Baccarat Rouge 540

I received those samples from Luckyscent today.

I’m not going to buy Lubin Gin Fizz. I had a sample before and loved it, but this time it didn’t wow me as much and I’m taking it off my to-buy list. It reminds me too much of Dior Pure Poison and I might just buy that…if I want a fragrance with that sort of vibe. I had planned to buy both this summer but…again, I’m not in the mood anymore.

Carthusia Mediterraneo is fantastic at first. I LOVE lemon. But it doesn’t last… *sad expression* Maybe you just have to keep reapplying it over and over and over. Ha! I would too…

Parfums de Marly Athalia is a HUGE disappointment. It’s…synthetic sugar (think olfactory Sweet & Low) and sickeningly cloying baby powder before turning into something pretty pleasant but not extraordinary. And I had soo wanted to like it too. I’ve heard extremely mixed reviews about this house though. Some people love it and others seem to find it depressing. *shrug*

Lubin Upper Ten For Her was really lovely for the first half an hour. I was close to considering a full bottle. But…the true drydown was a bit of a letdown after that, unfortunately.

And then I wore Baccarat Rouge 540 extrait. *silence*

I have to say that I have a very complex relationship with most niche perfume houses. I love that they exist, and appreciate them. But…*hesitating* I often find myself a tiny bit less than impressed and that saddens me. Because, Baccarat Rouge is good. It’s excellent actually. But…for whatever reason it reminds me of my J. F. Schwarzlose Rausch, except it’s cooler and a tinge more masculine.

I think, if I was a man, I might prefer it to Rausch, but being a lady who likes to smell feminine it…doesn’t convince me to buy it. It’s chic and crisp. For some reason, I can’t help but think of some of the nicer hotels with modern design that I’ve visited over the years, while traveling, when I smell it (especially in Chicago and Switzerland for some reason). It’s the marble floors, hint of leather, recessed lighting and plush white duvet in a perfectly chilled, beautifully fresh and clean room. Very nice. But…it’s just not my absolute thing and while I would gladly spend $425 for a bottle I love, I won’t for one I only really like that reminds me too much of others in my collection. *awkward face* If it suits you please, please wear it, because I’d love to smell this wafting from someone who it complements.

*sigh*

I might highly consider a candle of it though…