I love the smell of lilacs. I hope when I retire that I move to a lilac ranch. (Um, are any of those things real? Retirement, lilac ranches?) I love the heady floralness, the honeyed nuances and most importantly I love how the flowers and their scent remind me of spring.
Lilac perfumes aren’t the easiest soliflores to find. I’ve head that the flowers can’t be distilled but one would think accords could be done to replicate the floral. I don’t know if they’re unpopular… Continue reading
I don’t even care for geranium as a note.So, when I saw the new Diptyque, Geranium Odorata, I didn’t go out of my way to sample it. To make a long story short, I ended up sampling it on a warm day on an impromptu sniffing spree. I was surprised by how much I was drawn to this fragrance. Maybe it was the heat, but I rather liked this fresh, cool tea-like scent.
Geranium Odorata opens with a bergamot and mint which reminds me of tea… Continue reading
Roxana Illuminated Perfumes Impromptu is an all-natural rustic, smoky, animalic fragrance. The brand sent me samples of all three of the concentrations which gave me an opportunity not only to review Impromptu, but to do a comparison of the perfume in different mediums.
It’s balsamic and green like crushed green leaves underfoot. It’s crisp and dewy, cool with a hint of citrus from lemon balm. To my surprise, Impromptu gets smoky, reminiscent of burning leaves. The dry-down is sweetly balsamic and resinous… Continue reading
La Curie is an Arizona-based indie brand that is Inspired by “mythology and sacred ground” that offers EDPs and perfume oils. Number Three perfume oil is described as “The rites of spring in a forbidden garden”. For me, it’s figs and hillside evergreens in late summer.
Number Three is a “clean” fig, like a green fig with cool mountain air. It’s a bitter, green fig with evergreens and a white musk. There’s a sharp citrus that reminds me of grapefruit peel. Number Three wears as crisp, clean… Continue reading
Miller Harris Figue Amère is a fig by the French seaside in a little cottage garden. It’s a salty and bitter green fig with wild flowers.
Figue Amere is a very “French” fig to me. It smells like an elegant French perfumery’s take on a green fig. It opens with a bright citrus with a slightly bitter galbanum. Underneath this “layer” there is an astringent cedar over “coconut greens”. On my skin, the narcissus is noticeable. It’s heady and very green. And then this transforms… Continue reading | 4 Comments