Have I told you about the scent of jasmine? Have I spoken about the smell of the sea? The earth is scented. And I perfume myself to enhance what I am. That's why I can not wear a perfume that bothers me. Perfuming is an instinctive wisdom. And like all art, it requires some knowledge of yourself..."
Clarice Lispector ( 1920-1977) - Perfumes da Terra / Earth Perfumes
That's the skinny on the pyramid. Whereas most leather scents are imposed on a chypre accord, this one is basically an oriental with leather overlaid on it. It is a little "heady" at first (I wouldn't say "harsh"). The closest this comes to any floral note is the geranium in the heart, but that's effectively pulled away from any floral associations by the leather, patchouli, and incense context it's given here. The base is a classic oriental accord. While the top is the usual citrus, there is the addition of a little blackcurrant bud note for a more exotic fruity impression. You really need to like a more formal (and slightly quirky) leather fragrance to appreciate Parfum d'Habit. The French name, by the way, suggests wearing it with evening clothes — you know, the black tie outfit — studs, cufflinks, satin facings, cummerbund, and all. (Definitely possible, but not really required!)
Yr good bud,
"Why spend life seeking that which does not satisfy? Why remain a slave, when freedom waits? Let your life shine; illumine the world with your truth!"
Fiat justitia ruat cælum.
Let justice be done, even if the sky should fall. — Lucius Calpurnius Piso Caesoninus Qui nihil potest sperare, desperet nihil.
Let him who can hope for nothing despair of nothing.
Male irato ferrum committitur. It is an evil thing to arm an angry man. —Seneca
Habit Rouge by Guerlain, in honour of my meeting later this evening with none other than Monsieur Jean-Paul Guerlain himself. Visit my blog in the next few days for a write-up of the event.
I am a Jasmine Award winning fragrance critic, amateur perfumer, Basenotes contributor and regular columnist for Esprit Magazine. My perfume guide, Le Snob: Perfume, is published by Hardie Grant. Click on its title for more info.
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Last edited by Rosehavn; 9th September 2010 at 03:14 PM.
+"Do you spray below the waist?"
+"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing,
you will be successful." - Albert Schweitzer
+"All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you." - Dr. W. Dyer