* Parfum Luctor et Emergo by People of the Labyrinths. Startlingly unique and presented in laboratory flask-shaped bottle, red velveteen box and hand-dyed silk scarf, Luctor et Emergo is like nothing you've ever smelled before. A blend of sweet and resinous incense, soft vanilla, woods and a whiff of transparent cherry in the beginning, there are also almonds in the mix, creating a delicious mixture of cherried marzipan offset by very dry wood and otherworldly incense that lasts for hours. It has the strangest name ever, I know. This fragrance totally blew my mind. SERIOUSLY, like nothing I have ever experienced. This could totally be a unisex fragrance, which I usually hate. I strongly urge you to try.
* Pink Manhattan. This luscious potion is a fragrance in three courses: first is a plump, ripe peach. Next, lush gardenia and dainty pink hibiscus join the party. The final act is soft waves of French vanilla, a titillating finish to this beguiling and happy blend. Pink Manhattan is a limited edition roll-on bottle presented in a numbered and signed hand-crafted pillow box.
* Vanille Abricot by Comptoir Sud Pacifique. A sweet and sensuous fruity vanilla, like a warm apricot cobbler, sprinkled with powdered sugar and nestled against a scoop of hand-made vanilla ice cream (the kind with the tiny speckles of the vanilla bean still intact). Widely known for its man magnet abilities, it’s also made a name for itself as an amazing scent to “layer” other fragrances with.
Next time around, I can't wait to try Miller Harris, Jalaine, and Comme des Garcons!