Mini-Review Roundup, Friday, March 22, 2013: three from Olympic Orchids

Woot! Two in a row. Guess that’s why it’s “random.”

Have been wearing rose chypres for the past few days, the louder the better: L’Arte di Gucci, Lumiere Noire pour femme, Olympic Orchids Ballets Rouges. I only have a sample of the Ballets Rouges, and it’s almost gone, but I really like it.

I don’t think I’ve actually reviewed any of the Olympic Orchids samples I have on hand, and that’s probably because one of them sort of traumatized me. Remember my whining about Tauer Orange Star being Death by Tang Dust? Well, Olympic Orchids Golden Cattleya, despite being adored by a couple of fume bloggers I love to read – Portia Turbo of Australian Perfume Junkies and Victoria of EauMG – did its darndest to kill me, as a sort of Death By Tang Dust Plus Honey-Schweet Overdose.  And so, despite loving Ballets Rouges, I let the other OO samples languish. Skeered, you know?

red roses architectureBut I just got a couple of them out again and tried them on skin, so here are some mini-reviews. Ballets Rouges  is really lovely, a true old-school rose chypre with some labdanum in the base and a hint of something intensely fruity, like super-concentrated jam, streaking by at the speed of light from time to time throughout the duration of the scent experience.  It reminds me quite a bit of the wonderful Soivohle Centennial, but it’s clearer, without the angora soft-focus fuzz of Centennial, and it’s rosier, less of a floral mix.  I could live in this one, on days when I want to be luxuriously larger than life. Notes for this one: Bergamot, aldehydes, thyme, mandarin, fresh rose accord, rose de mai, ylang, musk, oakmoss, patchouli, labdanum.

golden cattleyaGolden Cattleya – and I should be clear here, I’m not familiar with varying orchid smells, except the Sharry Baby one that smells like milk chocolate, and that mostly because of the uber-girly LeLong Pour Femme – has notes of narcissus, orange fruit, orange blossom, honey, pollen, cream soda, amber, labdanum, vanilla, musks, and sandalwood. What it mostly smells like to me is a very very syrupy-sweet Creamsicle, extremely honeyed, and it wafts like crazy. Crazy, I tell you. Beeeeg sillage.  Also, big Tang Dust Effect, as I mentioned, and the longer it’s on, the more I start to feel like I’ve eaten too much midway food at the fair, so although a lot of people like this one it is just sort of frightening for me.

Pot. Miya's Radiance 'Red Beauty'Red Cattleya is a fruity-fruity-fruity floral – that is, it starts out very fruity, with honeydew melon and peach, and then gradually slides into a fresh springlike floral that still remains quite sweet.  I usually do quite well with fruity florals, and the fruit in this is not your fake-froot stuff, but the realistic fruit notes seem nevertheless to have been drenched in honey. Can’t do it. Notes for this one: citrus, peach, apricot, melon, hyacinth, gardenia, violets, lilac, musk, exotic wood, vanilla.

I still have Little Stars and Javanica to test, so we’ll see how those go.

Happy Friday to you!

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