out was the oceanic fragrance Brezza di Mare
which, along with Farmacia SS. Annunziata dal 1561 Hyle
, gives my favorite oceanic fragrance Profumum Acqua di Sale
a run for its money. There is a watermelon note in Brezza di Mare
which really complements the rest of the fragrance; it's extremely well done. I consider these three to be the best oceanic fragrances currently on the market.
I tried three of the oriental Eaux de Parfum from Annick Goutal
: Myrrhe Ardente
, Ambre Fétiche
, and Encens Flamboyant
. They are all quite good, but especially the Ambre Fétiche
, which is one of the better amber fragrances that I have tried, with an interesting smoky component. It's also quite strong, and lasts forever. I decided to spring for a bottle.
I also tried each of the Byredo Parfums
, Gypsy Water
, and Rose Noir
. Gypsy Water
is an amber-like sandalwood creation that is excellent aside from the fact that it was a bit too powdery in the drydown for my tastes. Pulp
was the most interesting. It hits you with lots of fruit, the most prominent of which is my favorite: fig
. I think there might also be some black currant floating around in there somewhere, but I'm not sure.
I finally tried Jean-Claude Ellena's newer Hermès
creation Un Jardin Après La Mousson
, and liked it very much. This has a much riper melon than the previous two in the Jardin
series, coupled with a very nice marine note. It's being marketed as feminine, which is approximately correct. As much as I enjoyed it, I don't think I could carry it off in a corporate environment. It seems like it would be a real winner for women, however. I brought home a couple of samples for my girlfriend. I'm idly hoping she says she likes it, so I can buy some.Serge Lutens Borneo 1834
was also available for sampling. I'm not a huge fan of patchouli (bad memories from an ex-girlfriend who used to practically bathe in it), so even the tasty chocolate note in this elixir couldn't save it for me.
By the time I was finished at Barneys
, I only had about 20 minutes for Saks Fifth Avenue
, but managed to sample Dsquared2 He Wood
. I was not very impressed. There was a faint cedar note in the background with a fairly uncommon floral top note (maybe violet, not sure). In any case, not bottle-worthy in light of what else is available out there. I thought of impulse purchasing some Tom Ford For Men Extreme
at the last minute, but eventually came to my senses. I spent the last few minutes ogling the bright yellow Ferrari F430 coupe parked by the back door, then went home.