Last weekend was filled with events – a short trip to Carmel with my vSO to celebrate an anniversary on Saturday (a post is coming at some point, I think); the First Artisan Fragrance Salon on Sunday (my post and pictures are here). Since I didn’t have time for my weekly round-up post for the last week here’s a double portion of those posts that made me laugh, created lemmings or reviewed my favorite perfumes.
Thomas (Candy Perfume Boy): Since its release in 2005 Mugler has released a plethora of Alien Editions, each of which has seemed better than the last, and it would be fair to say that the very latest edition ‘Alien Essence Absolue’ is the best yet, and they know it too hailing Essence Absolue as “The Supreme Perfume”. And, if it wasn’t enough, here comes news about four more upcoming limited editions: Thierry Mugler is set to release four limited edition leather interpretations of their most popular scents.
Birgit (Olfactoria’s Travels) keeps creating Amouage-related lemmings: The many faces of Interlude Woman can seem chaotic at times, only to resolve themselves into recurring moments of perfect clarity again and again. The seemingly rivaling accords of almost masculine spices and woods and the tender, feminine florals dance a powerful choreography around a core that is imperturbable and stands like a rock in the midst of all that agitation. And once you think she’s done, here comes the second volley: Interlude Man feels like a strong man with a soft heart, someone to protect you, care for you, be there for you. Oh my, can it be that Interlude Man is my knight in shining armor?
Parfumista (Parfumistans Blogg) reviews a perfume with an interesting name from the brand about which I haven’t heard before: Impossible Iris is high quality stuff, very versatile, it’s the perfect officescent, a sort of first-class Prada Infusion d’Iris Edp replacement. Impossible Iris is also the perfect “lunch at some elegant restaurant fragrance” or something to wear at a day time reception… If you want to know more about this brand and when it’s coming to the US read Carrie’s (eyeliner on a cat) interview with the perfumer.
Speaking of lemmings…
Dionne: … it was amazing how quickly they [lemmings] quieted down once I stepped away. Conversely, I swear I heard a couple of them yell “CANNONBALL!” the moment I opened up my Google Reader.
Mals: Your lemmings yell “Cannonball!”?? Mine rub their hands together and whisper evilly. Then they go have mad lemming sex and multiply.) More in comments.
Vanessa (Bonkers about Perfume): What were the owners of the store trying to tell their customers, I wondered? Interestingly, no other ornaments were used on any other items of furniture to suggest possible usage. There were no fruit bowls on the dining tables, no hats on the hat stand, no monks on the monks bench, for example.
Steve (The Scented Hound): Bombay Bling is a hard fragrance for me to describe. It goes on sweet and fruity, but in a very subdued and subtle way. Maybe it’s because there’s a tinge of pepper that hides behind the top notes, or maybe it’s the base of warmth that keeps the sweetness under control. In any case, the opening stage of this fragrance is lovely and embracing. In fact the nice thing about this scent is that as it wears the opening doesn’t really disappear it just becomes a bit more subtle.
Madeline (AustralianPerfumeJunkies) reviews four perfumes from my favorite perfume house: AMOUAGE Awesome Foursome.
Natalie (Another Perfume Blog) writes a perfect “thank you for visiting” letter (UPD: APB is closed now) to my new perfume love – Cruel Gardenia (here’s my story of falling in love with this wonderful perfume).
Portia (AustralianPerfumeJunkies): On my skin I love the crackling, nearly burnt herbs and spices that fly and waft freely as soon as you spray Ambre Sultan, as if you’ve just thrown them on a very hot, dry pan over a campfire. It’s harsh, bitter, green, wood, vanilla and smoke all at the same time and it jumps up and assaults your nostrils, BAM!
Birgit (Olfactoria’s Travels): Chypre Palatin is a very unique perfume. I don’t have anything like it in my collection and I love its total recognizability. This is a perfume you could immediately identify when you smelled it “in the wild”.