Parfum d’Empire, Equistrius
“Go Straight to Full Bottle, Do Not Buy Decant, Do Not Save $200.”
Dionne made me laugh with that quip, but who’s laughing now? I can barely contain my anticipation as I await* the (lightly) used bottle I just snatched up off evil-Bay. Don’t get me wrong, I slept on it before clicking, “Buy it NOW,” but it took all of my tiny reserve of self-control to do so.
An iris-gourmand that hit my radar like a deer in the windshield, Equestrius had been on my Luckyscent wish-list for ages. It’s something that piqued my interest about a year ago, based on the iris and rice-powder combo, and is something that I nearly blind-bought on many occasions. But since I’m trying not to do that anymore, it was a stroke of fate that my dear friend sent me a sample.
The first day I wore it, I was surprised to be unimpressed. One spritz on the wrist, and I got velvety-cocoa gourmand, but no iris. Which is weird, since my nose is hyper-sensitive to orris, sometimes amping the note up to uncomfortable levels, and this scent is reportedly composed with three varieties. Turns out, for some reason, it needs a much more liberal application to get that promised orris, which I discovered the following day. Five spritzes (at least) is the magic number for iris-overload, and I was delighted to find that the longevity of the fragrance is stellar. As in, 8+ hours.
I first encountered “rice” as a note in Ormonde Jayne’s Champaca, and like others before me, responded with the resounding cry, “why isn’t this note used more?!” Champaca is an utterly different fragrance, but each showcases their rice note beautifully. In Equistrius, it creates a warmly tactile aspect to the cool, silky, powder of orris— not unlike a quick stroke on the heated neck of your mount after an elegantly executed passage.
What’s not to love?
A beautiful and noble scent, named after a noble animal;
Please enjoy one of the finest dressage performances ever recorded:
Blue hors Matine was put down in 2010 after suffering a broken leg.
Coming Soon: Dionne’s take on Equistrius!
*my bottle has arrived (and been getting much use), since I wrote this post several weeks ago.