Thursday, December 31, 2009

SOTD: Parfumerie Generale L'Oiseau de Nuit and wearing perfume

This is the second time this week that I've worn perfume. That is, the second time that I just wore perfume, without evaluating it, without reviewing it, without making sure that I caught all of the stages of the development, just to wear it. Just to, you know, have a smell.

I've apparently developed a work ethic related to wearing perfume, and I feel like I'm slacking off. You'd think that I'd enjoy the slacking off, but as it turns out, no - I like to analyze my perfume. I'm a little sad that I didn't pay proper attention to L'Oiseau de Nuit.

All I can tell you today is that I expected this to be a dark floral, and I was entirely wrong - dark yes, floral no. It's very ambery and resinous, which makes sense given the notes list of cistus labdanum, liqueur of davana, benzoin, and leather. (So, what's davana? A quick search tells me that it's an herb with fragrance notes reminiscent of apricots, liquorice, and hay.)

That all sounds pretty good. I'll pay attention next time.

Image from Wikimedia Commons.


  1. I have also worn L'Oiseau de Nuit once while not paying much attention. But I can tell you that I didn't like it and blame the davana. Davana is in Jasper Conran Mister, which my brother uses as a bathroom freshener. But compared to you, my taste veers more towards the Shirley Temple eye-batting type of scents, so this was unlikely to reel me in. Now L'Ombre Fauve, that is a whole other "o"!

  2. Oh, that's interesting, because I find L'Ombre Fauve to be _too_ challenging - too far in the the non-eye-batting direction. Hmmm.

  3. Ah, well, I am deeply inconsistent in my taste if that helps? And inconstant, as my screen name suggests - so you never know - I may do a 180 on L'Ombre Fauve in due course...

  4. Well, it makes me resolve to try it again. Which is good, because I want to like every Parfumerie Generale. I just do. :)