I sniffed my way through a bunch of new releases the other day and thought I’d share my impressions.
Caveat: these are no reviews, just my thoughts upon first smelling a perfume, we all know how that first impression can change. I tried those on my skin as well as paper.
Tom Ford Violet Blonde: Upon first impression this is the easiest to like Tom Ford (I’m only talking about the signature line, not the Private Blends). It is loud in typical Fordian fashion, but it is also very gentle. It smells of violets and soapy powder. Nice, full review to follow.
Balenciaga L’Essence: the allegedly more intense version of Balenciaga Paris, L’Essence is not intense in any way, shape, fashion of form. But it is lovely in a quiet, considerate way. It is more masculine leaning than the original, less sweetly-violet-y (a good thing in my book) and more woody. It is less prim than Balenciaga Paris, more relaxed and cooler (in attitude not smell). I like it better that the first one, the bottle is truly beautiful and an improvement as well, cap-wise.
Cartier Baiser Volé: A very fresh lily, stems and all. I did not follow the entire development of Baiser Volé, though I’m not sure whether I lost track of it somehow, or whether it just disappeared on me. Very green and light and fresh, probably great in spring, when I will revisit it for sure. Now I’m just not in the mood for it. (That is a fine example of how long it takes for some scents to be launched in good, old Vienna).
Parfums Chloé Love Chloé, Eau Intense: A (first) flanker of last year’s Love, Chloé, this is a darker juice in the same bottle, it smells different at first though. Not necessarily more intense in the sense of louder or stonger, Eau Intense is nice, but bores me to tears after about fifteen minutes. After unimpressive top notes, my interest is piqued by a lovely floral accord a few minutes in, but then it ends up just the same as Love, Chloé the First. Booooorrrrrrring.
Guerlain Shalimar Parfum Initial: I tested this for the umpteenth time and I just can’t seem to make up my mind about it. I love the bottle, I don’t particularly mind the idea of a pink Shalimar or other flankers of the great legend, like Ode a la Vanille or Eau de Shalimar (*ducks for the stones and tomatoes flying*), but somehow it doesn’t grab me at all. I like it, it is pretty and it is recognizably Shalimar, but I am not exited, not moved, not anything. Unlike the real Shalimar, Parfum Initial leaves me cold. I’m not ready to stop testing either, though.
Guerlain Idylle Eau Sublime: Idylle Eau de Parfum is not very old yet, but there are already two flankers on the market. Idylle Duet and now Eau Sublime as well as an Eau de Toilette version. It seems this one is a fruiter variant, a light and dainty floral, nice but so utterly not what I am looking for right now (or ever). But what irks me once more, is this flanker overload, give people the time to attach themselves to Idylle! Or are we all so fickle, we can’t be trusted to love a perfume for more than six months? (Perfume-Maniacs excepted, of course!)
Chanel N°19 Poudré: I left the best for last… no, sorry, I’m joking. Sadly Poudré is not at all what I had hoped it would be. A tame opening that is still nice and which I could get on board with, but the disappearance or disintegration of the perfume after about fifteen minutes is not what I expected and not what should happen, I suppose. I tried to blame it on myself and my musk-molecule handicapped nose, but first of all, a perfume should be a bit more than big musks, and secondly, I have heard many tell the same story. So I would say stick with the original!!!