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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JotM: Black & Blue Colorblock Powerstretch Super Skinny Guy 31 by Naked and Famous Denim

These were a Fall/Winter 2015 release from Naked & Famous, and the general consensus seems to be that they are hideous abominations. And when I bought them (Jan 2017) it was a spur of the moment completionist collectors impulse; I never really expected to wear them as I don’t really consider myself that fashion forward. And boy-oh-boy if it isn’t a striking look if anyone notices.

I’m not really sure how it happened, but about 3 weeks ago these floated to the front of my closet and I thought “what the hell, I’m not going out today.” Except to walk the dog. And that was OK. So I put them on again a few days later. And that was OK too, even though I had left the house (in daylight) to run some errands.

I’ve now been wearing these nearly every day for 2 weeks and I really rather like them. Part of that is down to the fit, it took me years to figure out but I love and look pretty damn fine in sized up skinny jeans. The power stretch fabric of these ones is pretty great too.

One day in the far future these will have been washed enough that the front panels will be much lighter than the back but by then I might be so old that I don’t care what people think.

Source: Focus: Black + Blue Colorblock Stretch Denim – Tate + Yoko

JotM: Jeans of the Month

While “Scent of the Day” seems to be reasonably well established as a concept, I wanted something similar that would allow me to highlight interesting denim. This is that.

I’m likely to be a bit flexible with the “Month” part, but I do tend to favor different pairs of jeans for a while before either the weather changes or they move to the back of the closet for some other reason.

We will see how it goes.

Michel Design Works Foaming Hand Soap, Campagna “Green Tomato Leaf Scented”

So this is a part of my hunt for an ideal Tomato Leaf/Vine hand soap. Several years ago while outfitting myself with basic necessities after moving to Minneapolis, I bought a foaming hand soap from Target. As I recall it was method brand, but the scent was the most delightful, photo-realistic tomato vine. It smelt just like my hands after harvesting tomatoes from the garden. It was amazing.

What I didn’t realize at the time was that it was a limited edition scent. So when the soap at work ran out (and I was still waiting for my expenses to be paid) I enthusiastically brought my tomato vine soap from home. Needless to say, it was well enjoyed and didn’t last long.

Since then I have been searching for a replacement. And so a couple of months ago I got Campagna from Michel Design Works which bills itself as a tomato leaf scent. But while it is super pleasant and I enjoy it every day, and there is a tomato leaf note somewhere in there, overall it is much more of a French Mediterranean countryside experience, with some lavender, etc along with the tomato leaf.

It is actually really very nice, but my hunt continues.


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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