Time is running so fast when my nose is busy trying new perfume. I love making new discoveries and still, even if I don’t like everything I sample, every vial is a valuable experience and a good lesson. I shall start this brand new week with fresh piece of my Monday Quick Sniffs, which are quickly becoming my favourite writes. This episode features three fragrances which present a nice balance between likes and dislikes.
Released in 2007 by L’Artisan Parfumeur in Harvest Fragrances series, Iris Pallida is a stunning & beautiful perfume. You know I’m an iris perfume lover and I can say that Iris Pallida doesn’t disappoint. Friend who gifted me with a sample of it said it’s much better than Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist and she was telling the truth. I also agree with her opinion that it’s happier than Serge Lutens iris. I would also add that it’s a little reserved or serious. This perfume hides all possible faces of iris. There is iris in a woody dress which is really pretty. Iris Pallida also has more powdery, rooty, and floral aspects. These stages go from one to another in a very smooth way – you just can’t say that powdery ends here and rooty starts there. Iris Pallida is sensual and it embraces in a very special way. Do I need it? I’m starting to think that I do! [edit note] It’s discontinued…
After Midnight is a second fragrance from The Different Company L’Esprit Colognes Collection (remember Sienne d’Orange?) In contrast to Sienne d’Orange this fragrance is much better but still nothing very special or worth much attention in my opinion. The beginning is a mix of angelica, musk and iris of which the strongest is… galbanum and bergamot? Yes, the opening is completely destroyed! It would be good if it was angelica at first, then iris and musk. At least I would be able to smell separate ingredients but no, they appear together and are overwhelmed by bergamot and galbanum. It seems like this perfume was done in a rush and it smells like it is not completely finished. Too bad. After 30 minutes I could smell more musky iris. Proportions and the notes order are twisted to me. It’s a waste because After Midnight (2012) could’ve been a really good scent. In the form it is now it’s more meh than nice.
Zeta, a perfume created by Andy Tauer, owner of Tauer Perfumes in 2011 is an ode to linden blossom. This fragrance starts with harsh, floral note of linden (lime) blossom, smoothed by orange flower. The opening is almost acidic because bergamot and orange quickly appear. Sandalwood and ylang-ylang add woody, creamy touch to Zeta. Orange which appears after some time makes this fragrance sweeter and orris root used in Zeta’s base makes it slightly powdery. This Andy Tauer perfume is much different from his other perfume pieces. Zeta is light, transparent. People who had more experience than me in wearing it shared that Zeta was their often choice in hot mid-summer days. It lingers for a long time and becomes quiet after two or three hours so it’s inoffensive and smells fabulous! And it has a pretty green bottle. Quality of Zeta’s ingredients is very good, I think it’s worth it’s (quite high) price.