Trying to decide what to wear this evening, so I'm testing BPAL's Scherezade on my left wrist and Narcisse Noir by Caron on my right.
First take on Scherezade.... I'm a little headshop, yes I am (sung to the tune of I'm a little teapot)! Not bad, but definitely a headshop.
First take on Narcisse Noir.... Grandma's soap, and HOW. Kind of makes my sinuses hurt.
About 45 min or so later......
As Scherezade dries down, it loses some of that headshop quality and becomes something I could easily wear OFTEN. Reminds me of the way Book People used to smell. Very comforting... I like this a lot. Not as sexy as I was expecting it to be with the spices and musk, but better for that, I think. This goes to the top of my so-far-short BPAL list of bottle wants.
Narcisse Noir, on the other hand (er, wrist), has been mostly eaten by my skin. At least it isn't making my head hurt anymore. It's still there, a little, and what is there is all complex tease. I can pick up the civet under the florals and it's making for a very nice shifting oriental scent. I don't know that I'll be adding this one to any sort of permanent collection, but I can definitely appreciate that it's a well-done fragrance. I'll likely re-test again on a larger skin area before solidifying my opinion of it on me.
I'm thinking of washing the Narcisse Noir off my right wrist and trying something else. Talisman? Or Muscs Koublaï Khän? Or another BPAL? Or????