So, did your Humiecki & Graef Blask arrive yet? With its red wine, walnuts and bay leaf, does it smell like salad dressing or what?
Blask is “a fragrance about trust”, KP! Salad dressing isn't about trust. The salad itself, maybe, but dressing is a cover-up, a disguise. I'm choosing to side with the phony marketing spiel over the phony list of notes.
I'm having a hard time saying anything about Blask, not because it's not interesting, but because it's so different than what I expected. It doesn't smell like walnuts and wine, though, again, I don't know exactly what walnuts and wine would smell like in a perfume context. And it doesn't smell like salad dressing either. Of its listed notes, I most recognize the bay leaf oil. It's a spicier Comme des Garçons Laurel, but with a kind of toasted sweetness. It's much bolder and better than Laurel, a painting to Laurel's sketch.
Most of all, Blask smells like a top-quality men's cologne: warm, rich, lively and somehow reminiscent of the 1970s, as opposed to the post-modern smells of several other Humiecki & Graefs. It's as if Sigur Rós had put out a really great Tom Petty record. It's surprising in that it's fundamentally so unsurprising.
|Petty bundles up for an Iceland jam with Sigur Rós.|
I owe you some decants and I'm going to send them right this moment. I definitely need to hear you chime in on Blask.
Just sprayed on Blask, and right away it smells like powdered celery. Like celery prepared for astronaut consumption. I agree that it's reminiscent of the 1970s, in that it smells like plastic-coated cardboard. Not a scent typically destined to be worn on human skin. It just smells like an accidental combination: the inside of a plastic-coated cardboard box that used to contain an astronaut's powdered celery.
I'm also wearing the biehl parfumkunstwerke al03 you sent me, and it's annoying and sneezy. I don't like it. It smells like sneezy deodorant soap. It's clumsy and bad.
If perfume-smelling were like a Rorschach test, I'm pretty sure I could declare you insane.
I smell none of those things (obviously), though now that you mention celery, I do smell celery, sort of, though I attributed it to the bay-leaf oil. So I can go along with celery. But astronauts? Plastic cardboard? Maybe the astronaut is plastic and not the cardboard, did you ever think of that? Maybe none of this is real and you just need a big hug and a long nap.
|Big hug -- or just squeezing for flavor freshness?|
I wore Blask for several days straight and I didn't hallucinate once, but then we're all affected differently. I once smoked pot and was convinced people were spying on me through a smoke detector.
Your reaction to al03 is even more puzzling because that one smells completely inoffensive to me and I like wearing it.
Did the Christmas cookies taste a little funny this time around? Were you present the entire time they were being made?
I am grumpier than usual, but I'm not sure if that's affected my nose. Maybe it's just my mood, but Blask also presented a sour metallic aspect at one point.
Blask smells like the default smell of a collection of random things that happened to be stored together in the back of a closet. al03 has nothing to say.
Read Blask Part One here.
Tom Petty by Richard E. Aaron