It's been forever since I've worn Dark Rose
, but I thought that plasticky note was an aspect of the oud...
Anyway, yesterday I wore Frapin 1270
Seriously, I have the worst luck with BN favorites. It seems like every time I get a sample of some beloved obscure niche scent that all the more experienced noses here love, I always end up hating it...
On my skin, 1270
was basically a mix of sweet grape and vanilla amber. The grape note wasn't real-smelling - instead, it was that artificial grape soda note made famous by Poison
in the 80's. It took a couple of hours for the faux-grape note to mesh with the gourmand amber, at which point, I could see how they were trying to create a cognac scent, but it really failed on my skin, with the sweet basenotes making the fake grape smell really syrupy, like someone made a pitcher of grape Kool-Aid with way too much sugar and purple powder and not enough water. And then poured it on themselves while wearing an amber perfume.
In the very background, at times, I could smell a pinch of anise trying to create the illusion of booze, and, late in the day after the grape had faded, I could smell a tiny bit of woods in with the vanilla amber. But at no point did I get the exotic spices and boozy woods and coffee and all the wonderful things promised in the notes.
Honestly, my skin tends to make gourmands waaaaaaaay sweeter (which is why I prefer my gourmands tempered with tobacco or woods), so it may very well just be me, or my reaction to that Poison
Oh well, every scent that fails on me is more money in my pocket, and more to go around for everyone else...