The latest from my perfume tray
A new season calls for a new scent, and I’ve been doing a lot of whiffing and sniffing lately! My Olfactif subscription continues to please, and I just picked up a full-size bottle of Histoires de Parfums This is Not a Blue Bottle , which was one of the samples I received a few months ago. I hadn’t stopped thinking about it since I first tried it, mainly because it reminded me so much of Colors de Benetton (which we all wore at some point in the late 80s, right?). The fresh, zingy scent features aldehyde, orange zest, honey, geranium, musk, patchouli and amber notes.
This isn’t my first HdP scent, as Amber 114 is another one of my favorites—but it does stand out from their others by lacking an intricate backstory and the brand’s usual aesthetic. I’ll be reaching for this more often than not for the next few months because the bold blue is the first thing that catches my eye!
I’ve also been spending a little too much time (and money) on ScentSplit lately. Living in Florida, it’s hard for me to smell a lot of niche perfumes in person, but this website delivers samples right to my door! I usually opt for the 6mL glass sprays because I find it hard to gauge how a scent smells on me when I try one of those teeny tiny tubes, and the most recent one I ordered was Le Labo’s Another 13. I’ve literally loved every Le Labo scent that I’ve sniffed (yes, I’m one of those Santal 33 girls) so when I read about this one, and the backstory of how it was only available at Colette in Paris before it closed, I HAD to try it.
With a roster of notes that includes ambrox (obsessed), ambret seeds absolute (I have no idea what that is), green citrus, apple and pear, I figured it could be a refreshing option for spring. As it turns out, Another 13 smells VERY similar to my beloved Byredo Gypsy Water when first sprayed, but there’s a hitch when it dries down. It becomes very earthy—and although ambrox is a synthetic musk that I absolutely love, it’s just a bit too musky for my taste. (That’s what samples are for, right?)
I have about five other scents on my ScentSplit to-try list, and I’ll be sure to keep you posted… Any suggestions that I should add ASAP?