An excerpt from a largely fictional, yet true conversation between two fragrance geeks.
Nat, I’m just gonna fly by the seat of my pants on this review and let my nose do the talking.
Alright with you?
Think about it for a second.
Let me do this.
I’ve been thinking about this scent for two years.
Jim: (completely oblivious to the two years of thought Nat put behind this review)
I promise. Swear. On Baby Jesus.
For like, the last four hours.
I walked around in the Historic district on the east end of Alameda island and took pictures of the Victorians while I tested it out.
I doused myself in it.
Ten sprays? Twelve.
I’m sure I pissed lemon haters off everywhere.
You are crazy.
Thats too much Jim.
I like this one. It’s the most subtle and natural lemon I’ve ever smelled.
And then, like, what is that?
Tiny bit of creamy musky…..??
It’s erotic, in a sweet way. Like the girl next door in a yellow dress, who you have a crush on. It’s safe, and the innocence and naturalness of the lemon note coupled with the delicate flowers over musk is what does it for me. The musk are intimate. Like imagine kissing a woman’s skin, way into the dry down, all you get is musk. Erotic.
I don’t see it as erotic at all. It’s safe scent. A good girl scent.
Speaking of heat.
It goes well with it, at 80 degrees it explodes in sillage and cools the skin.
Yeah I definitely get the cooling part.
It’s only seventy one here in the bay.
And it’s a hot day.
And…It’s still got monster sillage for such a light scent.
It almost fights the heat.
The hotter it gets, the better it projects.
Ok Jim, you seem impressed with my decant.
It’s two hundred and thirty five dollars a bottle.
Knowing that? Would you buy this.
Are you serious?
That’s highway robbery!
I would pay that, for this 1861.
I don’t know what’s wrong with me.
Did you pay retail? Are you crazy too?
I paid retail. Split half…is that any more sane?
Nat, that’s entrepreneurial genius.
I think that’s the only logical way to go about it. Now what are the notes? Can you pull them from Fragrantica for me?
Umm hold on a second.
(Returning back with a text)
Bergamont, Mandarin, Lime, and Petitgrain for the top notes.
Rose, Lily of the Valley, Mint for the heart and Cedar, Patchouli, Amber and Musk in the base.
I really like this one.
So what type of person would wear this? Who should wear this?
The girl next door.
Yeah, it’s one of my favorites. But not just a girl nextdoor type, although a good girl. Or a good guy. The sweet type of people, who are just a little bit more evolved than the rest. The Relaxed type. A guy or girl who stops to smells the Xerjoff’s.