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If I don't wait a little...
I'm gonna love him.
Do you know that? You test a scent and it makes you ambivalent. There's a note there that somehow displeases. But all in all the fragrance is quite beautiful and interesting, not least because of this disturbing factor. This disturbance factor, which is also a nerve factor and makes you think about washing off the scent and instead spraying on a 100% benefactor.
So you first put the scent back to test it again later.
Now a second factor comes into play: the brand of the fragrance and its reputation. If this scent is a drugstore scent or a celebrity scent, then its chances of being tested again are poor, you may simply forget it and pass it on at some point. But if this scent is a Montale, for example, the probability is greater that it will really be taken under the nose a second time.
There one can be still so much the opinion, one gives nothing on marks or reputation or prices.
So, the third act in the story: the fragrance of an upscale brand comes under the nose again. Once again, the interference factor is disturbing. Again something pleases also. Again ambivalence.
Now comes the point that decides top or flop:
If you don't wear it anymore, it was a flop, logically. But if you wear it only a few days longer, to fathom it out more precisely, perhaps also still beautiful days, vacation days, then it becomes top. Then one's own brain begins to perceive strange notes as familiar, discovers further nuances and somehow begins to fade out the negative.
And it can happen that at some point the bottling is finished and you can't or don't want to buy the scent right away. If he comes under your nose again after such a break, you think: For heaven's sake, how could I wear THEM regularly with enthusiasm? With the nerve factor? Then the brain has obviously recalibrated itself again.
Such a fragrance is Roses Elixir.
In the beginning it is fruity-sour and alcoholic, then a little sweeter and slightly flowery, it first seems like a refresher. I normally don't like sour things that way, because they quickly become unpleasantly fermented, but here they give the impression of sparkling champagne or fresh punch. I can't identify any fruit, I wouldn't even have recognized bergamot. It's kind of weirdly artificial, but it's not bad.
The alcohol evaporates very quickly and it gets harder. Now the interference factor begins. I'm afraid the disturbing factors are again my problematic old acquaintances: a jasmine fragrance and an orange blossom fragrance, who agree to be biting and bitchy together and to mix up the wearer a little bit They succeed in cleverly concealing their identity, because at the same time they pretend to be harmless watermelons with some sea air on the beach. Yes, now the scent seems aquatic to me.
I normally don't like aquatic scents, not because I didn't like water and sea air, but because I don't yet know a scent that really authentically translates these scents. I almost always find aquatic scents extremely unpleasant, artificial and somehow stuffy. It has a hint of it here, too. But what I also notice - and here especially: With aquatic fragrances you must not smell directly at the spray point, but must always check in the projection. In the projection they can appear fresh and bright, while on the skin they remind cruelly of chemistry lab.
In the course of the heart note I can now really smell orange blossom as the first indicated component. I even like her now. But beside her a strange aquatic conglomerate has established itself that contains another note that I can hardly describe because it is also artificial and I only know it from a few perfumes of the 80s. I find this note most likely as a distant mixture of anise and bitter almond, but really only distant. I think it's the special development of this strange aquatics as it was modern in the 80s. But in the background I also smell a little subtly sweet and slightly spicy-floral balanced. It's a pity that it resigns like this, I would like it to be more in the foreground.
Roses Elixir becomes even sweeter. I like that very much and I don't find it excessively sweet or even sticky, rather it reconciles it a bit with the previous synthetic stress conglomerate.
Now I can start to relax.
The scent is still fresh. The Sillage is very neat. When I leave the room and enter again after a few minutes, I smell a cheerful-light freshness that conjures a smile on my face. How was that with aquatics and projection? Somehow the scent is great!
At the end the 80s Vibe recedes more and more in favour of a now tender, gentle, dry-sweet spice. A hint of vanilla appears. The musk is extremely discreet and dry in its kind without being stuffy. I don't even notice Amber.
I never smell rose either.
What do we do now? I'm at the virulent point where I have to make up my mind: I wear it for a few more days and let it become the top fragrance?
Or do I leave it at Flop?
I have a few days off. I'll decide spontaneously. It has consequences.