SotD: Lolita Lempicka Si Lolita

So I’m not sure what happened. It must have been late and it must have been cheap… And I do love the whole au masculin series, I was curious… Anyway my ebay-purchased sample of Si Lolita arrived yesterday… A quick spray on my pillow before bed impressed me enough that I knew I was going to have to try it on my skin… which I did today, but now my sample is empty. Now maybe the sample had been sprayed before or maybe it really only had one wear worth of juice and trying to stretch it was never going to work, but it came into my life quickly and unexpectedly, was amazing, then was gone and I miss it (well except for the back of my wrist where it lingers and which I might never wash again…) Actually, that might be a nearly perfect representation of the marketing copy for some Lolita Lempicka fragrance…

In this video, she talks about having used traditionally male spice notes, which goes some way to explaining why it seems to work on me. But I think that the real magic might be that pink peppercorn & patchouli which are nicely bridged by the florals. I wish there was a bit more of this kind of structure in F Black.

The card that the sample came with really highlighted the sweet pea, so I was alert for that and I think it probably helped to keep the florals from feeling too pretty. The dry down steers well clear of being too sweet or cloying though does go slightly generic, but right now that’s just reminding me of how much I’ve enjoyed the last few hours.

Notes: Pink peppercorn, Bergamot, Mandarin / Wallflower, Sweet pea, Heliotrope / Elemi gum, Amber, Patchouli, Tonka bean

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SotD: Byredo Gypsy Water

So I’ve worn Gypsy Water twice now, and I really quite like it. Perhaps a bit of a skin scent, rather than the beast mode that some other reviewers might have been looking for, but very nice bright woody fragrance.

My big confession with this one is that when I put it on this morning I was convinced that woodiness was a patchouli-ish note. Which, I guess, goes to show how much more scope there is to keep training my nose, since there is no patchouli in the listed notes, nor does it seem to be something that other people are identifying. <shrug> Maybe it the incense that’s tricking me?

The vanilla and sandalwood actually seem to linger remarkably well for something that starts so bright and almost translucent.

I might have to revisit Gypsy Water alongside something with incense or amber to really tease out what is working for me.

Notes: Bergamot, Lemon, Pepper, Juniper Berries / Incense, Pine Needles, Orris / Amber, Vanilla, Sandalwood

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SotD: Halston Man Amber

Wow, that’s different from what I have been wearing recently! Halston Man Amber arrived in my mailbox yesterday and I have to say I was pretty excited. I think I had been put on to it by Emitsu of Simply Put Scents in his Top 10 Fall fragrances for 2017. He gave it an honorable mention and somehow that was good enough for me to blind buy… <Duh Duh Dummm(b?)> But I love this guy and have a tendency to pull the trigger on cheapies pretty quickly. Once again this worked out well for me.

This immediately put me in mind of one of the Al-Rehab oils that I have, I’m pretty sure it’s the Sultan Al Oud but I could be misremembering. Sultan Al-Oud might be a smell-a-like/impression of Tom Ford Oud Wood, and Halston Man Amber is right in that same zone though slightly brighter (bergamot?) and the that myrrh which almost reads as a sweet soapiness.

The result here is that Halston Man Amber is much easier to wear. By that, I mostly mean that putting it on isn’t a 3-day commitment like the Al-Rehab and doesn’t hurt the wallet like Tom Ford 🙂 The whole thing comes out as a nice resinous oud/incense that may not be everyone’s cup of tea but really works for me as the weather cools.

Notes: Geranium leaves, Thyme, Bergamot / Amber, Myrrh, Labdanum / Oud wood, Atlas Cedar, Musk

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SotD: F by Ferragamo pour Homme Free Time

The Free Time flanker of F by Ferragamo pour Homme certainly has the distinction of having unique listed notes compared to the rest of the line. However, this one is even more transparent than the others, whereas that Tonka note in Black sticks to the skin, there is nothing in Free Time except airy wiffs passing by.

This is actually Day 3 consecutively with this one because I keep forgetting that I’m wearing it, but the moments when I do it’s very enjoyable, possibly the best of the series. Also, at least for me probably the most difficult to pick out individual notes (though I suspect that may have something to do with forgetting to smell it). The signature pepper has been dialed down some but with a bit of imagination, I can still perceive the family relationship.

I suspect that I will be putting this aside for when the warmer weather comes back, where it will be an easy reach beside Tommy Bahama Set Sail St Barts.

Notes: Lemon, Ginger / Pink pepper, Cardamom, White cedar / Musk, Vetiver

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SotD: F by Ferragamo pour Homme Black

Compared to the original F by Ferragamo pour Homme, the Black edition seems to have more presence without deviating too far from the original.

The addition of coriander adds a nice fullness to the spicy pepper heart and the tonka brings a sweetness and heaviness throughout. This one still has that harsh opening moment from the original and potentially deceptive structure where it seems to disappear on the skin but still has projection. The tonka, in particular, seems to help keep something going on near the skin and does lend more of a “going out after work” vibe vs the originals perhaps more “sitting at my desk” tone.

Notes: Lavender, Apple? / Black Pepper, Coriander / Labdanum, Tonka

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SotD: F by Ferragamo Pour Homme

I’ve been wearing F by Ferragamo pour Homme diligently for a few days now, and still can’t decide if it’s great or merely good. But I think I know why now…

A few reviews on Fragrantica seem to perceive a link to Terre d’Hermes that is a bit contentious and doesn’t come through in the notes. Likewise, several reviewers mention that it projects well and is more noticeable by others than by the wearer. Together that makes me think that there is a hefty dose of Iso E Super or one of its non-IFF analogs.

In the end, F is pleasant, clean and subtle with just enough edge from the pepper notes to have a unique-ish character. Next, I’ll probably move on to the flankers 🙂

Notes: Lavender, Apple / Black Pepper / Labdanum, Leather?, Amber?


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