After purchasing a few too many bottles of perfume recently, and having been in a few swaps, I have decided to really test some samples. And I have.
I really really really REALLY wanted to love Heely's Ophelia - who doesn't love this Waterhouse painting?
And THIS painting by Millais?
I want to find a scent that makes me feel like I'm this type of girl - waifish, peaches and cream skin, dainty (btw, everything I'm not). Let's forget about the suicidal part of the story here, okay folks? Just for now.
But the scent - well it is delightful at first spritz (here's the notes according to theperfumedcourt "Ophelia features a gorgeous blend of jasmine, ylang ylang and tuberose touched with fresh notes of Italian orange and green flower stems") but unfortunately it becomes too sweet/syrupy and flat on my skin.
So I tried a few fragrances by Annick Goutal.
Eau de Charlotte - it's nice, but the dry down smells like baby powder.
Eau de Camille - very beautiful honeysuckle at first and quite enjoyable, but also not very memorable. Though I am going to give this one another try.
Folavril - I actually loved it at first (shocker!) but oh dear, then it smells like hairspray and soap. And I couldn't quite figure out what soap it reminded me and then A HA! I think it smells like Fuzzy Wuzzy soaps (you know, those soaps that grew fur?)!
Oh dear again.
So I guess I'm back to the dark side. Although AG's Myrrhe Ardente was for me too syrupy sweet (hmmm, again?) at first, and then a dull dry down.
Encens Flamboyant - not much in the way of flamboyant, that's for sure, and the incense is very thin, but I wouldn't throw out a bottle if someone gave it to me.
Mandragore. OH! I found an AG I actually would want to buy! Of course it would have to be this one - bergamot, pepper, star anis, ginger and mandrake.
But I'm still all melancholy because I want to smell like the vision of those girls in those paintings. But I find comfort in the fact that I do adore La Chasse aux Papillons - my only true girly-perfume I love.