Friday, May 21, 2010

Ninfeo Mio, Ninfea, and D'Ailleurs et Fleurs

Annick Goutal (I guess I'm on an AG streak, huh?) Ninfeo Mio or should it be called Ninfeo Meow? Yep, cat pee.  And not just at one point either.  Guerlain's Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune has a slightly cat pee-ish smell at one point in the dry down phase (I quite like AAP but cannot wear it much because the Moth doesn't like grapefruit at all), but with NM, it went on and on and on, and totally destroyed its gorgeous opening for me.

Profumum Ninfea - and yet another "I have been here before!"  Oh what joy I get when I sniff a fragrance for the first time and I say that to myself.   Notes of rose (of course that's why I like it), violet, honeysuckle and cut grass.  Okay it's another rose-y fragrance, but I want! But at $225 for 100ml, I think not *sobs*

The Different Company D'Ailleurs et Fleurs.  Oh!  Sublime.  And not in a boring way.  Notes:  neroli, petitgrain, hazelnut-and elder-flowers, mandarin, star anise, bigarade orange, soft musk and prune.  It's a 'white floral' which usually makes me sneeze and get headachey.  But  this one pulls it all down with what I'm assuming is the musk and prune, and it's amazingly beautiful.  A masterpiece! NOTE:  but it does fade quickly on me.

photo:  Bougeureau's Mother and Children which actually lives at the Cleveland Museum of Art - I'm so fortunate!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

that SOTD thing

Monday:  Fresh Cannibis Rose.  Kinda a melding of Agent Provocateur (without the provocative-ness) and BBW Sandalwood Rose.  There's a nice greeness in the drydown.  I won't purchase a bottle because I have enough roses that I adore, but this is a nice one, for sure.

Oh! I have never commented about my love for Agent Provocateur.  Well it's all Katie Puckrick's fault.  I watched a video she did, and I thought "hmmm, that sounds right up my alley" and it is!   I am very fond of that high sharp squealing rose that is featured in AP and Creed Fleurs de Bulgarie.  Love it love it love it.  Cannabis Rose has that sharp rose, too.  Wonderful!  But, using KP's terminology, I don't need to go more horizontal in my rose collection at this point.

Tuesday: Diptyque L'Ombre dans L'eau.  I truly love this scent.  I think it's my Ophelia.  Sharp green-ness then a lovely rose.   Right after a spring rain.  This fragrance stays with me for some time, though by mid-afternoon I did have to re-apply.

Wednesday:  Diptyque Jardin Clos.  First up, it's really fresh and beautiful.  But it faded two hours later. And I really slathered it on, too. Sigh.  I should test it against Chelsea Flowers and see what I think.

Thursday:  Annick Goutal Le Chevrefeuille.  I really enjoy the tart bitterness at first blush, and like Eau de Camille, it is full of honeysuckle, which I like.  But as NST states in this review, the lasting quality IS very poor.  Darn it! That is my problem w/both LC and EdC.  Here it is,  only 1:30 p.m., and I have used up my entire sample already.

Friday:  Donna Karan Gold.  A very pleasant fragrance.  Notes of Acacia, Casablanca Lily, Gold Pollen, White Clove, Golden Balsams, Fluid Amber Patchoul, Jasmine Templar.  Yes, it's pleasant, it's very pretty, but not something I want to purchase.

(photo of cow jumping over the moon windchimes by me - last year in the garden.  It's my favourite nursery rhyme and has no reference to any of these scent, I just like the photo!)

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Revisiting L'Ombre dans L'eau and Catholic school

When I sniffed Diptyque's L'Ombre dans L'Eau again, I had another one of those "I know this place."  Could it have been because I already tested it?  I'm not sure, perhaps, but I don't think so, and I'm really intrigued by it.  Here's a lovely review from Perfume Smellin' Things

Then I think of all the samples I sniffed and snorted at, and think maybe if I try it again, they might ring true.  But then I'll be in the same boat as with movies I have already seen or books I have already read...there is just not enough time in one's life for going back very often.

I'm glad I re-sniffed that one, though.

On a semi-hot day last week, I wore Annick Goutal's Encens Flamboyant, which I mentioned before is not very flamboyant but it's, well, it's not annoying to others and very comforting to me.  I like incense.  A LOT!

Then on its heels I tried Comme de Garcons' Avignon.  Oh dear lord in heaven, I adore ye!  And yes, I was raised Catholic - see?
I must purchase a bottle of Avignon by next fall - (though I wish the bottle itself wasn't so bleh looking.)  Here are the notes from  Roman chamomile, cistus oil, elemi, incense, vanilla, patchouli, palisander, ambrette seeds.  And a  review from NST

Even though I am no longer a Catholic, and although I'm not happy with some of the things that are done in the name of any religion, I really loved being raised Catholic and going to Catholic school from first to eighth grade (now the all girls' high school I attended is a whole 'nother story).

But the scent isn't just evocative of Mass.  Or maybe it really is, and I'm okay with that.  I need to wear this more to get to the base of it.  In the meantime, I'm pretty darned pleased!

I also tried People of the Labyrinths A*MAZE.   Well.  Hrmmmm.  Perhaps I need to try this again - a little too sweet at first? Not sure -   I think my nose is tuckered out.

*photo - school photograph of me in third grade*

Friday, May 14, 2010

Opium Fleur Imperiale

This week, a dear friend of mine was rushed into the hospital because she has two brain aneurysms (she is doing quite well now, though will be in the hospital for a few weeks and will have to have a third surgery soon). Coming home from the hospital on Tuesday,  we weren't sure about her recovery- it was touch and go - so I stopped by a mall because I had to get my mind off of serious things.

I ended up buying some Opium Fleur Imperiale.  I'm really enjoying it - it's Opium Lite - and good for this type of weather.  Here's the notes from  "Neroli, Tangerine, Apricot Blossom, Bergamot, Vanilla, Carnation, Myrrh, Osmanthus, Amber, Fresh Jasmine, Patchouli"

While I was at the mall I also quick sniffed Armani's Acqua di Gio, and I kept coming back to it but not enough to want to buy it at this point (mostly because I'm totally broke!).  I also re-tested SJP's Lovely, and I was quite taken with it.  The next perfume purchase just may be a bottle of Lovely.  I was actually wearing Covet that day, btw.

Now that Rose the cat peed on my knitting, and work has slowed down, I guess this means I'll be back testing more samples!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Too busy at work to post much

Too busy these days!  We received new federal funding to disperse, and we're working our tails off!

Hoping to get a perfume post in this coming weekend.

Oh, here's a photo of the summertime scarf I'm knitting when I DO have down-time - I probably won't be finished with it until fall, though!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Creed Fleurs de Bulgarie and quick sniffs

I adore Fleurs de Bulgarie.

I actually can sleep with it (readers know that I have a difficult time with scents at bedtime)!

Here's the notes (from Creed's website): 
  • Top Notes: Bergamot
  • Middle Notes: Bulgarian rose
  • Base Notes: Ambergris infusion and musk
Plus a review

I don't understand "soapy" - some folks have blogged about it being soapy.  *shrugs*  But I am totally and magically in love.

Okay so I'm all about "what does this scent make me feel like?"    I don't think about past times or places specifically, but am romantically transported into now (which is weird, because this scent was supposedly launched in 1845).   If I was done with my perfume journey, I would feel no shame stopping here.  But I'm not done yet, though FdB will be wore by me often in the ensuing months and hopefully years.

Long live FdB!


Quick sniffs:
Cuir d'Iris by Parfumerie Generale.  It's very plastic smelling on me, and reminds me of the Girder and Panel construction set (plastic)-as kids we played with this set in the (musty) basement.

Penhaligon's Bluebell - ouch my head hurts!  What IS it with so many floral-y scents that cause me headache?