In a recent post we shared our favourite masterpieces for perfumistas on a budget. Since then, I’ve been lucky twice with two purchases.
In that discussion, Suzanne suggested Grey Flannel, and damn me if I did not take her advice and buy some. Grey Flannel is a masculine chypre, featuring citrus notes, rose, violet leaf, galbanum and geranium. I don’t know if or how the manufacturers have worked around restrictions on oakmoss, but as far as I can see online reviewers are not finding fault with it. And some people are well-placed to comment, as it Grey Flannel is popular and is the sort of fragrance people wear for years.
Grey Flannel is very green and austere, but on me it mellows as it develops and I found it surprisingly nourishing on a cold night earlier last week when I had to go out. For 30 mls I paid less (online) than the price of a sandwich and a cup of a coffee. The 30 ml bottle does not come with one of those adorable little flannel bags. I’ll get one next time – there is bound to be a next time.
My other bargain comes from Jacomo, the people who brought you Silences. They seem to have been all but silent about the release of their Art Collection last year, although Gaia, the Non-Blonde, thinks they may be a ‘sleeper hit’. There are three fragrances, #02, #08 and #09. (No, the numbers are not contiguous, silly you for asking.) I found them high up on a shelf at a discounter at my local mall. Twenty-five bucks each, 100 ml bottles.
#09 was way too fruity and sweet for me. #02 was interesting: vanilla, and something dark. I might have bought that, but one sniff of #08, and it was coming home with me, no question. I did something I have never done before: I bought it on the spot, without waiting for the drydown and without having done any research on it at all.
#08 is a chai tea scent. Spicy, milky and honeyed. Sillage and longevity are moderate. Ginger is quite prominent at the start, for me. The only other tea scent I know is L’Artisan’s Tea for Two, but to me that is much smokier. I should be fine with smoke – I love other tough notes and accords, like the bitter green in Grey Flannel – but I am unmoved by Tea for Two. In Jacomo’s #08, the smoke lifts and I am in bliss. It is extraordinarily comforting, perfect for pottering around the house on a winter’s evening, reading a book, patting the cat, curling up in bed.
I think I was just lucky with the price I paid for my #08. Elsewhere I have seen it going for much more, and it is 54 euros on the Jacomo website at the moment. Maybe the retailer I got it from bought too much, by mistake, and is trying to shift it.
Two new fragrances, very different, and combined they come to less than $40. Hurrah!