Honey Oud by Floris

Notes: honey, bergamot, patchouli, rose, oud, amber, labdanum, musk, and vanilla.

I have to confess that I’ve been growing tired of oud as a trendy note in fragrance for several years now. There are some great oud scents (I love Diptyque’s Oud Palao) but Western fragrance houses acting as though oud is some sort of new raw material — when it has been used for centuries in various different Eastern cultures — is problematic and tedious. I begin my write-up this way because it needs to be addressed, and also to say that I was not at all prepared to fall for Honey Oud.

Honey is truly the star of the show here. The honey is distinctive, pretty, and smooth. It’s edible but does not cross over into gourmand territory for me, not even with the vanilla present here. I have not smelled a honey note quite like this before: so true to honey and yet so pretty to wear. I don’t want to eat this honey but I do want to wear it as much as possible.

The oud is really a supporting player here. It supports the rose in the heart notes. The patchouli is more present to my nose. It’s dry and spiced, giving the rose a spiced edge. The honey lends the rose a smooth, almost velvety texture. I can picture drops of honey on a rose petal here, it’s so artfully done.

The dry down is mainly vanilla to my nose. It’s a smooth vanilla, with a little bolstering from the musk and amber. Again, I can’t pick out much oud by itself here. This may be a con of this fragrance to some people. If you’re really mad about oud, you may find yourself seeking more of it in this composition.

Honey Oud is definitely full bottle worthy, although perhaps not at full price. I would purchase a decant or a full bottle of this at a discount, if I could track it down reliably on ebay or fragrancenet. I find the name very “trendy” but the actual fragrance less so. Honey and vanilla? It doesn’t sound terribly exciting and, yet, the resulting composition is just plain delectable.

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I ordered my sample of Honey Oud from Indigo along with my Sylvaine Delacourte and Jardins d’Ecrivains samples.

The info on notes is via fragrantica.

The photo of my sample is mine.

What I Wore This Week

I’m back with my weekly scent round-up here! This week was a bit all over the place, in terms of my activities, the weather, and my scent choices! And I couldn’t quite decide how to photograph this round-up. It’s not my favorite photo, but I do enjoy all of these perfumes.

  • Monday: Nirvana Bourbon by Elizabeth & James
  • Tuesday: Bergamote Soleil by Atelier Cologne
  • Wednesday: Lumière by DSH Perfumes
  • Thursday: Rousse by Serge Lutens
  • Friday: Dear Polly by Vilhelm Parfumerie
  • Saturday: Figue Amère by Miller Harris

As usual, I’m at yoga this morning and I plan to test-wear some samples later today.

What did you all wear this week?

Collecting Serge Lutens

I was going through my fragrance collection recently and pulled all of my Serge Lutens bottles together for a little round-up. I thought I’d write about the four I currently own and what my thoughts are.

Rousse

This is the one that really inspired this post because Rousse is one of my all-time favorite scents and I just don’t wear it or talk about it often enough. It always reminds me of February and Valentine’s Day because of the cinnamon note. It’s such a realistic cinnamon red hot candy note. It instantly reminds me of making Valentine’s boxes in grade school and eating Valentine’s Day candy. I want to both wear Rousse all the time and save my bottle forever like a hoarder. I just love it.

Bas de Soie

I believe Bas de Soie is really supposed to be a hyacinth composition, but it’s more iris and galbanum to me. The thing is, I sampled this before making a purchase, so I knew I liked this one. And, while I really enjoy Bas de Soie, when I’m in this kind of mood, I will usually pick Chanel over this. I will wear either No. 19 for the galbanum or Misia for the elegant powdery vibe. I feel like this is a scent in my collection that I need to make more of an effort to wear.

La Religieuse

This is my fool-proof pleasant work wear scent. It’s a very pretty jasmine. It smells like a hotel spa: very calm and like nothing bad could ever happen to you if you surround yourself with this scent. It’s fairly linear on me, but it lasts almost an 8 hour workday. I remember when this was released and it was pretty much panned by everyone because it’s not one of the more interesting SLs. But it definitely has a place in my collection and I get a lot of every day wear out of it. Plus, I love the name. I love anything that’s named after a pastry and Catholic nuns. The name just seems to fit Monsieur Lutens’ humor.

Fille en Aiguilles

I’ve written about Fille en Aiguilles quite a bit over the years. It’s just one of the most lovely scents for the holiday season. The pine needle and incense accord is done in such a unique way. It smells like Christmas, and yet, it’s also elegant. And I’ve been able to wear it in January and February winter weather without feeling like I’m burning a leftover Christmas candle or something like that. It still feels in season because of the refined, contemplative nature of this scent.

The Serge Lutens I’ve finished up is Five O’Clock au Gingembre. I love it and I’ve thought about repurchasing it. The problem is that it fulfills a similar role in my collection as Fille en Aiguilles: a perfect holiday scent. So, it would be a bit redundant in my collection right now.

The other SL I would consider purchasing is Baptême du Feu. It’s a newer release from the house, but it really made an impression on me. I wouldn’t even mind owning it in the new packaging with the new labels! (Which I think are ugly and clunky compared to the older packaging!)

What scents do you guys like from Serge Lutens? Does anyone own any of the bell jars?

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I have purchased my Serge Lutens bottles over the years from Barney’s and from Luckyscent.

I took this photo of my bottles all together myself. I love Rousse for the old Palais Royal logo on the label!

What I Wore This Week

I’m back with my weekly scent of the day round-up! It was very warm at the beginning of last week and then the temperature plummeted again, so I tried to adjust my SOTD accordingly.

  • Monday: Clementine California by Atelier Cologne
  • Tuesday: Chanel No. 5 L’Eau
  • Wednesday: Magnolia Nobile by Acqua di Parma
  • Thursday: Chanel No. 19 EDT
  • Friday: Mon Numéro 10 by L’Artisan Parfumeur
  • Saturday: YSL Cinéma

This will post will be going up while I’m at yoga class. The yoga studio I go to has this white tea and ginger aromatherapy oil that smells amazing, so hopefully that will be my scent of the morning! Other than that, I will be test wearing some samples this afternoon.

What have you all been wearing this week?

Now Sampling: Parfums MDCI

I recently ordered a couple of Parfums MDCI samples from Luckyscent. I had tested Invasion Barbare from this brand ages ago and LOVED it. The price point has kept me away, but I admire Parfum MDCI’s aesthetic, particularly the flacons with the replica bust toppers. I wanted to revisit this house and, hey, there is no harm in sampling, right?

Vêpres Siciliennes

This opens with a yummy candied fruit note that almost reminds me of a Serge Lutens. Some heady white floral notes join in, and we’re off. This is a glorious floral composition that is not for the faint of heart. I always thought that my skin chemistry doesn’t get along with big florals, but I’m glad I tried this because it proves me wrong! This is a glorious jasmine, tuberose, orange blossom, and a touch of rose to deepen the floral heart. It’s sumptuous, decadent, and a little over the top. I like the fact that the composition feels balanced though. The citrus fruit notes add a hint of sour zest, which is unexpected, but works well. And there’s a textured musk in the base. Vêpres Siciliennes feels like a fruity/floral the way it should be done.

Pêche Cardinal

The name is a play on words, as it translates to Cardinal Sin, but pêche also means peach. And peach is undoubtedly the star note here. I find this composition very pretty and refined for something named Cardinal Sin. I would expect something a little more wild with a name like that. However, it makes sense when you think of this as a peach fragrance. There is also a milky coconut that melds perfectly with the creamy tuberose heart. There is a plum note to bolster the fruitiness, but peach remains the stand-out. This reminds me of Kilian’s Liaisons Dangereuses, also with a gorgeous peach note. I found that scent more sensual and truly carnal than Pêche Cardinal, which is interesting. Of course, it could just be my nose and my body chemistry. It’s all so subjective!

Turns out, there is some harm in sampling because it’s safe to say that I am head over heels for both of these scents! My tiny splash samples from Luckyscent are rapidly disappearing. I’m adding both to my full bottle want list. I will need to make room — both financially and physically in my collection — and finish a full bottle of something else first.

Both of these scents are well worth sniffing. They both come across as balanced and high quality compositions. They are very “I feel pretty” type of scents for when you’re in that kind of mood.

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I ordered both of my Parfums MDCI samples from Luckyscent.

The photo of my samples was taken by me.

George by Jardins d’Ecrivains

Notes: neroli, bergamot, heliotrope, coffee, tobacco, Peru balsam, musk, and myrrh.

George by Jardins d’Ecrivains is named for George Sand, or Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin. She published her first novel, Indiana, in 1832 under her nom de plume, George Sand. In addition to writing, she was also famous for wearing men’s clothing and smoking tobacco, both of which were forbidden for women at the time. How to go about making a fragrance that would encapsulate this whirlwind of a woman? Where to even begin?

The perfumer, Anais Biguine, figured that a good place to start would be with George’s famous tobacco. The scent actually opens for me with neroli and tobacco. It’s kind of a sharp, stinging opening. I honestly didn’t like it at first sniff. However, it settles into my skin nicely after a few moments. I get just a hint of coffee blended with the tobacco. Coffee is one of my favorite smells and notes, so I really wish there was more to it here. If you’re not a coffee fan, you’ll be able to wear this scent because it’s blended so well.

The heart of the composition is actually where I detect some lovely heliotrope. A couple hours into wear time, the tobacco backs off and makes room for a delicate heliotrope note. George is very pretty at this stage. It really surprised me after the challenging opening. But it’s fitting that this composition would feature so much transformation and development, as George herself did.

The dry down is mainly musk on my skin. I can’t make out any resinous notes of myrrh, but that’s fine. The interesting part is that the dry down is not sweet. There’s no vanilla or creamy sandalwood soften the composition or make it more likeable. The musk here is definitely a substantial animalic note. It’s not trying to play nice. And yet, there is still a touch of delicacy left from the heliotrope.

The only let-down is the longevity. By hour 5, George is gone from my skin. I hear that this is a reoccurring theme with the Jardins d’Ecrivains line, so it’s something to take into consideration when sampling or purchasing this line. George is well worth smelling and owning. It’s an intriguing, challenging, and thought-provoking composition. It’s not on my full bottle list right now simply because of practicality. I need to better organize my collection before purchasing new full bottles!

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I ordered my sample of George from Indigo along with my Sylvaine Delacourte samples.

The info on notes is from Fragrantica.

I took the photo of my sample with the painting “An Elegant Tea Party in the Artist’s Studio” by Madeleine Jeanne Lemaire. I like to imagine George Sand making her way through this refined party, the scent of tobacco trailing behind her.

What I Wore This Week

Hi everyone! I’m back with my weekly round-up. And this week I’m back to keeping track of my scents of the day, although I will do my nighttime scents once in awhile. The weather has been absolutely frigid with the windchill, so my main goal this week was to feel as warm and cozy as possible!

  • Monday: Chanel No. 5 EDT
  • Tuesday: Floris Honey Oud
  • Wednesday: I layered Costes EDT with Mon Numéro 10
  • Thursday: Elizabeth & James Nirvana Bourbon
  • Friday: Serge Lutens Fille en Aiguilles
  • Saturday: Hendley Amora

And today I’m wearing No. 5 L’Eau. Thankfully, the weather is much warmer now and we’ve even gotten a bit of sunshine. Not a moment too soon, as I was starting to get a serious case of cabin fever!

What have you all been wearing this week?

Dear Polly by Vilhelm Parfumerie

Notes: bergamot, green apple, black tea, oakmoss, black amber, and musk.

I first came across Vilhelm Parfumerie at Barneys in New York. I had never even read about the house online before. It’s interesting when your first experience is in person without any preconceived ideas about what scents you might enjoy or not. The Sales Associate was helpful and not pushy. She let me test a couple on the skin, and Dear Polly was my favorite. It stuck in my mind for a few months and I ended up purchasing this travel size in October of 2018.

Dear Polly opens with green notes, in bergamot and a green apple that grabs my attention every time I spritz this. The green apple is tart but bright. It really adds dimension to the composition. I think the other Vilhelm Parfumerie scent I tested on the skin was Room Service and it just couldn’t compete with this yummy green apple note.

The other signifiant note is the black tea note at the heart of the composition. I did not sense much of when I first tested Dear Polly. However, it’s one of the dominant notes now. It’s probably due to the cold weather we’re currently having. The black tea is coming across as extra smoky, and almost recalls the opening of Tea for Two. I absolutely love this aspect of the composition, and the way in which the bright apple transitions into a smoky tea note.

The one surprise is that the base is really not present on my skin right now. Again, I’m chalking this up to the exceptionally cold weather we’re having. My skin is absorbing fragrance like crazy and there just isn’t much of the musky base by hour 6 on my skin. I first tested this in humid weather while walking around Manhattan, so the oakmoss and musk were definitely more present then.

One upside is that I think Dear Polly is appropriate for year-round wear. If you’re a seasonal perfume person like me, you’ll appreciate something that wears well all year round. Of course, you’ll get different aspects of the composition depending on the time of year. As I’ve detailed here, winter will bring out a smoky, almost incense-like black tea. Summer will bring out that sharp bergamot and textured oakmoss in the base. All of these notes are yummy and work well in conjunction with each other. The green apple gives Dear Polly that unique twist to make it stand out. This one is worth sampling for sure. I have a hard time seeing anyone dislike it, unless one of the notes really plays havoc with your body chemistry. Dear Polly is the best kind of crowd-pleaser in that it’s appealing and manages to be thought-provoking, too.

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I purchased the travel sized bottle from Barneys. I personally don’t like the shape of the full size bottles. If I purchase something else from this line, I’d stick with the travel bottle again.

The information on notes is from fragrantica.

The photo of my travel bottle was taken by me.

What I Wore This Week: SOTN Edition

I’m back with a round-up of the scents I wore this week! As I said last week, this is a round-up of my scents of the night rather than my daytime scents. I’m not sure if it’s a more varied list than usual, but it’s something different!

  • Monday: Diptyque Volutes EDT
  • Tuesday: Guerlain Jicky extrait
  • Wednesday: samples from 19-69 Capri & Rainbow Bar
  • Thursday: Dear Polly by Vilhelm Parfumerie
  • Friday: Frost by St. Clair Scents
  • Saturday: Hotel Costes EDT

What did you all wear this week?

Now Sampling: Sylvaine Delacourte

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I’ve been wanting to smell Sylvaine Delacourte’s creations for some time now. I debated ordering the sample discovery boxes offered directly on the house’s website over the holidays, but restrained myself. Ms. Delacourte has created two collections: the Vanilla Collection and the Musk Collection. There are five individual scents in each collection, with each of the five scents exploring a different facet of the two raw materials.

While browsing Indigo Perfumery one day, I noticed that they carry the brand, so I chose one each from the Vanilla and Musk collections to sample!

Vahina (Vanilla Collection)

This is a vanilla scent that I would describe as yummy, without being a gourmand. In addition to vanilla, Vahina features notes of tonka, orange blossom, and osmanthus. The osmanthus in particular adds a full-bodied texture to the composition. It’s almost as though I can reach out and touch this fragrance. And yet, it’s not heavy. It’s a light and pretty composition, and it’s effortless to wear. I could easily imagine almost anyone pulling this off. I’m not considering a full bottle of Vahina (I’m supposed to be on a full bottle low-buy!) but it’s a lovely fragrance to sample and sniff.

Dovana (Musk Collection)

With Dovana, I can tell these have been composed by the same perfumer. There is a similar delicate touch to both of these scents, with Dovana being the most delicate, almost fragile. Sylvaine Delacourte says she composed this to smell like a childhood soap that she loved. Indeed, Dovana is a fresh musk. There’s also a lovely iris note, which adds just a powder puff of texture to the composition. There is supposed to be some mandarin orange and neroli as well, but I don’t get much beyond a fresh musk and powdered iris. Dovana is breathtakingly pretty in its delicate nature. However, I find it too linear. Just to try something fun, I layered it over my Narciso For Her EDT today, and the result was perfect! This might be how I use up the rest of my sample.

Overall, I’m glad to have sampled these two from the house, and I can’t wait to sniff more! I’m particularly intrigued by the sound of Helicriss from the Musk Collection. What have you all sniffed and tested from Sylvaine Delacourte?

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I ordered my samples from Indigo Perfumery. The Sylvaine Delacourte Paris website offers discovery boxes of both collections.

I took the photo of my two samples.