February doldrums and a blogger's block just wouldn't let me write a proper review today. In an attempt to cheer up myself and to perhaps jump-start the part of my brain (such as it is) that is responsible for my creativity (such as that is), I decided to compile yet another wish list. The following are the random scents I discovered and realized I urgently needed by idly browsing online perfume stores.
Parfum1 is selling Yves Rocher Ispahan, $39.95 for 2.5oz. Seeing it there brought back the memories of being in my last year of high school and crazy in love...As far as I remember it, Ispahan smelled very dark, very rich, a dangerous, wicked potion. I am very tempted to buy it.
Cambridge Chemists offer Czech and Speake Oxford & Cambridge, $100.00 for 100ml. The scent has been on my To-Try list for ages, and although I suspect it might be too sharp for my taste, I am itching to buy it unsniffed. I miss Oxford...And I have this silly idea that wearing Oxford & Cambridge would miraculously help me achieve the posh, plummy English accent I always wanted. Wishful thinking. If living in the UK for five years haven't done it, no lavender perfume ever would. I am forever stuck with what Mr. Colombina calls "a cute Russian accent" (yeah, whatever). Still, mustn't grumble.
B-glowing offers an intriguing new tuberose fraghrance, Voluspa Tuberosa Agave, $24.00 for 16.5ml. With notes of Mexican tuberose, blue orris, coconut milk, musk and vetiver, it sounds jolly good (I can at least pretend I speak with a posh English accent, can't I?) and makes me think that it might be slightly reminiscent of Tubereuse Couture and Noix de Tubereuse, both of which I love.
Your Cosmetics now has in stock some new Esteban scents. I was underwhelmed by Sensuelle Russie, a.k.a Ambre Narguile Lite, but I am curious about Douceur Balinaise (bergamot, cardamom, nutmeg, musk, jasmine, ylang ylang, lotus flowers, iris, sandalwood). It sounds like it might turn out to be the kind of spicy floral that I like, it is cheap ($38.00 for 100ml!), and the packaging is super-cute...Being bored and feeling blue is dangerous for one's wallet.
Also at Your Cosmetics is Antica Farmacista's Tuberose, Hyacinth and Lily of the Valley, a scent I meant to try for a while now. I've been wearing their Casablanca every day for the last month, and, as a newborn White Floral Lover, I have my hopes high for this luscious-sounding bouquet. $58.00 for 50ml.
Luckyscent got new Profumums, and Dulcis, which they describe as "dessert at its irresistible best: whipped cream being licked off fingers, fits of giggles fueled by liqueur, suggestive whispers over shared spoonfuls", sounds lovely if rather overpriced and possibly reminiscent of my beloved Psychedelic by Rich Hippie. Having said that, on this bleak Wednesday morning I feel that $195.00 might not be too high a price to pay for a fit of giggles.
Neiman Marcus is fueling my wonderlast by telling stories about a sailing adventure that inspired Creed's new scent, Virgin Island Water. With notes of essence of copra, lime, white bergamot, mandarin orange, hibiscus, ginger, ylang-ylang, jasmine, sugar cane, white rum and musk, it sounds ...like something I'd love to drink as well as to spritz. "Take me away, carriage, carry me off, frigate!" $185.00-$285.00.
And some more hibiscus on my wish list (I blame Chanel No 18!) is courtesy of Strange Invisible Perfumes Galatea at Barney's. I grew up reading Greek myths and you can sell me almost anything if you give it a mythological name ...and add some hibiscus.
What's on your wish list, this gloomy Wednesday?
The caricature of Greta Garbo by Nino Za is from allposters.com.