Good Saturday morning, dear family. I worked all day yesterday, as a result still am wound up and, dare I say, feeling quite bubbly. Not too bad of a thing for a day off, erm?
30R., I do not start SotD anymore, I know someone from Yourup will beat me by a second, mine from about a month ago is still hanging there with 1 post. LOL Many hugs to you and Ms.Rosebud and mama, hope you all feel a tad better today.
Q., something might have gone haywire: I have never said La Vie est Belle was love at first sniff. N-E-V-E-R! What I wrote was it was quite pleasant and wearable if you are keen on Euphoria and Coco Mademoiselle type of sweet fruit plus synthesized patchouli. I will be not seeking to buy a bottle, but I think the fragrance will appeal to many of the regular mall shopping crowd: young, confident and occasionally wearing PJs in public (you might remember how a few years ago someone at work was very surprised that I owned a pair of blue jeans LOL).
Irises: let's punch a dead horse in the mouth again. IMO, the fad should fade away in 2013, only the lazy have not attempted to recreate the smell of the plant in their offerings. What have not we got, honestly, from a timid fragile wallflower to gilded Fleur de Lys (that many a researcher believe was not a lily to start with) by way of roots and petals? Ramon Monegal Impossible Iris, all facts considered, i.e. emotional response, composition, longevity, development, price, is not worth what they want for it, no matter how sweet and pretty it appears to be, at first application. 1932, and hats off to Mr.Polge for that, in its turn, is an impeccable representation of a bloom with woody accents achieved not through rhyzomes but vetiver and sandalwood instead of cedar found in many other presumably iris fragrances. We all know that type of bourgeoises who do not push forward their confidence and youth(fulness), match their hats to their purses and shoes (somehow choosing the most boring and unpretentious colors like bourgeois beige), and dress simply and quite old-fashioned? That's what 1932 is about -- old money, old values, old treasures. Bijoux de Diamants. The longevity -- and I agree with E. -- is not bad at all, I get about 6 hours from it (and having normal skin, I do not even know why everything lasts on me -- hair perhaps?), the light not "fatty" aldehydes (*khm khm*) with ginger-like dryness contribute to the attention grabbing start, and other florals (soft and gentle, like violets, lily of the valley, fruity sambac) keep one glued to the wrist and the hat still smells of it at the end of the day. This is L-O-V-E. Previously, I went through a bottle of 28 La Pausa, another iris-based Exclusiff, and 1932 is just what I need at the moment.
LOVE and peace to all.