Monday, 1 June 2015

3 strikes

I'm a massive fan of online shopping, and overall it accounts for the majority of my purchasing. But one category where it becomes especially risky is fragrance. With the strict return rules in most places outside of the United States, purchasing scents sight (or smell) unseen is often an expensive experiment. Unfortunately, despite sounding fab on paper and right up my streeet, three new releases have all hugely disappointed me. Luckily with two, I had the self control to hold off and sniff in person. However fragrance number 2 (below) has left an 80 pound hole in my wallet that I'll never get back! Ouch.


Diptyque Florabellio EDT: When I read the notes of this I thought there was no way on earth I wouldn't absolutely love it. It sounds utterly incredible: Salty Sea Spray, Sea Fennel, Apple Blossom, Apricot, Roasted Coffee and Toasted Sesame - basically a cocktail of things I love. This scent is complex and changed on my skin throughout the day. I found myself ranging from absolutely adoring it to feeling like it was super heady and nauseating (and I'm not like that with strong scents!). I missed the sesame but could definitely smell the coffee. I'm still a bit intrigued by this and would recommend you take a sniff in store. I just couldn't justify it given my switching opinions throughout the day.

Byredo Oliver Peoples EDP: Ugh. I so got sucked into this one. I'm a huge Byredo fan, so when I saw limited edition, and the pretty bottles for this new release I clicked buy before I could really find any in-depth reviews posted online. It looks nice but that's where my compliments end. Stated notes are: Juniper, Lemon, Orris, Patchouli, Musk, Warm Sand, and Helichrysum. Sounds great and summery. On me, I get a whole lot of patchouli very reminiscent of Tom Ford's White Patchouli (but not as nice or rounded). It changes a lot on my skin throughout the day ranging from too much patchouli to be enjoyed, to a bit chemically, to a softened slightly powdery floral that is too generic to justify the price. It's a unisex fragrance but I'd say more masculine than feminine. Dean tried it too and it's the first fragrance I've ever come across that didn't sit well on his skin. This will either find a new home or collect dust as some sort of paperweight or dresser-top trinket. Lovely.

Laboratory Perfumes Tonka EDT: I like this brand for their home fragrance and candles, and when I saw their latest release in its cool purple and gold boutique packaging I got all excited and nearly bought it blind. However I waited until a trip to Copenhagen for work and got to smell it in-store at Magasin, a large Danish department store. Verdict? Very happy I skipped it online. It smells very similar to their other scents - scents that in my opinion make much better candles than anything I'd ever want to wear. It promises to be peppery, with notes of mandarin, moss, woody aromatics and the sweet and smoky scent of tonka (vanilla/tobacco). For me it was missing the sweetness and warmth I typically associate with vanilla, and at first smell was super happy I hadn't wasted my money. Try before you buy!