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The Perfumed Court, the subject of my last enthusiastic entry, has lived up to my gushing hopes. Less than a week after my order, all the little sample decants are in my hands. And they came with candy! Just one Hershey's Kiss or coffee-flavored hard candy per package, but still, a lovely customer service touch.

As for the scents, what can I do but swoon?

Cannabis Santal blends beautifully on me, still rather manly but in a sweet, earthy, delicious way. I notice the patchouli more this time around, but it's not at all overpowering as it can be in some blends. The various notes just sink into my skin and get comfortable, sending out a tendril of vanilla and fresh tobacco every so often when I move. Smells fabulous under my leather jacket. Ahhh.

I have sampled Creed's unisex Millesime Imperial as well, which according to rumor is worn by royalty and celebrities all round the world, including Harrison Ford. It's a clean, fresh, expensive scent, but (thankfully, given the expense) isn't for me. I want to love lemony aquatic fragrances, but they don't want to love my chemistry. Unlike scents that blend well for me, scents that don't blend well--like this one--seem to just sit on top of my skin, gradually growing thin and stale and not doing anything interesting. I'm pleased to know what Harrison Ford smells like, but am sort of bummed, too. I hoped he'd smell like a smoky leather jacket. Oh well; he probably does when he's in his Indy costume.

I've sampled a bit of Donna Karan's Black Cashmere too, and definitely must try it by itself, full throttle, tomorrow. The bit I dabbed on my hands is fascinating me. It smells like at least three different scents that have enchanted me in nature: rockrose (labdanum), Russian olive trees in bloom, and the juniper/sage/pine campfire-like incense of the American Southwest. Cinnamon is definitely in there too. Dry, yet saved from desiccation by just that hint of blossoming desert trees and their exotic fruits. Totally unusual. Definitely not for everyone. Got to try some more to see if it really works for me, or if it's too good to be true. Am knocking on a chunk of aromatic wood.

Seriously, someday I might just plunge into the aromatherapy and perfumery worlds, and abandon this writing thing. Except when it comes time to write scent descriptions, of course.


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May. 2nd, 2008 12:55 am (UTC)
I think you have just caused me to purchase two more vials... both the Donna Karen and the Cannabis sound swell. My sister purchased one of the sets for around 90 dollars (I forget which one) and is sharing the goods with me.

Did you send me the Dolce & Gabbana samples I recently discovered in my bedroom or did I get them elsewhere? Whatever the case, both the signature scent and Sicily work well on me--I dare say they even smell sexy to the male gender. Using both of them off and on over the last month has caused quite a few teenage boys to comment on how "good" I smell. Parents, co-workers and even the Coca-Cola delivery man have offered staggering compliments. This has only happened with a few select scents. Both scents are considered "mature" and perhaps too sensual for work wear (D & G uses "Human Pheromone Sciences" in the creation of their perfumes, as I just found out), but they both lasted over 8 hours on me. I need to get some more and add them to my arsenal of "signature go-to" scents. I totally rock them.

May. 3rd, 2008 03:09 am (UTC)
I look forward to your reviews on those and others. I imagine you'll like the Cannabis Santal, since it's easy to like for those who enjoy vanilla/tobacco/patchouli blends. The Black Cashmere is such a wild card, though, that I can't predict how anyone else would like it. Plenty of people hate it, to judge from perfume review sites. :) In any case, I still love it. My longer trial of it today went just fine. Think I need more.

Don't think the D&G scents came from me. I'm not sure I've ever tried theirs. But now I might have to! I notice the Perfumed Court has a "wish list" option. I will definitely go file some D&G's for future reference. Yum. Been too long since I was complimented on a scent by anyone other than my mom...

Edited at 2008-05-03 03:10 am (UTC)
May. 4th, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC)
D&G is worth the experience--both made me feel slightly alluring and exotic.

Your description of the DK sounds so "me". I hope it works out.

I have a few new BPAL ones that I should write up as well.
May. 2nd, 2008 01:35 am (UTC)
If you ever do decide to go into the aromatherapy/perfumery worlds, let me know, and I'll join you ;) I'm very intrigued myself. And still anxiously awaiting my BPAL.
May. 3rd, 2008 03:09 am (UTC)
Will do. We'll make it an international deal, conquering North America. Soon, the world!
May. 3rd, 2008 03:16 am (UTC)
Oooh I love your scent descriptions! I've been wanting to branch out and try new perfumes for quite a while. Right now I'm wearing Chocolovers. The scent is fine it just doesn't stay with me for very long. At least the kids I watch like it because it makes me smell like a Fudgsicle. : )
May. 6th, 2008 02:41 am (UTC)
Yum. I've tried a few chocolate-themed scents, and generally like them. But overall I've decided I don't want to smell exactly like brownies being cooked; I just want to eat the brownies. :) It works better for me if chocolate is just one of the notes in the larger blend.
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