Tomorrow I have to go renew Cas as a member of the city! Even though I got him late in the year, they charge you at the beginning of the year, so I feel like I just paid for his...citizenship, as it were, and now I have to go do it again! Luckily it's not terribly expensive.
Perfume of the Day: Chanel's Les Exclusifs de Chanel Coromandel
Balsamic, warm, sweet. Notes of patchouli, benzoin, white chocolate, incense, and vanilla.
I own: 3ml decant
I have a strange relationship with this perfume. I like it, but if I apply too much, I really don't like it. It has all the notes to be the perfect storm of a cloying, sickly-sweet gourmand patchouli bomb, and if applied with a heavy hand, it is definitely cloying at first. The incense is what saves it from being something I'd immediately scrub off for being too sweet and heavy. Oddly enough though, despite my general dislike for perfumes like this, something about this makes it okay to the point where the drydown is actually quite comfortingly warm and pleasant. I made the mistake of putting on too much today (because I spilled my decant on my arm, whoops) and I found myself asking how I could have ever thought I liked this stuff. The patchouli was swallowing me up and it smelled far too sickly-sweet and syrupy. However, once the unique white chocolate note and the incense came out to play, I remembered why I like it. It's really well blended, and while at first sniff it does seem like just another too-sweet too-heavy balsamic gourmand concoction, there are fleeting moments of really unique smells that make it really interesting, and the drydown, as I said, it quite enjoyable. This perfume is quite a pricy one and given my complicated relationship with it, I wouldn't invest in a full bottle, but it's the sort of scent I'd like to always have a little decant of, just so I can revisit its uniqueness from time to time.