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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Signature Scents to 2017-11-07

So this will hopefully be updated regularly. I’d like to format this as easily machine readable. might need lots of edits
Greaylocke : PHLUR

Kyoto ; Comme des Garcons
Summer: Imagined: Clinique – Happy for men | Reality: ???

Fall: Imagined: ???? | Reality: Lolita Lempicka au Masculin, 

Winter: Still waiting ~ Herod : Parfums de Marley

Spring: ????

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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