“I have nothing to say and I’m saying it!” – Mini-Reviews

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.

Peter McNichol as John "The Biscuit" Cage

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. :)

Image source: allymcbeal-hypnoweb.com

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28 Responses to “I have nothing to say and I’m saying it!” – Mini-Reviews

  1. Undina says:

    I have absolutely nothing to say about any of the perfumes you mentioned (I’m still testing four of them and, most likely, will end up with the same conclusion) but I want to say that I absolutely love Ally McBeal! And John Cage is my favorite character. “A fat man, trying to squeeze through a narrow chimney, and I taunt him with Oreos and whole milk”.

    • Olfactoria says:

      I will not stand to be disparaged. :) John Cage is the best!!!

      And you not having to say anything about those perfumes and saying it anyway, fits the theme exactly, thank you! ;)

  2. angie Cox says:

    Isn’t John Cage a composer ? Anyhow Birgit you say what you think for goodness sake you have the right . I’ve given up blogging because apart from my terrible lack of ability I find Facebook takes up so much time from knitting and fiddling with my fragrances !!! I won a Faberge Partage on eBay which should arrive today . There is a review on Basenotes and this is my second bottle now to go into my secret vault !

    • Olfactoria says:

      Yes, John Milton Cage is a composer (and I say that farther up in the review), and he was the one who give this post its title, but thinking of him reminded me of the other John Cage of Ally McBeal fame, and as I wrote, his inclusion in this review doesn’t serve any purpose at all, other than that I adore him. ;)

      Congratulations on winning the ebay auction! That sounds like a great treasure!

  3. lady jane grey says:

    I know only two of the above : the Huitime Art perfumes made me think they’re a part of a puzzle, but non of them is a complete scent alone. Like ingredients for a another perfume.
    The other one is Zeta – Andy Tauer has a huge fan-base out there, but I remain completely untouched by his creations. I’m just absolutely and totally uninspired by any of his scents. I don’t know what’s wrong with me (or rather with my nose).

    • Olfactoria says:

      That is actually a great thought – the Huitième Art scents being parts of a greater scheme. Maybe they fit together somehow… or maybe that is over-thinking it. ;)

      Nothing is wrong with your nose! Not everything is for everyone and that is perfectly fine. Many Tauers are too much for me too, but some are great, although not one of his perfumes is an easy, spray and go choice. They are a huge all-day commitment.

  4. Aaron says:

    THE BISCUIT!!!!!

  5. Ines says:

    Well, all I can say is we are obviously not scent twins. :)

    I love both Nuit Noire (yes, quite dirty), Lux, Paestum Rose and Courtesan. :)
    Well, PR is now my boyfriend’s bottle technically.

  6. masha7 says:

    The ones you’ve mentioned that I tried, I had the big “MEH”, too. Zeta is a lovely floral but not the usual freaky Tauer that keeps me trying it or buying it. Once the sample was over, that was it, I didn’t think about it again. Paestum Rose smelled like an old hope chest that was once filled with flowers, now filled with dust. My son called it “Cryptkeeper Rose”! I didn’t care for any of Mona d’s perfumes until her newest collection, which I think is very impressive. And I love John Cage!!! I adore minimalist music, my DH can’t stand it, but I think he’s starting to enjoy it a little from time to time….

  7. <3 Mini reviews!

    It sounds like the original Mona di Orio's weren't as good as the Les Nombres d'Or?

  8. Suzanne says:

    Birgit, no need to apologize for not liking Montale Boise Vanille (but it was very sweet of you to take my feelings about it into concern. And I actually love your description of it as being like a Shalimar for men — you’re right! Which makes sense for me, as there are a number of men’s scents I like to wear). :)

    Oh, I love that you love the Biscuit!!! He was my favorite character, though the entire cast was just awesome.

  9. vanessa says:

    As you may recall, Nuit Noire was more than a scrubber on me – it was the fragrance equivalent of being “necklaced” when an SA in Paris liberally doused me in eight squirts of the stuff and I had to spend the rest of the day in a darkened room, clawing fitfully at my neck from time to time.

    Some of the other ones you mention I am equally half hearted about, like Sucre d’Ebene, Lux, Harmatan Noir and Eau Suave. I like a bunch of other ones in the Huitieme Art line, though!

  10. Caro says:

    Birgit, I am having issues with Paestum Rose too. God knows I wanted to love it, asas I feel like the queen of spicy and chypre roses.
    I love the initial burst of spices and myrrh, but then -on my skin- everything goes away and I am left with the same drydown of Sienne L’Hiver and Bois d’Ombrie, that Duchaufour briny accord.
    It should rock my world but it doesn’t. I like it though.

  11. Tara says:

    Really enjoyed this round-up, B. Paestum Rose and Eau Suave were real disappointments for me because like Caro, I’m fond of dark roses and chypres. Harmatan Noir was on my To Try List but I’m less eager now as I’m not fond of those dry tea scents (even Tea for Two was too dry for me and some find it too sweet). Nuit Noire just sonds scary.

    The only thing I think about when I see that photo of John Cage is Barry White!

    • Olfactoria says:

      Barry White! This show really defined a generation. ;) And while we are at it – wasn’t Larry Paul great? I adored him! (Robert Downey Jr. in general).

      I’m glad you enjoyed the minis, Tara!

      • Tara says:

        Oh yes, the whole cast of characters was just amazing, which is something you don’t get very often. I think you must be right – that show obviously made a lasting impression on all of us!

  12. Oh my god, I need to try Nuit Noir…

    Ally McBeal = one of the best shows of the 90s!

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