Olfactif April 2016 Spring Day Review
Olfactif is an awesome artisanal small-batch perfume subscription box. I can't even tell if it's right for me, but I love it. I just do.
Olfactif is one of my favorite subscription boxes - I spent like 6 months debating "Is it worth it at $18 a month for 3 sample vials? Do I even like perfume that much? Is this dumb? After spending years finding my "signature scent" what is the point of spending $18 a month on perfume I may or may not like?" But then I was like, "No, this sounds really cool. I like artisan perfumes. I don't know, this is cool right? Maybe it will remind me to get more into perfume (?) Or is it dumb?" It was a loop of indecision, and yeah, that's exactly how it sounds in my head which is probably why I have to drink so much.
Anyhoo, obviously I finally just did it and I'm down. I'm so down.
Like all of our mail being TDY-forwarded from Omaha to Southern California, it came 3 weeks after it was sent and arrived pretty chewed up.
The theme for April 2016 is Spring Days, and the company suggests you wear them in a morning-afternoon-evening order. Usually I am a perfect little sheeple when it comes to following directions, but I'm sorry, with a name like "Sleeping With Ghosts" this perfume from Mark Buxton is going to be first. What an intriguing name.
Sleeping With Ghosts: Ummm. No. On first whiff, it's a little "Sleeping With My Grandma" - in a "going through my grandma's old-receipts drawer" way. Maybe it's the peony? It's powdery. Kind of old-fashioned. After a few minutes, there's a really gorgeous warm vanilla that comes out, and now that the "GRANDMA" image popped into my head, it's all I can think of. It's giving me this memory of my grandma getting ready for church and wearing Lauren by Ralph Lauren lotion and the house smelling like persimmon cookies. That's pretty rad, to get such a personal image from the past out of a new perfume. I really thought it was going to be mysterious and more like "Sleeping With the Metaphorical Ghosts of A Romance Gone Awry" but, nope. I don't like it, but I can't stop smelling it. So maybe I love it.
White Pepper Mandarin: Oh this is my jam right here. Big hit of grapefruit, a lot like Guerlain's Pamplelune or most anything by Jo Malone. Big juicy citrus. It's like an upscale version of something you used to love in college. Yeah, this is something you saved up for so you could buy it at The Body Shop. It has a creamy cedarwood finish, very subtle but balancing the citrus nicely. It's almost like CK One in feeling. There's a lot of 1997 smells in this bottle. I was a size 4 in 1997 so I'm very into this. It makes me want to find some Doc Martins.
Cher Wood. : Hmmm. Well, I have to give them credit for fair description. It's definitely rich and warm. Is it "so French?" Yeah, I think so, even though I'm not really sure what that means, but it feels right. But it's weird. A lot of patchouli and a lot of oud. And a big bouquet of eucalyptus and alcohol in the first whiff. This is like a men's cologne. This is actually like if Saffron Burrows had a boozy smoky night and went home with Mikhail Baryshnikov, and came home wearing his shirt, that's what this smells like. It's sexy, but sexy-dirty, and sexy-dirty, but like rich sexy-dirty.