It was a good week: there were more reviews for my current favorites than those posts that created lemmings to find new favorites – yey! It was a busy week and I’m still catching up on my reading but it’s time for a round-up so I’ll finish later (and if I missed anything I’ll bring it up next week).
I’m definitely saying “Yes!” to Birgit (Olfactoria’s Travels): Cuir Noir is better than I anticipated, because it doesn’t overwhelm you with leather, it is not harsh or strong. Cuir Noir is soft and elegant, and it surprises with a relatively prominent oud note, I was not expecting at all, but that I like a lot.
If you haven’t read Birgit’s Fresh Baked Biker – Review: Armani Privé Cuir Noir on your own or following my lemmings link above, do it now for a good laugh (I don’t want to quote the best part of the joke not to spoil it).
Vanessa (Bonkers about Perfume) keeps entertaining us with her travel/sniffing stories: Then we had a bit of a snigger about Kokorico, with its strange, un-PC black head bottle in a Le Creuset casserole tin.
Suzanne (Eiderdown Press): Annick Goutal Encens Flamboyant smells like an ancient pine tree—like resinous evergreen sap—and it also smells like the dry, high-country lands of the West. It is quite simply a bone-dry frankincense scent enhanced by enough sage and herbaceous notes that it speaks of the outdoors, yet does so in a way that manages to stay one’s focus. I do not own (yet) Encens Flamboyant but I liked it a lot when tested (thanks to Victoria of EauMG) and want to add at least a decant to my collection soon.
Christos (Memory of Scent) writes about two of my favorite Jo Malone colognes – Black Vetiver Café and Wild Fig and Cassis: I love BVC because it is dry, herbal and rustic and it becomes one with the skin. Sometimes it smells like I have spilled coffee on me and forgot to wash it off, which I find very charming and daring. Fortunately it has the right amount of vetiver to keep others from detecting it as such. I made an attempt on a review of Wild Fig and Cassis in my In the Search for the Perfect Fig post.
After the successful move to the new web address Victoria (Bois de Jasmine) reviews one of my favorite Ormonde Jayne’s perfumes: Ormonde Jayne Frangipani Absolute smells like summer to me—peaches eaten on the beach, white stars of night-blooming jasmine tangled in my hair, a breeze leafing through the pages of a book forgotten on the patio.
If, like me, you were busy and distraught past week and missed Another Perfume Blog’s first year anniversary, I’m sure it’s not too late to stop by and wish Natalie all the best.