Years ago, in my 6th Blogiversary post, I said that I’d like to start doing a feature where I revisit perfumes to see if my “eaupinions” have changed. I said I wasn’t afraid to eat crow…and I’m not.
In January, I decided to revisit some rose-centric perfumes.
Indult Manakara review published April 11th, 2014.
Oh, vanilla. Even though the marketed is saturated with vanilla perfumes, you’d think there would be many good ones, right? It never ceases to amaze me just how awful so many “singular note” vanilla fragrances are in this world. How can they keep messing up something as “simple” as vanilla? I wish I had an answer, but I don’t.
Yes, vanilla perfumes are simple but vanilla isn’t simple. Cut a vanilla bean pod and inhale. There’s so much complexity. Sniff a really high quality vanilla extract. It’s complex… Continue reading | 2 Comments
Indult Paris Rêve en Cuir, as the name would imply, is a perfume inspired by leather. But, for a leather scent, it’s not so leather-y. It’s like a “dusting powder leather”.
Reve en Cuir opens with dried herbs, dried lemon peel and spices. There’s a prominent clove, too much for my liking as I feel it anesthetizes my senses. I’ve smelled this sort of spicy-oregano mix before but in amber scents. I don’t know if the top fades rather quickly or if my senses are… Continue reading
After sampling Manakara many times, I didn’t really understand it’s purpose or why it exists at all. It’s a gourmand, candy rose – like a heavily edited Aquolina Pink Sugar. After sampling it many more times, I realize that it doesn’t have to have a purpose. I feel like this was Kurkdjian having some fun. It seems like his attempt at making perfumes for 10 year old girls or for those that are kids at heart.
Manakara is a sticky sweet rose. In fact it reminds… Continue reading | 3 Comments
Indult Paris is back…and you guys, this is a great thing.
Isvaraya is one indolic jasmine. Holy moly. It’s a skanky jasmine patchouli. Once it’s settled, I can’t stop sniffing my wrist. It’s a warm jasmine, like jasmine scented hair (which isn’t that odd, I use an Indian jasmine hair oil and Oscar Blandi has that awesome jasmine line). There’s a plum syrup, actually, it reminds me more of a nectar. Isvaraya settles into this perfect harmony of warm jasmine, plum and patchouli. The… Continue reading | 7 Comments