1) Perversion. Site description: The perfect scent to wear to your next bondage ball, dungeon adventure or sojourn to your favorite pleasure dome. Smoky rum and black tobacco with a whisper of steamy leather with a splash of crystalline chardonnay, layered over a sensual, sweet, and deceptively magnetic base of tonka. Gender-neutral.
Tonka, it seems, smells a lot like vanilla crossed with coconut. I don't catch any of the chardonnay, thankfully--there's pretty much no fruitiness at all, on me. The tobacco definitely comes through, though, and oh my goodness does this mix smell good. Sweet and cozy in a grown-up and highly pervy kind of way. It doesn't seem "cruel" enough for a dungeon adventure or bondage ball, in my opinion, but it would make a lovely backdrop for many a Nabokov novel. Yes. Definitely my new favorite. Must...order...more!
2) Severin. Site description: Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, the Father of Masochism and sexual surrender, had planned on writing six volumes of erotic literature entitled The Heritage of Cain. Only the first two volumes were completed, the more famous of the two being the notorious Venus in Furs. This novel tells the tale of a man, Severin, that enters into a relationship of slavery and increasingly debauched degradation with his mistress, Wanda. Dry black teas, Earl Gray, and leather.
My, my. I do pick the pervy ones, don't I? But this one, actually, doesn't seem nearly so debauched as Perversion. It's a lovely, clean, and sophisticated blend, exactly as described: tea, leather, and citrus (from the bergamot of the Earl Grey). Also, for some reason, every time I sniff at it, my mind puts me in Great Britain. Is it the tea? Is it the elegance? Is it reminiscent of a lemon-scented furniture polish I used when working in that hotel in Scotland? I'm not sure, but it makes me very happy.
Jolly Roger and its aggressively-clean sea-air scent remains a yet still different favorite for other moods.
But these three, and some of the others I've loved, seem to suggest I'm leaning toward certain common notes. Seems I prefer a slightly earthy, slightly sweet, slightly masculine base note, such as leather, tobacco, or amber. Layered on top of that I seem to like certain spices (rum, cloves, black pepper) as stabilizing middle notes, along with woodsy notes like cedar or sandalwood (and maybe patchouli, but I'm still ambivalent about patchouli in some incarnations). And as the light sparkling top notes I apparently like citrus but not most other fruits, and maybe the occasional clean herb like lavender.
Despite my love of chocolate, I'm finding I don't actually like to wear the cocoa-scented fragrances - guess the "foody" ones are not really for me.
Are you fascinated now or what?
P.S. Re. the music: '80s-'90s Aerosmith is one of my guilty pleasures. Yeah, I admit it.