Hello "Pass the Parcels" friends:
I have just finished testing the samples that Doc Elly sent as "my" contribution to the circle. I very much enjoyed these fragrances, and I'm anxious to read your reviews on them. There are 5 Orchid scents, 4 "Scents of Place", and 5 "Perfumer's Perfumes". I have tested two at a time, usually in the evenings, one on each wrist using a small dab of each. Doc Elly kindly provided a description of each scent, and since I am still training my nose to recognize the notes in fragrances, I read each description as I tested. I am only going to mention the notes that I could identify, though - most of you, if not all, will be better than I am at this. The longevity was fairly good on me - almost every scent lasted 3+ hours with only a small amount. I'm pretty sure I would have to apply sparingly with a spray. While each scent was pleasant (no scrubbers for me!), there were several that drew my particular attention, and so I will summarize those here.
Red Cattleya - a fruity floral fragrance whose notes of melon and peach really appeared on my skin. Sweet and tasty, this was a lovely floral scent for me.
Golden Cattleya - Oh my. This was gorgeous. Very warm and sunny, I could smell a faint-but-long-lasting orange note, and I'm pretty sure it was the narcissus that dominated the floral. I really enjoyed this scent, sweet but as golden as its name.
Siam Proun - I love greens and florals, particularly roses, and this was a delicious mix of both. Very fresh-smelling herbs (rosemary and basil, I think) over the rose note, each of which lasted all the way through the life of the scent. This is a very intriguing and delicious scent, in my humble opinion.
Fleurs de Glace - not because it doesn't smell good, but because it disappeared almost immediately. There was a very sharp note for a few moments and then nothing but a pleasant, faint watery vanilla scent.
Scent that made me go "hmmmmm....":
Little Stars - Okay, I'm a girly girl. I (almost) always have my toes painted, I love shoes with heels and sparkly flip flops and dangle-y earrings. You will never catch me with out my mascara. You get the idea. So when I smelled this fragrance, totally woods with a hint of spice on my skin, I really paid attention. This was a thoroughly masculine fragrance to me - I didn't get a single floral note, just woods. LOTS of woods. But it was interesting and intriguing. Opened my eyes, you might say. I'm not saying that Doc Elly intends this as a "guy" fragance, but that's how it came across to me. I have not yet intentionally sampled a fragrance marketed to males, but now I will be looking forward to seeing how the samples that come my way work on my skin. Huh. Who'd have guessed?
Most likely to be a Full Bottle buy (or at least a sample for more testing):
I am really torn between Golden Cattleya and Siam Proun, but if I had to choose, I think it would be Siam Proun. This is the one that I kept smelling every minute or two until I went to bed. With only a single small test, this is the one that is most interesting to me, because it has those prominent greens with a recognizable rose.
A note about the "Scents of Place" - to me, each of these really evokes the location that it is intended to represent. See what you think!
I will be sending this packet on to Hillaire, and will be anticipating each participant's reviews to compare to mine. Doc Elly, a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Thank you!