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Yves Saint Laurent Manifesto

12 May

Manifesto smells like CGI wood, sweet powder, and tangy dark berries. On the exhale, there is a sweet airy vanilla.

Manifesto is the older, more daring and devilish cousin of Viva la Juicy. It is definitely a contemporary composition. When I first tried it about four months ago, I could not STAND it, but now that I am more familiar with the vast array of generic vanillic offerings that make up this particular fragrance family, I don’t mind it at all. It’s projection and longevity are about average, not unlike Viva la Juicy.

There is a syrupy synthetic DNA code in there that cannot be ignored. However, if you decide to embrace Manifesto for what it is, it can be comforting, reassuring, and ::gulp:: … sexy.

 

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Tuberose Challenge: Bond No 9’s I Love New York Earth Day vs. Frederic Malle’s Carnal Flower

11 Apr

I did a side by side comparison of I Love New York Earth Day and Carnal Flower, since both are powerful green tuberose fragrances. I Love New York Earth Day is more homogeneous, exceedingly smooth, and the green aspect here is sweeter and translucent, though the fragrance overall is declarative and a great projector.

Pronounced as it is, Earth day has zero sharp edges and rough spots. It’s not even grounded next to Carnal Flower. It’s more like a luminous tuberose liquid, or something that hovers in the air.I find it to be an extremely wearable floral with great longevity, but after a time, something subtly generic/synthetic-smelling emerges in the base, which makes me lean in favor of Carnal Flower’s superior ingredients and crisp, articulated profile. Synthetic hues have no place in this particular green soliflore. Over time, the smooth elixir quality of Earth Day continues to sublimate into an ephemeral and relatively unremarkable state, while Carnal Flower retains its dimension and unwavering decisiveness.

Carnal flower is standing firmly planted on the ground: High heels, ballgown, and hand held way out in front of her to “yield”. Carnal Flower is majestic as #&%@! She’s compositionally layered and dynamic, multi-faceted, sweet, green, vibrant, sparkling, rich, and you can not sneak past her. She’s right in the middle of the cross-walk, with textural green elements containing an almost mentholated tinge. She warns you that you better wear her before she wears you; a challenge you gladly accept. She is daring you to dodge her, to get around her, but you know you’ll never succeed. Better just to surrender. Alright, Carnal Flower. Game over.. you win.

 

Aquolina Pink Sugar

2 Apr

Here’s the progression of Pink Sugar on my skin:
black licorice—->pink spun sugar—->vanilla caramel

Pink Sugar opens with the strong sweet scent of chewy black licorice candy and little else. After about 20 minutes, the black licorice diminishes significantly and is replaced by fluffy vanilla spun sugar and a sweet milk note, which by a long shot- could translate to pralines, creme brulee or caramel and nougat. Take your pick.

Pink sugar is a unique gourmand because of the heavy and prominent licorice top notes, and even if you aren’t a huge licorice fan, just wait patiently until the top notes have dissipated. The dry down is softer and milkier, without ever becoming obnoxious or cloying. Apply responsibly!

If applied with discrimination (one spray), it does not project a lot, so it’s appropriate for any situation where you’d want to smell like a candy ball. It’s longevity is considerable. I like it because it ends in sweet milk, as opposed to the dusty shapeless musk so common in contemporary gourmand scents. Absolutely worth experiencing…
for the experience.

Update:
This lasts close to forever on skin. It’s like an olfactory temporary tattoo. Be ready for the commitment.

Jo Malone Amber & Lavender

25 Feb

This fragrance is very direct, fresh, and simple. It does not smell like an old man to me at all, but it does have a clean, classic barbershop feel to it.

Amber and Lavender is an attractive man with dark hair right out of the shower, with the present year, time of day, Season, location, all a fuzzy blur around him, almost like the steam from his shower. The timelessly sexy man in the towel is the only thing which remains in sharp focus. It’s a reassuring feeling, as none of that other stuff really matters.

The Amber is very light and dry in this fragrance, and is a mere transparent shadow behind the boldness of the lavender, which is not a true to life lavender, so much as a truly fresh and spicy masculine aftershave. Once the sharpness of the lavender mellows out, the fragrance becomes a spicy, soapy-clean lavender powder.

If my fragrance collection were a box of oil pastels, I could see this rich periwinkle one being very useful from time to time. It has great sillage and longevity.

I think Amber and Lavender is a quintessential example of Jo Malone’s scent-combining concept. Her fragrances are intended to be used as individual elements meant to be layered with others from her line (or anything at all, really) in order for their ultimate potential to be realized.

Want to add a classy lavender masculine element to a fragrance you already have (perhaps the fragrance of your bare skin?), but without all of the potential clutter that comes with it? If so, this is exactly what you’ve been looking for.

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