Sunday, August 16, 2015

August 16th

Who's ready for a bunch of perfume reviews? (I'll keep them brief!)

Caligna is a fig perfume that I can actually get behind. I'm not typically a fan of fig scents in general, but I've found that most fig scents contain both figs and fig leaves, and often coconut as well. I'm not a fan of that combo. Caligna, however, offers a different take on figs. Its primary note is fig, but it also heavily features clary sage and pine needles. There's even a bit of oak and jasmine thrown in for good measure. Caligna is fresh and green, but not a sharp, biting green. It's woodsy, slightly bitter, and generally enjoyable. Not one that I'd wear, but definitely one for the fig-lovers out there.

Timbuktu is the quintessential "exotic" fragrance. It has vetiver, papyrus, incense, pink pepper, and mango. It's dry, somewhat spicy, and definitely smells like some sort of market in a place like Timbuktu, or at least how I would imagine one to smell. This scent, however, lacks unique for me, at least for now. I think I'll be giving this one another go since it has such rave reviews, but it didn't wow me. It's definitely a good beginner's niche scent though, since it's quite different than the usual perfume store selection, but it isn't too bizarre like something from Etat Libre d'Orange.

And now for another Serge Lutens scent...Fille en Aiguilles. Do I know how to pronounce that? Nope. I do know, however, that this smell is very similar to another Serge Lutens offering. A lot of times when I smell perfumes, I relate them to other perfumes I know well. For example, I once described Kat Von D's Poetica perfume as the darker sister of Daisy from Marc Jacobs. In my mind, they were similar scents, but Poetica was more heavy berries and such. To me, Fille en Aiguilles is like Five O'Clock Gingembre took a week long camping trip. It retains the spices and warmth of the original, but adds a woody element, some fruity richness, and a bit of greenery. I prefer Five O'Clock, as this is a bit heavy and syrupy on me, but I can definitely appreciate where it's going.

In my search for a fresh, green scent, I came across this perfume from John Galliano called Parlez-moi d'Amour Eau Fraiche. (The original Parlez-moi d'Amour - "tell me about love" - looks very interesting too, and it's definitely on my to-sample list.) The Eau Fraiche composition truly does fit the bill of a light, breezy, sweet green scent. It's vaguely floral, fruity, green and woody all at once, and it suits it. However, I ran into a problem with this one that I also ran into with Dolce and Gabbana's L'Imperatrice; the drydown is very sour. Parlez-moi gets its sour drydown from the white currant note. (Other notes include grapefruit, jasmine, ginger, rose, and cypress.) One of my favorite scents, FĂ©erie, contains blackcurrant, and I've heard a few times that on certain people, blackcurrant can smell a bit like, well, cat pee. I've never had that issue with blackcurrant, thankfully, but I think the grapefruit-white currant combo produced basically the same effect. While the majority of this scent was light, easy to wear, and very nice overall, the drydown was just too sour, almost acidic. (In L'Imperatrice, a similar thing occurs, but it's due to the rhubarb.) I'm going to give this scent another go though, since I actually bought a full bottle of it. It was on a deep discount, and the bottle is even more lovely in person than in pictures. It's lovely to display even if the scent doesn't work! But I'd like to make it work. Fingers crossed!

Okay, last one! This is Lys Soleia from Guerlain's Aqua Allegoria line. I'm a huge fan of these bottles (they're enormous, and the golden honeycomb design is even more stunning in person) but I have yet to fall in love with any of them. I sampled the much-loved Lys Soleia this week, and I have to say, it's pretty good. I'll have to sample it again, as I do with all scents that I don't vehemently dislike. Right now, it's a strong like, but not a love. It's a lovely bouquet of lily, tuberose, ylang-ylang and palm leaves, with some vanilla and tropical fruits to make it not entirely floral. If I had one word to describe this, it would me creamy. It's an almost milky lily scent, and of course tuberose is quite creamy on its own, and vanilla and ylang-ylang are very smooth and sweet as well. I was expecting the lily to smell a bit greener and more fresh, but I like this. At this point, though, I own a lot of white floral scents, and this one doesn't seem like a necessary addition to my collection, lovely as the bottle is and as nice as the scent is. I will happily use my sample up though, and I will also definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking for a creamy floral scent, as there aren't too many. (And those that are tend to be fronted by tuberose, so the slightly subtler tuberose in this is nice.)

I hope you all enjoyed this massive fragrance post! Now I just need to decide what to wear to bed tonight.

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