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    Default Sample of the Day - May 2013

    Having done no sampling whatsoever last month, today l've started getting back on track with Lemon Cloud by Roca Parfums.

    This one opens with a lovely, juicy lemon note, with a sugary undercurrent. Over the first twenty minutes, the lemon fades, & a very authentic meringue accord comes to the fore. One hour in, the lily of the valley note lends a white floral aspect, & in the drydown l detect neroli, a clean white musk & a not-too-sweet vanilla. The projection is low, but it lasts a good six hours before fading to a skin scent, & is still detectable after ten hours.

    This didn't quite have the lemon meringue pie vibe that l hoped for, as the pastry is missing, but if you're looking for a light gourmand suitable for warmer weather, you could do a lot worse than this.
    "What is this secret connection between the soul, and sea, clouds and perfumes? The soul itself appears to be sea, cloud and perfume..." - from Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis.

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    Nice review. Thanks for the info.

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    Default Re: Sample of the Day - May 2013

    Thanks sjg, & you're welcome!

    Today l sampled Eccelso by Profumum.

    ln the opening l get a whiff of smoke, a very light touch of bergamot, a little spice & wood, & hints of patchouli & labdanum beneath. Then ten minutes in, l get a distinctly animalic leather note. This is not mentioned in the notes lists l've seen, nor in any of the few reviews l've come across, but on my skin the heart of this fragrance is a smoky, powdery, soft leather, & really a most enjoyable surprise. l don't get the listed magnolia note, except for a mere suggestion of floral creaminess, which is gone almost as soon as l detect it. From this point it slowly dries down to a mossy ambergris base, still projecting softly after five hours.

    For me this is primarily a comforting & very nice quality leather fragrance, & although it's listed here as a masculine, l would say ladies can easily wear it too.

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    Today (Monday 13th) l got around to popping into Lush to try out two of their latest lineup on skin. These were the two l was most interested in after reading about them; l didn't sniff any of the others as l didn't want to be overwhelmed, but l may get around to them at some point.

    Furze is a greenish, figgy coconut, eventually drying down to a soft vanilla. lt's a nice, beachy scent, but it strikes me as a scent more suited to a body product than a perfume. Six hours in it is still detectable on my skin.

    Sikkim Girls is an entirely different animal. lt opens with a jasmine & tuberose accord reminiscent of several other white florals l've tried, but as it warms on the skin, it becomes ferociously animalic & dirty, thanks to a huge dose of indoles from the frangipani. This is a real old-school floriental with a naughty side, in an eighties powerhouse style, with projection to match! From here it very slowly calms down, & sweetens slightly around four hours in, still just there after six hours. l am mightily impressed with the audacity of this one. For a high street store to be selling something this far removed from the current mainstream takes a lot of confidence, & a heck of a load of cheek. l love them for it!
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    "What is this secret connection between the soul, and sea, clouds and perfumes? The soul itself appears to be sea, cloud and perfume..." - from Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis.

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