Hermessence Osmanthe Yunan, purchased after none of the Singapore stores stocked it: if there is tea I can't smell it (this also happened to me the first time I drank white tea). But the osmanthus is like strolling in Kyoto in late spring, the difference being I didn't know what osmanthus was and spent hours chasing the smell. This is the second time I want to get a full bottle of something. As it is I'm going to be extra careful with my vial. This may well work with the tropical heat; after all Kyoto's spring and summer are pretty warm and humid.
Heeley Cuir Pleine Fleur: more Fleur, less cuir. Apparently there is violet leaf in there, but I can't smell it. Idem with the bergamot. This is a very "beautiful" scent without veering to the feminine. I should have gotten a bigger sample.
Rubini Fundamental: a grape that smells of coconut and grapefruit. As with the previous two, another "beautiful" scent that I would like to try in temperate weather and might work in this heat. Gets uncomfortably close to grape fanta thanks to its sweetness and acidity, but stays on the right side of the line thanks to something giving it the lightest of depth - iris, or the mysterious "velvet accord"?
Can't help but think these scents would not have done well in the days when Equipage came out. Too pleasant.
Edit: just 10 minutes were enough for the osmanthus to waft away from Hermessence, with the tea notes finally coming out. Tea + fake peach = Lipton Ice Tea. I'm sorry Hermes but that's where I am right now. Still, those precious minutes of osmanthus were worth it.
(I haven't touched the Diaghilev. 1. it's liquid gold 2. I somehow don't think a cursory application before a medium haul flight is the right occasion)