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What the nose knows...

You know you've missed my perfume reviews. Luckily for us all, Knows Perfume, purveyor of uncommon scents, has opened up shop in my neighborhood. So, having gone in there a couple of times now, and sat around sniffing dozens of intriguing bottles and flasks with the proprietor (Christen) and other customers, I have been sent home with some free samples to enjoy.

And today's is one I love, love, love. It's L'Artisan's Tea for Two, and here's its description from the L'Artisan webpage:

The curling steam of smoky Lapsang Souchong hides mouthwatering spices of cinnamon, ginger and anise. Lightly sweetened by honey and vanilla, the fragrance is fiery and warm, provocative and mysterious. Deliciously spicy!
Notes: smoky tea, bergamot, cinnamon, ginger, honey, vanilla
Perfumer: Olivia Giacobetti

Now, having tried Lapsang Souchong, I can rule it out as a regular drink for me. I don't like my tea tasting like smoked gouda, thanks. But this fragrance--yum! Not a single moment of unpleasantness in several hours' wearing so far. I get leather and tobacco on top of a sweet, creamy chai tea, with maybe some spice biscotti on the side. The smokiness never gets sharp, thanks to that honey and vanilla wrapped around it. I keep inhaling deeply through my shirt where I dabbed the sample, seeking any hint of anything wrong, but nope--it keeps telling me, "Yes, I'm dark and smoky and leathery, and you can't help loving me because I'm so darn sweet." I want to curl up with this scent and snog it.

And I have several more to sample in the days to come, which may prove just as awesome in their own ways. Never leave me, Knows Perfume!

Now, there were earlier samples that didn't go so well, but you know I had fun examining them via nostril all the same. Here are my reviews of those:

333 by Tallulah Jane: Okay, I can rule out chamomile as a major note. I liked the grassy lavender in the background, but the chamomile put me in mind of having a stomachache and brewing up a medicinal herbal tea. That won't do...

Route du Vétiver by Maître Parfumeur et Gantier: Reading the list of notes in it, I see why I liked the top notes. I tend to go for blackcurrant, which is apparently in it. But the heart had, for my weird nose, a smell of sparkler or firecracker smoke, of all things. A bit too odd! That leather-ish drydown was nice, though.

Eau pour le Jeune Homme by Maître Parfumeur et Gantier: Pleasant enough, but on me it went straight to orange-flavored candy and stayed there. Presumably on actual males (or other females) it's more masculine.

Mimosa pour Moi by L'Artisan: Quite pretty. It reminded me a lot of Crabtree & Evelyn's Sonoma Valley, so as such it made me think of wisteria more than mimosa. Lovely soft scent, good staying power--but somehow not me. Too purely floral, perhaps.

But I'll let you know how those others go! Having found my potential holy grail on the dark and spicy side of the tea spectrum, maybe I'll find my one true love on the light side too: something in the green/jasmine/lemon category, fit for a summer day...

So, how are you all? What have you loved to sniff lately?

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gavinworld
Jun. 3rd, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
So, how are you all? What have you loved to sniff lately?

Gillette gel aftershave. Greg says it smells hot on me.
mollyringle
Jun. 4th, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
I know what he means. A lingering whiff of shaving cream/gel on a smooth jaw *is* hot! They all seem to smell pretty good.
gavinworld
Jun. 5th, 2010 02:46 am (UTC)
The Body Shop's shaving cream used to smell really good. They recently changed the formula, though, and I dislike the new smell so much that I've switched to Kings of Shaves' Alphagel, whose low-lather formula give me the added advantage of being better able to see what I'm doing near the edges of my sideburns and goatee.
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