Hey there A Bottled Rose, It’s a Mood Scent 4 week. WOO HOO! This month the crew are looking at Weird and Wonderful perfumes. I think we all have a few in our collection. Things we fell in love with because they were utterly outside our realms of previous scent experience. Suddenly our minds are blown by this weird, creepy, strange, intoxicating adventure. I’ll admit my credit card is usually on the counter faster than you can say, “Maybe not everyday wear.” There’s something about the unusual that draws me like a magnet. It was quite hard to narrow today’s selection down to six. I think they are beautiful and inspired but honestly they mostly don’t get as much wear as they deserve around here. Now they’re on the desk I’m hoping they will.
Obviously, these choices are subject to change, daily.
Can’t wait to read about your favourite Weird and Wonderful in the comments too.
Mood Scent 4: Weird and Wonderful
VII: L’Heure Défendue by Cartier
So most of the notes offered in the list don’t show on my skin or to my nose. What I get is a boozy patchouli rich chocolate coffee that wears down to a dark patchouli/vanilla, made creamy by sandalwood. Sounds quite lovely, and it is, but it is also weird. So foody! Yet crazily, it becomes UNdelicious. Smelling like an adults only, coffee rich, chocolate crackle is a fabulous way to smell. Who’d have thought? Certainly not me.
Memory Motel by Une Nuit à Montauk
Supposed to smell like the motels that had been built in the 1960/70s. Many still chugging along with nary a refurb, sometimes a lick of paint if they’re lucky. The plastic, woods, plush carpet and quilted bed throws. Often decorated in oranges, mustard and greens, which would fit with the 21st century if they were just a slightly different shade. I can definitely smell what they were trying for. The first hour is a very weird ride for me before it settles into a bleak patchouli/tobacco/leather with remnants of hospital grade cleaning products. What’s really astounding is how more-ish Memory Motel is.
M/Mink by Byredo
The first time I smelled M/Mink I gagged. It was so freaky and smelled like rancid animal pelts and dusty toe jam. It was a visceral reaction that left me breathless for a little while. I swore never to sniff at it again. Then, not long after, I smelled it on a friend. It was slightly weird but beautifully warm and cozy. Like waking up in the middle of a frost winter night and smelling your lover’s bed head. Lived in but safe and comfortable. Suddenly M/Mink was a rare beauty. It doesn’t get a lot of wear but I now adore it.
Oriental Mint by Phaedon
Like the idea of Angel and A*Men but think it could be done in a more sophisticated way? Pierre Guillaume has done it here. It’s a 21st century reinvention done right. Wearable and interesting yet definitely weird enough to make this list. The minty opening is sweet like mint chocolate but manages not to seem like a gourmand. Personally I wear Oriental Mint most in the warmer weather, its cooling mint overload makes it refreshing rather than warming.
Rose et Cuir by Frederic Malle
Rose et Cuir had not even registered on my radar when Val the Cookie Queen got in touch telling me she’d found a new MUST HAVE fragrance that had blown her mind but I would probably hate it. Well, colour me intrigued. Sharp and noxious on open like tearing geranium leaves, it settles into a cool breeze, lightly salted and then deepens into a very pretty floral, birch style leather. At no point does it ever smell perfumey, it’s always this weird assed space age otherness. An arctic bloom of rose and a brand new patent leather handbag’s lovechild, created in deep space by people working from almost lost memory.
Tubereuse 3 by Histoires de Parfums
Don’t let the note list fool you. This is a wild and over the top honeyed tobacco and immortelle ride given great gusto by the most thrillingly thick, treacle like tuberose and neroli. Very unkempt and well overdue for a shower, this beast will knock your socks off. Veering between rancid and cuddly but never quite reaching until deep dry down. Suddenly it’s purring like a kitten and the beast has well and truly been tamed. Did I exaggerate in this mini review? Only by a very small fraction.
So what are your favourite Weird and Wonderful fragrances?