Let me see, okay Sunday was the first time I spritzed on Les Nereides Opoponax.After doing a little research on this fine fragrance, I read somewhere that someone mentioned that at first blush this smells like chlorine. I don't really get the swimming pool vibe off of Opoponax, but perhaps it's the benzoin.
Nope I don't think it's that because doesn't benzoin smell vanilla-y? The notes of Opoponax are opoponax (sweet myrrh), amber, vanilla, sandalwood, benzoin and citrus. I get a a lemony citrus, which is delicious and adds a bit of acid to the otherwise sweetness of this scent. Can you tell I'm watching too many cooking shows?
Then Monday came around. My sister M and her family came into town on their way to vacation in Chicago. Remember my post about attempting to make L'Air de Rien my semi-signature scent? Well that didn't work! I wore Annick Goutal Mandragore. Perhaps because I was thinking of her two young sons and Harry Potter, and that mandrake connection or something. Or perhaps because someone on Facebook Fragrance Friends just wore it. We had a nice lunch and off they went, up the road to Chi-town.
But Monday night, I was itching to sniff Les Nereides Opoponax again. Dear me, I like this. A LOT. I did some more reading, and someone else said s/he gets a whiff of Playdoh from it. Hmmm not me, but there IS something in there that's weird (but in a good way). What is that?
Tuesday. Yep you guess it, LN Opoponax again.
Wednesday, Le Labo Iris 39.
Thursday, sampling Santa Maria Novella Opoponax. Listed as a cologne, I can see where folks may think that this one is slightly more masculine than the Les Nereides. The SMN is a bit bitter, but that is its beauty. I read on basenotes that James Joyce was heard to prefer opoponax scents. I think I'm becoming an opoponax freak! Unfortunately for me (or fortunately because I cannot afford another love) this one fades very very very quickly from my skin.
Thursday evening : another Writer's Creativity Salon night - of course I just had to wear Coty Chypre. Oh yes, Dorothy would have been proud.
It's Sunday again, and I really need to end this post - I can see it going on and on and on, but I really don't know how to end it and I'm getting nervous about not knowing how to end it and I have a headache coming on, so I'll just thank Christos for the Opoponax samples and type: THE END.