Monday, November 23, 2015

Subscription Review; Scent Trunk

Scent Trunk has a good group of people behind it, which makes talking about their service pretty easy. Jolisa did an awesome job curating my box this month, I enjoyed each of the three scents, which doesn't happen often! The subscription arrives with three samples, each with their own information card which details the scent description, notes, sillage, longevity, and best wear time. In addition, there is a card that includes the retail price for each fragrance, the country from which it originates, and information about the brand. AND, something I enjoy quite a bit is the inclusion of fragrance strips! Sometimes you don't want to spray it on yourself for the first test, so this makes it nice.

The 3 fragrances included in my box this month were:
  • Musc by Mona Di Orio
  • Diamond Jubilee Bouquet by Grossmith
  • Cotton Musk by Raymon Monegal
Short scent reviews after the photos...

Mona Di Orio; Musc
neroli, rose, angelica, heliotrope, tonka bean, musk

Musc is best described by a very clear adjective: adorable. Ultra feminine. It begins with a citrusy rose and dries down to sweet heliotrope and clean musk; overall it exudes a very fem, powdery vibe.

Raymon Monegal; Cotton Musk
gardenia, rose, vanilla, vetiver, white musk, incense

Cotton musk smells just as it should be implied. It is a freshly laundered, white cotton t-shirt that has been hung on the line to dry, accidentally left out in the rain, and then left to dry again. The florals and musk are most prominent here, lending an ultra clean vibe.

Grossmith; Diamond Jubilee
narcissus, citrus, carnation, iris, vetiver, tonka bean

Diamond Jubilee is possibly the most interesting olfactive experience of the bunch. At the start, this juice is a little pungent. I wasn't sure I'd like it, but the more it dries down, the more into it I am. There is a blast of spicy-floral, citric earthiness at the start. Carnation is a main player on my skin, it stays throughout and eventually rounds out with a little sweetness that I really enjoy. It puts me in mind of vintage makeup.

*Box provided by Scent Trunk

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Review: Nicolai Parfumeur Createur Juste un Réve


coconut, apricot, jasmine, tuberose absolutes, sandalwood, & vanilla

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Just a dream. Never have I smelled a perfume with a name so appropriate. Ironically, I've discovered it at a time in my life which I've found myself frequently wondering if I'm dreaming, because things are just going too well (is that a thing?). The recent string of events I've experienced have been hauntingly surreal — in a beautiful way — which makes me question every outlook on life that I've ever had up until this moment. So, I'm staking my claim on Juste un Réve as the scent which will forever resemble the monumental turn of events in my life, because it only seems fitting…

Parfums de Nicolai has rapidly become a favorite house of mine, Patricia does hypnotic and dreamy  (pun intended) olfactive work, the kind which is easy, but not dumbed down or simplistic. Juste un Réve quite literally seduced me. I received it in a gift of samples from a fellow perfume-lover (Heyyyy Rita), who shares a mutual love of Nicolai Parfums. As I was going through the samples, I smelled a heavenlyyyy aroma oozing from the lot of samples, and I immediately turned into a savage trying to get to the source. Source found. Bottle immediately ordered. And so here we are.

Juste un Réve floats out in an atomized puff of whimsical tuberose and jasmine; the airiest infusion of tuberose I have ever had the pleasure of sniffing. Combined with coconut and vanilla, these overtly feminine florals are sweet and creamy with a — not too — tropical air. Juste un Réve begins to feel velveteen, almost as though the apricot skin were tactile; a soft, wispy fruitiness to keep this potion feeling ever mystical. This juice keeps its head in the clouds, even with the addition of a quiet sandalwood, nothing can ground this quixotic potion…and I'd have it no other way. 

The way the notes in Juste un Réve combine results in an airy, clean, and slightly powdery perfume. This is not like waking up from a nightmare, relieved that it wasn't reality. But it's like waking up from a utopian dream. A dream which is better than your reality. Waking up and whispering to yourself "It was just a dream," hoping that you'll return there in your next slumber. 

Juste un Réve can be purchased at $50 for a 30ml bottle

Longevity: 1/5
Projection: 2/5