Monday, January 11, 2010

Never late to change my mind

This is going to be fast. :)

Up to now, I haven't tried anything by Keiko Mecheri that I liked enough to wear (or actually only like). But that changed today and I will definitely be trying more of her fragrances but first let me tell you of my new love - Iris Pourpre. Mmmmmm. The first association that came to me is this smells a lot like Very Irresistible by Givenchy (the original version). That one was a love/hate smell and I really liked it and went through a bottle ratehr fast (I'm not so sure people around me were grateful for me wearing it). ;)

So, the first thing I did is compare notes. And of course, there isn't a single one that is the same. Could have guessed that. :)

Notes for Iris Pourpre: white iris, orris, ylang ylang and chypre accord.

Honestly, if I had to guess the notes in this, I would never come up with iris because it is not the typical iris I learned to smell. And I always thought ylang ylang smelled more subdued and creamy. This is a loud floral on my arm but such a great one that I don't mind the fact that this will need to be applied sparingly in order not to suffocate people around. :) Who cares for them though if I can smell this all day long?!

I'm definitely getting myself a bottle of this. Soon! It will be my spring gift to myself (that's just about enough time to recuperate from Christmas spending).

In the mean time, I'll check my samples for some iris and ylang ylang thingies to widen my knowledge of those two notes and understand what happened with Iris Pourpre.

And a short side note, I tried November by CB I hate perfume. Very interesting. I got the forest, damp mushroomy feel and then the whole sweet foody note evoking childhood (don't know what pumpkin pie smells like and that is one of the notes) so I'm guessing that is the smell of pumpkin pie with the barest apple hints. It really is a happy scent. You can read more on notes and the story behind it here.


  1. I'll be your resident expert in all things American: pumpkin pie is baked squash (another New World vegetable-- do you have those in Sweden? If not, think yam or sweet potato? Come to think of it, ALL of those are New World...) + cinnamon + nutmeg + clove + mace/allspice. If you want to get fancy, some pumpkin pie scents add butter or creamy notes. It's a rich, earthy, spicy sweet smell.

    I've never smelled "November"-- that's when we have Thanksgiving, and eat pumpkin pie. I bet it does make for a happy perfume!!

  2. Rita, my resident expert (that comes in handy), I've heard you can actually buy the squash needed for pumpkin pie here (in Croatia) ;) - but haven't actually seen it.
    After reading all these ingredients, this pie must smell delicious (and probably tastes so as well). Do you make it sometimes?

  3. I make it all the time Ines. It's a traditional fall favorite, but I keep canned pumpkin in my house year round because it's a comforting smell -- you can buy scented candles that imitate it, too.

    I make mine just as above but with a twist. I put cream cheese in mine, which makes it sort of like a pumpkin cheesecake.

    I've tried CB November. I can attest to it smelling, at one point at least, like pumpkin pie after a while, and I love it!

  4. A good smell in my opinion is a universal language.


  5. Diana, I will ask you for your recipe one of these days. I would very much like to try it.
    Though, I first have to locate the exact type of pumpkin. :)

  6. Tom, that is very true.
    And when that language speaks to one's soul, what better way to be happy?

  7. I'm not a fan of the pie, myself. (Oh, and I think the meat of most any squash will do in a pinch-- pumpkin is just traditional.) However that spice combination is terrific-- one of the best parts of the fall season. Starbucks has a pumpkin spice coffee which is to die for. (I still can't get past the image of floating orange chunks of squash floating in your morning brew, however...)