<popping head into the doorway, looking sheepishly at the party> I’m so sorry that I have been the slowest sniffer with this pass! Ugh! I wish I could think of a way to make it up to you folks. This week was unexpectedly brutal, and I just got to try Animale
tonight. I’m sniffing right now as a matter of fact! It’s very yummy…. I’ll write up my notes more coherently and post again soon.
Anyway, my lovely WF
, after sniffing Virginale
, I was disappointed a bit too! I was so excited about it, as you are both right, and I *do* love pure, girly florals like the various Goutals and also many of the relatively unpopular Aqua Allegorias…
I think I bring out the weird chemical note in perfumes sometimes; that, and cumin! Anyway, I really liked the fruitchouli beginning, and I must disclose that I *do* own a partial bottle of Allure Sensuelle! And, just to clarify, I’m not bashing the club girls either!
I had a fun group of girlfriends in college who probably fit that stereotype. .. that’ just not where I am at this point in life.
I’m still trying to figure out the logic behind Capricieuse’
s name. I guess if I had to argue it, I would guess that the switcheroo from the beautiful iris/leather to the wonderful enveloping tuberose with soapy green drydown might justify the name?
Ok, more soon on Animale! I’m really enjoying it so far!!!- - - Updated - - -
I am truly an Animale
lover! It was definitely love at first sniff with Animale. (Hmmm, that sounds kinda gross actually…lol!) The sweet, “old fashioned” richness of the scent bowled me over. It reminded me a little of Arpege, but at the same time, modern with a gummy, fruity, grapelike scent blended smoothly into the classic, creamy florals—perhaps rose, jasmine, ylang ylang? The tuberose became apparent more quickly than with the other two, a lovely, green iteration of the flower. Despite the name, the civet note was woven in lightly, and married nicely with a soapy clean element too. Some powdery notes and the slightest bit of leather rounded out the scent further. It grew sweet and balmy but never became cloying or sticky. The civet note strengthened a bit and a cool, sharp note emerged that I later realized as the “plum” in the fragrance. (I don’t know why this sort of plum always escapes me and at best I sense the coolness/sharpness!) Some wonderful dry grassy herbs, and tobacco made a lovely appearance. Buttery, exotic white flowers (tuberose, ginger flower, jasmine?) and leather were amplified a bit. As it evolved, something light, familiar and delightful struck me and I could not place it immediately, but then recalled reading earlier that immortelle was one of the notes, so perhaps this was the source of my pleasure. The fragrance maintained a very classical, old fashioned feel throughout and the dry down was just as beautiful as the opening and heart; it carried a dry, spicy tobacco, “clean” civet, and warm, amber inflected creamy tuberose until the very end. Longevity on this one was best of all three, and lasted well over 4 hours, though was very light and had no sillage at that point.
I did not get any citrus at all, though various are mentioned in the notes. This is definitely my favorite of the bunch, and it is moving to the top of my buy list. It feels very “me” but I also think this would be fabulous on a man. It is really, really delish.
Thank you, Whitefluffy
, for sharing this very interesting and unique trio, and for this wonderful opportunity! I think I am really going to have to add Capricieuse and a big bottle of Animale to my collection sooner rather than later… Animale also seems back-up-bottle worthy!!! I wonder if Animale will get some more love from a few of the other sniffers coming up… I’m thinking of two in particular!
These lovelies will be in the mail ASAP.