Time flies in the speed of light. Another month and a half passed since the previous installment. I will immediately remedy this state with a fresh portion of sometimes funny and silly mini reviews.
From the broadly valued French perfume and luxury leather & fabrics house of Hermes I recently got to try Brin de Reglisse. It was suggested to me by Undina many months ago and I recently got a chance to obtain a tiny sample in a swap. It’s one of the exclusive fragrances in Hermessence collection and at the moment the only one from this line that caught my attention. Other Jean-Claude Ellena doings for Hermes were not interesting to me. At the moment of applying Brin de Reglisse is a wonderful lavender perfume. This is the kind of lavender that I love – very dry, herbal with eventual green nuances. After just a few minutes the lavender becomes much sweeter because of the licorice. It has that specific smell of black licorice gum-candy but it’s not as pungent as I was unlucky to experience in some other scents. Believe me, the dense smell of licorice can we awful! 20 minutes into the development I detect the hay note – it’s dry, green, smells kind of grassy and I think coumarin is there too! Brin de Reglisse is extremely linear and simple. Too simple to be worth the money.
In 2012 Comme des Garcons launched a set of 3 fragrances in Play series. One of them that seemed quite suitable for me was Play Red. The first minute I wore it Play Red was an immediate burst of sweet mandarin orange but this note quickly faded. Right after it a sweet and spicy aroma of the cinnamon appeared. It was very gentle and not overdone. Pink pepper added more spiciness to the composition. When 20 minutes later the osmanthus accord appeared I really started to enjoy Play Red. The floral-fruity feeling it left on my skin was lovely. Later on I noticed some green crispiness of geranium and a funny note of juicy cherry. It was great and didn’t smell jammy. Some time later I got a waft of more balmy and resinous tones and a source of them was a tolu balm. At this level I smelled the additional dose of cinnamon. Finishing touch to Play Red was given by a sensual and spicy saffron (and synthetic safraleine) and a bit of myrrh I didn’t really detect. Quite a nice perfume but I don’t need it.
Launched in 2012 by Ulrich Lang is a perfume named Lightscape, that is classified as floral-aldehyde. On my skin it begins with a crispy smell of crushed violet leaves, some resinous nuances of galbanum and just a small hint of lemon juice. The overall impression is quite woody and it slowly evolves into something more powdery. The notes list says iris but I don’t get any iris in here. Violet leaf is too dominating to smell iris I think. Cashmere wood is refined and smooth here. When violet appears the whole perfume turns green plus it gains a hint of aldehyde quality. I don’t like this phase. Unfortunately it doesn’t get better with time. Lightscape turns musky in the artificial way thanks to ambrette and ambergris. There’s some delicate rosy feeling to it. In the drydown this Ulrich Lang scent gets ozonic and mainly floral and it’s not a good way to end up a perfume. Who wants a perfume that is ozonic for most of the time you have it on your skin? The longevity was miserable on my skin, Lightscape disappeared after 2-3 hours.