For the last five months, since Chemist in the Bottle was created (wow, it’s almost 5 months already!), while reviewing perfumes I kind of avoided expressions saying that I don’t like any particular scent. I was writing about different fragrances no matter I liked them or not. I prefered to stay neutral and say that I appreciate the scent thought it’s not made for me and that it doesn’t suit my style. Today I decided to review few perfumes I thought I would love, but love didn’t happen.
Eau Noire was my first encounter with La Collection Privée from Christian Dior. It was sent to me by a generous UK friend, since the exclusive line is not available in Poland. I was expecting to quickly fall in love with this perfume and find my perfect lavender hidden in the green juice. Things turned out to be quite different. Honestly I fell in love with Eau Noire’s pungent lavender – green, herbal and medicinal but for me the enjoyable part of the scent ended right there. Not much time later I started noticing cedar, sweaty and unkind to my nose. But the most terrible thing was yet to come. Eau Noire turned into a dark and dense coffee that I associated with espresso. The thing is that in life I prefer tea to coffee and coffee in perfume is usually unbearable for me. Neither leather nor violet made it better. It just wasn’t for me. I had to deal with it and continue my adventure with lavenders. I gave my sample away without regrets.
Hermes Terre d’Hermes and I met many months ago, before I started my perfume blogging adventure. It was a meeting by an accident. I visited Douglas (high-end perfumeries chain) shop to buy new shaving cream and stopped by perfume counter. Back then I didn’t know this much about perfume so I was smelling random things. Terre d’Hermes was a random bottle grab too. When I sprayed it on my hand I initially liked it. The way it smelled of ripe and zesty oranges was very pleasing and refreshing, ideal for warmer months. I was even considering a purchase of it. When I returned home my wrist didn’t smell the same. The oranges were gone and what I smelled was a paper dry rooty spiciness of vetiver and black pepper. I revisited the scent once in a while to check if something changed but no, each time it was the same way of projection and development. To see what makes me insecure about it I tried different scents containing either vetiver or pepper. This allowed me to understand that I have issues with vetiver. Those issues still last. Vetiver and I don’t like each other much.
Do you have a perfume that you thought you’d like but things turned out to be different?