Drafts&Quick Sniffs

Before I write a full review I thoroughly test perfumes on paper and on my skin, during couple or more wearings. Some even in different seasons of a year, thanks to moderate continental climate I live in.

Some will get reviewed in more detail sooner, some later. Some never. In the meantime, I give you quick sniffs, my first impressions.

Most of these short reviews were published on The Plum Girl’s Instagram account

I hope this might help you to explore further or decide about your next purchase. Test before you buy!

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Blackbird

They really surprised me: Blackbird perfumes!

I just met them and went bananas over them. Literally.

Y06-S! Funky bananas. Very different, creative, and…millenial? American? Refreshing! Confusing? Definitely worth exploring. This is not just a banana fruit scent, no way. Nose tickling metalic intro, a very yellow and ripe sweet banana softened with jasmine just so that it is not “gourmand” at all, and – surprise! Enter oud. Or was it there all the time? Do test before you buy…

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Carner Barcelona

Botafumeiro by Carner Barcelona – new, from the Orientalcollection – my first encounter with it was at Esxence Milano: I am testing it on my skin while taking notes for a full review in progess.

Dedicated to first pilgrims walking the routes of ElCamino, scent that revokes rich spanish religious heritage, emotions and feelings when you enter the cathedral of St James in Santiago de Compostela: flowers from the altar, frankinsence, nutmeg, styrax and musks, peace within…heavenly unisex.

Well, it takes me at least two days to thoroughly test a perfume, couple of days to do some research, sometimes days and nights to think about it and write notes for a full review…I am doing this at my own pace…no hurry.

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Etat Libre d’Orange

Rien!
Not a „nothing“. I would rather say: everything!

Non, rien de rien, je ne regrette rien…why do I keep singing this song? No regrets with this perfume: Rien by Etat Libre d’Orange is dramatic, different and…well, not what you might expect at the first sniff…
From the gorgeous bubbly blast of aldehydes, bitter iris, sharp civet to a healthy dose of leather and although it seems that everything hits you at once, it is complicated in its fine mixture of classical thrill and twisted, modern approach.

Created by Antoine Lee in 2006, a rebel rebel perfume. Just when I thought yey! Here comes the freshness!, it sways and hits heavy on spices, patchouly and ambers, turning dark, suggesting a bit of smoke, couple of rose petals, a sniff of musk, a drop of oakmoss – sensual, yet so balanced and elegant. So Etat Libre d’Orange, so edgy, so unisex.

This day started with me singing this song, wearing this perfume and matching it with a pair of Trippen shoes: dare to be different!

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FO’AH

What if I told you a story about a date palm tree? In full bloom, as this is what FO’AH means?

What if I told you that date palms are trees of life, ever since forever, that this gift of Nature in all its grace is captured in perfumes created by Olivier Paescheux and Michael Giraed for Emilie Dewell and H.E. Abdulla Al Masaood – as a gift to the World? Dancing between Grasse and Abu Dhabi? A warm embrace?

Those who know me better, know that I’m in love with deserts. As a desert lover, I am aware of the significance date palms have (and how I long for those juicy, sweet, opulent, collected by hand, huge – dates…)

The samples I received are going straight to my skin! At the first sniff I am very fond of Palmarie08: Calabrian Bergamot, Juniper berries, Rose Centifolia/May Rose, Jasmine from Grassse, Palmier/Palm tree, Patchouly and Musk…

You’ll be surprised if you are expecting bold and strong scents: these perfumes are silky, refined, smooth operators: 5 new fragrances – presented at Esxence Milano 2018!

Hello FO’AH, nice meeting you. This is going to be an interesting journey. It may take some time for me to hear what these perfumes whisper on my skin…

Francesca Bianchi

Angel’s Dust

“When I’m good, I’m very good, but when I’m bad, I’m better.”

Innocence and decadent sexuality at the same time is a lethally seductive combo. Francesca is killing me softly again with this subtle beauty. Francesca we need to talk. You don’t have to disclose all of me….

A beauty. Full bottle worthy.

Fort and Manle

Fatih Sultan Mehmed

Love the way it moves, develops, sways, and whispers: quite a story going on here, Rose is just one chapter in this book. A beautiful floral Chypre, definitely needs more wearings! It simply made me happy today.

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Kierin NYC

Sampling: 10amFlirt (former Highlight Flirt), Nitro Noir, Sunday Brunch (3/4 released). My choice: 10amFlirt (not because of it’s name, I swear!)

Perfumer: Mathieu Nardin/Robertret

Concept: urban, modern lifestyle in NYC, Manhattan Minds style, “for young individuals of all ages”

Presentation: Colorful packaging with original artwork.

Price range: Eau de Parfum 50ml 78 USD.

10amFlirt: a bright Spring day opening, clean as early morning air. It reminded me of getting dressed in a rush before going to work, putting on a freshly ironed white shirt on a bright and optimistic workday morning. Optimistic mood. Fig centered fragrance opening, nicely dry and green with white buds of gardenia protruding at the beginning. I like those fig-leaf moments, not too dry, never heavy or wet green either. Later on gardenia becomes dominant, it emanates a silky, white and lush floral cloud: a jolt of gardenia buds, yet keeping it cool. Linear, not overly demanding or complicated: fig-gardenia-Cashmere/Sandalwood combo, nicely executed.

An easy-to-wear, everyday breezy fragrance, for work or fun. I would say for ideal for warmer weather.

Okeyish, nothing spectacular.

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Nishane

Asteroid B-612. I hold the figure of The Little Prince. Murad, one of the founders of Nishane was really helpful, presenting Le Petit Prince at Esxence Milan 2018 – a new line of perfumes by Nishan Istanbul, consisting of two perfumes: Vain&Naive (a story about the Rose and love) and B-612

B-612. Because everyone looked at the Rose first.

Because it is beautiful. It is.

As the story goes, It’s vanity grew and fed on praises. The Rose realised what is important only upon losing the boy who loved it, watered it and claimed it. Too late…

Asteroid B-612. Because my inner child looked up to the sky first. Filled with stars, shiny undiscovered worlds far, far away.

As I do every August, on my island. I lay on the beach, hot cobbly beach as comets, called “The tears of St. Lawrence” swirl and shine even brighter when falling apart. Earth and stars. Hot and cold. Feeling humble and sensitive to vast beauty of this World, with all it’s differences that make it so breathtaking and amazing.

Yes, the Rose is beautiful.

An open mind is even more beautiful…

(Perfume B-612 notes? I find the melody alluring, forget about the notes for a moment! I will take my own written notes about Vain&Naive too…a new blog is brewing!)

“Let the waters settle and you will see the moon and the stars mirrored in your own being.” -Rumi

Fan Your Flames

“Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.”

Rumi wrote some of the most beautiful lines I love to return to (and yes, I’ve cried over some of his poems…). I am constantly on the lookout for perfumes that fan my flames, test many on daily basis but…not many do.

Well, here’s a spark:

This is one of my 2 fav perfumes from Nishane: a marzipan-sprinkled-with-rum, dry sheesha tobacco smoke feeling (and I’ve smoked one, so I know what I’m talking about), a spicy-cedar-mossy, creamy-smooth liquid silk on my skin… which felt good on a cold Autumn day.

Seek perfumes that fan your flames: not all can do that.

Hundred Silent Ways

A gloomy Mordor-like day brightened up with joy and hapiness!

Oh, the sweet nectar of fruit and flowers! It made me want to swirl around like a sufi dancer, specially after the initial phase when it became a smooth, whirling gardenia-sandalwood cocoon.

Have you ever watched Sufi Dervishes dance? This is just what this perfume reminded me of. It’s an amazing experience! I’ve been going around on errands the whole day with that same smile on my lips – in harmony with the Universe…

Tonight I’ll read again some of his beautiful verses: “I closed my mouth and spoke to you in a hundred silent ways.”– Rumi

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Olibere Parfums

“Dangerous Rose”

By Marjorie Olibere, in cooperation with Luca Maffei

Collection “Les Mythiques”

This is a new, unisex perfume (May 2018.) and the Nose behind it is Luca Maffei, who patiently presented it at Esxence Milano, showing and explaining the raw materials used (giving this perfume amazing silage) and answering all the questions with ease.

I remember the movie “Interview with the Vampire” very well, because that is what this perfume is all about…olfactory feeling of this particular movie!

The atmosphere! Haunting. I remember watching it breathlessly for the first time (will it be as good as the book?), a movie about love, seduction, betrayal, loneliness, and hunger for life. It whispers and screams about addiction, the pain of separation, the fading of feelings, the promise of immortality. Haunting,sexy, funny and hypnotic.

The perfume? Both gourmand and carnal, it opens up inviting, seducing you in an almost innocent offering of fresh bergamot, almost edible spices and fruitiness – only to transform into dark rose absolute enhanced with oud. Gothic splendour, leaving you totally bewitched with the elegant darkness of its sensuality…

Top Notes

Bergamot, Passion fruit, Nutmeg, Pink pepper, Cinnamon

Heart Notes

Rose absolute, Styrax, Oud

Base Notes

Patchouli, Benzoin, Labdanum, Civet, Oakmoss, Musk

I fell in love with it the moment it touched my skin. Total surrender. All shields down.

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Santi Burgas

From the new PalindromeCollection, No II – testing it on my skin today! It started in a soft, sweet, woody, a bit spicy way, hugging me gently while I’m finishing my first cup of coffee. It made it taste better, I swear! Santiago Burgas Boa, now I am intrigued…

This perfume, released in 2017. was made in collaboration with Rodrigo Flores-Roux, a Nose with quite a portfolio.

NOTES:

Calabrian bergamot, angelica roots, sugar cane, white and black pepper, Nigerian ginger, Ceylonese cardamom, Castoreum, Chinese osmanthus, Maltese labdanum, cinnamon tree leaves, leather accord, patchouli & Mexican vanilla beans.

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Timothy Han Edition

She came to stay

She Came to Stay…inspired by the story (and the book) about Simone de Beauvoirs relationship with Jean Paul Sartre, 100% natural, a beautiful fougere!

Imagine an early Spring day during 40ties in Paris, meaningful conversations, sparkling intellect, and deep passion. Seduction with words. Relationship? It’s complicated…The perfume? It’s green, it’s leathery, it’s spicy, and it needs your skin to write different chapters of its story. Unisex, classical, finely blended. A very refined “natural’ with depth and complexity. Need to explore the whole collection!

The House of Matriarch

Orca

With a honey golden glow on my skin, featuring vintage ambergris. Yes, ambergris. Oh, how I missed you… Interesting!

Teatro Fragranze Uniche

Tabacco

Two ladies from Florence, developing a fine line of products: home fragrances, fabrics line, candles and perfumes with a lovely shop in the center of this amazing city. Special Edition Perfumes line: Black Divine, Oro and Tabacco.

My SOTD is Tabacco, I decided to spray it on while having my Monday morning coffee. And there I was in a cloud of spicy, woody, amber toned cloud of per fumum! Even if you are not into tobacco notes, this perfume might catch your attention because the blonde tobacco note is present quietly, ever so gentle. After ten or fifteen minutes it becomes soft like a pillow stuffed with coconut and rosewood. As if you are floating on it, slowly sipping your first hot spicy green tea. Later on small whiffs of vanilla sweeten up your tea cup, never overly. It’s warm and cozy, semi sweet yet quite refreshing – definitely unisex. Traces of clove protrude all the way to the drydown. Winter type of a fragrance, if you prefer that classification. Kind of retro, with a modern twist and a sparkle. I must tell my husband to try it on, I have a feeling that on his skin it might get a bit darker in performance. Interesting!

My office scent of the day.

EDP, 100ml/110 EUR.

HEAD NOTES: Ceylon Cinnamon, Cloves, Wormwood

HEART NOTES: Vetiver, Rosewood, Blonde tobacco, Coconut, Green Tea Leaves

BASE NOTES: BASE NOTES: Heliotrope, Siamese Benzoin, Vanilla, Amber.

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UER MI

OR +-Damask (for women) is the newest addition to OR+- collection of UER MI perfumes.

When you’re feeling imperial, reach for Damask! Fit for a queen, I’d say. Not a princess: a queen…

My first associations: Damask, the Silk Road, heavy silk, roses, luxury, 14th century Italy, gracefulness, opulence…

My skin seems to be a great playground for it today: A Rose it is, but a carefully woven with petals glowing like silk, a rose covered with morning dew. On the first sniff a fresh rose, then you notice that it is clad in all the Spring colours of Magnolia flowers, in full bloom.

This gives this rose a matte side, like the pattern on damask fabric. Later on thick creaminess of Magnolia is dispersed with a touch of berry-like fruity sharpness, only to settle down and reveal rich undertone of feminine patchouli.

This is a new, 2018. perfume and the Nose behind it is Maurice Roucel.

I had my first close encounter with UER MI some time ago, the concept of olfactory feeling and presentation of different fabrics seemed perfectly understandable to me. Do you like the smell of your favorite jeans? Or silk blouse? Latex (one of my favorites)? Different.

Doesn’t really each fabric your clothes are made of smell differently? UER MI is “wear me and there are some serious perfumers composing these fragrances.