Here I am with a fuller report back! Thanks again for all of the wonderful wonderful help. Disclaimers: I didn’t venture into leathers or tobaccos so as not to spread myself too thin. There were also a few limitations due to the decant catalogue of the service where I started my first order. Finally, there is a round (2) coming, you can see where I’m headed at the end….
I am happy to report that DaveStPaul was right – I am an incense girl, which was a joy to discover! And I thoroughly enjoyed playing around with CdG, so thanks for steering me in that direction. Off we go:
Ambre Sultan, Bois des Iles, Caravelle Epicee were victims of my recently emerging sandalwood aversion. I can tell these are otherwise great scents. If this aversion passes I will come back to AS.
Sprung for a bottle of Avignon already! Enjoyed the green incense of Kyoto very much. Upping the incense ante on my next sample round, as you’ll see if you make it to the end of this small novel here.
Hinoki, a gorgeous crisp hardwood, adding it to my full bottle wish list! You know, there are some much-abused turns of phrase in reviews for woody fragrances: “smells like pencil shavings” or “like a sawed off piece of wood.” Which are meant as criticisms but are not often aptly leveled. First, I take those things as a good sign for my tastes, and second, half the time I’m sad to find the fragrance isn’t nearly crisp or singularly woody enough to merit the comment. Hinoki is unapologetically so with a medicinal touch, a winner. I want to try Sugi now too. Sequoia was stately and enjoyable, while striking a kind of “men’s cologne” pose that I couldn’t pull off in extended use. Palisander went to a spicy soapy place that didn’t wow me. If anyone enjoys hardwoods like I am starting to (we should start a listing thread!) I highly recommend Bowmakers by D.S. & Durga. Gifted to me at Christmas I am quite pleased, and this woman can pull it off with the spray. Something about my dabbed sample made me second guess if it was too masculine, but in the spray the mahogany/maple opens up and around more fully from behind the lacquer/resin layer.
In the Slumberhouse camp I thought Sova was wild, like a fermented batch of raisins in hay. Preferred Norne, and was surprised to find it had a slight sweetness, like a touch of sap, instead of the astringent pine blast I expected. But lord is that juice viscous! My arm was green tinged and sticky! Can someone with a spray version assure me they don’t ruin clothes with this?! Haha.
I liked both Vetiver Tonka and Fat Electrician. VT is certainly well done and had a bracing, tangy cleanliness to it that I want to revisit when the snow clears and my grassy green appetite returns. FE struck me as better for warm weather, with the resins and vanilla. I owe it a second run to make sure it doesn’t go too sweet on me but I think the other ingredients temper it. I seem not to get along with L’Artisan perfumes in spite of their renown - Timbuktu was polished and put together, while I am not. I don’t know what keeps this fragrance from grabbing me, the listed notes sound fabulous. The mango? A puzzle.
Eloge Du Traite went to a celery place. I couldn’t shake an image of talcy belly lint while sniffing Nombril Immense, blame the name. Would warm it up a bit if I could, and am extending my search into patchoulis now because there is definitely promise here. Black Cashmere was classy, elegant, and cozy – for when I want to pretend I’m not a scrubby 28 year old, but rather my step mom.
ROUND 2 has been ordered and I am pumped!!!
Serge Lutens: Gris Clair, Incense et Lavande, Borneo
Norma Kamali Incense
Profumum: Patchouly, Olibanum
Jayne Oromonde Woman
Guerlain Songe d’Un Bois d’Ete
Miller Harris La Fumée Arabie
… and a few others