Thursday, 26 November 2015

Journey for Man by Amouage

Amouage are known for bold and potent fragrances so given that the name of this fragrance is Journey we primed our olfactory senses for a big adventure and off we set..........

The initial aroma has a quick burst of zestiness, which mingles with the spicy top notes of sichuan pepper and cardamom invoking images of a spice market on a warm evening with the heady smell of citrus blossom being brought in on the breeze (rather a lovely thing to be imagining on a cold November day!).  

Pretty quickly the leather, tobacco leaf and woody notes make themselves very evident as if we had moved through the spice market to where a group of elegant gentlemen were putting the world to rights, smoking expensive tobacco and drinking something rich. sweet and dark.  The conversation goes on long into the night - with the aromas intensifying and swirling around their heads.  

The edge of those very bold middle and base notes is tempered with the inclusion of tonka bean (our aroma of the week) a beautiful sweeter base note, as otherwise those big woody/smoky notes could be rather harsh and possibly even unpleasant.  

This is a deliciously rich, smooth and very long lasting fragrance, not for the shy wearer. It needs time to develop on your skin.  Harry described it as interesting rather than nice - a very accurate observation, you'd need quite an assertive personality to carry this off. 

At £185.00 for 50ml this may well be a carefully considered purchase - but one you could keep for those special occasions when you need to stand out, be noticed and remembered.   


Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Boudicca Wode (Scent) by Boudicca

Today I am wearing Boudicca Wode (Scent) by Boudicca.

Amazingly this perfume comes in two styles – scent and paint.  They both are designed to be sprayed on and to fragrance your skin, but the ‘paint’ version is blue (as in woad) and sprays a temporary blue splash onto skin and clothing.

How dull am I?  I only have the scent version!

The scent is interesting - it immediately reminded me of the smell of powdered poster paint that we used at school.  It has a dry, leathery edge to it and smells relaxed and calm, matt rather than shiny, cold rather than warm, short and stubby rather than long and unwinding.  So far it hasn’t changed at all on my skin even though there are lighter notes of coriander, nutmeg, juniper, sage, saffron and cardamon with deeper, rich notes of labdanum, tonka bean, amber, musk, oakmoss, leather and tuberose.

Different, but not at all unpleasant – and isn’t it funny how our minds work.  Every time I smell this I am imagining blue.  I’m trying to imagine pink, but blue is the dominant colour that is thrown up by my olfactory translators.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Noir Pour Femme by Tom Ford

Today I am wearing Noir Pour Femme by Tom Ford.

Actually I wish I wasn’t.  It’s dark, darker than dark, but I was hoping for leather, vetiver, smoke and perhaps a bit of road tar, but instead I have dark chocolate, a touch of coffee, caramel and a touch of vanilla.  Gosh, I am not ready for this.

It isn’t unpleasant, but it is sweet and edible which wasn’t what I was expecting.  I feel like I’ve just stuck my finger in a bar of melted chocolate and am debating whether to wash or lick it off such is the chocolatey aroma filling my nostrils. 

I feel I need to visit a coffee shop and ask for a triple whipped mocha espresso with an extra shot of vanilla syrup to satiate the sudden urge this perfume has given me.  Actually I smell like I have had the drink but spilt it into my lap.

The perfume also contains a range of citrus elements – mandarin, bergamot, bitter orange and orange blossom, but they never got as far as my olfactory senses before they were blown away by the chocolate.  Creamy elements from sandalwood, kulfi and vanilla help my imagination with the whipped cream topping but into the mix we can also include jasmine, rose, amber, ginger and mastic.  We can include them but we can’t smell them but of course the whole perfume wouldn’t be the same without them.

Perhaps if I knew that the barista element was going to overpower the perfume I’d have been ready for it and probably like this perfume a lot more than I do.   But my olfactory desires still demand that I wear a road tar, leather smoke concoction … no Noir for me today thank you Tom.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

L’Humaniste by Frapin

Today I am wearing L’Humaniste by Frapin

Mmmm I’m really enjoying this one.  Although it has a fresh bergamot and lemon opening it soon moves into spicier notes courtesy of black and pink pepper, cardamom and nutmeg. 

Deliciously smooth and rounded with a tinsy winsy hint of floral (gorgeous peony) but remaining fresh at all times (juniper and thyme).  As it dries down I’m getting oakmoss which pretty much wraps it up and puts a ribbon on it too.

It is a lovely fresh and spicy scent but it doesn’t leap up your nose and strip your nasal hairs.  This one teases its way from wrist to nose, unfurling it wonderful green spiciness with every inch it travels.  It reminds me of a very welcome gin and tonic.

Glorious, botanical, spicy and very welcome.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Burberry Touch for Men

Today I am wearing Burberry Touch for Men.

A quick spritz and I love it already.  A slightly tart mandarin greets me like a long lost friend.   Instantly familiar and friendly, this scent is welcoming and warm.

Bye bye mandarin and hello pepper, but pepper with cedar, tonka, nutmeg, vetiver, violet leaf and artemisia.  What a great combination – it smells lively, crisp and spicy with a sweet after scent.

Easy to wear, easy to enjoy and easy to admire.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Tardes by Carner Barcelona

Today I am wearing Tardes by Carner Barcelona.

Creamy, hay-like and sweet with notes of almond and antiseptic.

Gosh – that probably doesn’t sound too thrilling does it, but actually it works in some kind of weird fashion.

I was slightly perplexed when I read the blurb since it boasts middle notes of plum and celery. I can’t say that it made me grab the bottle and squirt liberally, but since it is our perfume of the week and I pulled the name out of the hat, I had to give it a try.

To support the plum and celery we have almond, geranium, rose, tonka, heliotrope (our aroma of the week), cedarwood and musk. The tonka gives it the creamy hay element but almond is the real player here. Outside the tonka and almond, I’m not sure any of the other smells get a look in. But the fact that I can’t detect the celery is a blessing.

Inspired by a walk through fields of wheat and almond glades whilst taking in the late summer sunshine I imagine that Daniela Andrier (the nose) is pleased with the result because wheat (ok, hay!) and almonds are this perfume. The summer sunshine, nope I’m not getting that. I’m trying hard, but I’m not. It could be because the rain is pelting down hard on the office window and any thought of summer is a long dream away.

It’s a little too sweet for my liking and a little too creamy, but soft almondy perfumes you will be very happy with this one.

Monday, 16 November 2015

Paris by YSL

Today I am wearing Paris by YSL.

Soft, powdery, feminine and warm.  Comforting, charming, elegant yet simple, this perfume is a true acknowledgement to the wonderful city and the wonderful people who live in it.

The opening is a quick flutter of bergamot and orange that kiss my wrist in a true Parisienne romantic style.  From quick fruity kiss to fond floral hug with soft violet and roses now embracing my skin, gently wrapping me in a gossamer layer.  Iris strolls in hand-in-hand with sandalwood and vanilla enveloping me in a creamy, woody accord.  It is beautiful, soft, delicate and wonderful.

There is true harmony in this bottle.  Woods, florals, fruits and sweetness mingle and create a happy, well-balanced blend where the different notes work together in full.  Imagine that.

Perfect Paris, may peace, comfort and reassurance be restored.