I thought that by the time I got my act together and actually wrote the post out, it'd be more seasonally appropriate for Halloween or something, but I forgot that I tend to get excited about perfume posts and pump them out as soon as I think of them.
So here is your not-seasonally-appropriate scents of the week! *applause*
These are all sweeter concoctions. Only one of them is truly gourmand, but they all tend toward sweet, and I like them. And we'll wrap with a palate cleanser, how about that?
Flower by Kenzo L'Elixir, edp
Pulpy Raspberry, Bulgarian Rose Essence, Addictive Praline, Bourbon Vanilla Absolute.
Elizabeth and James Nirvana Bourbon, edp
Vanilla Bourbon. Oakwood. Tuberose.
Ralph Lauren Polo Red, edp
Red Grapefruit, Red Saffron, Redwood.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian: Petit Matin, edu
Litsea cubeba, Lemon from Calabria, Lavandin from Provence, Orange blossom, Hawthorn accord, Musk, Ambroxan
Here's the palate cleanser! It's a lovely, bright "citrus wood" smell. I don't usually like lemon in perfume, because it's usually sugary sweet and reminiscent of cleaning products. Here, though, it's bright, crystal clear and clean, the very feeling that the bottle evokes - the early morning's softened sun, filtering through a window. There's a prickling wood base - litsea cubeba is an evergreen - and the ambroxan adds a subtle warmth. It's very balanced and quite linear, but in this case, I don't mind that at all, and am actually quite a fan of this one. Applied sparingly, it is quite fleeting, though, and applied more strenuously, it's a bit too woodsy, so I'm not really sure. At $215 for 2.4 oz, I'd like to be sure. I wish it came in a smaller bottle, like some of the other MFK scents. I also didn't think to smell Grand Soir, but that's on my list now, too (they were released as a pair).
So that's only four, but I thought I'd mention, as an afterthought, that Prada Candy smells different here on the east coast. It smells much more like Infusion d'Iris here - it's much more powder-iris-musk forward, and I miss my syrupy benzoin vanilla bonbon. Last year, I thought it was maybe just that the weather hadn't gotten cool enough, but right now we have delicious fall weather that is normally perfect for Prada Candy, but it just hasn't been the same. I'm really disappointed. Has anyone else ever noticed something like this?
What perfumes have you tried lately? What are you rotating in/out for the change of seasons?