Saturday, February 26, 2011

Coty L'Aimant and Givenchy L'Interdit

(peach bubbles)

Remember when I wrote that I thought I was ready to jump into the bubbly aldehyde pool?
And so many of you were so encouraging, and Olenska sent me sample of L'Aimant and L'Interdit.

I lied.  Well I didn't really lie - I was attempting to encourage myself into that arena.  I was hopeful.

Have to admit - I'm not quite ready. I just cannot get past that fluffy bubbly peachy powdery auntie stuff.  *cries* 

But I love Guerlain's Mitsouko and Chanel # 5 Eau Premiere (haven't done a good test of the original Chanel #5, though)   Perhaps I'm not as hopeless as I thought.

Baby steps.

Olenska's review of L'Aimant and Bois de Jasmin's review of L'Interdit.


  1. Courage, Twin! If you haven't yet tried it, I'll send you a wee sample of Serge Lutens' LaMyrrhe. However "grannyish" and old-fashioned aldehydes might seem in L'Aimant and L'Interdit, they will positively shock you with their space-age modernity in LaMyrrhe. (At least I hope-- else we may have to be evil twins!) :D

  2. I'm trying! We may be twins in all things but aldehydes :( BUT I will give LaMyrrhe a go!

  3. Have never disguised my distaste for aldehydes. Nor do I cast aspersions upon them; they are simply not generally my cup of (burbly) tea.

    I'd take L'Origan and Chypre any day, though. Loves me vintage least certain *smooth* ones. ;)

    I happen to have No. 5 on the back of my hand right now, prompting me (like a cattle prod) to get through a post reviewing Mazzeo's The Secrets of Chanel No. 5. Aldehydes almost always equal soap and headaches to me. My only shots at redemption...or a foot in the far have been Arpege (I think the sandalwood is the winning mediator there) and Muriella Burani (I have no idea why that one should work, if not all the time, a lot of it).

    But hey, you do Mitsouko. I just had my second positive hit in three years of trying that one--and each of the "positives" was a different vintage AND concentration (most recent was a 1970's edc; first was parfum, uncertain of era).

    Tricky business, this. Sometimes I feel like I'm nailing jello to the wall. At least the smelly rewards are generally better than runny gelatinous dessert product. :)

  4. I think you're very brave in tackling the aldehydes but I agree, baby steps might be in order (I know they are for me). :)

  5. I think I'm addicted to aldehydes , love that fizz.Scent Self I adore vintage Coty especially L'Origin. That said, I can imagine aldehydes giving someone a headache luckily for me I think they clear my sinus problems. I can't wear Mitsouko though and don't know what element is giving me the nausea .

  6. If we do end up being evil twins, can I be the one with the monocle & goatee? :D

  7. I love aldehydes! For me Chanel no. 5 - the original - is my no. 1 comfort scent. I've worn it on and off since I was a teenager in the 1980's and I always come back to discover how much I adore it.

    The soapiest aldehyde I own at the moment is probably Madame Rochas - even I find it soapy, but I don't mind, and when the soap gives, wonderful things happen and I'm in perfume heaven.

    Aldehydes aren't for everyone. Like coffee isn't. Or orientals. I will never be really comfortable with orientals, I think. It's not that I don't think they smell nice - it's just that I need to keep them at arm's length. Like a boyfriend once said, "Honey, I always appreciate and love you, but sometimes I prefer to do so from a distance". Fair enough. That's how I feel about orientals.

    I do agree that Eau Premiere is really nice - and I wouldn't mind both it and No. 5 in my collection. It has a playfulness that, admittedly, No. 5 does not.

  8. Ah, good ol' aldehydes. It seems everything I smell these days has bubbles bursting out of the bottles...

    The first time I smelled White Linen, I'm surprised I didn't get whiplash from jerking my head away from the bottle.

    I also quite like Eau Premiere!

  9. SS : 'like nailing jello to the wall" - love it! I'll have to try those other Cotys - thanks for the suggestion.

    Ines, I'll be taking really really little baby steps, that is for sure!!

    Angela, I wish I could 'get' aldehydes, esp those bursting over the top. But alas, I think I have to have my bubbles very tame.

    hahaa Olenska! Of course you can!

    Junelady, I'm all about the orientals - totally! If I come up with lots of cash soon, I would definitely get some Eau P. I like how you describe the 'playfulness' in it!

    JoanE - that's kinda what I did when I tested L'Heure Bleue - I swear I heard my neck crack!

  10. I am afraid that I will forever associate Coty L'Aimant with my local pharmacy where a boxed set sells for about £8, cheek by jowl with the Wet Wipes and the reading glasses for £2.99 a pair.

    But I do like aldehydes in principle, if they are not overdone. My favourite new aldehydic love is Ines de la Fressange (thanks to Muse).

  11. Love Guerlain's Mitsouko and Chanel 5 as well. This is good blog, keep up the good work!!!!

  12. Vanessa, what a great deal if you like peach fizz! ;)

    PS - thanks for your kind words!


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