Scent/Fragrance of the Day thread - Page 1659
SOTD: The Night. An amazing barnyard oud with an absolutely lovely rose that emerges as the fragrance develops. If any of you would like to buy me a full bottle of this as a gift, I would be sure to say thank you.
I received my bottle of Russian Tea by Masque Milano (I was using a sample up to this point) in the mail from Twisted Lily today. I am very impressed with their prices and customer service. One, they are $30 cheaper than Luckyscent ($185 versus $215) and they have free shipping, whereas Luckyscent was charging almost $10 for shipping. Oh, and they don't charge a sales tax! So that's almost a $50 difference! Two, they sent me some awesome samples unsolicited. For samples I got D.S and Durga Spirit of the Glen, Xerjoff 1861 Renaissance, Parfums de Nicolai Patchouli Intense, Beaufort of London Vie et Armis (previously called East India), and their 1805 Tonnerre. They will continue to have my business.
Thanks, great shop review. I've contacted them to check they do ship internationally and if so I'm adding them to Pricentile.
Most excellent target suggestion. And I'm guessing if South Korea is OK, so will Singapore, Australia...
Talking of which, I finally went to MBS to check out Cuir de Russie at the Chanel flagship. Here are my literal thoughts typed on my phone as the scent evolved in the Singapore evening warmth:
- Paper strip spray: very floral, light. I double checked the bottle - surely this wasn't the "leather bomb" of Luca Turin fame? Compared to Knize Ten the opening was practically Heeley Cuir Pleine Fleur.
- Arm: didn't check the opening. After just 5 minutes, the scent had taken a very distinct turn: soap (aldehydes?) with... pig organ soup. It took me a while to connect the smell. The problem is that I was fixated on cow (e.g. "very clean cow's back parts") when it is most certainly pig. If you've had pig organ soup from a hawker stand in Asia, you'll know the smell immediately. The washed intestines, I guess. After about an hour, it became milkier, perhaps halfway to creme caramel, with hints of a leathery soap (the brand Imperial Leather obviously comes to mind). Another two hours, and the smell was very close to saliva, specifically when you haven't eaten for a while and you're quite hungry. I asked someone, at this point, what the smell reminded them of and the answer was a 4 letter word that starts with S, although the saliva connection was independently brought up.
I tried Sycomore. All I could smell is that synthetic, screechy paint stripper accord that ruins Encre Noire's vetiver. I didn't bother trying it on skin. Maybe this is the new IFRA-approved "vetiver impression". Vetiverol for the "vetiver" (forgetting the hundreds of other molecules that make it so interesting) then some liberal applications of woody stuff, from Iso E Super to the various fake sandalwoods and cedars.
Cologne was a plain citrus, perhaps with hints of bergamot. I prefer my vintage Equipage, better balanced and more interesting. Boy reminded me of Byredo's Pulp. Coromandel was sickeningly gourmand.
I admit I don't get anything like you from the Exclusifs. Coromandel can be be cloyingly sweet, granted. CdR is leather and a slight civet/musk. Sycomore is screetchy in the opening but settles down to something brooding and deep. Bois des Iles is just beautiful. Hmm, I guess ambient temps, humidity and individual skin chemistry play a role (as with most if not all scents really).
As for EN, as mentioned before, I highly recommend them (fulfilled Aventus batch request, Malle samplers came in 2.5ml spray from, free shipping,..., cheapest I found for many scents).