Originally Posted by easyfish
..............from a sample.
my next purchase, before the end of july, hopefully. i wonder how it behaves in hot weather (not that we are having any).- - - Updated - - -
OK, just came back from Fenwick, have Vol de Nuit edt on one wrist, Equipage on the back of the palm (left hand) and Encens Flamboyant on the other wrist and Royal Oud on the back of the palm (right hand). And the winner is: Equipage! For me, this is the most refined, distinguished, understated of the 4, a throwback to a bygone era and oh, the name is sooo right, so evocative, so fitting.
Encens Flamboyant - nice but nothing special and not too much incense so to speak (have tried it in cold weather, same effect), for an Annick Goutal fragrance is quite disappointing.
Royal Oud - there is no oud first of all, just smoke (Russian black tea anyone?)! I will stick with Tea for Two, thank you very much. It is still the one that I like the most from the house of Creed, and that says a lot about my opinion and views of the 'quality level' of their fragrances (WAY overpriced marketing gimmick), I'd rather get Body Shop's Amber Oud for £8.
Vol de Nuit - I know this one gets a lot of love around here but for me it is a floral shimmering powder, kind of like a very expensive white veil worn by an elegant, 60's -70's something Italian woman covering/masking her head and face, it reminds me a lot of the expensive 'fond de teint' powder that my mom used to use (you know the kind, black lacquered box), I don't want to use the expression 'old lady perfume' but that's definitely the image that I get, and I KNOW I'LL GET LYNCHED FOR SAYING THIS. Still, I think it would smell great on women (mature, this is not a 'young' perfume) and I think it's definitely one of those 'women only' perfumes but any man that can pull this one off is a god in my eyes (skin chemistry is essential I believe).
as I write this, I see Oswald Boateng passing by my window followed by Bill Nighy!!.. OB has his shop just around the corner and Bill Nighy has his office somewhere close, or so I've heard.