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Having fun at Flores yesterday

You know, I really do believe I get drunk when I enter a niche perfumery and start smelling stuff and then times flies by when you’re drunk and having fun, and before you know it, it’s closing time and you’ve been there longer than you thought possible. ๐Ÿ™‚

But it really isn’t my fault. ๐Ÿ™‚
When I came, I was the only one, and then at one point, a guy walked in and we then proceeded through smelling his possible choices while I was debating with myself what do I want to walk out with.

He seemed very keen on By Kilians but couldn’t get the refill of his favourite White Cristal (which surprised me when I heard the name as I thought I knew all the By Kilians and it turned out to be the sub-title of Straight to Heaven). I have a hard time distinguishing them with all the love floating around, let alone with double names. Oh well…

Of all the perfumes he tried, in the end his two (and mine) favorites were Passion Boise by Frapin and Lumiere Noir by MFK.
Passion Boisรฉe, which for some reason I read English Passion and French Boisรฉe is a really good cold-weather choice for men, this one especially as his skin seems to eat all the sweetness out of every perfume.

Lumiรจre Noire, fits the name (finally! a noir that works) as there is a dark rose in there.

Passion Boisรฉe is a warm, rumy-fruity wood concoction that will probably make your guy smell very appealing to a lot of women.
Hmm, I might still decide against buying this one for my boyfriend then…

Of those that I smelled

Dyptique 34 almost made the cut. I really like it. It’s more full than the rest of the Dyptique perfumes I tried so far and has some fig in there which makes it instantly likeable for me, but it’s not sweet, it actually seems fitting for the fall weather we are having at the moment.
In the end, I decided against it because it’s just so perfectly fine.

Ombre Rose L’Original smelled much better on the blotter than on my skin. All I seemed to be getting, progressively at that, was powdery violety-irisy-rose (with accent on powdery). Not for me.

Jovoy Chypre has potential. It is a serious chypre, one you don’t want to mess with. Easier to wear than Bandit but almost giving away the same aura.

Velvet Aoud by Montale also almost made the cut. It would fit nicely with the mood I’m in as it seems to have a light fruity feel tinged with metallic (with the oudy background) and I like it a lot.
I checked the notes now and the only thing with any fruit connotation would be orange blossom. ๐Ÿ™‚ But it seems whoever wrote the Luckyscent description also gets some fruitiness. ๐Ÿ™‚  I’ll be going for some more testing.

The last thing that sticks in my mind from yesterday is Safran Troublant which I finally tested. I knew there was a reason I didn’t try it before. I’m a spice addict and ST fits my addiction very nicely. ๐Ÿ™‚

And if you’re wondering what I took home with me – well, finally, I have my own stash of Ambre Russe and Fougere Bengale by Parfum d’Empire. ๐Ÿ™‚

Huge thank you to the nice blonde lady (whose name I don’t know) for her smiling, easy-going  company yesterday. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Flores facebook site from which I took the photo.

Quick sniffs this week

I didn’t have much time for a proper review so I decided to just write down my thoughts on some of the things I smelled this week.

Generous Carol from WAFT by Carol sent some great things to try and among them, I found a decant of never before heard of line Damien Bash – and Lucifer. The one I got was Sin and well,

it deserves more than a brief mention because I like it, even though it’s a sweet smell. The sinful idea I got from it is that it will probably make your male half want to stay close and smell you – it does have an addictive quality to what it smells like.

Notes: black pepper, black currant, cedarwood, fig, orange, Persian amber, bourbon vanilla.

You get hit by bourbon sweetness straight away and but before you even start considering it might be too much, it evens out into a sweet, slightly spicy thing. I barely caught whiffs of black currant so I’ll be trying this some more soon.

I recently received a package from Divina over at Fragrance bouquet and her package had some nice suprises in it (I’ll write more on those when I give them proper smelling time) but one I had to try straight off, was Patchouli Noir by Il Profumo. I usually don’t give much thought to sillage and longevity but this one has both in large amounts. ๐Ÿ™‚ Not that I mind. I thought I might but no, I enjoyed it quite much. Don’t know about the rest of people around me, I sprayed it on and then realized that it is going to be noticeable by people not standing right beside me. As I read the notes later, I realized I wasn’t giving it enough time because the mint went right past my notice.

Notes: mint, cedarwood, patchouli, poppy, vanilla.

It is definitely dark and not easy wearing but I really like it. I plan on giving it a full review soon.

I found on my table among hordes of other perfume samples, Michael Kors edp. Initially I thought I might like it, it started with a flower burst and I actually recognized tuberose and freesia (yey for me) and then it started emitting this harsh note that burns my nose and throat which I’m starting to recognize as a type of musk (at least that’s what I think).

Notes: freesia, incense, tuberose, blue orris, peony, lilies, cashmere woods, musk, vetiver.

I had high hopes for it at the start, but then it just went downhill. I think it would make a great floral for someone on whose skin musk behaves.

One more for today and that’s it.

Ambre de Cabochard by Gres. Oh, this one has some potential. ๐Ÿ™‚ As I always try to write what I smell before actually reading the notes, I thought I was smelling flowers that were slightly honeyed but not in that “strange” honey way but more like having the atmosphere of honey. You know, the amber from the name should have clued me in. ๐Ÿ˜‰ You can actually smell it – the ambery embrace of the notes of the scent.

Notes: cardamom, cinamon, tangerine, blueberries, ginger, lily of the valley, cyclamen, tuberose, patchouli, amber, tonka bean, musk.

I smelled more flowers than fruits but since I didn’t have time to smell it properly after a while, all I remember now is a really nice drydown. But although I mentioned flowers and amber, I wouldn’t really say this is exclusively feminine.

These are my quick sniffs of the week, I do plan on giving more time and blog space to them soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

Picture by: Richard Stanley ยฉ 2005
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