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Weekend Poll – What did you test lately?

Hello everyone! Can you believe this is the last weekend in June? Also it’s officially the first day of summer vacation for all the school kids (who have been taking their virtual lessons from home since March anyway). How’s the covid situation in your country? Here in Poland on many occasions it feels as if people completely forgot that something serious was going on not that long ago. And we’re having presidential elections tomorrow. But generally speaking… it’s not the same as it was before when you go out. In my opinion it was still to early to release some of the restrictions.

Moving on to more pleasant topics, let me ask what is the last perfume that you had a chance to try lately? Did you like the fragrance you tested, or did it turn out to be a disappointing scrubber? I am happy to report that yesterday when I came back home I found a sample of Vivacious waiting for me in my mailbox. This is the latest composition from Hiram Green that focuses on violet. You know I love my violets & irises so I had some expectations before trying it, but oh boy, this is so good. Look out for my detailed review that should be ready sometime next week. For now – happy weekend!

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A perfect citrus – does it exist?

Even if you’re an ‘advanced’ perfumista, it probably doesn’t happen too often that you finish a bottle of perfume. Even if you’re like me and what you have is mostly partial bottles, it’s still a quite rare phenomenon. Well… guess what! Last week I emptied my bottle of Diptyque Eau des Sens. I know it might sound weird but when you have a perfume for some years you get used to it being a part of your fragrance wardrobe. And so when it’s finished, it feels a bit like saying goodbye to a friend.

I know I wasn’t happy when I used the very last spray of Eau des Sens couple of days ago. I had this perfume for around 3 years and I still remember when I smelled it from a sample, shown it to my co-worker and that we quickly decided to buy a bottle and share it. What I truly enjoyed about this Diptyque fragrance was that it offered a beautiful equilibrium between the orange and orange blossom. It surely made many of the past summer days much more pleasant or even easier to handle when it was too hot and thanks to its scent I felt a bit cooler. I already accepted the fact that I finished this one and I now debate what to do with the bottle – throw it away to the glass container or find someone who collects empty bottles & ask if they’d like mine. (as I am not a collector of empty flacons).

As much as I enjoyed Eau des Sens I don’t think I want another bottle of the same perfume. My mind and nose are too curious to stick to one thing for longer, that’s why I’ll be on the lookout for a new citrus composition for the summer. And I’d better be quick because summer is just around the corner. This leads to my question – does a perfect citrus even exist? Almost every niche brand makes an attempt to something light & citrusy at some point, with better or worse execution.

Don’t get me wrong – I own and enjoy a couple of Atelier Cologne, like Pomelo Paradis, Cedrat Enivrant or Clementine California. To me these are the summer no-brainer fragrances. I think I’m looking for a more complex type of freshness. Looking back at fragrances that I tested recently or earlier, I’m really drawn to Ormaie Les Brumes.¬†Succus by Les Liquides Imaginaires¬†about which I wrote in 2018 was also a beautiful scent. I’m also open to any suggestions so if you think that I’m missing out by not knowing some citrus that you think it great, you must tell me about it!

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