I quietly picked up a couple Mark Buxtons on sale: Comme des Garçons Ouarzazate and White. Ouarzazate is my second favorite of the Incense Series, much lighter and more relaxed than Avignon, although the Road Runner anvil is lighter than Avignon.
And White is lovely, though I always thought it was merely a flanker of the original Comme des Garçons, the one that smells like poison potpourri. And maybe it is, it's been so long since I've smelled the first one, but White is excellent nonetheless, a crisp spicy cedar, a comfort cedar, if such a thing is possible. It makes me feel snuggly and no other CdGs make me feel snuggly.
This is all so minor as good news goes, it's barely worth writing. But I didn't want to buy anything without telling you. Which makes you the opposite of almost everyone else I know. Today I brought a few perfume samples to my friend Sara and they were sitting on the sink when her husband came home.
"What are these?" he asked. And I sheepishly told him I collect perfume, as sheepishly as someone would admit to collecting pornography. Perfume is my pornography, not in a deviant way, of course, but as a source of embarrassment. Which is so minor as embarrassment goes, I don't know why I'm sheepish. Or why I'm writing about it. Not every email can be about the continuing crisis in Afghanistan. Wait, quickly, should I buy Tann Rokka Signature (formerly Kisu) for half-price? Would you bite? (The auction ends in 40 minutes and there are no bids.)
Apparently Jude Law has been known to wear Tann Rokka Signature, and he's with your imaginary girlfriend Sienna Miller, so maybe that's a recommendation.
|Fun fact: Jude Law is a cannibal.|
In my “perfume hotline” capacity, I've just applied my samp of TRS in order to advise you. It smells a bit like Bulgari Jasmin Noir, but featuring violets instead of jasmine. It's a little odd. Odd but likable. The violet smell also has a licoricey edge to it, which I know will interest you.
This Tann Rokka Signature could be a Histoires de Parfum: old-fashioned and newfangled at the same time. It's nice, but I don't see it being of high rotation interest for you, Dan. Not like Ouarzazate, which is very nice! I wish Ouarzazate was longer lasting, though.
I've been wearing Ouarzazate for over two hours, and while I've been doing nothing but sitting and reading, it hasn't vanished on me. Though it keeps threatening to. There's an arrogance about these excessively subdued perfumes, like a quiet-talker who requires lots of leaning in and concentrating to be heard.
And as for TRS, I now own it. You can't go too wrong buying a $185 perfume for $90 (it's a full bottle) because you can always sell it off without losing anything. Of course, buying a perfume with the idea of selling it off isn't very optimistic. Or romantic. It's like making your perfume sign a pre-nup.
Ouarzazate is now striking you as arrogant? Just because it's obediently staying where you put it? That doesn't seem fair!
Ouarzazate is bewildering because while I like it so much, it won't give me the time of day. (Like Sienna Miller.) I find myself constantly smelling for it and while it hangs around for a little while, it always has one foot out the door. From the moment I spray it on, I can tell it's looking at its watch. It's like me at a party. It's my love-child with Sienna Miller and it possesses our very worst qualities: it's anxious and aloof and while people are initially attracted to it, it never quite commits and inevitably just disappears.