List of samples:
Aiona's package: (this thread)
Single notes: karo karounde, bergamot essential oil, civet tincture
Scents of the Soul: Morning Blossom, Holy Water, Rose des Bois, African Queen Pink Panther
Asha's package: (for these samples, see this thread)
Single notes: castoreum
Scents of the Soul: Bazaar, African Night, Mona Lisa, Persona, African Queen Black Panther
**************************On Monday, I got a package in the mail. I had been awake for over 24 hours, and had gotten about 1.5 hours of sleep. And yet, I got called back to work that evening. So although I very much wanted to open this package, it had to wait until I got back home.
You see, in parts of North America, it is influenza virus season, RSV season, and rotavirus season. And, my particular part of the world has also a streptococcal pharyngitis "epidemic" as well. So, forgive me if I seem a little crabby or out of sorts. Everyone seems to want a piece of me lately, and I can be very patient, but today, I pretty much blew up at work, and I'm pretty sure I'm on yet another someone's *bleep*-list at the moment.
So, now that things seemed to have calmed down a little bit. . . .
. . . I am ready to sample these scents that Profumo has so generously sent.
moltening started a Social Group called Addicted to Sampling a while back. I joined, and somehow I became part of a group of people who were going to receive a scary amount of samples from Profumo, who is a natural perfumer.
So that is where these samples came from.
Why he chose to give them to us in particular, I don't know. I am horrible with notes (as anyone who reads my reviews can probably attest). And although Asha is part of the group, I have yet to ship them to her! I plan to do that tomorrow (along with sending the samples to the 6 others! Seriously, this is a ****load of samples, people!).
Anyway, although someone asked me to wait until the others receive their samples, Profumo asked me my impressions. I know how he feels. Nothing is more excruciating to an artist than to have one's work. . . IGNORED. Positive, negative. Anything but the cold shoulder! I promise, I did not want to put off sampling! And so, tonight, since I have time (finally), I am eager to get down to it.
This morning, I actually did sample one already. Blossom Green
I have to admit, I smelled it already the night I opened the package. It's hard not to. As I opened the little box that the samples are in, a cloud of citrusy air came at me. Very lovely! But it wasn't until this morning that I was able to get a good sampling.
GREEN. It is green. It's citrusy. And like Montana Parfum d'Homme (red box), it makes me feel a little warm and fuzzy inside. I seriously like it. Yes, it reminds me of the smell of China Airlines' bathrooms. So sue me. But I love the colognes that they put in there for passengers to use. Mix that with the smell of whatever that limp white flower is that they hang on the coat hook, and . . . I don't care if you laugh. . . yes, it transports me to a China Airlines bathroom. My favorite part of a China Airlines flight. Cuz seriously, Russian aerospace engineering needs help. After it dries a little bit (about 3 minutes into it) I get a deeper incense-y smell. And maybe some orris root?
Unfortunately, as with many natural perfumes or so I'm told, longevity is not as good as with partially or totally synthetic perfumes. Before I had even left the house, it was fading. So I brought the vial with me to work. I gotta say, that's the first time I've been to work with a glass perfume vial in my pocket. So all those jokes about Basenotes-members-looking-like-junkies-when-glass-vials-spill-out-of-their-pockets came to mind. Ah well.
But this allowed me to dab a bit more on during the day. It's the citrus part I enjoy the most.