I usually review mostly perfumes I like, that move me somehow, or that compell me to try them again and again, even if I don’t love them. Then there are also reviews now and then about perfumes I hate, most often mainstream releases.
Here is a little post on perfumes I tried, because they interested me, but the outcome is a vague meh-feeling. I do not dislike them, I am not in love, they leave me somewhat untouched.
In an effort to clean up my to-review-stash, as well as present a more complete picture of my tastes (which can be helpful, so you can gauge better where we might be similar and where we differ), I decided to take a bunch of samples that do not quite make it into my good books.
In the words of the American composer John Milton Cage -
here come ten “Neutrals”:
Mona di Orio Nuit Noire: One of the earlier creations of Mona di Orio, and now discontinued, Nuit Noire was a perfume I was afraid of. Notes include orange flower, cardamom, ginger and orange guinee, olibanum, cinnamon, tuberose, sandalwood, clove, cedarwood, amber, leather, musk and tonka. Civet is not listed in the notes, but I swear it is here and a lot of it too. In the beginning Nuit Noire is very indolic and outright fecal smelling, but that goes away after a few minutes thankfully, and what stays is a floral oriental that turns very powdery on me for some unidentified reason. It is not the scrubber I envisioned, but it is not inspiring me in any way either.
Huitieme Art Sucre d’Ebene: here is a Pierre Guillaume scent that does not do anything for me. Too linear, too bland, to sugary, too… or is it not enough? I’m not sure.
Eau d’Italie Paestum Rose: What is a Duchaufour doing here? That must be a mistake! But no, after re-smelling, I have to say, a very well done rose, very nice and very boring. I get the feeling, there are about 25 niche scents just like it.
Parfum d’Empire Eau Suave: and here is one of those 25.
Andy Tauer Zeta: I cannot help but compare this to Mandy Aftel’s Honeyblossom, since the two were created at the same time during the same project and I can’t help but prefer Mandy’s version. I’m not sure how I would feel, if that connection weren’t there. As it is, it leaves me cold…
Montale Boisée Vanille: a stronger, woodier Shalimar. Shalimar for Men, maybe. I’ll stick with the original. (Sorry, Suzanne, I know you love it!)
Parfumerie Generale Harmatan Noir: a very dry tea scent, very masculine and acerbic. Not bad, but at the end of the day I’m just not moved.
Worth Courtesan: a sweaty, salty floral that sounds interesting, but turns out to be only nice. Nice is fine. I want more than just nice though.
Mona di Orio Lux: Lux is citrus fragrance and then it is an amber fragrance, both lovely and the appearance of amber is somewhat unexpected. Lux reminds me strongly of Shalimar, where this has been done already, and I must say, better. But going up against such an icon is hard.
Xerjoff XJ17/17 1861: Starts out promisingly, but looses steam on the way. I find myself loosing interest after a few minutes. Even these two sentences bore me to tears. I apologize, if I offended any fans of 1861.
And here is another John Cage, I have to say I adore this one, hence the picture, it serves no deeper purpose, than to disclose my affections for him.
I felt the need to put a little corrective balance out there, I do not love everything, but usually I tend to review only what I love, just so you know.