News & Updates: 1/27/2012 – New York
Say it ain’t so…
Tom Ford Private Blend is seemingly retiring two fragrances: Bois Marocain (due more than likely to slow sales and low popularity — if you’ve smelled it, you’ll understand why) and Amber Absolute. For Amber Absolute (AA), the flacons are going if not already gone, and you’ll find it difficult to pick up any of the last few produced. The 50ml sizes are still available. For now. There’s no indication of whether that will continue or it will be removed entirely.
It’s an odd decision as Amber is a note now seeming to come into wider recognition. AA, however, was a bit of an odd duck since it was amber heavily laced with woods and incense. The result? The feeling that you’ve entered a Catholic High Mass when the sillage releases. Ford seems to like his incenses, and there are plenty of very good amber fragrances available, but AA was unique and worth experiencing as a much different experiment with the notes.
Time will tell what replaces these selections, but the previous new entries were a big disappointment in our view. Let’s wait and see if he uses the opportunity to retune some of his prior fragrances for future return.
At the end of 2011, we lamented and lambasted Christian Dior’s marketing department for the decision to remove online ordering for their La Collection Privee line. Apparently, someone listened because a very recent check of their site revealed that the shopping cart has returned.
Now we’ve tried a few of these fragrances, and hopefully Dior has gotten their boutiques better educated about the line. In our view, Leather Oud and Ambre Nuit were both very good fragrances at a very reasonable price point for their quantity. Bois D’Argent was interesting though not spectacular, and Vetiver and Eau Noire were very good choices. So was Patchouli Imperial. Of the women’s line, Granville and Mitzah are both standouts, Cologne Royale, Milly-la-Foret weren’t necessarily exceptional though good, and New Look 1947 was one that my wife found she didn’t enjoy with the passing of time (it’s since been swapped).
You can find out more on each at http://www.dior.com.
Worst Perfume Marketing Copy. Ever.
Someone recently shared this little tidbit of ‘perfume marketing porn’, courtesy of Etat Libre d’Orange Secretions Magnifiques.
“Like blood, sweat, sperm, saliva, Sécrétions Magnifiques is as real as an olfactory coitus that sends one into raptures, to the pinnacle of sensual pleasure, that extraordinary and unique moment when desire triumphs over reason. Masculine tenseness frees a rush of adrenalin in a cascade of high-pitched aldehydic notes. The sensation of freshness is gripping. Then the fragrance reveals a metallic side, precise and as sharp as unappeased desire. We are on a razor-edge… skin and sweat mingle, and tastes of musk and sandalwood. The slightly salt marine effect stirs, arouses, and sets your mouth watering. Tongues and sexes find one another, pleasure explodes and all goes wild. Confusion reigns supreme. A subversive, disturbing perfume. It’s love or hate at first sight. Sensuous jousting is rarely satisfied with half-measures…In between Don Juan and the Woman who offers herself, arms are laid down…who will be the first to surrender?”
Blood, sweat, sperm, saliva, coitus?!? I feel dirty just from reading this. I have it on good authority that it smells like none of those, but the first sentence alone was off putting enough to remove all curiosity. It does, however, contain adrenalin and blood accords.
Olfactory coitus indeed.