Here is the collection of mini-reviews for this week; I also wore a couple of new things that deserve their own full reviews, so come back on Friday for those.
Tiffany EdP – I snagged a 3ml carded mini of this off ebay, just to see what it was like. I’ve seen the mini bottles go for prices higher than you’d think – people must have really liked this, though I don’t ever remember smelling it before. My immediate thought is, Wow, somebody ripped off Karl Lagerfeld Chloe! There’s a smidge of aldehydes, and a fruity note, and some nice white flowers. I’m not going to swear that all the floral notes are natural, but enough of them are that it smells like flowers instead of floor cleaner (also, I know that this sample is 1990s). It’s lovely. It also reminds me in a small way of Ines de la Fressange, in its exuberant peachy-floral prettiness. Tiffany has a much less forceful base than Chloe; it appears to be a nice sandalwoody thing instead of the mossy kitchen-sink drydown of Chloe. It’s very attractive and very feminine.
Tom Ford Black Violet – I was all set to hate this. I mean, Luca Turin’s review in Perfumes: The Guide was enticing mostly because it claims that Black Violet “tells a story.” I have been since my early childhood a total sucker for a story, and I notice that all my most favoritest perfumes tell me stories, or take me somewhere, and I always want more of that. But the descriptions I read on Fragrantica and Basenotes did nothing to encourage me to try it. I blame Tarleisio (again. Seriously, that woman could write her way out of the Minotaur’s labyrinth if necessary) of The Alembicated Genie and her wonderful review. I like the woody violet top, I like the woody middle, I like the sensation of darkness that I really do get from this scent. It does head almost into Forbidden Youth Dew territory, so wearing Black Violet is a little like dressing up Goth for me – i.e., something I would never really do. But it’s interesting. If I had a full bottle, it would probably grow on me. I don’t, and won’t: it’s really pricey. I don’t love it, but I’m glad it exists.
Jennifer Aniston – okay, full disclosure: I kinda liked Jen on Friends. I kinda liked Friends. Did it make me want to look/be/dress/cut my hair like Jen? Nope. And I was pretty snarked when this fragrance was being released and the ex-Mrs. Brad Pitt said that it wouldn’t smell like other perfumes which were too loud and inappropriate (Anais Anais, boo hiss, who in the world would wear something so perfumey?), it would be soft and smell clean… yeah, Jen, ’cause your perfume would be the only perfume in the world ever to smell clean… ahem. (You can read my at-the-time snark here.) In any case, this is fairly nice. I mean, it does smell cheap to me. If there is real jasmine in the mix, it’s in ppm levels. But it is not the non-perfume perfume I was dreading, and overall, up top it smells like a dab of Kai after you take a shower, followed by a nice beachy skin scent that is probably made up primarily of whatever material is known as “solar musk.” Not awful at all, and if this were sold at Walgreen’s at under $40 a bottle, I’d recommend it. It isn’t, so I won’t.