I'm a self-confessed ISO junkie now. I have the Lehmann variation "MOL intens", pure ISO thinned down to EdP strength, and these are my olfactory rescue drops.
If nothing works, if I absolutely don't know how I should smell, if I don't necessarily want to smell, but just want to smell good (meetings, plane), if I still can't decide, while some floors below the last subway rolls in, which could bring me to an appointment in time, in short, in acute perfume panic, I reach for MOL - a spray is enough and I'm back on the track, the smell focuses me, he norded me, everything will be fine.
ISO is a molecule that doesn't even act as if it smells like something specific. It is a fragrance without a role model in nature and it has extremely wonderful properties. It is apparently difficult for some to smell, can - in strong dilution - make fragrances more floating and transparent, does not change while wearing, has - at least on paper and clothing - an outstanding durability. On the surface it smells slightly mineral and of warm dry wood and light incense, but that's not it, it's it: There is something unheard of, something unexpected, something completely new: ISO silver plates the air, vibrates softly, rings like silver bells, fragrant fairy dust, in short: synthetic magic.
And now I stumble across the pearls...
80 % ISO is contained in the pearls, at least! someone rejoices further down that the scent can't commit itself, many write, this uncertain, vague, incomprehensible, noncommittal floating, therefore ISO-typical is often sung about or mourned and one of my favourite commentators hymns.
I MUST test the scent...
... which at first turned out to be unexpectedly difficult, because: Fragrances of Lalique are searched in vain at the usual sources. Douglas, Müller, the usual department store perfume departments, nobody's running Lalique.
Unfortunately, every now and then I lack the mental strength for a ramble through the meanwhile rather niche-oriented temple columns of the house of Oberpollinger, where woman (in the case of me, clearly older and let's call it: Unhappily proportioned) sees herself exposed to a superiority of highly perfected influencer clones (dream lips, 2-meter eyelashes, perfect make-up, phenotype Southern Europe / Asia Minor, each finger as long as my forearm - where did these girls only get these limbs from???).
But the weekend before last I was in a good mood and sufficiently armed and searched and found the Lalique-Counter, where I could spray a sufficient amount of "les Perles" on a paper strip and later on my arm and each of my ISO-addicted cells screamed: "DAS! WILL! I AM! GOT IT!!! NOW!!!".
The soft woody ISO note with its specific shimmer is immediately there - it is and remains the never changing general tone to which all other fragrance colours match and classify themselves. The pepper, usually slightly quarrelsome and rebellious, makes a servant very well-behaved and immediately clears the stage for a rather cool and discreet rose. This fluffy fragrant rose and the transparent ISO are a weightlessly floating dream couple, made for each other. For a while they dance around each other, sometimes I smell rose, sometimes only ISO, typical also for the further process: Again and again I don't smell the one, the other already, long ago disappeared believed appears again, that is exciting and also not every day the same. While yesterday the Patchouly, dry and with a pronounced Indian shop character, seemed to clearly dominate the heart note, today I smell little of it, but all the more of the dry warm and delicate sweet base note of Cashmeran, also such a synthetic magician.
Knowing how strong the external effect of ISO is even when you think you haven't noticed it for hours, I resist the temptation to spray the scent all too often.
That's a good thing: Although I used "les Perles" yesterday morning and then didn't spray it during the day and although I would have sworn in the afternoon that I had been completely unscented for some time, my husband didn't greet me in the evening with any loving words, but with "Oh, ISO!".