Lalique Amethyst – I picked up this sample after reading the mostly-positive review in Perfumes: The Guide and after hearing that Amethyst contains a favorite note of mine (blackcurrant). Upon testing, I find it very BERRYBERRYBERRY, but not particularly or distinctively blackcurrant. Mind you, it’s nice berry, not candy flavored frooty stuff. Under the berry is a pretty peony note, not very natural (no peony note is) but fresh and attractive, and beyond that is a generic sort of woody-musk-with-vanilla drydown. Notes include: blackcurrant, blackberry, blueberry, mulberry, nutmeg, peony, ylang, rose, pepper, musk, vanilla, woods. It’s nice. Perfectly fine for not offending people, and pleasant to wear. All the same, beyond the fresh-berry topnotes, it’s another fruity-floral-woody-musk scent, essentially a berry laundry musk. Ehhh. You could certainly do worse (particularly if you find it on sale at the discounters’).
I have read some older reviews of this one saying that it really brought back childhood memories of eating blackcurrants in Russia, but of course the Queen of Blackcurrants is now the über-realistic The Vagabond Prince Enchanted Forest in all its cat-pee glory. Now that’s some awesomely blackcurranty stuff.
Jour d’Hermes – why in the world is this fragrance is making me think of Secretions Magnifiques??? is it actually what SM is without all the wacky skank? Is it the salty stuff over the florals?
Okay, leaving SM out of the equation: Jd’H is a lovely, radiant citrus floral full of sunshine (orange blossom, I think, because there’s a definite soapy feel to it, and jasmine and lily) and a note that might be… hyacinth? It’s pretty-pretty, and yet there is something in there that is working my last.freakin’.nerve. The last perfume that performed that particular trick on me was the otherwise-lovely (and similarly fresh/green/floral) Puredistance Antonia.
It does occur to me that since I’ve been thinking of SM, maybe I’m carrying over a memory of the way SM made me feel (terrified, actually. I’m pegging the adrenaline accord + the blood accord). But still, all that ooky-feeling stuff is way way down under the pretty, sort of like… Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct. (Okay, so Sharon’s ‘ooky’ isn’t alllll that far under the pretty. You still get my point, right? Things look good on the surface, but something under that surface is way hinky.)
The longer this is on, though, the better I like it. It is attractive, bar that nerve-jangling thing in the middle, for a good five to six hours, and the salty lily in the bottom, along with some woods, is really nice. I would call it a skin scent, except it doesn’t smell like my skin. Very pleasant overall, though.
Ineke for Anthropologie Sweet William – okay, this is not very carnationy. But I like it. There’s a spice mixture in here, plus vanilla and woods and something like peach jam. There’s something in this fragrance that’s reminding me of modern Femme, which is not what I was looking for in something called “Sweet William.” AHA! Just went to check the notes on it, and it’s got peach+cumin+cedar, which sez FEMME to me. Wow. This is a Femme-y version I could actually wear. And also, there’s almost a Guerlinade sort of cast to it; it is alllmost edible. On the other hand, it has very little to do with carnations. So: fail on the carnation fragrance front, win on the sexy peach-cumin front.