Soliflore Gardenia by Dame Perfumery- Notes include: Gardenia, perfect gardenia. That's it.
I love Dame's Lime, Gardenia, and Benzoin creation so much that I ran off and bought a full bottle and wear it with delight for breezy carefree days. This Soliflore Gardenia and I, however, just don't see eye to eye and it has been difficult for me to distance myself when I know how much I connect with his other gardenia. Soliflore bends and flexes exuding white hot light like a surreal Dali painting of a falling angel. Ozone fumes rippling off summer pavement, fresh rubber, sun flares. This abstract gardenia is full of olfactive information and it fries my circuits. Fresh, powdery, electrical, soft, sharp. It is one you need to smell. To experience. I still need to spend some more time with her. Though I am not sure I will ever fully understand her. Maybe that is the beauty. The enigma. A full bottle is $65 (only $47 with the $18 member discount) and comes with a bevy of free samples from Dame's perfume line.
Memoir Woman by Amouage- Notes include: Mandarin, cardamom, absinthe, pink pepper, wormwood, clove, white flowers, rose, jasmine, frankincense, styrax, oakmoss, leather, labdanum, musk.
Sexy. Expensive. Lush. Dark, smoking hot, mysterious, evolving. This is a fragrance you have to wear and experience to understand. Not an office friendly fragrance but certainly appropriate for nights up to no good. Think modern day Poison with her jammy dark fruits and blazing tuberose. Expensive leather, haunting woody absinthe with glints of anise, and black sticky labdanum join the fray with those large white florals beating out a rhythm they all dance to. That you dance to. $275 to purchase a full bottle.
Mon Jardin by Bottega Profumiera- Notes include: Tangerine, bergamot, neroli, orange flower, jasmine, fig leaves, iris, musk, sandalwood.
Inspired by the Ninfa gardens in Italy, some say the most beautiful gardens in the world, this floral fresh beauty is a flower lovers delight. Light airy citrus oils unfold into filmy fluttering blossoms. The dry down does a slightly sour turn on my skin but does not for everyone. Perfect for spring. A full bottle runs $150.
Which one would I buy? Memoir Woman without a doubt. Will I ever? Who knows. I probably won't have that kind of perfume cash for a while but maybe one day I can get a bottle. I am ever so enchanted with her. In the meantime I will use my sample sparingly. Do any of these strike a fancy?