Tuesday, December 7, 2010

SOTD: biehl parfumkunstwerke al01

So who is this company? What have they got against capital letters? What does that long word mean? I've wondered this for a while, but never got around to reading the Luckyscent profile page, much less researching any further. The notes list for biehl parfumkunstwerke's al01 finally dragged me out of my apathy--while I'm dubious about the fruity notes, the presence of galbanum, bergamot, ylang ylang, sandalwood, and oakmoss, plus Luckyscent's assurance that it qualifies as a chypre, made it a scent that I wanted to try.

So I read the profile, and it failed to answer my questions about the capital letters. And Babelfish failed me on the long word. So, on to the perfume.

Which was fine. Just fine. Not cloying, not dull, not eager to please, not over-weird, not conventional, not a single bad thing. But, sadly, while there was nothing wrong with it, there was also not a lot of excitement. I think that I'd agree with the chypre designation, yes, but it's one without much bite. Many of the reviews on Luckyscent complained that it smells like an old lady scent, which I, of course, considered to be a plus. But it's not old lady enough. I was underwhelmed.

However, the problem may be seasonal. What I find vaguely sweet and with no bite now may be crisp, cool magic in the summer. I will try it again.

Review Roundup: Basenotes and Fragrantica and the gloss.

Image: Wikimedia Commons.


  1. "So who is this company? What have they got against capital letters? What does that long word mean?" hahaaaa - thanks CF - I need a chortle this morning! (btw, where did my mind come up with 'chortle'? I'm an odd duck this morning, that's for sure!)

  2. must be "perfume artworks" ("kunstwerke" - "Artworks"). One for careful English typing!

    cheerio, Anna in Edinburgh (never knowingly unhelpful when it comes to answering questions and pondering puzzles).

  3. Hee. :) Yo, Frida! Glad to give you chortle. :)

  4. Hey, Anna! Thank you! That makes perfect sense.