Friday, May 29, 2009

Lotus Blossom & Water Lily

Ironically, it is here where I smell ginger lily, not in Dark Amber & Ginger Lily. Ginger Lily has more in common with ginger than with lily though, it’s more of a spicy, warm, rooty and sharp note rather than a floral, heady or pretty like you might expect.

Initially, Lotus Blossom & Ginger Lily is lighter and fresher than Dark Amber & Ginger Lily, but also a little odd. While I find the use of ginger lily unusual and daring, I am disappointed (though not surprised!) by the aquatic notes and even more so by the very obvious patchouli undercurrent. Patchouli and water notes to me are less appealing than mud. At least there is something genuine about mud; the artificial aquatic florals seem pretentious and trying too hard to please. And in this one even more than in Dark Amber & Ginger Lily – the Koh Doh connection remaind a complete mystery to me.

There is something that feels unfinished and disharmonious about Lotus Blossom & Water Lily, although I imagine it to be well received (otherwise, this limited edition wouldn’t have come back again this spring, or would it?) and because of its striking similarity to other popular mainstream scents (i.e.: Coco Mademoiselle). Some aloeswood perhaps peaks at the end, but again it does not feel authentic - it has that sweet berry note that seems to be the way agarwood is perceived nowadays ever since M7. So far from the truth.

Top notes: Aquatic Accord, Grapefruit, Bergamot, Mandarin

Heart notes: Lotus Blossom, Freesia, Honeysuckle, Water Lily, Jasmine

Base notes: Temple Incense, Amber, Sandalwood, Bamboo, Musk, Aloeswood, Guaiac Wood

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4 Comments:

At May 31, 2009 6:13 PM, Anonymous Elisabeth said...

Dear Ayala.
Notas aquáticas são as últimas na minha preferência. Gosto de patchuli. Equilibrando notas doces e quentes.
A combinação de patchuli e notas aquáticas deve ser interessante. Talvez não seja agradável. Lótus e lírio d'água teoricamente parecem uma boa combinação. Fiquei curiosa pelo perfume...Beijocas. Betty
Mechanical Traduction
Aquatic notes are the last ones in my preference. Taste of patchuli. Balancing notes hot and candies The combination of patchuli and aquatic notes must be interesting. Perhaps it is not pleasant. Lótus and water lily theoretically seems a good combination. I was curious for the perfume… XOXO. Betty.

 
At July 05, 2009 7:08 PM, Anonymous Decorating Japanese said...

I don't know about the smell, but the ikebana arrangement is beautiful.

Japanese people really have a way with decorating, don't you think? In two words, simple and elegant.

 
At July 06, 2009 9:45 AM, Blogger Ayala Sender said...

Betty,
You might not like that one, because it is rather watery/aquatic. The Dark Amber & Ginger Lily might be more to your taste.

 
At July 06, 2009 9:48 AM, Blogger Ayala Sender said...

DJ,
Yes, Japanese design is so beautiful! I love the sense of simplicity and elegance and at the same time there is always flow to the designs, and always references to nature, which make them more emotional despite the high level of precision.

 

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