My summer vacation has now brought me to Croatia, where I was luckily able to meet Ines, of All I Am – A Redhead. She very kindly met up with me in Zagreb’s main square, Trg Josipa Jelačić.
From the square, we proceeded to one of Zagreb’s perfumeries (I will not say which one, for reasons I will explain in a moment, but you can refer to Ines’s contributions to the Perfume Shopping Around the World guide for a listing of all Zagreb’s perfume shops). There I was able to try several new (to me) perfumes and a few completely new launches for L’Artisan. I will save those for the end of the post.
Following, we went out for a nice dinner. Ines is as warm, gracious, and genuine in person as you will expect if you read her blog. Although I spent only a few hours with her, we were able to quickly dive into many topics, and she was very patient answering questions about Croatia. It is truly a wonderful country, and to me as a visitor the culture is especially interesting because it is not all up front or accessible. Although the people are very welcoming, it is an “introverted” place, so there is some mystery to it as well.
On more obvious notes, the scenery is beautiful and Mr. APB, the resident foodie, is very much enjoying himself. I am just trying not to gain weight!
L’Anonyme by A Lab on Fire (perfumer Olivier Polge). This brand is basically new to me. I think I have smelled a few from them in passing, but not to remember or comment on. The name and the aesthetic have not grabbed my attention. However, L’Anonyme was very nice. A sort of fresh and soft leather. “Fresh” leather sounds strange, but that is how it struck me, and it works. The drydown is soft leather and powdery amber.
Cuir Velours by Naomi Goodsir (perfumer Julien Rasquinet). Naomi Goodsir is an Australian line completely new to me, although I had read Freddie’s review of Cuir Velours on Smelly Thoughts. As he says, there is a big immortelle note in the opening and the drydown. I tend to think of Immortelle as falling on the “winter” end of the spectrum (smelling mostly of dark maple syrup, cinammon, and vanilla) or the “summer” end of the spectrum (honey, herbs, light maple syrup). Cuir Velours is definitely in the winter realm. Rich, thick, and rummy (rum is a listed note), it actually reminds me of the aroma of some varieties of Italian amaro – an herbal digestif that can be quite sweet, and which I love to smell.
Amour Nocturne by L’Artisan (perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour). This new perfume is to launch widely in the fall, and I am not indicating where I smelled it in case the shop was not supposed to share. It is mostly a nutty almond scent (not too heliotrope to my nose) that is comparable to Bois Farine, but less doughy, a little sweeter, a little more like a traditional perfume – although still quirky. Very wistful. I will revisit, but I am very hesitant about Duchaufour’s work after the news from a few months ago (scroll down). You can see the Fragrantica listing for Amour Nocturne (which indicates it is already released) here.
I have made one perfume purchase so far on my vacation, and it’s a second bottle of a perfume I already own that a) I love, b) is very inexpensive, c) is all about “glamour”, and d) is a little hard to get in the United States. If you have been reading my blog for a while, I’m sure you can easily guess which one it is. But maybe you will be surprised that I already used up that first bottle?