Perfume Review: Apothia L, Velvet Rope, and If
Review by Tom
L is described as "perfectly aged Orris...with sweet touches of violet leaf.." "designed to be loved by the woman who wears it and by the person who shares her intimate space" Well, it you will have to be pretty intimate to be able to discern this one. On my Orris amplifying elbow within moments this disappeared into a very nice smell of fresh clean skin with a slight tinge of angelica. Since I would like to think that I always have fresh clean skin, I think it just disappeared.
Velvet Rope is described in the literature as "icy, dry vanilla martini spiked with absolute jasmine and a twist of grapefruit. Pure white musk heats up the background of this super-sexy scent" I'm willing to debate the "super-sexy" part as being hyperbole. Well, I'd be willing to debate if It would not be churlish- this may not be my idea of super-sexy, but it's flirty, fresh and quite wonderful, the sweet grapefruit peel is wonderfully drrrtied up by the musk, and the jasmine (just a hint) is nicely supplanted by the ginned-up vanilla. I'm really shocked by this one: on paper I should have hated it, but I actually really like it.
IF is written of as "hip, fashionable and elegant", "A dazzling bouquet of white flowers". They mention grapefruit and yuzu, but they could be just be fibbing. The white flowers (I smell tuberose, jasmine, lily and rose) are light enough not to scare the kiddies (or the ladies who want to act like kiddies) but heady enough to make me really like it: it's like a secret dab of Fracas worn to the office. The occasional whiff of it's femme fatale essense is a wonderful surprise.
These aren't meant for me, they are meant for Kate Beckinsale and the girls that want to be her. I have to write that I am very happy that these are out there, not being just another fruity-fizzy bit of frippery, but some seriously subversive stuff.
Shhhhh- don't tell the kiddies.
Apothia three scents are available at their website for $75.00 for 50 ML, and at Fred Segal. This makes me absurdly happy...
Image sources, ronrobinsoninc.com and hissandpop.com.