Friday, June 18, 2010

SOTD: Vamp a NY by Honoré des Prés

What a better way to return to my blogging life than with this gem, I am sure I wasn't the only who set her alarm to be on time for the 50 samples being given at Grain de Musc almost a month ago. :) I didn't want to forget and miss out. And I didn't. Lucky me.

I should probably call it the sample of the week, I've been sampling for several day now, in small quantities so it lasts a bit (I'll divulge why a bit later). And the sample is a large one (thank you H des P).

What I could find of the notes mentioned is rum, tuberose and resins. That is true but also not enough.

This has made me smile through the last week when smiling wasn't something I was prone to do. I do have to say that I don't find it vampy (which is a good thing because I probably wouldn't like it so much) but actually, I find it sexy in a different way (I'm sure many see vamp idea as sexy).

For me, this is sexy the same way a girl/woman having fun at a party in the sun, smiling and laughing around a bunch of guys who are there vying for her attention is sexy. The completely natural, unforced in any kind sexy. The best kind.

And that is why I'm saving my sample. I've been thinking for some time what perfume am I going to wear to a dear friend's wedding in a few weeks - and this is it. I knew that the first time I smelled it. It's perfect for a summer day wedding at the seaside (I'm sure it's perfect for many other occasions as well) - it is just so easily loved. And I know why that is so in my case. To me, it smells like L'Artisan's Vanillia mixed with a lot of tuberose (I love Vanilia and I adore tuberose, so this is a direct hit for me).

Yes, I got the rum (although much more strongly on paper than on me) and it's a particular smell, not really as boozy as some perfumes containing boozy factors are. And then, there's tuberose and anything else that appears in Vanilia. :) I think that is the best way of summing up what it smells like. And if you have a chance, try it.

Btw, Nathan Branch wrote a great review of another perfume from the We love NY series, Love Coco. From what I read there, I pretty much think I will love it, so now I'm wondering if that means I'll love the carrot thingie as well. Probably. I really like carrots. :)
And last but not least, I think the marketing strategy that enabled people like me (bloggers who are seriously interested in new creations) to be able to get a sample just by reading one of the (best) perfume blogs is straight on target. I wish more companies would consider this tactic. The word will spread wider before this hits US and the way it's going, it will have a seriously positive vibe. :)


  1. Welcome back Ines! Glad you're enjoying the Vamp. I was one of the lucky sample winners too and I also think its a very clever marketing idea. As a guy, tuberose is not the easiest note to wear, but so far I haven't found this overbearing, although it is still decidedly feminine. Well made though.

  2. If you get a bottle , let's swap splits !! ( for the TDC Charmes...? )
    My sample was not in the package when it arrived , our post office has been conficating things...0>:

  3. I hope your heart is healing a bit ....

    So glad this is giving you great pleasure ;-)

  4. Thanks Michael. I'm glad you got the chance to try it, even though it is pretty much feminine, it is definitely worth a try.
    I hope we see more of this type of marketing. :)

  5. Carol, I'm really upset because of your post office (although mine has that effect quite often as well). If I get a bottle (and I think I will - and the Coco one), I'm definitely for splitting. :)

  6. Thank you chayaruchama. :) It definitely helps smelling things that make one smile.