Laughs, Lemmings, Loves – Episode 19


Since I skipped last week’s round-up this “issue” has posts from the last two weeks. But if your time behaves like mine (meaning disappears before I realize where it’s gone) you might have missed some of them.

So here we go: posts that made me laugh, created lemmings or reviewed perfumes that I love.

Lemmings, Laughs, Loves



Sergey Borisov (Fragrantica) describes the new release from PuredistanceOpardu: This perfume is a beatifully nostalgic, as it was said. To me it smells as an armful of fresh and wet lilacs, with a tender powdery floral heart. The first general impression of a lilac bouquet falls into nuances of heliotrope and orris, – an echo of Caron powder, fresh violet, heady jasmine, hyacinth and fresh green lily-of-the-valley. I also found a trace of rose petals found between pages of a romantic book. I agree with their press information, the perfume is hypnotizing. I really-really-really want to try this one.


From NST new fragrance announcement: DjHenné is like a warm shadow. A leathery veil of golden wheat and myrrh, that offers protection from the scorching with delicate mint leaves and seringa blossoms.


Ari (Scents of Self): […] it’s great. Better than I could have hoped. I loathe fruity fragrances, and you can bet your bottom dollar that I’ll be buying a bottle of this. Blackberry & Bay opens with the deliciously savory combination of bay leaves and grapefruit. There’s a lot of grapefruit in here, and it does an perfect job of keeping the (very realistic) blackberry note tart rather than overly sweet.



Lanier (scents memory): … it is like smelling Freon mixed with sewage from Tijuana that has been fermenting in an old cooler for about six weeks in the Mojave Desert. I have passed homeless men on the street that smell better than this travesty. Follow the link to see which perfume evoked such strong feelings.


Birgit (Olfactoria’s Travels): Lancome La Vie est belle: No, it ain’t! (belle, that is.) I hate this. But that doesn’t come as a surprise, because I already know it. This is Coco Mademoiselle, Flowerbomb and any other fruity patchouli ever created (why, oh why?). Iris gourmand? Oh please, berry patchouli with the power to kill small animals and the half-life of Uranium.



Portia (AustralianPerfumeJunkies) reviews one of my favorite Ormonde Jayne’s perfumes ChampacaIt’s now 8+ hours, we’ve been for dinner, watched a movie at home on TV and I’m finishing up my post, there is now a slightly musky smell but it’s a sweet sweat, the myrrh and still, amazingly, a little of that sexy neroli; but you have to be close enough to…. (Don’t pay attention to all the personal praises: it’s the perfume talking)



Victoria (Bois de Jasmin): If you’ve ever plotted to mail order a coveted Serge Lutens bell jar from Paris, you’ll be happy to know that starting this month, you can simply order the perfumes from Barneys in New York.


17 thoughts on “Laughs, Lemmings, Loves – Episode 19

  1. Ha! I never heard of Fracas for Men … now I understand why. :D

    Thanks for pointing out Lanier’s post, Undina, as well as the others. You do a great job at rounding these up.


    • I’m pleased too. Now the question is: how reasonable are the prices compared to those in Europe (I read rumors that they are much more expensive than in Paris). Because for 10% over the Paris price it can be brought by the company that helped me with ISA.


  2. I have tried Opardu, and need to give it another go or so before forming a view. My initial impression was that it was pretty, but the musk (a note I am possibly hypersensitive to) gave it more of a mainstream feel than their first two offerings.


    • I hope to test it soon: I love Antonia and I’m on the fence about Puredistance I. I hope to like the new one (though that price tag makes it a very expensive crash ;) ).


      • I am going to give it a few more wearings – my skin may well be amplifying the cleaner musky aspect at the expense of some of the floral notes, as it tends to do. So even if Opardu doesn’t end up having the same wow factor of PD1 for me, it may be a different animal on other people – like Sergey indeed!


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