And so continues my scent obsession

Look what I was gifted with for Christmas! :):):) My very own 100ml bottle of Diptyque’s Philosykos, a gorgeous, gorgeous perfume that’s supposed to smell like a fig tree. I don’t think I’ve ever smelt a fig tree before, but this I love. To me, it smells like a freshly plucked and cut tropical fruit. (Although what kind of fruit it smells like to me, I haven’t the faintest clue.) What made it even more special is that I wasn’t expecting it at all. I’d already chosen my own Christmas present from my boyfriend (a brown leather Fossil watch). Maybe he thought I was hinting (which I totally wasn’t, honestly!), when in the days leading up to Christmas and I was getting increasingly panicked about the gifts I hadn’t yet bought, I still managed to find time to drag him to the Tangs perfume bar for a spray of it.  Utter bliss.



So, I completely forgot that I had this blog. It wasn’t until I received an email from wordpress that I remembered that this existed. In the meantime, I had been posting on another blog of mine (very sporadically, but still). Ah well. Since you can’t backdate blog posts (can you?), I am going to post the entries that I did on my other blog here, and delete the entries over there. Here goes.

Evocative (posted on 31 October 2011)

Today I had my first whiff of Serge Lutens perfume and, let me tell you, it was absolute love at first whiff.

I was recently introduced (uh, by way of stumbling onto some awesome blogs and then by reading Chandler Burr’s The Perfect Scent) to the world of perfumes, and so I’ve been quite interested in trying lesser known ’indie’ perfumes which are much-vaunted and which are not available at your local Sephora or departmental store. But Tangs has a really good selection of such perfumes, and today I decided to stop by their perfume bar. I had already spent a good part of the morning sniffing various perfumes at Sephora and was very, very tempted to get Love, Chloe (especially as it was on sale in a box set at Tangs for $120 or so).

But Serge Lutens completely blew that out of the water. I tried Vanille – a gorgeous, creamy vanilla (I won’t even try going into a description of the scents; my nose really isn’t that refined) – and Nuit de Cellophane – an extremely pleasant osmanthus scent, although nothing to shout about – but the scent that did it for me was Jeux de Peau. It smells like nothing I’ve smelt before. The nice salesgirl described it as a wheat/barley scent, but on some established perfume blogs it’s described as the scent of toasted bread. I’m thinking the connection may be the yeast? It smells nothing like toasted bread to me, although definitely yummy. There is a slight hint of bitterness than undercuts the sweetness and makes it, in a word, delectable.

This is going right to the top of my Christmas list.

P.S. Had my first whiff of Annick Goutal perfume as well – tried something I can’t remember the name of which I found too sweet, but quite enjoyed Petite Cherie for its fresh, zippy pear.

so, i caved. (posted on 11 November 2011)
As you can probably guess, Serge Lutens’ Jeux de Peau is not going on my Christmas list after all because… well, I’ve already bought it. I really couldn’t help it:1) Tangs was having a promotion – spend $120 and get $10 off;

2) I’d been having (and am still having) a terrible couple of weeks at work; and

3) the promoter was nice and offered samples (I got a tiny bottle of Serge Lutens Nuit de Cellophane and tiny vials of Serge Lutens Bas de Soie, Annick Goutal Petite Cherie and Annick Goutal Le Chevrefeuille).

At the end of the day, the point is that I really couldn’t resist.

This was a week ago, but I’ve only just opened it – in the intervening period, I haven’t really had a breather from work, and since scents are evocative, I don’t want my scent memory of this gorgeous perfume to be of work and stress. Chilling at home on a Friday night after a long week is the perfect time.




… Okay, well, that was two posts only but I’ll get better. You’ll see.