A little sample of Schiaparelli Shocking reminds me why I haven’t been interested in vintage for a while. Such a legendary perfume smells like several other vintage samples I have, nondescript vintage style musky powdery base. I feel like I’m missing what is so special and “shocking” about the scent. It must have faded.
PLEASURES // ESTEE LAUDER
Pleasures is a grassy green floral, with lily-of-the-valley in the starring role. Lily-of-the-valley generally, as it is here, a dry green floral note and somewhat spicy like dryer sheets. There is a medley of florals here but none as distinct as the lily-of-the-valley. It is powdery. A bit bitter and harsh, it reminds me of allergy season in the spring when the senses are overwhelmed it blooming grass, weeds, and tree pollen. At first there is a overripe fruit or flower undertone that eventually softens to a clean floral sweetness, like female-marketed shampoo.
When I was first collecting perfume I really liked this and thought I wanted to repurchase it. Now I am wearing it on my arm wondering what I was thinking. It is a decent floral, but not a great one. Seems like the kind of scent someone would purchase to smell good and office-appropriate without being very thoughtful in their choice.
“Perfume is like a parenthesis, a moment of freedom, peace, love and sensuality in between the disturbances of modern living”
UME // KEIKO MECHERI
Smells predominantly of plum. The plum is not obscured by heavy vanilla, woods, fruits, or florals. It is front and center so if you’re looking for a plum fragrance I’d direct you to Ume. That’s not to say there are no other notes, it’s definitely not a Victoria’s Secret or Escada fruit punch overload kind of scent. While this scent has a bit of sweetness this is a definitively womanly perfume. I also smell woods, a high pitched jasmine, osmanthus, and refined warm spice. During the dry down it gets kind of balmy.
Ume, although reserved in projection, is a very seductive and sensual perfume. Dark and vampy even. It to me seems more suitable for night time wear and special occasions but because it’s not a strong scent it wouldn’t be disagreeable as a cold weather daytime scent either.
Plums // Constantin Stahi // 1911
A COUPLE OF SHORT LOVE & TOAST REVIEWS
Smells as titled, honey note with a coconut note. Sweet and creamy without being cloying. Works for all seasons, in the summer for beachy outfits or in other seasons to remind of tropical vacation. Sometimes the overall scent smells like gourmet vanilla ice cream which is yummy! This is a pleasant light summery gourmand. Recommended.
Also smells as titled, because Love & Toast is basically perfumer Margot Elena’s younger version of Jo Malone. I usually avoid perfumes with “sugar” in the name because you get this weird fake musky marshmallow scent with them most of the time but Love & Toast perfumes are very natural smelling. This smells like grapefruit, zesty but also smells very sweet almost like gummy candy. Not recommended, only because the lasting power of Sugar Grapefruit is rather bad. Less than 30 minutes it’s gone.