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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Perfume Review: Yosh Sottile 1.61

Sottile 1.61 has taught me that ladylike scents can be found in the most unexpected places. I certainly never thought to look for this kind of fragrance in the very modern, hip and trendy perfume collection created by Yosh Han. And yet there it was, next to the brooding Trompeur and the chilled-out and young U4EAHH…Sottile, Italian for “subtle”, seems like a homage to the effortless refinement of scents of the past. It is understated, practically ethereal…a vision of delicate, unselfconsciously elegant femininity.

With notes of lily of the valley and tea rose, this is a streamlined composition that feels uncluttered rather than overly simple. On my skin, lily of the valley is much more prominent that rose, which is but an occasional speck of palest pink on Sottile’s white fabric sparingly woven with green ornaments. I also smell quite a bit of young, juicy grass and a note that makes me think of the dandelion stems, which smell dry, fresh and green. The scent is graceful, airy and springlike. Is it worth $130.00 for 8ml? Well, not really, especially because it is rather fleeting and has minimal sillage. The latter is my main grievance with oils in general. I am by no means a sillage-monster, but many oils stay way too close to my skin. I would like to use this opportunity to appeal to the perfumers who like to work with oils and pure perfumes only. Please, think of those of us who love the convenience (and, lets face it, lesser price) of Eau de Parfum and Eau de Toilette sprays. Please provide the alternatives to your beloved oils, the way Sage Machado does, for example. Thank you.

Sottile 1.61 can be found at, $130.00 for 8ml.

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Blogger tmp00 said...

I tried this one at Scentbar, and it's really nice. It just didn't get through my personal scent algebra: god it's good /gee it's pricey= will I buy it. This one would not make the cut.

Oh for unlimited income...

11:10 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Same here. The pricey outweighs the good.
This Christmas I am asking Santa to bring me one thing only...a winning lottery ticket. *sigh*

11:18 PM EST  
Blogger elle said...

As much as I adore most Yosh scents, this one took me well over a year to fall for. There are moods I get into every third blue moon where this is absolutely perfect and nothing else will do. For that reason I had to have it and am very glad I do, but in general the LOTV makes it a bit too virginal and sweet and I suspect I didn't even come out of the womb that virginal and sweet.

7:30 AM EST  
Anonymous newproducts said...

This sounds lovely, but I'm not tempted to try it any time soon. Even if it had great sillage and longevity, I'm not often in the mood for these type of pristine floral scents these days.

7:35 AM EST  
Blogger lilyofbp said...

I have several samples of this, and I MUST have tried it--but I can't really remember (which is not a very good sigh). My favorite Yosh scents are La Contessa, Ginger Ciao, and Winter Rose, but although I have some of each, I haven't yet sprung for a bottle of any.

8:16 AM EST  
Blogger Patty said...

Oh, I so agree. I love several of the Yoshes and the Jalaines, but the oil just doesn't last on me, and I have a hard time justifying that much money for it. An EDP version, even at a stupid high price, would be my idea of heaven, especially for White Flowers or Jalaine Vetiver or Green Tea.

Maybe we should start a letter-writing campaign?

8:30 AM EST  
Blogger marchlion said...

Boy, that bottle is pretty! I like the ginger one a lot, and I liked U4 (although I'm kind of dim and it took me awhile to get the name, which I find kind of goofy).

This one ... I'm not so sure. LOTV and I have a rocky relationship.

8:39 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

It's yours and Ina's love for all things Yosh that makes me keep coming back and re-trying. I can say that as of today, I have tried most if not all of her scents, even the Pirate series. This is absolutely the only one I liked. If I could get it in an EDP form, I would have loved it.

LOTV seems sweet to you? Anyone who denies the power of skin chemistry is clueles. Because there is never any sweetness in LOTV on me, and Sottile is definitely unsweetened :-)

8:51 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

I've never been in such a mood and suddenly I am. What's wrong with me! :-)

8:52 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

It's the oil part of it that kills them for me. However different they are, at some level they all smells The Same on me, and I blame it on oil. And what that common smells is will laugh...cardboard. They all smell of cardboard. Except for Sottile, which actually has none of that oil feel to it.

8:54 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

It doesn't last, it hardly smells (unless it's some super head-shoppy patch), and it is overpriced. We really should write a letter. because probably these creator living in their high tower of perfume purity are not very in touch with consumer's needs and likes. If they all added EDPs or eevn ETS to their lines (Yosh, Jalaine), imagien how they business would grow? From Jalain's line alone I'd have immediately bought 3 scents.

8:56 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

U4E is the cheesiest name ever...:-) You like the scent? Well, I'd never had imagined that you would. :-)

8:58 AM EST  
Blogger shychai said...

quoth Colombina: "because probably these creator living in their high tower of perfume purity are not very in touch with consumer's needs and likes."

I must respectfully disagree, perhaps it's more that they are perfume artists manifesting their own personal vision, and for them, that means creating perfume oils. I have a feeling they are very aware of how perfumistas feel about oils, and I'm sure they read your blog, any of the dozens of other perfume blogs, and MUA.

It's actually pretty easy to make an EDP of any perfume oil you like, it's a simple matter of obtaining perfumers alcohol and decanting supplies, then doing a bit of math & measuring.

I guess since I have always loved oils much more that EDP/EDT's I get a little tired of oils getting so much bad press. They are the original perfumes remember!

9:19 AM EST  
Blogger elle said...

Sweet as in "nice"...not as in sugary. :-) I agree, LOTV and Sottile are definitely not sweet in that way. This scent is the embodiment of early spring to me - probably the LOTV. And it's got a great velvety texture. Just not something I can wear all the time.

9:28 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

They are original perfumes and the desire of the creators to stick with the purest form is very understandable. But, since, as you say, it is so easy to make an EDP, why not add those to their lines for versatility and for convinience of their clients? Such an addition should prove to be profitable. There is a question of Art vs Profit, of course.

9:28 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Oh, I get it! :-) And yes, Sotile is very spring-like.
I actually couldn't wear LOTV scents all the time either. Even the ones I love give me a headache after a while.
When I was a child there was this urban legend going around that stated that if you fall asleed in a room with a bouquet of LOTV, you might die...:-) Well, I don't know about THAT, but the fact is that big amounts of LOTV give me a raging headache.

9:31 AM EST  
Blogger Christina H. said...

Bravo on your review and also on your request! I love oils too but I sure would appreciate some sillage at least! And better prices are always appreciated! I have and love the Sottile, but wear it so rarely mostly because of the things you just mentioned.....cost and little sillage. So, I wait for the hot months of summer to help stimulate its sillage.I'd really love for these to be put into a spray form.
Thank you for a wonderful review! Oh, and yesterday's review has me reeling with lust for another bottle! Ugh, it's dangerous reading your blog!:D

9:39 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Thank you for calling the blog dangerous :-) I love that :-)
And thank you for seconding my plea for EDPs. I am not asking them to REPLACE the oils with EDPs, I just want them to add EDPS to the lines. If I ever see an EDP (or EDT, I am not fussy) of Sottile, I'll buy it on the spot.

9:42 AM EST  
Anonymous Ina said...

*chuckle, chuckle*

10:30 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Chuckle all you want. I re-tried all the Yosh scents because of *you*. You put peer pressure on me to love them. Well, I found one I could like a lot. Happy now, Ina? :-)

10:35 AM EST  
Anonymous Ina said...

Happyhappyhappyhappynow. ;D

10:56 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...


11:00 AM EST  
Blogger NowSmellThis said...

I like several of the Yosh scents, but have never fallen hard for one or even considered buying. I'm not an oil fan either so maybe that is part of the problem.

8:31 PM EST  
Blogger marchlion said...

Marina -- u4 I think is really pretty, sort of a guilty-pleasure thing. But at that price I won't be buying it...

9:13 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

If ever she make Sottile into EDP, I'll buy in a heartbeat.

10:06 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

I found it almost alien, neon-lit scent :-)

10:06 PM EST  
Anonymous nancy said...

I suspect I might make a few of you cry by asking this, but would there be any benefit in say, diluting a sample vial of perfume oil with ethanol in your own spray bottle? How different are formulas between an edp, edt, and oil, aside from how much alcohol is in there?

10:21 PM EST  
Anonymous nancy said...

oops, apparently I did not see the bottom half of the posts...

10:23 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Let them cry :-) I will admit I have no idea, but if I had any of that stuff at home', I'd have experimented right now. It seems like a logical thing to do...but what do I know. :-)

10:24 PM EST  

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