Cherries In My Rose (Perfume Thoughts: Dancing Roses, Viktor & Rolf Magic Collection)

375x500.42763With Mother’s Day coming up, I thought I would break my sample of ‘Dancing Roses’ by Viktor and Rolf.  My mom loved roses, and whenever I try to remember her, I would do so by wearing rose scents as those were her favorites to wear. I have had this sample for a while now. but have been reticent to try because I remember it being pricey. It is from V & R’s ‘Magic’ collection, which is their ‘high-end’ niche-type line. (I am sure it was to ride the coat tails of their hugely successful Flowerbomb) But it looks like they have lowered the price point? Saks has this now for $145 for a 2.5 oz, which seems to be the same price as Flowerbomb.

Oh, the scent? I like it a lot. The opening is a blast of cherry-rose, but with heaps more cherry than the watery rose. There is a lychee note which makes this very fruity, but there’s a boozy note here (brandy?) that makes this more adult-smelling. And the notes say there is saffron but I only faintly get that. Actually, this feels very weak over all. I spritzed almost the whole thing and I can barely smell it, and there is almost no sillage. If you like like Tom Ford’s Lost Cherry, this is a cheaper and more transparent-smelling alternative, and for warmer weather might be better as it is less syrupy. I should really get a new sample and try it again now – i wonder if with this new price point, it has been reformulated.

Diptyque Drakkar (Perfume Thoughts: Eau de Minthe, Diptyque)

375x500.54387I have been fascinated with perfume since I was a teenager in the 80s, and of course, I didn’t know then what I knew now – I was wearing a lot of the fougeres from the Men’s Department – your Aramis, your Drakkar Noir. To this day, when I smell those scents, I get instantly brought back to the me of those days, though I really do nto have any of those scents (I’d kill for vintage Aramis, though)

Diptyque’s new ‘Eau de Minthe’ reminds me of those perfumes, and right now I don’t knwo if that is a good or bad thing. I am wearing it now, and it wears like a classic fougere – herbaceous and aromatic. I smell the greenery right away, with that mint on top (and patchouli in the background) and amber woody heart that is not uncommon with a lot of men’s colognes. This is the second wearing for me and I am surprised I like it much better than the first time I wore it (My Uber driver gave me compliment as soon as I got in his car) but I don’t know – am I warming up to this because I haven’t really worn anything similar in a while? It also seems so un-Diptyque. It skews quite masculine, though I would say the quality is there (massive sillage, wort-it longevity)  So two wearings in, I am still kind of resisting it, though my nose says go for it. Fraghead problems, I know.

Frozen Jasmine (Perfume Thoughts: Sundazed, Byredo)

375x500.54747Summer’s almost here and if you are still feeling the May and June glooms, rest assured Byredo will speed things up a bit. Their new release ‘Sundazed’ is summer in a bottle.

It’s a nice lemon burst int he beginning with splashes of mandarin, so it’s a nice citrus blast. In it’s heart is a mixture of jasmine and neroli. Then a ‘cotton candy’ note comes in and wraps the whole perfume in a candied haze. I described it to someone as candied neroli.

Essentially, it’s a cologne. But to give it more heft, there’s that jasmine and neroli center,  and that candied accord. Imagine Prada Candy but instead of caramel, you get a citrus floral. When I first tried this, I thought it was just another variation of a cologne. It makes sense that Byredo would be doing their own version of the immensely popular Neroli Portofino by Tom Ford. But when I wore it for a full day (I always suggest this when youa re trying a new scent) I liked it a lot more – the cotton candy accord here smells icy, akin to a frozen lemon popsicle. The floral heart gives it elegance, making this not your typical frothy teenaged perfume. Lord help me, I think I want this for the summer.

Flower In Your Patchouli (Perfume Thoughts: Lubin and Patchouli, Jo Malone)

375x500.53543Jo Malone’s ‘Lupin and Patchouli’ is part of their Wild Flower and Weeds Collection. I had to look up what a lupin flower looks like.  It’s those violet ferny looking things that a lot of people use more in an ornamental way. I didn’t realize it had a scent, or are Yann Vasnier and Louise Turner just using it also ‘ornamentally’ in here?

What I do smell is a floral bouquet in the first spritz, a rose, peony and mandarin orange blend. And then the patchouli comes in – but a refined kind, not the granola hippie kind (this is Jo Malone after all)  It all comes down nice and smooth, and admittedly well blended, but for me, a bit on the boring side. I keep on looking for a there here, and then I wonder why. If you’re in search for a nice pleasant floral patchouli, this could fit the bill, but it won’t be any more. (Sillage and production is good, on the office friendly side)

Gorgeous Green (Perfume Thoughts: Roasted Green Tea, J-Scent)

375x500.43733I was at Luckyscent in search of when this new (to me) line caught my eye – J Scent. I joked, ‘is this perfume for Jewish people?’ but then I realized the J stands for Japan.

This is from their website:

” J-Scent perfumes are created with the theme of traditional Japanese fragrances.
This brand of perfume selects traditionally Japanese scents and carefully blends them together. Enjoy “Japanese scents” that embody the beauty of Japan and represent its four seasons.”

But then this also caught my eye:

“Not mixing. Blending. In harmony with nature.
It’s not splashing on a perfume to stand out, but wearing the fragrance as part of your daily life.
Naturally. As part of you. This fragrance becomes one with nature, one with your life.”

Okay, they are perhaps a little dramatic in their copy, but I get it as part of the Japanese aesthetic.  I was immediately drawn to ‘Roasted Green Tea’ because tea scents always get to me. I sprayed and it was love at first sniff. The first whiff i slightly smoky from the effect of roasting Hojicha tea, but then the slightly sweet and bitter tea accord instantly broke my heart – there’s a certain melancholy feeling here, but it is also sweet, and the floral jasmine heart just gives it ephemeral beauty. The whole thing smells like an artisan ice cream flavor, akin to a Japanese desert. It’s fruity floral, but a specifically exotic one. And the delicious nutty note (I get pistachio) just rounds up the whole thing perfectly.

To be honest, though, the perfume is on the faint side. And it’s appealing price point ($80 for a 50 ml) shows through its very alcohol-ish blast int he beginning. The projection is on the weaker side as well, but I kind of get that. I doubt if the Japanese aesthetic is on the loud side.

But still, love conquers all. I bought a bottle.

Here Comes The Sun (Perfume Thoughts: Frangipani, Jo Malone)

10266254_fpxI have been attracted to the collor yellow for Spring and just my luck, Jo Malone has released a new scent in a yellow bottle. From the Blossom collection comes Frangipani, and of course I just had to sniff (and wear) it instantly. The scent’s heart is the frangipani flower, but it also has notes of jasmine and ylang ylang. So it’s basically a white flower bouquet.

I’ve been wearing it, and it is definitely a summer scent. The perfume smells like flowers that have been out in the sun for a bit – it has a creaminess that is kind of tropical and a little bit suntan lotion ( a good vibe in my book) and there is a note they call ‘solar’ that evokes warmth. It is hard to describe but once you smell it you will definitely get it. Even though it is still lightly cooler, the scent works well but I would imagine this would be particularly nice on a hot summer day.

Yesterday’s Is Today (Perfume Thoughts: Today, Avon)

375x500.808Even though I call myself a perfume snob, I am really not one in the strictest sense. I love scents, and all brands and I go the highest of highs to the lows.  I have a fragrance friend in my building I always chat perfumes with. We found out that we were both fragheads and realized we were both on the same famous Facebook group of perfume lovers, and ever since then, we have exchanged perfume recommendations and samples. Today she asked me what I thought of the perfume she was wearing, and I sniffed and said that is a totally gorgeous scent!  And she said, it’s ‘Today,’ by Avon. Well< Avon, of course. It’s a brand I normally don’t pay attention to, but not from dislike. I just don’t know anyone selling it for me to sniff samples from. Today is from 2004, and the nose is Olivier Cresp, and he also creates Mugler Angel, and D & G Light Blue, so you know he knows what he is doing.

Today is a white floral bouquet – on me it is freesia and jasmine, and it is so well blended that it is literally like smelling a wedding party.  It smells like a gorgeous spring day as you walk through a flower garden. It wears very well – skewing feminine, for the faint of heart – and the projection and longevity is marvelous. Retailing at about twenty dollars for a 50 ml, it is the best thing you can buy for a twenty dollar bill. I am on my way to one.