Testing, Testing, one two… nine ten… seventeen eighteen…

sound checkI’ll have a Scent Diary up tomorrow. Last week was a nice one with Bookworm home, and now I miss her, so I’m mentioning something else today.

After several weeks of not really testing anything new in a serious and focused sort of way, I’m back to it. I won a giveaway drawing at Indie Scent for a set of EstherP samples, so I have those six to test and report on, and I also have a brand-new set of (beautifully packaged) samples from Oriza LeGrand, all seven, plus a five-sample set from Scent on Canvas.

Yep. Busy sniffery ahead.

I’ve already worked my way through the Scent on Canvas ones and have tried half the EstherPs, so look for those reviews to arrive over the next week or two.  What is interesting to me is how varied the concept and approaches are among these three producers. (I hesitate to call two of them perfume houses, as their business focuses – foci? that sounds so wrong in English – are very different from the classic perfume houses.) Oriza LeGrand is the only one like a traditional French perfume house, in operation since the time of Marie Antoinette and producing fragrances, scented soaps and candles, and skin care items. EstherP is a design house – not unusual in itself, but its boutique shops are based in Canada; the company offers perfumes composed in Grasse. Scent on Canvas is located in Barcelona and attempts to marry their perfume creations with original art.

4th January 1973:  A girl tries some perfume at the counter.  (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

4th January 1973: A girl tries some perfume at the counter. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

(I love this photo, don’t you?)

EstherP fragrances include Barbara, Barocco, Boteh, L’Eau d’Emma, Fugue, and Queen of Persia.

Oriza LeGrand fragrances include Chypre Mousse, Deja Le Printemps, Horizon, Jardins d’Armide, Oeillet Louis XV, Relique d’Amour, and Reve d’Ossian. (There’s another fragrance, Foin Fraichement Coupe, but it isn’t included in the sample pack.)

Scent on Canvas fragrances include Blanc de Paris, Brun Sicilien, Noir de Mars, Ocre Dore, and Rose Opera.

(Sorry, didn’t bother to put in the diacritical marks since I am lazy was writing directly in WordPress.  Oh well.)

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9 Responses to Testing, Testing, one two… nine ten… seventeen eighteen…

  1. Anna in Edinburgh says:

    Yippee, a blog from you that has text *and* photos – the last few I have clicked on just showed the banner (which is very attractive but not as much fun as Content!).

    I will try on a different computer but, in case it isn’t just me, have you had feedback about this from anyone else?

    cheerio, Anna in Edinburgh

    • mals86 says:

      Yes, from one other person via my Facebook blog page. It seems to happen EVERY TIME there is an update to the blog publishing software, and then sorts itself out within a week or so. I’m not sure what is going on, and the Tech Support people are asking me questions I can’t answer… because *I* can always see everything.

      Yes, Content is good! Content is much better than No Content!! Thanks for letting me know… Incidentally, if you don’t mind my asking, what browser do you use?

      • Anna in Edinburgh says:

        It looks like IE and I suspect that it may need updating!

        Thanks for the reassurance that I’m not alone in missing out:-)

        cheerio, Anna in Edinburgh

  2. Portia says:

    Heya,
    Loving the Oriza L Legrand stuff. Without reading anyone’s writing I bought the only frag that seems to be getting hate male, Jardins d’Amide. I love it though. All powdery, lipstick and hairspray, so old fashioned and gorgeous.
    Can’t wait to read your thoughts on the Scent On Canvas line too. So interesting.
    Portia xx

    • mals86 says:

      Still haven’t tried the Jardins one yet… I like a nice girly thing (though I admit that Lipstick Rose sort of left me cold. Ehhh).

      Scent on Canvas were all rather nice except one… more to come.

  3. RusticDove says:

    *Sigh* Never heard of any of these. It seems every other day there’s something new and I just can’t keep up. (First world problem? Ha.) Looking forward to reading your thoughts.

    • mals86 says:

      First world problem indeed!!

      There’s been some noise on FBP about Chypre Mousse and the one Oriza I don’t have a sample of, Foin Fraichement Coupe (Fresh Cut Hay). Somebody split them. I didn’t bite (thank goodness, because Chypre Mousse was pretty much a disaster).

  4. annemariec says:

    I love that photo too. Ye gods – check out those enormous Diors at the end of the counter. I have a couple of those – Miss Dior and Diorella I think – but the fragrances have completely turned and they smell horrid.

  5. mals86 says:

    Oh, what a shame they’ve turned; it does happen. I can tolerate 10-15 minutes of ewww if the rest is lovely, but occasionally I do run across one that’s just age-destroyed. Sigh.

    Oh, for those days when little girls could belly up to the beauty counter and not get sold something that smells like frooty vanilla musk…

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