To start us off with this round of scents we have Dance With Me whose notes consist of: coumarin-laced lavender combines with fizzy pink grapefruit, and it all rests on a bed of white musk. So exciting a new note! No idea what coumarin smells like! (I worked in a doctor’s office, so all I know is the medicine – which has no smell.) And lavender … let’s see if Possets works for me – I so want to be able to wear it! In the vial it’s a pretty perfect pink grapefruit! On my skin it’s much of the same, super happy and uplifting. The white musk is under it giving it something to rest on. As the grapefruit calms down into just a hint of that juicy sweet perfection the lavender comes out soft and gentle. So far none of that sharp nose-hurting smell that I have gotten from other lavender’s. There is something kind of green wafting around. Maybe coumarin? (Need to google!) Well, that was interesting – and hard to describe but what I read from several sources was that it typically has a tonka-like smell (which for me tends to be brown and fuzzy). However, it can also have a hay-like association. Either way Dance With Me is a beautiful scent with lavender that I can wear! It’s super bright and soft – perfect for summer and dancing with my girls. The citrus never really goes away, which sometimes can happen. This scent is so far from anything I would normally pick for myself that I am over the moon happy! Usually you hear of citrus scents not having much lasting power, but this isn’t the case here. It’s over an hour later and still going strong!
Next up we have Dies Irae with notes of three BLACK musks, one fog-like musk to disburse the whole, bitter galbanum, smooth hawthorne, the scent of rotting leaves, a small amount of orris, and smoky oude, finally frankincense and black amber. Well talk about opposite end of the spectrum! In the vial it’s all leaves and orris – and it’s that lovely wet, decomposing leaf smell you can only get from a forest floor. On my skin that decomposing leaf smell stays (I actually love that smell – but I’m weird so …) but the orris does this cute thing where it plays peek-a-boo. The musks are there but they aren’t assertive, just keeping things nice and dark so the leaves can rot in peace and the ground can be rejuvenated by the natural process. To me this is just a big dense forest doing the things that forests do best – death, rebirth, and renewal. This has a great throw to it and just a wonderful fall-like scent.
Evita Peron, part of the Femme Fatales collection, boasts notes of Egyptian musk, followed by a very unusual leather component which conjures up the scent of violets (!). This is accompanied by a dry white amber, and a kiss of ginger. In the vial this is white amber and … violets! Fabienne is right about that leather, how cool! On my skin this is soft, sweet violets with a touch of musk and just a hint of ginger. It is soft, somewhat sweet, and just classic. This isn’t a super complex scent, but I can’t stop sniffing the spot on my hand. It’s just so sweet and comforting, yet it’s also elegant and almost commanding at the same time.
Salome is the last scent for this round and is also part of the Femme Fatales collection. It’s notes are comprised of Black and African, myrrh, frankincense, cedar, ivory musk, green coffee pulp extract, and a very light light misting of black Mexican vanilla. In the vial I get green coffee. This may be seen as blasphemous to some – but I dislike coffee with a passion. I don’t drink it, I don’t like to smell it, I’m just not a coffee person. Please take my preferences with a grain of salt. I will try to be objective, but sometimes you just can’t help what you can’t help. On my skin, thankfully, the super prominent green coffee note is almost completely gone. In its wake I am left with beautiful myrrh and resinous frankincense. The cedar forms a beautiful base while the musk just gently presents itself. The vanilla isn’t apparent, but I’m sure it’s in there. This is dark, beguiling, and a little off base.