Olfactif November niche perfume box

Olfactif-November

This month’s perfume collection from my Olfactif monthly box was based around the scent of leather. I was really excited about this collection! As usual, Olfactif did not disappoint! Here are the three scents included in November’s box:

Cuirelle by Ramon Monegal
Somali incense, Indonesian patchouli, bourbon vetiver, Virginian cedarwood, cinnamon, and beehive absolute.

Dzing! by L’Artisan Parfumeur
White iris, ginger, white cedarwood, toffee, daffodil, patchouli, saffron, benzoin, musks, and leather.

Ashoka by Neela Vermeire Créations
Lotus, rose, water hyacinth, fig leaf, parsley leaf, osmanthus absolute, cassie absolute (acacia farnesiana), iris, incense essence, jasmine sambac, fig milk, geranium, ylang-ylang, fir balsam absolute, myrrh, cedarwood, sandalwood, vanilla accord, ambergris, birch, Haitian vetiver, leather, styrax, and heliotrope.

Leather as a perfume note is a hard scent for me to describe. I typically love it on my skin, as it smells warm and sensual without being heavy and overpowering. This month’s selections could be worn by women or men, and would smell heavenly on anyone. If you haven’t already subscribed to Olfactif, I can’t recommend it highly enough! It’s my favorite subscription box! I’ve found so many perfumers and artists to fall in love with since my first box.

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Normally the kittens love to help with the Olfactif unboxing. They were particularly sleepy on this day, if you couldn’t tell…
Such a rough life they have helping me out! At least I let Oliver get back to his beauty sleep after posing for a few pics!

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What perfume are you loving lately?
xo Amber

The Perfumed Court review of Violettes de Toulouse and Mistress

I won a Twitter contest a couple of weeks ago held by The Perfumed Court. If you haven’t heard of them, go check out their website! The Perfumed Court
If you are a lover of fragrance like myself, you WILL be in heaven!!
They offer a huge array of scents from niche perfumes, vintage and designer scents and even hard to find rare gems in sample or decant form.
I’m currently eyeing the coconut sampler pack, which looks decadent!

The Perfumed Court

The Perfumed Court

I was sent two vials to sample. The first scent is from Parfums Berdoues, called Violettes de Toulouse.
The notes in this perfume are bergamot, fruity notes, violet, cyclamen, almond blossom, lily, iris, sandalwood, musk and jasmine.

Out of the vial, it is a blast of watery, chilled violet. It turns quickly into a sugared violet, getting rather mellow and warm. I suspect this is the musk and sandalwood. It starts to get a bit powdery as violet tends to do. For me, the scent doesn’t change much after that. What remains is a soft, skin scent of lightly powdery violet fruity perfume that fades quietly away after about three hours.
While I don’t think this perfume is for me, I am certain if you like violet scents, you will be pleased with this!

Next up I tried Mistress from Jasper Conran. This edp is described as “mysterious” and includes top notes of Ginger, lemongrass, bergamot, citrus and fresh aldehydes. The heart is made up of white lotus, Moroccan Rose and Jasmine Sambac. Base notes are sweet and milky musks, dried fruit, moss, powdery amber and cedar wood.
It sounds like it would be a complex and mysterious scent, doesn’t it?

Unfortunately, this just didn’t wow me. The citrus in the top notes smelled like a mens cologne (not in a bad way, but nothing special). That citrus blast was short lived. It becomes a very soft scent, that faded very quickly. I ended up with a soft fruity sweet smell that was slightly generic. I’m sure this would smell beautiful on someone, but it’s not for me.

I always love trying new scents. Just when I think I have it nailed as to what notes and ingredients will work on my skin, I am proved wrong. I think that’s part of the fun and mystery for me! Have you tried any new perfumes lately? Let me know what your favorite summer (or any season!) scents are in the comments.

xo Amber