Saturday, 8 October 2011

Weekend roundup

I haven't done one of these roundups in a while, not that anyone would miss it anyway, but still...

For what it's worth, a few new releases have made their way to my neck of the woods in the last month or so and while I haven't felt hugely compelled to write about these, I thought I would give a brief overview of my impressions of some the more mainstream releases of late.

Elie Saab Le Parfum - I can't remember much about it. I do recall a honey note, but it struck me as a very sweet perfume, full of musky undertones, but not particular compelling. Pass.

Calvin Klein Shock for Him - I've read some very favourable reviews of this one. Frankly, I don't get it. It smells generic and again, very sweet. Too sweet. Amber gone wrong. Pass.

Serge Lutens Vitriol d'oeillet - readers of my blog will know my love for the good uncle's perfumes. This is a strange one. I can't say it moves me. I also felt the same about Bas de Soie. Jeux de Peaux is the most interesting of his recent export releases, I think. Not quite a pass, but hovering on the fence. At least it doesn't smell like everything else out there.

Tom Ford Violet Blonde - I've only tried this one on paper. I haven't formed an opinion yet. It certainly smells decent. Time will tell. I need to try it on skin.

Diesel Loverdose - WTF. Pass already. Tacky, in capital, shiny, neon letters.

Prada Candy - Gorgeous bottle, must say. I'm not really sure of this one. It's not bad, but I just don't warm to Prada's perfumes. Candy still dries down to that weird incipid note that I get from all the Prada perfumes, masculine or feminine. I just don't like their house accord. Still, of the mainstream releases listed here it strikes me, with the Tom Ford, as the most decent of the  bunch.

I'm sure there are plenty more new releases out there, but these are the ones I've stumbled across. I can't say that I'm impressed generally. 


  1. I've tried Elie Saab and didn't like it on my skin.
    Tried Violet Blonde, liked it bought a decant.
    Sniffed Candy on a blotter, wasn't interested but with all positive reviews I keep reading I'll probably have to try it on skin.

    I tried recently Amouage Honour (both versions) and I agree with your initial impressions of them.

  2. Undina, you and I seem to have very similar views on these latest releases. I'm still a bit confused with Honour. The ladies version leaves me cold. The men's I think I like, but I'm not falling in love with it.



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