I was in London today 'on business' (i.e I spent more time traveling to and from London and getting stuck on the Underground rather than doing actual work) and as usual, no trip is complete without a quick stop at Liberty, one of my favourite London department stores.
I noticed Liberty is carrying two new lines (or new to me anyway, as they weren't stocked the last time I was there in January, as far as I can recall), Arquiste and Agonist. I have read so much about Anima Dulcis, one of the bloggers' favourites from 2012. I wore it today and I must say, my initial impression is less enthusiastic than the reviews I've read. For a start, the so-called animalic undertones are missing on my skin, save perhaps for a brief puff right at the start. On my skin this perfume is fairly sweet, with lots of milky cocoa. Look, it isn't bad, and I can't (or shouldn't rather) judge a perfume based only on one try, but to me Anima Dulcis is not totally my cup of tea.
I didn't wear an Agonist, but I did spray Black Amber on a scent strip. It smells more of incense than amber on paper, and in the dry down it reminds me of a tamer Messe de Minuit.
I did wear Commes des Garcons Luxe Patchouli. Mmm, mmm, mmm - now we're talking. Its a gorgeous take on patchouli in my opinion. It smells rich, deep and almost liqueur-like. Pity about the price though. Far too steep for my measly wallet unfortunately. Sob.