Well, it’s December already and I just noticed it’s been two weeks since part 6 of Monday Quick Sniffs. I have few impressions on perfume I recently tested (though they’re not new and been waiting for their test time for a while). Without any further introductions let’s move on to mini-reviews.
Number 21 in Parfumerie Generale line is represented by a fragrance known as Felanilla – created by Pierre Guillaume in 2008 belongs to the family of oriental spicy scents. With it’s first try I was greeted by a generous dose of medium-sweet, sensual vanilla, which, to my liking was accompanied by a powdery aroma brought by iris. The iris is not much floral but rather powdery with a tiniest hint of rooty smell. In the drydown Felanilla loses it’s powdery style and becomes dry and green with hay note. It’s not offensive and plays well with other ingredients – it’s just rather easy to notice. Some time later it smells mainly of amber (styled up with vanilla again) and a touch of saffron that adds some nice, more elegant character. Felanilla is unisex fragrance. It didn’t last long on me, but I have a dabber sample… PG21 would smell great on a cold day.
Rose Oud from By Kilian is a second fragrance from the Arabian Nights series I got to try. Comparing to Amber Oud which I tried earlier I must say that I like Rose Oud much better. Right after applying I could smell a lovely rose note which has a special ability on me. At first smell it’s very transparent and with every minute it becomes more noticeable and loud. It smelled fabulous 5 minutes later! Perfect amount of saffron that was used here creates the jammy vibe, similar to the one I described in my L’Artisan Parfumeur Safran Troublant review. I love this jammy combination of rose and saffron. Later Rose Oud shows it’s oriental character when oud and guaiac wood show their smelly molecules. It smells really alluring, sensual and quite resolute at the same time. It has a better sillage and comparable longevity to Amber Oud but I wish it was stronger – on me it stays close to the skin and I would love to effuse its aroma all around me.
Jo Malone created Amber & Lavender Cologne in 1995 (when I was at the age of 5!) It’s been a while since I wanted to try it and see on my own how it smells. Thanks to a friend I finally could give it a proper test. Lavender is the main player in this fragrance. It’s strong, herbal and aromatic style is spiced up with cloves and myrrh. Patchouli adds a lot of depth and allows amber to create something more warm and sensual yet definitely masculine at the same time. I also noticed that mint is quite nice and impressive here. There’s also cinnamon that continues the spicy tones provided earlier by clove. Bergamot gives a hint of citrus smell at the end. Amber & Lavender has a moderate sillage and its lasting power is really good – on me it was 6 hours. To me this perfume from Jo Malone is 100% masculine, its smells reminds me of barbershop.