Lots of awful stuff happening in the world and especially my country, and I don't know what I can do about any of it. So I decided this morning to stay off some social media and news sites, and hunker down at home. It is also Midsummer, so other than writing this post, I will attempt to do some work in the garden if it doesn't rain. And I'll probably nap. I have been sleeping a lot. Mother Nature can be cruel, but not near as horrible as humans can be.
Dior Dune (1991):
I believe I bought this sample back in 2010. I never really did anything with it - this was billed as a 'fresh oriental' and it didn't seem very oriental to me, plus it has aldehydes.
When I sampled it a month or so ago, I was quite impressed and I laughed at myself thinking "yep this is exactly what I couldn't and wouldn't pay attention to years ago." I can now see why it gets rave reviews. Check out Perfume Shrine/Elena's review here.
Just because a perfume is popular doesn't mean it isn't a damn good and interesting one - yeah, I need to say that to myself often as it is very easy for me to dismiss mainstream anything.
and Black Aoud:
I cannot find release years for these two. Montale was founded in 2003. Both of these are solid rose powerhouses, Black Aoud
being more dominant, Attar
a bit more subtle and nuanced. *Thanks to Suzanne for the sample of Black Aoud
and read her magnificent review here
Domenico Caraceni Domenico Caraceni 1913 (2007)
: A fragrance for men that can and should be worn by women. An interesting and finely layered take on the aftershave/barbershop cologne. Notes of neroli, styrax, petitgrain, geranium, rose, bitter orange, tobacco, incense and cypress. Here is a review by Michael
and another from Nathan Branch
. I'm not sure if this is even available in the US anymore.
It's also Father's Day in the US which is another reason I'm not my bright cheerful self - my father
passed away in 1993 and he is missed every single day.*I don't always remember who has sent me some of the samples that I am reviewing and I apologize. I can usually tell by the handwriting and/or labeling of the samples, but sometimes I have a difficult time remembering. I should have written all of this down but in my arrogance I thought I would be able to remember without taking notes. I am upset about this because I am doing a huge disservice to those generous perfume-pals out there.