Tuesday, August 31, 2010

DL&Co "Angels Trumpet"

Oh dear - I'm  *gasp* becoming a girly girl!

No not really - ha!  But I am really enjoying Angels Trumpet.  I believe that Carol at WAFT by Carol gave me this sample, and I want to thank you very much.

From their website:  "FRAGRANCE: angels trumpet absolute, french tuberose, woodland mushroom.
This is an unusual and rich scent which offsets the heady scent of Angel’s Trumpet Absolute and French Tuberose against an earthy and delicate scent of Woodland Mushrooms. This sweet and earthy blend, Angel’s Trumpet, has been a best-selling signature scent since it was introduced because of its unusual balance, richness, and exotic notes.

The sweet and the earthy are perfectly mixed to my nose.  This fragrance is not too shrill at all (something I often have a difficult time with florals).  Good sillage, but doesn't last that long on my skin.  Yet all in all, I recommend it!

Gorgeous - just gorgeous!  And I just received compliments from co-workers.

Note:  I actually grew a Brugmansia/Angels Trumpet plant a few summers ago.  But I didn't take care of it over the winter and it, the Angels Trumpet of Death, indeed died.

photo from www.finegardening.com

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Tocca "Stella"

I had to man a booth for my work yesterday at the county fair.  I was being paired up with someone I didn't know - so I had to think carefully what perfume to wear.

Looking through my samples, plus seeing a notification about a new Tocca scent, made me choose Stella which I picked up at a Sephora store as a sample awhile ago.

From Tocca's website" As impetuous and moody as a rebellious young Italian beauty, Stella attracts your senses with blood orange and spicy lily. A flirtatious combination of white freesia, wild diamond orchids, sheer musk and sandalwood create a fresh, sensual fragrance."\

Oh.  Okay.

It's a bit annoying to me at first - too 'girly' floral or something.  It is all in your face 'oooh I am cute and 'impetuous'!" And she IS cute though not quite impetuous.  But a good choice to be at that fair for 4 hours with someone I didn't know.

On the way back home, I sniffed my wrist and I was pleasantly surprised how nice the final dry down is.

Stella may have wanted to wear this fragrance, but I'm betting Blanche wouldn't.

Monday, August 16, 2010

how I love thee Andy Tauer (Carillon Pour un Ange)

My previous post mentioned that I do tend to be biased regarding perfumers and houses. 

I adore Andy Tauer.  Everything I read about him and by him makes me like him more and more, and his fragrances are wonderful.  I own a sample or a bottle of everything he has done so far with the exception of Orange Star.  And although Lonestar Memories is a scent I rarely wear, I do admire it.

Carillon Pour un Ange. I was a winner of a full bottle of this beautiful stuff from Elena from Perfume Shrine! Thank you again!  I have been wearing it off and on all week long. 

From his website, I quote ""Building a fragrance with lily of the valley singing in spring was a wish since I started making perfumes. Carillon pour un ange is my tribute to this wonderful forest treasure. It is a green choir of flowers. Enjoy!"  And enjoy I do.

Notes of lily of the valley, rose, ambergris, jasmine, leather..

The opening is absolutely splendid - fresh and green.  The lily of the valley doesn't fade, and stays for a long time and doesn't disappoint. 

There is a part in the drydown that I must admit is too 'masculine' for me - perhaps the leather?  But it doesn't last long as the fragrance then settles into an oddly lovely mesh of floral and earth.

BTW, The scent doesn't at all capture Swedish Angel Chimes in case you were wondering (which I have always wanted to own for holiday decorations)

Lily of the valley - the plant does look like bells for angels - or fairies!