Monday, February 25, 2013

Mojo Magique

The lovely people at Mojo Magique (from Louisiana) sent me a sample of their perfume and I have been wearing it for the past few days.  I have to say I was completely surprised by this, as I was expecting a dark and heavy perfume (because I didn't research the fragrance at all before I received it in the mail, and thinking about the words 'mojo' and 'magic' and 'Louisiana').

"Enchanted with magical notes of Nature, Magique awakens with fresh citrus, 
floats on flowers of Jasmine and Lily of the Valley, then arrives in the mysterious woods
 of patchouli, cedar, and sandalwood"

Top:  Lemon, Grapefruit, Mandarin
Heart:  Muguet, Fig, Jasmine, Lavender
Base:  Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Pepper, Anise, Cinnamon.

At first spritz, I get 4711.  And then the deeper notes dip in and out.  This fragrance is very fresh and pretty. No cloying jasmine or lily of the valley; the notes play very well together.  Lasting power is good, too.

I really like it, even though like I said I had expected something much bolder, louder, and sweatier (which as you all know, is more my style).  Although I'm wearing it now, in the dead of winter, I can see myself reaching for this a lot in the heat of the summer.

So, if you're a fan of 4711 and want a perfume with a little more depth and personality, definitely try this one.  I am glad I did.   You can get a free sample from their website here (you only pay shipping).  Now only if they would offer this in 50 ml bottles.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Negative Reviews

Let's talk about negative reviews, and if you think negative reviews are helpful.

In my opinion, a negative review can be a blogger stating that a perfume simply doesn't work for them, is boring, is another repeat performance by a house,  is not understandable, or a perfume simply not up-to-standards.

The majority of perfumes that I absolutely adore are ones that transport me.   Ones that bring me to places I have been, or never been, or have dreamed about.  That make me cry or smile or blush.  Memories of my grandmother.  An afternoon from my childhood.  A sticky rainy day in a second-hand shop in Paris in the 60s.*

So if a perfume doesn't move me, I usually don't like it. I don't have a good nose (meaning I have difficulty picking out notes, knowing if something is synthetic or not, etc.) - there are other bloggers out there that have the ability to discern much better.  But perfume for me is mostly about emotion.  (There are perfumes I have on hand that I like a lot - that don't transport me - but that I have on hand for days when I don't want to be moved...sometimes I need to be still.)

Reasons why I like negative reviews?  Well mostly it's a money and time issue.  I follow other perfume bloggers closely that I have similar reactions to with regard to perfume.    If a blogger, who I have been following, who I like what they like a lot of the time, writes a negative review, I will probably not worry about exploring that fragrance.  Again, I have little time and money to spend on things that I may not and probably won't enjoy, be moved by, or understand.

And admittedly, it is easier to be negative about big houses than smaller independent type perfumers.  Like it is easier to post something a bit nasty on Facebook about, say, a chain store than to say something snarky about your local artisan baker, esp if that artisan baker is your pal.

Sometimes negative reviews are pretty darned witty.

I would love to hear what you have to say on this subject.

*Serge Lutens Sa Majeste la Rose, L'Artisan La Chasse aux Papillons, Miller Harris L'Air de Rien
Painting by Mark Rothko

Friday, February 1, 2013

Two from Les Nereides, one L'Artisan, one Jacomo

As you may well know, I'm ga-ga over Les Nereides' Opoponax and Patchouli Antique.  I'm also super happy that this line is affordable which probably helps me love them more.

So I had to try their other two offerings on LuckyScent - Douceur de Vanille and Oriental Lumpur.

Douceur de Vanille.  This one is so goofy, that I have to love it. Vanilla, almond, and star aniseed (with some rose and a light dash of cocoa)   Soft plastic baby doll with vanilla infused baby powder smelling quirkiness.  I adore it.

Oriental Lumpur is a toned down, more earthy, and accessible version of the Diptyque L'Autre.   Notes of saffron, curry, nutmeg, sandalwood, vanilla and patchouli.  Four for four for me with Les Nereides!

Unfortunately, after the first smile I get from the orange in L'Artisan Seville a L'Aube, I then stand back and watch as the lavender and honeyed beeswax dance the tango.  Fascinating.  But not to my taste.  Not the tango (I like watching the tango), the perfume.  (is the tango Spanish, Cuban, Argentinian?)

Jacomo 08.  My first time trying a Jacomo.   I have been wearing this the past couple of days and I keep thinking "what does this remind me of?"  Finally, after perusing some reviews, I brought out my L'Artisan Tea for Two decant.  Yes, that's it!