Tuesday, August 17, 2010

SOTD: Hermessence Osmanthe Yunnan

I've said before that in winter, Osmanthe Yunnan is no more than a sugary floral. One summer, probably last summer, it was lovely. Fabulous. I was anticipating the return of that reaction when I wore it today, but today it was no more than pretty. Sweet and pink and tea, no more. But I'll try it again soon, in the hope that today I'm mistaken.

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  1. Funny how our noses and opinions change and morph over time. Hopefully, you will reconnect again. Haven't tried this one, but I've heard good things about it.

  2. I have also morphed a bit on this one. It can be too fruity sweet on me, even in summer, mainly at the start. I am not sure I am all that fond of peach, or apricot, or nectarines, or drupes of any kind. That would be pitted drupes, even...

  3. Hey, Josephine! It's worth trying - don't let my newly halfhearted reaction put you off it. I have a very clear memory of wandering around San Francisco one day after trying it for the first time, blissful in the osmanthus fog.

    Yo, flittersniffer! I love peach, but I don't love sweet. Which makes a difficulty. I've been thinking vaguely of a layering experiment- maybe the pretty sweet pink Osmanthe Yunnan with the weird dry-cleaning-fluid Comme des Garcons Leaves: Tea. It might ramp up the tea and knock down the sweet.