Scent/Fragrance of the Day thread - Page 1655
Just bought a FB of the original (early 1970s, pre lettered batch codes) splash bottle Hermes Equipage EDT and also early 1970s Monsieur de Givenchy (the latter a blind buy - I don't own a sample).
Now settling for the long wait...
Amazingly, MFK AUF can still be smelt in my apartment almost 2 days after spraying. Strong stuff. I just made some tea with fresh cut bergamot peel and there's definitely some similarities, but the AUF smell stays identical throughout. Whilst I admire the cleanliness and lasting power of these newer fragrances, part of me misses the quiet comfort of vintage stuff...
SOTE Hermes Osmanthe Yunnan.
I approached it with a different mindset this time, keeping in mind that 1. osmanthus is really hard to do well and 2. Ellena is a minimalist watercolour master.
The top notes of pure, realistic osmanthus are of course unforgettable, but if you think about what comes after as a tea fragrance, you can detect a light umami mouthfeel similar to white tea and a touch of citrus in the peach that follows the osmanthus. As time passes, these two facets sharpen against each other making the fragrance a tad feminine, but it remains pleasant and delicate.
I got it from a shop in St. Helena that had a stockpile of really nice old stuff.
Last night I wore a lovely extremely soft patchouli fragrance, even though the patchouli is quite powerful in it: Histoires de Parfums 1826. It's not that dissimilar to George Sand.
Today I'm wearing Satori Iris Homme, which is an extremely elegant natural iris (I have a photo somewhere of me holding a bucket of iris butter owned and used by Satori herself) with a mandarin note that lasts quite a long time.
My SOTD is another Le Labo: Jasmin 17. To my nose, this is very much an orange blossom scent. I've never tried their Fleur d'Oranger 27, but it's hard for me to imagine it being more of an orange blossom than this one.
Over the years that I've been interested in fragrance, my evaluation of the orange blossom note has changed more than any other. I used to strongly dislike it because of its density and soapiness. But now I enjoy it a lot, mainly because of those same qualities. I think my favorite orange blossom is still Lutens Fleurs d'Oranger.
And regarding the pickle smell in Santal 33, I never have noticed that but figured I would have considering how evident it is to you guys. I hope it doesn't pop out now!
Tonight I'm wearing vintage Giorgio for Men because I'm just relaxing at home and it's cold as hell outside (speaking of great masculine fragrances).
I think there are plenty of good niche gourmands that are easy to wear too and don't have to cost that much. Even Lutens for example a lot of them are available for $70-90 online and some are safe-ish blind buys.