Mol (mollyringle) wrote,

A fragrance entry

If you're wondering why I've been oddly quiet about perfumes lately, it's mainly because I have been happily faithful to my regular fragrance, Chanel No. 19, for some time now. It's working beautifully for me: green without being astringent, floral without being cloying, and highly unlikely to be discontinued.

It is a touch on the "girly" side, though, so to tilt the scales toward the androgynous center I've been adding a little men's cologne to my skin along with it. Namely, I've been using varieties from the Royall Lyme Bermuda line. This pack of miniature bottles gives me four options (Lyme, Mandarin, Muske, and Bayrhum), all of which are simple and natural enough scents to blend well with No. 19. On their own, they've got a light, pleasant "your dad's aftershave" impression, and good staying power for a mere cologne.

Here's a new scent I'm curious about, though: Cumming, the fragrance, a tongue-in-cheek celebrity perfume created for Alan Cumming. Quoting the website: "Base notes of leather, peat fire, highland mud, burnt rubber and white truffle ground the scent with rugged sensuality, while the core notes of cigar, heather, Douglas fir and rubber contribute to its sharpness. The fragrance is completed with spicy top notes of bergamot, black pepper, Scotch pine and whiskey." I've never seen Douglas fir listed in a scent's notes before, though I've always thought it should be used in perfume. Must see if I can sample this one somewhere. If nothing else, Alan Cumming is hilarious and talented (check out the ad photos on that site--hee!), and I would like to support him.

By the the Cumming video commercial on that site, is it just me, or does Alan look kind of like circa-1983 Robert Smith, with the eye makeup and the tousled hair and the pretty grin? and goofy at the same time. That is talent. If he weren't gay, I'd totally call him and ask him out! ;)

Finally, I have up for grabs a 1-oz bottle of lotion and another of shower gel, in Bath and Body Works' Coconut Lime Verbena. I sampled both, but they're mostly full otherwise. On me the scent became a dreadfully overpowering tropical fruit salad, as if someone had spilled concentrated margarita and pina colada mixes all over me. Remember, self? Fruity perfumes, on the whole, are a bad, bad idea for you.

So, if you like this scent, say the word and send me your address, and they're yours.
Tags: celebrity, fragrance

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