I 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.
Just like everyone else, I wore a lot of paisley in the 80s, especially in my tie selection then. men wore paisley ties in Corporate environment, and I had dozens of them. So for me, it was kind of fitting for Etro ‘Paisley’ to start off with a men’s scent vibe – its list of notes mention bergamot and cassis but to my nose they smelled like Barbasol shaving cream. And I was immediately underwhelmed. What came after – bland floral notes – made me just tune out. I was expecting a lot more with this scent. Its vanilla-patchouli drydown did not help.This perfume has been described as a spicy aromatic fragrance, but really, it was just generic menswear cologne to me – something you can pick up anywhere. For a niche brand, this was forgettable, and disappointing.
Even 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.
Tom Ford’s ‘Eau de Soleil Blanc’ is a nice beachy scent, and you know I am all about the beach scents. This has a bit of coconut, some florals with it, some citrus, that nice orange blossom and they are all blended well in a cologne-like fragrance but is heavier. It’s nice, and pretty, and has that ‘solar note’ that I seem to be smelling a lot lately – this is a lighter take on his Soleil Blanc fragrance from his Private Collection.
But is it worth the price? Off the top of my head, I can think of several other perfumes that smell similar if not very close to this. Sure, this is nice, but it is hardly the most unique and exclusive smell. Or am I just being bitter because I think Tom Ford scents are expensive (for what they are)
One of the great things about reopening my collection from storage is that I feel like I am getting perfume. These bottles have been out of my sight for at least a year, so I know I haven;t worn them for the same amount of time. Most times, I forget that I do own some of them.
Take Fleur de Liane, for example. I unpacked it and wore it today, and was taken by it. I don’t know if I have written about this already (likely) and I know it wasn’t the most popular scent (it has since been discontinued) but wearing it now I find enamored by it. I think Los Angeles doesn’t really get well with orientals, and I know I am not alone in feeling this. I was talking to someone who is a big patchouli fan and she said that patchouli never quite smells the same in Los Angeles.
But now, this melon note here is very appealing. I think the sun makes it bloom, and the slight nip in the air preserves its ozonic bitter green accord. The scent feels very complicated now – in one whiff it’s very green, and then aquatic in the next instant. I never thought of this as a very layered perfume, but look at how a different climate can bring out the best in it.
I am slowly unpacking some of my perfumes, and in a plastic bin I saw Oriza L Legrand’s Muguet Fleuri. It has been a rainy damp winter, so I thought this would be a fittign way to celebrate the coming of Spring. I mean, I don’t feel Spring just yet, but I want to, and perhaps this scent can help me feel it.
And it worked. Muguet Fleuri is lily of the valley personified, and this perfume is sweet and tangy and pungent. It also feels old-fashioned, and wears like a real perfume, or maybe because there is oakmoss and surely that always reminds me of how perfumes are supposed to smell.
It’s also kind of heavy, and it is just right for slightly colder weather. I don’t know how I would feel about this in higher temperature, and I am guessing it’s punginess can be headache inducing.
I think it is also a scent that makes me contemplative, and maybe because of the changing of the seasons, where we see ourselves changing and evolving. I am happy I am wearing this today.
In the neighborhood where I live now, there are a lot of gardens, and I am loving it because I never had this before (I previously lived in a concrete jungle, and then the desert) And I especially love the fragrant trees – there’s a jasmine tree that I pass by that gives me olfactory ecstasy whenever I pass it – pure sweet jasmine that never ceases to take my heart whenever I get a whiff.
I thought of that because today I am wearing Clair-Obscur by Keiko Mecheri. It’s funny because I put the perfume on right before leaving my apartment, and I let the scent linger because leaving. And then I pass by the jasmien tree, and guess what? It smelled identical. Clair-Obscur is a photographic copy of that smell, and it is just wonderful. It captures the bloom the jasmine. And there’s a light quality to this, and I know some people have described the scent as night blooming. To me, it has a dewness of jasmine in the morning.
That said, I wish this had better longevity and sillage. It is barely a whisper, and I had to continually smell my shirt in order for me to catch it. Also, I read that this is the ‘reincarnation’ of her older scent just called ‘Jasmine’? I have that one in storage, and now I need to compare it. Perhaps I have this already!