Originally Posted by sjmin209
I also don't get melon from Rocabar, though I'm glad to see it being discussed. I dusted my bottle off earlier this week & remembered how much I enjoy it.
Today I'm wearing Santa Maria Novella Nostalgia, a motor oil / brake fluid / leather concoction from about ten years ago which has always reminded me in a strange way of Dzing!. If Dzing! is a hay-filled barn where a few animals have bedded down, Nostalgia is that same barn converted into a hobbyist's auto shop.
I love Nostalgia. I ran out about a year ago and I really need to go buy a bottle. It's really a great scent, very amiable and pleasant despite the odd notes of motor oil and leather.
I smelled a bunch of stuff at the mall yesterday. I've smelled Portrait of a Lady before on a woman I know, but today was the first time I really got intimate with it. Wow, it's brilliant. I sprayed some on and wore it for the rest of the day. It's a very potent scent. I'm struck by a sharp soapiness deep in the heart which I assume is an herbal note. And all the dark dirty woods and spices - I love that interplay between clean and dirty. This is really a very special scent. I hate spending lots of money on bottles but I may have to get this some day, or maybe we should do a bottle split.
I was accosted by the scent guy at Barney's and he ended up having me smell tons of things. It wasn't what I wanted, as I had limited time and didn't want to have things thrust upon me, but I did end up smelling some pretty interesting scents. Unfortunately, I don't remember what most of them were, since I haven't kept up with the new niche lines and there were too many to keep straight, but the guy was friendly and knowledgeable. Some things I do remember: revisiting En Passant and remembering what a lovely scent that is. The new L'Artisan Seville a l'Aube - wasn't at all interested but the scent guy insisted I sniff it and, yes, it's actually really great. I loved it, want to have it. I smelled Byredo Sunday Cologne and thought it was a very nice edc, and seemed like it would last a lot better than most.