- Oct 25, 2007
Today the house is being scented with "Cabourg" by Astier De Villate
What a beautiful glass vessel! If you like linden blossom, it is the main note in Kerosene's Pretty Machine fragrance. It is lovely.Today, I'm finishing off an Acqua Di Parma Linden candle
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This was a holiday special they did a few years ago and I've been savoring it. It's in a Murano glass cup. I love the limey smell of linden blossom, and this pairs it up with a salty aquatic mix of neroli and vetiver similar to Creed's Original Vetiver. It's a combination that works quite well. It's quite modern, and accessible, but simultaneously complex and layered.
Now, it's time to attempt to clean all the leftover wax out of this - I think it'll make a nice bathroom water glass...
I love the smell of linden, but have yet to find a linden perfume that fully works for me. They always use a melon note, and somehow get it wrong. But there are lots of good linden candles, so I make do with those....What a beautiful glass vessel! If you like linden blossom, it is the main note in Kerosene's Pretty Machine fragrance. It is lovely
Redouté is my favorite Diptyque candle. The SA who originally sold me on it said it smells like a crypt and it does. Its smell 'feels' cold and stone-like. I love it in the winter.I love the smell of linden, but have yet to find a linden perfume that fully works for me. They always use a melon note, and somehow get it wrong. But there are lots of good linden candles, so I make do with those....
As for yesterday's candle, I should admit that I have quite a few old candles sitting around that are 99% burned through, with just a thin layer of wax left. It's because they're ones where I want to clean out and save the container when they're done, but I'm so lazy that I just leave them ALMOST finished for years as an excuse to not have to scrub the wax and soot off the containers. With that explained, yesterday I FINALLY finished and cleaned out my Diptyque Le Redouté candle.
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Officially, it's supposed to smell like roses and herbs, but it's overwhelmingly lavender. It's got a whole proper fougere in there, which is quite nice, but it's also one of those candles where the sooty smell of the wick itself burning combines with the perfume of the candle to create something better than the sum of its parts. In this case, it's a smoky, deep leather that combines with the lavender fougere to create a thick masculine energy.
That being said, I really chose this for its container, a fine porcelain that looks much better in person than in photos. Naturally, I don't have any real use for it, but it's pretty as an objet...
It's nice to learn what one of the Astier De Villate candles actually smell like since I see them mentioned so frequently on this thread. Aoyama sounds wonderful!OK, so hednic is the obvious king of Astier De Villate, but I still want to reviewAoyama, which is one of my favorite candles....
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It's very rich and creamy, with a strong base of ambrox and honey. Patchouli does a lot of the heavy lifting, but it melts into the honeyed ambrox in a way that it provides a green, woody depth without smelling obviously of patchouli itself. There's sharp sandalwood and incense on top, while frankincense provides a bridge between the woods on top and the creamy base. It's exceptionally well done.
I'd put Aoyama in the same genre as Malle's Saint Des Saints or the original Costes, though it's much richer and creamier than either of them. One of those candles I know I'll keep re-purchasing.
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