The week was very cold again but warm sunlight put some life back into my lemmings (though, as you can see below, some of them are rather grumpy).
Normally I do not publish on a schedule. Whenever something is published, you, my readers and my friends, come over during the next three-four days to read and sometimes comment. But since I know now that I will publish this Thursday, January 24 – please consider it an official invitation to stop by on that date (or three-four days later).
Judith (the unseen censer) makes Decennial Collection from Luckyscent sound so appealing that I almost want to buy those samples: I’m going to wear all four of the perfumes in the Decennial collection, and I particularly enjoy contemplating them together, because to me, together they are a string quartet of woods: sandalwood, cedar, green young wood like ash or vine, and mesquite. I like the scent of wood, from carved wooden bowls to antique rocking chairs, and I like how these talented perfumers have mixed those woods with everything from flowers to foods to make four beautiful perfumes. Almost but not quite: I know that Luckyscent is in this business for money but something bothers me with such a hefty mark-up on the samples for their own perfumes. I’ll wait for splits.
Musette (Perfume Posse) reviews the upcoming release from one of my favorite brands Amouage Beloved Man. Even though I usually prefer their feminine (or at least unisex) offerings I look forward to trying this one.
Vanessa (Bonkers about Perfume): Rima XI is a gauzy web of spices backlit by a soft, sheer glow. It is pale and interesting, with a warm hum from its amber and vanilla base. It should be worn by heroines of romantic novels draped languidly on chaises longues, though never in a dead faint.
Jessica (Tinsel Creations) shares the picture of her new bracelet (and a link to the online store). It’s so not my style but I so want it…
Neil (The Black Narcissus) made me laugh not once but twice this week: once on his own blog (I do not want to give away anything, just read the story and I hope you’ll smile) and once in his guest post on Olfactoria’s Travels (you just have to read at least the part with his review for 7 Billion Hearts if you haven’t read it yet!)
Kay (That Smell) reviews one of my most happy loves – Bronze Goddess by Estee Lauder: Bronze Goddess reminds me of clean, fresh linens, coconut, and a tropical holiday. It dries down with a more mellow coconut note and a classy white musk with sandalwood that keeps the fragrance away from “teenaged girl coconut” and more in the territory of “grown-ups coconut”… I didn’t review this perfume so I won’t suggest reading my story but (those of my readers who didn’t follow me in 2011) take a look at the picture of Bronze Goddess with Dragon< Fruit>s I took in Hawaii.
Parfumista (Parfumistans blogg) reviews one of my new loves (though she likes it much less than I): In the City of Sin starts with a sparkling clean bergamot-cardamom dominated accord. Then some natural smelling fruity nots follows, there are no harsh chemical notes, instead the fruity notes are round, soft, fresh and perfectly ripe. The fruits reminds me of a tamer version of the fruity notes of Bombay Bling from Neela Vermeire creations.