Friday, January 14, 2011
SOTD: Serge Lutens Borneo 1834
There are fragrances that I love and am determined to own. There are fragrances that I sniff and have no desire to own, even if I like them. And there are fragrances that I would buy if I had more space. Borneo 1834 is in the third category--I only like it (a lot), but circumstances deny it a space in the (nearly full) breadboxes that house my collection.
The opening is a pleasant combination of foody and medicinal notes, with just a few cobwebs to add texture. Over time the medicine goes away, the food blooms a bit more, and there's something herbal, probably well-behaved patchouli, along with it. But the medicinal edge isn't sufficiently different from Fou d'Absinthe, the foody part isn't different enough from several other gourmands, and the patchouli's just a little too well-behaved.
None of that would matter if I were in love, but I'm not. And now that I know that it would be better to remain out of love--now that I know that this is functionally redundant with other things--I will make sure that I'm never sufficiently re-exposed to change my mind.
Review Roundup: Basenotes and Perfume-Smellin' Things and Perfume-Smellin' Things again and MakeupAlley and Bois de Jasmin and Fragrance Bouquet and Fragrantica and PeredePierre and Savvy Thinker and Badger & Blade and Nathan Branch.