The very first D.C. Now Smell This meet-up happened this Saturday! Team D.C. turned out to be an instantly friendly, clever group- I feel very lucky to get to be part of such a fantastic perfume community. As you might imagine, the samples flew fast and furious. I managed to snag a few for myself:
Zoologist Panda. Unexpected adoration. The apricot-y osmanthus, the tenderly sweet mimosa- Panda has all the joyful charm of Tian-Tian rolling around in the snow.
Histoires de Parfums This Is Not A Blue Bottle. Who says the perfume industry doesn’t have a sense of humor? The joke is that over the years, blue bottles have become associated with dull, borderline awful “sporty” men’s fragrance. Unfortunately, the buzzy patchouli note smells a little too close to those generic department store masculines from which This Is Not A Blue Bottle is trying to distance itself. Joke’s on us!
4160 Tuesdays What I Did On My Holiday. Coppertone accord paired with a smooth, polished sweetness. This is the first 4160 Tuesdays fragrance I’ve ever had the chance to try, and I’m really impressed! Very skillful indie work.
Dame Perfumery Dark Horse. Dame Perfumery itself is a bit of a dark horse- who would have expected a perfume house from Scottsdale, Arizona? Dark Horse is a quality spiced vanilla, especially for the price ($65- bow your heads in shame, Kilian/Malle/Roja). Reminds me a little of the dark, spare Le Labo Gaiac 10 sprinkled with cinnamon.
Have you tried any of these? What’s the best sample you’ve smelled recently?
Disclaimers: This post does not contain sponsored content or affiliate links. All samples were acquired through Team D.C. swapping.