Etat Libre d’Orange - Dangerous Complicity: After about an hour the amber skin, sweet fruit, and woody leather become apparent.
I expected more tropical notes, with the rum, coconut, and ginger, but had a hard time finding them. It’s a romantic scent, not dangerous, because of the soft and gentle sweetness, and this one does better in the visual description marketing than the actual olfactory experience.
SOTD: Etat Libre d’Orange - Like This
I haven’t done a Scent of the Day for a while (6 months, jeez), mainly because I’ve been wearing the same scents and samples. But today was just one of those days I had to pull out Like This. Why?
Actress Tilda Swinton created this fragrance based on Rumi’s sonnet, “Like This,” which you can hear her read here.
If anyone wants to know what “spirit” is,
or what “God’s fragrance” means,
Lean your head toward him or her.
Keep your face there close.
It truly smells like fall, or in Ms. Swinton’s case the memories of her Scottish home;
"I have always located my favorite fragrances at the doorways of kitchens, in the heart of a greenhouse, at the bottom of a garden."
"My favourite smells are the smells of home, the experience of the reliable recognizable after the exotic adventure: the regular - natural - turn of the seasons, simplicity and softness after the duck and dive of definition in the wide, wide world."
From fall’s home hearth wafts creamy pumpkin pie, spiced ginger cookies, woody pine, a hint of fallen leaves, and maple syrup…Like this…
SOTD: Nez a Nez - Hiroshima mon Amour: Haunting, carefully crafted, and complex, much like the Criterion Collection movie of the same name Hiroshima Mon Amour. And like the movie it isn’t for everyone; it feels like a memory trapped in scent. Nez a Nez created something moving, unforgettable, but too intellectually and emotionally challenging for me to wear.
SOTD: Serge Lutens - Jeux de Peau: I’ve been waiting a season to try this, and finally have the pleasure of jam and toast surrounding me. This caramel butter is nutty and toasted, like walking into a French patisserie - fresh baked bread and sweets. The woods and spices of incense and amber brings this gourmand scent up to an adult peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Délicieux!
SOTD: Tauer perfumes - Pentachord White: Obsession would be the best word to describe how much I adore this. I’m learning that I have a preference for gourmand scents (big surprise). I own Une Rose Vermeille, which I would compare this to - instead of Rose’s gourmand red here we have a gourmand white/purple. It’s sweet but woody, dry but boozy, powdery but musky, complex but simple, and has me constantly getting closer to my wrist to risk another whiff. Full bottle worthy!
SOTD: Serge Lutens - Vitriol d’oeillet: I’m not sure I’ve met anyone that really loves the smell of carnations. To me, they smell like marigolds, which aren’t very pleasant. These carnations are mixed with spices; nutmeg and pepper. It’s mild, lighter than expected, starting powdery pepper and drying fairly woody. It’s neither entirely unromantic nor old-fashioned, and is exactly an angry carnation.
SOTD: Juliette has a Gun - Citizen Queen: Starts a pungent musky leather, drying to a burnt chypre powder quicker than most reviews (thankfully after about 30 minutes it’s gone). I’m confused by the name Citizen Queen, as I don’t usually associate leather with royalty; this one is feral.
SOTD: Amouage - Honour Woman: A soft white floral: pure, elegant, fresh, quality, like the smell of first walking into a flower shop.
SOTD Tauer - Zeta: It’s no secret, I’m a huge Tauer fan. Many of his scents are on my FBW (full bottle worthy) wishlist and I’m love my Une Rose Vermeille bottle. I was excited at the idea of a sweet/honeyed citris scent, but got something else.
I’m not sure what Zeta is. It’s unpleasant when I put my nose to wrist. Around me it’s much more pleasing. It’s very green and when warmed softens a bit, but the unwelcome bitterness lingers.
SOTD: Ergo Facto - Fool for Love: Very mid-century overboard, a fizzy cocktail that sparkles and has far too many umbrellas, like over-spiked sherbet punch. If Mad Men were a perfume (and I’ve only watched 3 episodes) it would be this - melodramatic booze-hound, faux romantic pink satin sheets, punch-bowl gossip, and most definitely something the new girl would wear.
I’ve reviewed Mona di Orio’s Lux previously, and was so enamored with it I had to have this bottle of light in my life. Here are the images that I see when it wafts around me during the day.
SOTD: Mona di Orio - Lux: This is Capri in summer; blue skies, lemons, glowing grotto, the sea lounging in an old wooden boat…
SOTD: Parfumerie Generale - Praline de Santal: Like liquid roasted marshmallows - buttery caramel, warm sandalwood, hazelnut and cashmeran. The nuttiness and darkness of the wood keeps it from being to sugary sweet, and I keep finding myself wondering what kind of bread would be baking..? This is definitely a gourmand scent that’s waiting for fall to be fully enjoyed.