You're going to kill me, but I just bought M. Micallef Gaïac, as well as Ayala Moriel Film Noir and Vetiver Racinettes. I've tried and liked (not loved, mind you, but liked) the Micallef. But the other two? Hmm. I remember reading good things about the line and that's all.
Okay, Puckrik, you and your Nathan Branch recommendation are responsible for yet another reckless perfume purchase, this time from Soivohle' (I don't know what the accent after the "e" means either). I intended only to buy a bottle of Tobacco & Tulle and ended up with several more: Vanillaville, Cordovan Rose, Writing Lyrical Poetry and Domino Viole' (there's that accent again).
I bought Domino Viole' because of all the blog praise for it and also because I'm itching to buy Comme des Garçons Stephen Jones, which is such a weird little violet-rose-woody-amber and I want to smell how it compares. But, seriously, I don't know what I'm doing. You're dealing with a crazy person here. A lobotomized crazy person! (And everyone knows those are the worst kind.)
All of the reviews insist Soivohle' isn't your run-of-the-mill natural perfumery churning out simple feather-light scents, but rather the maker of intricate and lasting perfumes of great complexity. Let's hope so because I'm starting to see exactly how I'll end up dead in that alley.
P.S. I can't buy another thing for a month. Which means I'm only watching your negative reviews now.
I'm familiar with Gaïac - sweet cloves, big whoop. You have much more interesting things already. Have never smelled Ayala Moriel's creations, but I love reading her reviews on Basenotes and MakeUpAlley, because of her intimate familiarity with natural ingredients. The way I like to read the scholarly 1000 Fragrances for that dude Octavian's mad scientist aromachemical talk.
You're killing me! I know I made several bad decisions over the past week, but I was feeling compulsive. It's like when you're losing in Vegas and so you just start betting double and triple and before you know it, you have to sit alone in your hotel room for three days because you've run out of money. That doesn't ring any bells for you, does it?
Fumeheads - what are your favorite "natural" perfumes?