Tee-hee, must paddle Asha toward the right isle with melody and drink.
A is CALYPSO MIMOSA - Calypso St Barth - Christiane Celle
The exotic destination as described on her website: “soft fragrance that reminds the perfumed breeze of the French Riviera when the hills are covered with yellow Mimosas.”
A team effort with Haunani guessing the answer. Thanks to Somerville Metro Man for playing along at home.
I hope you all enjoyed the trip.
Next up B
Oh, geez, I was even thinking of Bobby McFarrin Still, I never heard of this house, so I am sure I'd still be shooting in the dark with my guesses!
Well done Hanauni!
Last edited by Asha; 16th August 2009 at 01:14 AM.
I hadn't heard of it either. It was a blind buy based on the description. I like it! This was her first fragrance she has others some of which I may have to buy or at least sample.
Nothing like hosting a 3x3 to give one excuses to buy smellies.
My initial impressions on Sample B...
conifer such as pine, cypress or juniper
Unisex or masculine oriental
Golden colored juice
I am doing the Homer Simpson donut drool....mmmmmmm
Quarry, I totally agree! The packages were so adorable! I'm loving your analogy!
Wow nice work Haunani!! I would never have guessed that. Should look out for it, I'm loving Sample A!!
Just spritzing Sample B now. Impressions in just a second....
The Calypso Mimosa was lovely - what a good blind buy, whisperingleaves! I enjoyed it very much, and absolutely would consider buying it. And as I told Asha and Jillsy in a PM, they did a superior job of picking out notes, which greatly helped with the solving!
On to B, which I'm sniffing at as we speak...
The honey-colored Sample B started out powerful on the back of my hand. I think I agree with Asha that it is an EDP. I get exotic spices (cardamom for sure, and probably pepper), a mellow citrus like mandarin or orange (or Asha's bergamot). There is wood; I would hazard cedar/cypress and perhaps sandalwood. There is also a toasted or burnt smell to it. And yes to a base that contains amber and vetiver.
For me, this smells like Aomassai meets Theorema! I wasn't sure at first, but now I like it quite a bit. It's gourmand-y.
I agree with Asha that it is likely a men's or unisex fragrance, and that it's probably niche and contemporary.
The summer connection? I don't know. It kind of reminds me of certain smells one might encounter at a fair or a beach boardwalk in an interesting locale. Or something yummy cooking over a campfire? Hmmm...
Whoa! Hefty dose of incense. I smell a bit of myrrh but the majority of the incense is from what I think is frankincense. It's very sweet too with lots of vanilla and maybe benzoin? I think I detect a fair bit of sandalwood, maybe cedar too. Something floral? Rosy maybe.
This one is much harder for me to identify notes! Feels more complex. It was slightly more viscous than A so I'm guessing it's an EdP - also from the yellow colour of the juice. I'm guessing it's niche, rarely ever smell frankincense and myrrh in anything mainstream.
Edit: wow I smell the Aomassai association. The incense is starting to settle down and it's becoming more gourmand.
Last edited by jillsy; 16th August 2009 at 02:32 AM.
Since there is agreement on it, I will confirm niche and edp.
I'll hold off on commenting on notes for a bit.
I disagree that this fragrance is gourmand--I think classic oriental, a form in which vanilla is quite comfortable
It reminds me of a cross between Habit Rouge EDP and Organza Indecence.
I'll also say, this does NOT seem like Serge Lutens or L'Artisan.
Yes, I don't think it's SL or L'A either. I'm getting a bit of a caramelly gourmand note here. But my skin tends to turn everything sweet.
I just got a waft of some other spices - possibly a touch of cinnamon and/or nutmeg. So far, I don't get cumin. There may be an exotic wood in this?
Oh, lol, jillsy I am so opposite--my skin dries things out! But I have 2 papers and my skin going here--in various stages of development. This fragrance is beautiful and complex. Classic sensibility, but with what seems like modern ingredients.
Hanauni, yes, it could have some cinnamon, I agree. Cumin was perhaps hasty on my part, but this frag does have a "sweaty" smell in the top notes.
Oooh, I think I'm getting cardamom now too. Some other spices too but can't place them. Maybe it's cumin. And a very light touch of nutmeg?
Last edited by jillsy; 16th August 2009 at 02:58 AM.
Admit there was something in the top notes that put me off a bit, too. Kinda like something meaty under the spices? So is that maybe cumin? I thought I liked cumin. Hmmm...
I think I'm between the two of you on the sweetening-drying spectrum. I smell the *idea* of burnt sugar, perhaps, but it's not sweet on me.
Asha, what does the paper test tell you that is different from skin? I haven't tried that!
Last edited by jillsy; 16th August 2009 at 03:02 AM.
My skin really likes this frag, and the scent on paper is pretty close to what I smell on my arm. This did not really happen with Sample A, though...so I think it depends on the composition.
Earlier today, I sprayed Sample B on a tissue and left it in the bathroom. When I came back hours later, I smelled a beautiful woody, incense smell.
Yup. I'm starting to get an appreciation for cardamom in perfume too.
Pepper! That's what I was missing. I'm still thinking along the lines of nutmeg/cinnamon too.
Just sprayed it on a tissue and it's much drier! I'm suddenly getting a new green facet, maybe galbanum? Vetiver?
Asha, you are right that cardamom is rather complex. Interesting observation!
Jillsy, I think there's vetiver in there, too.
P.S. Being called to dinner, which includes aioli. I hope the garlic doesn't knock my sniffer out! I will check back 30-60 minutes!
I wonder if that weird note I smelled at the start could be imortelle? It is sweet and weird, but didn't smell like maple syrup or curry, as I expect imortelle to smell...
Sounds delicious, you're making me hungry!!
On the tissue I'm starting to smell lavender and clove also. Anyone else get these?
Well, I do smell something that is bracing and herbal in the top notes. I was thinking it was pine or some other conifer, but lavender or rosemary could also have a similar effect.
Regarding spices...yes, there is a clove-like note. The active ingredient of clove is in alot of things, so it could also be some other spices. Allspice, for example, is like a combo of cinnamon clove and nutmeg, and is also a little peppery. Allspice is also called pimento berry.
Last edited by Asha; 16th August 2009 at 03:30 AM.