Wow! I returned to my university routine so fast and smooth that I didn’t notice the time passing so fast right behind my back. It seems like the opening ceremony for 2012/2013 academic year was just yesterday, but actually it’s been almost a month of studying already. My chemistry books kept me so busy I didn’t realize that Monday Quick Sniffs went on a few weeks-long break. But they’re back today, hoping to draw your attention, standing in their bright spotlight, I hope.
Sample of Idole de Lubin landed at my place accidentally. I obtained it as a complimentary gift with a purchase of Atelier Cologne Rose Anonyme. It was waiting for over a month before I chose to wear it. The fragrance was inspired by jungle and Africa. Olivia Giacobetti is a perfumer behind Idole de Lubin. Idole opens with warm and rich rum, which has the smallest hint of sweet vibe. Seconds later it’s joined by saffron – creating a spicy aroma and leather – adding more sensual, animalic and bold character. Later it turns woody because of ebony and red sandalwood used to craft Lubin Idole. In the drydown light citrus tones are detectable and some pleasant sweetness of sugar cane chimes in from time to time. Idole de Lubin really is a wild, free-spirit fragrance. Version I reviewed was an EdT, but Idole is also available in EdP.
By Kilian Amber Oud was one of those fragrances I wanted to try for a while. It’s a part of Arabian Nights collection of fragrances. Right after applying the first thing that blooms on your skin is amber. It’s warm, quite dry and posessing a little bit of alcoholic vibe. The alcoholic smell reminded me of an absinthe with a hint of wheat or hay, can’t really tell which one I smelled. Within 30 minutes amber from the opening evolves into smooth, creamy and mildly sweet combination with vanilla. Benzoin from Laos appears only few minutes later and makes fumes of Amber Oud dense, almost possible to touch and feel them. Cedar or bay leaf are practically impossible to detect under that dense quilt of amber, vanilla and benzoin. By Kilian Amber Oud, to my surprise, doesn’t contain oud. That’s bit unexpected, isn’t it? It’s projection is rather low and it stays close to your skin. Longevity is very nice. Good scent for colder days.
Musc from Les Nombres d’Or collection from Mona di Orio (so sad she passed away so quickly) is an interesting, natural smelling perfume. Right at the beginning a lot of clean, slightly animalic muscs float from your skin surface. About 10 minutes later Musc becomes more powdery and floral with heliotrope. Tonka bean adds some sweetness and very light spicyness. As it evolves some citrus-floral aspects from neroli are becoming easier to notice, as well as velvety rose. Important ingredient of Les Nombres d’Or Musc by Mona di Orio is angelica that wraps everything together into one complex scent. Angelica brings kind of balmy, spicy and slightly rooty aromas. It smells great as a whole creation. It’s complex style is not overwhelming, all elements interlace with each other. Musc is really worth attention. Les Nombres d’Or Musc is available as 100 ml bottle of EdT.