Since the first part of this kind of post had such a positive feedback, here is another installment. Six small non-reviews of things that did not make the cut, for various reasons…
Perles de Lalique: is a spicy rose that completely lacks the dark tones, it lacks punch and power, it is too lovely, there is not enough substance to take it seriously, but it is not an easy to love happy go lucky scent either, it tries too hard to be something it can never be, instead of building on what it has. This inner conflict does not last long, you decide whether that is a blessing or a curse.
Chanel Gardénia: the Eau de Toilette version is a part of Les Exclusifs (there is an extrait available too now, which I would love to smell. See this outstanding review by Elena of Perfume Shrine) So, Luca Turin stated: not Gardenia. That is undoubtedly true, but what else is it? A sweet-ish, pink-ish, vaguely floral-ish, indeterminate sugar water sounds probably a bit too harsh, but there are way to many -ishes in there for me to come up with something more friendly towards this unoriginal-ish scent.
Andrée Putman Preparation Parfumée: is a quite nice woody fragrance for about 50 seconds and only if you come really close. But if you miss that window of opportunity, all that remains is the idea of a good smell rather than a perfume, the barest whisper of the scent of a place rather than a person, a vague and very, very quiet place of peace, beautiful but totally lost in this world. Too ephemeral, too delicate too survive. An Olivia Giacobetti creation that is heartbreakingly tender but ultimately unsuitable for survival outside the bottle.
Dior La Collection Milly-La-Foret: it pains me to put this here, because I have a very soft spot for this fragrance. It is a soft, fruity-floral musk scent, that is as inoffensive as they come. Which brings us right down to the problem. A run-of-the-mill floral musk in soft pink (part of me loves just that!) that can be substituted with approximately 124 perfumes readily available just about everywhere for a fraction of the price, has no business to be a part of an exclusive, expensive and supposedly highly artistic and unique line up that represents the heritage of a major perfume house. Sorry, Milly we are not meant for one another. (Looking for a similar, but better executed and longer lasting version? – This is it!)
Amouage Opus V: Iris and Amouage – that should have been a devastating combination for me. Sadly, it is not. I get too much oud and too much bravado in the opening that does not hold what it promises, strangely Opus V diminishes on me over the course of its development, there is an odd vanishing act going on that I have not really figured out yet, but this does not occur every time, some days it just relentlessly goes on and on about oud, oud, oud, oud… I am not done with it yet, but for now it is in the back of the review circuit again. As a penalty for not fulfilling my wishes. 😉
Honorè des Pres Vamp à New York: I struggle with this, because I do not like tuberose, as I have stated often before. But I like the following: Ines, who sent me this, Olivia Giacobetti who created it, Love Coco, the sister scent in this line AND most importantly every other note in this perfume, but the tuberose. That is not exactly true, I like the treatment of the tuberose in this perfume very much, it is as good as tuberose gets for me, and that this is still not enough, irks me. But what can you do? Not everything is for everyone, and the human experience is fluid, so we never know how this particular relationship will turn out in the end. I might get to be a vamp one day.
Stay tuned for mainstream mini-reviews upcoming soon!
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