Just read a description of Nasomatto Pardon. Notes include oud...and magnolia! Ick. That seems like an awful combination.
When we were kids, we used to play a game in which we'd take turns mixing three secret ingredients onto a spoon and making each other eat it blindfolded. Kool-Aid powder, pickle juice and mustard, that sort of thing. Nasomatto Pardon sounds like the perfume equivalent of the gross-food game.
That's a funny name. "Pardon? I didn't quite catch that. You're saying oud...and magnolia?"
Or "Pardon! I accidentally just mixed oud with magnolia. My apologies."
Revisiting our Nasomatto Pardon conversation, I'm fit to be tied. Fit to be tied! I'm wearing it tonight and I smell horribly! It's an overpowering dirty oud layered with an overpowering white floral and it somehow sucks more than that description indicates.
|Does anybody have any extra pickle juice for my Pardon?|
The only positive thing I can say about this monstrosity, this blot on the world of perfume, is combining oud and magnolia is sort of artistically brave. But that's a rather broad category, including everything from Patti Smith to the Jackass guys putting their balls in a vise. Pardon is more vise than Horses.
We both agree Nasomatto is hit or miss, but it's more wildly hit or miss than any other line. And the badness of its misses is compounded by the loudness of its formulas. BofM = LofF. Got it?
Seriously, if you could smell me right now, you'd think I was insane. I smell like I rolled around in poo and sprayed on Grandma's Glade to cover it up. I smell that badly, KP, and I'm fit to be tied!
At the opposite end of the spectrum is L'Eau Chic by Parfums de Nicolai. This smells so good! I know lots of people say Parfums de Nicolai have been playing it safe lately, and they'll surely say this one smells soapy, but it's also good. Good safe, good soapy, it's an optimistic geranium, ideal for the first day of summer.
This is what Princess what's-her-name should've worn on her wedding day instead of that blank-slate White Gardenia Petals. L'eau Chic doesn't have much personality either, but it's a better choice if you're looking for something that doesn't say much more than, "Great day!" It smells like a great day, KP, and we all need something like that in our collection.
And yet I'm still guessing you'll hate it.
I'm cracking up that despite having such a visceral "ick" reaction to the very idea of Pardon, you still bought it and wore it. You're the kind of customer who ruins market research.