Wednesday, September 26, 2012

weather turning and spicy roses

Monday: Gorilla Perfume at LUSH - The Smell of Weather Turning.  I really wanted to like this one better. Probably because I expected more dirt and wet, and less mint or something. The weather where I live doesn't turn this way.  (The dry down is really nice, though.).  Check out a marvelous review of this by Olenska here at Parfumieren.

Tuesday:  I haven't sampled Le Labo Patchouli 24 until now. And please know that I do not know which formulation I have, although after reading this post by Gaia, I'm assuming it's the/a newer version.   First impressions is that it is a sweetish smokey patch. Unlike some reviews I have read, this does not shout out very loud on me, and actually falls away from my skin fairly quickly. Here's another review, this time from Michael.

(I add to this post each day so if my syntax is confusing, that's one of the reasons why.  Another reason is because I'm a sloppy writer ;)

I'm also putting on some Rose 31. Okay now this is the stuff!!  A wonderful spicy spicy spicy warm rose, and absolutely perfect for this weather.   Cloves, pepper, and oud?  WHAT!?! I swore to myself that I would not touch any oud for another year or so.  I had big silly plans to go all oud in the future, sort of a "I'm too late but aren't I funny that I'm bringing back oud when everyone is sick of it" kind of thing.  You know, bringing oud-y back.  Sigh.

I'm testing it against Eau d'Italie Paestum Rose (PR is sweeter and more rosey), L'Artisan Voleur de Roses (VdR is lighter/fresher) and Czech & Speake Dark Rose (DR is fruiter and marble floor-ish - I know that makes no sense to anyone but me, esp since I do not believe there is fruit or marble in the notes.).   I actually really like and/or love all of the perfumes mentioned here.  I'm just thinking a decant of  Rose 31 may be in my near future.

Wednesday: Cool and rainy. Going with another Le Labo, my well-loved Labdanum 18.

Giveaway!   There is no rhyme or reason for a giveaway other than the fact that I have never done it before.  So if one lucky reader wants a 3 ml decant (or three 1 ml decants) of anything in my list of full bottles and my large decants, post something below.  I made it easy - there is no 'captcha' anymore.  But your response may take some time to show up as I moderate them now.  The last day to reply is TOMORROW,  Thursday September 27th by 5:00 p.m. EST  (USA only, sorry)

(leaves turning in front of our house)

18 comments:

  1. That would be really disappointing to me to expect wet leaves and get mint instead! There is no way mint says 'autumn' to me.

    You have some real treasures in your stash- if I win, I'd have to try and decide between Mitsouko (which I've never smelled) and Chypre, which I once had but don't anymore, and would love to try and make something like it. Where did you get your bottle of Chypre?

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    1. Howdie Laurie!! You could get both the Misouko AND the Chypre as you could get 2 mls of one and 1 ml of the other. I got the Chypre on Ebay, actually.

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  2. I love giveaways. I'm amazed that you find Voleur de Roses light and fresh. It smells like a damp moldy basement on me. It smelled okay on paper but once it hit my skin it morphed into a major scrubber. I had smelled it on someone else and it was beautiful and that's why I wanted to try it. Chemistry I guess.

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    1. ooh so glad you posted, then. I have had this blog for 2 and a half years and have never done one. I better do more, too.

      VdR is lighter and fresher to me than Rose 31; sorry if I was confusing!

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  3. Carol, I'm not commenting to enter the draw (but being in Blighty I'm excluded anyway - sniff!) but my recollection of Patchouli 24 was that it was intensely smoky. Not quite Tauer Lonestar Memories, but in a similar spirit. Perhaps it has been reformulated but I haven't tried it for ages. I liked Rose 31 but sadly my sample was dropped in a work toilet a couple of years ago (don't even ask...)

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    1. howdie Michael - yeah, Patch 24 is very smoky and a bit like Lonestar Memories. It just doesn't last one me. Phooey.

      Okay, I don't ask, but I sure do want to! ;)

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    2. I suppose I am one of those sad individuals who stashes perfume at work and applies it in the work toilets. It is easy to drop those vials... At least the loo smelt good for a few days!

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    3. oops! Well a good smelling loo is a great thing. And I think a bunch of us stash perfume at work.

      BTW, Monica is doing a Rose 31 split on FFF....

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  4. I haven't tried any of the scents you mention above, so much sniffing left for me to do! I've been wearing OJ Ta'if and MPG Amber Precieux this week. Also tried MDCI Peche Cardinal and Tauer Zeta, the latter which I think will be good for summer. Your FB collection looks lovely--hope to build mine up to that size one of these years! Thanks for the draw!

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    1. hello and welcome Christine! So glad you posted.

      I have to admit that after sniffing MDCI Rose de Siwa and finding it so darned amazing, I'm afraid to try any more of that line. So good, so expensive. Though the Peche sounds lovely. BTW, other than Ta'if, I haven't tried the others you mentioned!

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    2. Turns out I am not liking Peche Cardinal as much as I thought I would. I do need to give it a couple more tries, though. The Amber Precieux I bought a decant of since some of the bloggers described as, I think, a dead-center amber--I thought it would be a good baseline for trying ambers, and I'm quite enjoying it! The others I received in swaps from the NST swap meet--I made three swaps from that and am trying quite a few new things! Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine this evening--very realistic blood orange cut with the bitter pith; I am liking this one a lot!

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    3. Well in one way, Christine, thank goodness you didn't like the MDCI as much - you dodged a pricey bullet! hehee!

      I love Orange Sanguine. It is just soo perfect on a hot day, and just as an all-around mood lifter!

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  5. No need to put me in the draw, but just wanted to say your post is a great companion to the rose post on the Perfume Posse. Seems everyone is coming up roses lately ;) (Sorry, I couldn't resist!) I wore Une Rose Vermeille a few days in a row last week, which is almost unheard of, so count me into the rose club.

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    1. Hey Nat! I didn't even think of that post from Posse when I wrote it - I had just found the sample of Rose 31, and since I'm a huge fan and hadn't even tried that one yet...well there you go! Or maybe it was in the back of my mind.

      Hurrah for the rose! Oh and URV - so beautiful and perfect for this cool weather we're having in my area. I love that one esp during the winter holidays for some reason. Or when I'm watching historical dramas. ;)

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  6. Put me in the draw, I never win at this.

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    1. Hello Barbara!! I tend to never win giveaways either, but you never know. Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. Too late for the draw (hey, I wouldn't have qualified anyway) but I'll join you in love for the dark, dirty roses. But they've got to be REALLY dark a la Parfum Sacre before my skin can do its thing. Paestum Rose is part of my September sample order and I'm looking forward to trying it.

    And the whole "Let's Talk About Oud, Baby" several years after the fact? That was MY plan. Still haven't even dipped my big toe in the oud-y waters.

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    1. like minds, Dionne! Perhaps we could do a joint blog effort bringing oud-y back! ;)

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