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: 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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