Without any further introductions I’ll head straight to my latest perfume impressions.
“Sandalwood written in capital letters, full scale and life sized!” says a promotional card I’ve got with my sample of Santal Majuscule, a new perfume from Serge Lutens released this year at the beginning of July. Right after spraying I was unimpressed by a citrus reminding, dull opening. I quickly changed my mind to “ooh” when the phase disappeared revealing pure sandalwood. Santal Majuscule is kind of smooth but it has a twist. Other sandalwood perfume from Serge Lutens, Santal Blanc is more like a right in your face scent and I expected Santal Majuscule to be similar. But it’s not. Woody tones of Santal Majuscule go from low volume to high volume. From smooth it turns into something dry, totally woody and full of splinters. When I smell it, some woody pencil shavings also come to my mind. Before Santal Majuscule transforms into the mighty sandalwood perfume I got a feeling of smelling a pot filled with stewed fruit, with noticeable raspberry on the front but that was probably just my olfactory imagination. Santal Majuscule, a good perfume for wood lovers.
Spicebomb is a perfume introduced in 2012 by the designer duo Viktor&Rolf. It was made by Olivier Polge. From the start Spicebomb smells of spices, with carefully pronounced cinnamon and pink pepper. But they’re more warm and sweet than real spicy. Cinnamon should pinch your nose but it doesn’t do this. What else you can find in Spicebomb is tobacco, saffron, paprika, leather, elemi, vetiver, bergamot and grapefruit. I couldn’t find good signs of their presence inside the bottle. They might be there or they might not be there. I just wish I could smell them one by one. Most of them smell together and argue who is the most important. And I must mention that I can’t escape from the feeling that Viktor&Rolf Spicebomb smells to me like vanilla ice cream with sugared cinnamon and pepper topping. I can totally live without it, sorry Viktor&Rolf.
Also released in 2012 here comes Sonoma Scent Studio with their newest fragrance called Forest Walk. This perfume is a forest in the bottle. The opening is created to be woody. It’s made from essences of cedar, oak and fir. It smells light-woody, leafy and kind of dirty. Then we’ve got jasmine, violet to let some light into the forest and benzoin for density. Something adds a tiny bit of unpleasant, stomach shaking sensation – it’s probably hemlock that caused that feeling inside me. Forest Walk contains also moss, amber and a little bit of sandalwood. I also think there’s some vetiver inside it. Smelling this Sonoma Scent Studio makes me feel like everything from the forest was taken to make Forest Walk. Leaves, branches, bark, greens, wildflowers, moss, cones, even soil with insects (yes, I really have the buggy feeling after few hours of wearing it.) Forest Walk is a great perfume. It’s just not for me. I don’t see myself wearing it regularly. I recommend it to realistic nature smelling perfume lovers.