I don’t know why, but in the last months I have the feeling I am talking about perfume names all the time. That should not be as important a subject, but you cannot possibly review a scent called Shingl and ignore that gem of a name.
To take the guesswork out of it once and for all, despite the phonetic similarity, Shingl has nothing to do with the unfortunate malaise it conjures up in one’s mind, but is another meteorite crash site, this time in El Dorado, California, where a meteorite came down in 1869 or 1870. All the Shooting Stars collection scents are named after such sites.
Shingl is my least favorite of the Xerjoff’s I have tried, by far. Luckyscent describes it as Xerjoff’s Partygirl and I fully agree, but not in the positive sense that Luckyscent intends. To me Shingl smells more like the Paris Hilton of perfume – sweet, but grating and obnoxious, boozy and a bit vacant. (I apologize to Paris fans and Paris herself, it may well be my characterization is totally off the mark.)
Notes include bergamot, basil, anise, rum, iris, vetiver, amber, musk and vanilla.
Shingl opens sharp and alcoholic, rum and anise evoking a cocktail, my fantasy supplies the loud music and the crowded night club. Soon an enormous iris note, massive and over the top, too much, too rich, too big – à la style of the nouveau riche – rears its rooty head and stays for quite a while, smelling strangely of strawberries. The drydown is powdery-sweet. Vanilla and the blasted strawberry are here to stay, as is the case with any unloved perfume, forever and a day.
It is safe to say I do not like Shingl very much. But maybe that is just my unappreciative nose. All in all, I can’t shake the feeling that Xerjoff made a very bad fragrance out of very good materials, you can smell the quality despite everything, but a cheap composition will always smell cheap, even when clothed in silk and hung with diamonds.
Do you want to try Shingl?
I have a nicely packaged sample from Xerjoff to give away for one (lucky?) reader. Please leave a comment and let me know why you would love to test Shingl. Let’s make this one quick, I will pick a winner using random.org in 24 hours time, Friday, 8am. Good luck!
The sample will be shipped from England by a travelling friend, next week due to postal madness in Austria.
Image source: pub.ne.jp, noticiasfomosos.com, stawberries courtesy of Photo8.com