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Monday Quick Sniffs, Part 2

Time is running so fast when my nose is busy trying new perfume. I love making new discoveries and still, even if I don’t like everything I sample, every vial is a valuable experience and a good lesson. I shall start this brand new week with fresh piece of my Monday Quick Sniffs, which are quickly becoming my favourite writes. This episode features three fragrances which present a nice balance between likes and dislikes.

Released in 2007 by L’Artisan Parfumeur in Harvest Fragrances series, Iris Pallida is a stunning & beautiful perfume. You know I’m an iris perfume lover and I can say that Iris Pallida doesn’t disappoint. Friend who gifted me with a sample of it said it’s much better than Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist and she was telling the truth. I also agree with her opinion that it’s happier than Serge Lutens iris. I would also add that it’s a little reserved or serious. This perfume hides all possible faces of iris. There is iris in a woody dress which is really pretty. Iris Pallida also has more powdery, rooty, and floral aspects. These stages go from one to another in a very smooth way – you just can’t say that powdery ends here and rooty starts there. Iris Pallida is sensual and it embraces in a very special way. Do I need it? I’m starting to think that I do! [edit note] It’s discontinued…

After Midnight is a second fragrance from The Different Company L’Esprit Colognes Collection (remember Sienne d’Orange?) In contrast to Sienne d’Orange this fragrance is much better but still nothing very special or worth much attention in my opinion. The beginning is a mix of angelica, musk and iris of which the strongest is… galbanum and bergamot? Yes, the opening is completely destroyed! It would be good if it was angelica at first, then iris and musk. At least I would be able to smell separate ingredients but no, they appear together and are overwhelmed by bergamot and galbanum. It seems like this perfume was done in a rush and it smells like it is not completely finished. Too bad. After 30 minutes I could smell more musky iris. Proportions and the notes order are twisted to me. It’s a waste because After Midnight (2012) could’ve been a really good scent. In the form it is now it’s more meh than nice.

Zeta, a perfume created by Andy Tauer, owner of Tauer Perfumes in 2011 is an ode to linden blossom. This fragrance starts with harsh, floral note of linden (lime) blossom, smoothed by orange flower. The opening is almost acidic because bergamot and orange quickly appear. Sandalwood and ylang-ylang add woody, creamy touch to Zeta. Orange which appears after some time makes this fragrance sweeter and orris root used in Zeta’s base makes it slightly powdery. This Andy Tauer perfume is much different from his other perfume pieces. Zeta is light, transparent. People who had more experience than me in wearing it shared that Zeta was their often choice in hot mid-summer days. It lingers for a long time and becomes quiet after two or three hours so it’s inoffensive and smells fabulous! And it has a pretty green bottle. Quality of Zeta’s ingredients is very good, I think it’s worth it’s (quite high) price.

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Monday quick sniffs

Good morning everyone! Time to start a new week, I’m sending my best wishes for a happy time towards you! I didn’t feel like writing a full-time review today so I decided to replace it with quick sniffs, which features few mini-reviews of fragrances I recently tested. These will be some general thoughts, without digging deeper into any particular perfume. I hope you’ll enjoy it. Of course, as always, you’re welcome to complain and tell me you want a full size review of any of the following.

Coco Noir, latest perfume release from Chanel. Much anticipated, this fragrance is on everyone’s lips, so I just couldn’t stay indifferent. To my nose it smells like grapefruit and rose mixture, with sandalwood powder sprinkled on top. It has a slightly powdered quality. I don’t get patchouli, but I get some olibanum which somehow gives me a salty feeling and that’s weird. There’s also tonka bean, geranium, a hint of bergamot and light musk. Coco Noir isn’t a bad fragrance, but it’s also nothing special. There are many better fragrances to smell. One would expect more effords from Chanel perfumer, Jacques Polge. At least the longevity and sillage are doing well. Ah, and the one and only noir thing about Chanel Coco Noir is it’s bottle, which I find gorgeous. Deep black with golden details, simple.

Sienne d’Orange is one of the four fragrances in L’Esprit Cologne collection relased in 2012 by The Different Company. As much as I love citrus fragrances and as much as I love eating oranges and lemons (yes, I like eating lemons, a slice from time to time) this perfume is a big disappointment for me. It begins with an orange note which smells very artificial and plastic. Unpleasant. Few seconds later it gets even more funny! Carrot note shows up and now Sienne d’Orange smells like… (un)healthy, carrot juice. I like to drink orange & carrot juice but I don’t want to smell like it. List of the notes also include suede, cardamom and woodsy notes, but if you ask me, I would say they’re not there.

In 2009 Van Cleef & Arpels created a line of high end luxurious fragrances under the label of Collection Extraordinaire, exclusive to Van Cleef & Arpels boutiques and selected stores. Cologne Noire is one of the family. I had high expectations towards it because I love my bottle of Bois d’Iris from this line. Cologne Noir almost met my expectations. It’s made of bitter oranges and a lot of pepper. Minute after applying I had a feeling like I was sampling a washing powder, it had that chemical, detergent vibe, but it faded away quickly. Bergamot, neroli and mandarine orange make it a nice fragrance but it’s very light, it’s even hard to smell when I hold my wrist up to the nose. For that sillage it’s definitely not worth spending 130€ for 75 ml bottle. I would give it 3 points out of possible 5.

Ambre 114 was released by French niche perfume brand Histoires de Parfums in 2001. After discovering the entire line of which 1725 is my favourite I finally got the chance to try their Ambre 114. This fragrance is MAGNIFICENT! It has a power! At the beginning of development you smell a gorgeous concoction of amber, vanilla and sandalwood. It’s deep and dense. Benzoin, nutmeg and tonka bean make it a little smokier, dirtier, more daring. These notes create a great base for the elegant, almost unnoticed rose. Other notes inclue geranium, vetiver, patchouli, caraway and musk. Ambre 114 from Histoires de Parfums has a powerful sillage and it’s longevity is not from this world. How many fragrances that last 16 hours do you know? It turns from a beast into a calm sheep. From perfume “fury” to lovely coziness. Definitely worth trying. It does best in cold weather.

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