Thanks. I frequent there but I've never done this. Is it worthwhile / good to use?
I really enjoyed AA. Well, most of it. The jasmine/rose opening was glorious, but even better was the sweet spot where jasmine crossed with the animalics (about 30 mins to an hour in). Here was the perfect balance of pleasant and challenging. Unfortunately it went downhill after this (3+ hours) and the 'cowpat' notes you describe really dominated. It became a skin scent at 5 hours, at which point the fecal notes were replaced with pleasant but boring warm wood notes
Ha, so it finally arrived in 'Straya! Did you have any issues with customs? What was the total time between order and him acknowledging sending it; and between sending it and receiving it?
I've decided that on Roudnitska 2D model of skilful vs pleasant, SP's attars sit mostly high on "skilful" but rarely on "pleasant". They are complex beasts rooted in the past and maybe the richness of the ingredients is too much for my poorly trained and little experienced nose, much as I remember being overwhelmed by my first French haute cuisine lunch. As a result, I don't know how often I'll wear them at this point. Some are more wearable than others.
SOTD was Cabochard. I got fed up with the plastic applicator thing so I just poured some on my fingers and liberally spread it. Still very little projection and it was gone by the time lunch was over. I guess Cabochard will remain a "home" scent to be enjoyed when I'm not going out. I wore Aramis yesterday and whilst it was initially great as usual, the oakmoss does take on a slightly mouldy association in the tropical heat.
Got a hold of a AdP Quercia sample. Apparently released just a few days ago. Interesting spring / chilly summers cologne concentree but more heavy than typical summer colognes, lots of tonka, bergamot and cardamom.
Im thinking of picking up Diptyque - Oud Palao as my first "real" oud. Really liked it but they didnt unfortunately have any samples, so another time. Any ouds similar to this I should also try?
Yes and many thanks for that post! I think I will have to order an oud sample pack to get really into it. But oud palao was so good I might just have to pick it up tomorrow. Its like 108usd for 75ml edp here and I have some points so I can get 20usd off of that, feels like a bargain to me.