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One Hand Washes The Other Summer Scents
Perfume, Reviews - June 2nd, 2012

I was pawing through my OHWTO stash the other day and realized I have samples and/or full sizes of many of the 2012 Spring & Summer limited edition scents. W00t! I’m usually not so on the ball about reviewing limited edition stuff while readers still have time to actually PURCHASE said limited editions. Go me, being all timely and stuff!

Scarlett, described as a “deceptively complex blend of Neroli, Cilantro, and Rhubarb” is a bit sweet, a lot tart, and potent. On first sniff (after applying to skin) I get a strong whiff of the neroli, which I like a lot. The cilantro gives it a bit of quirkiness, and it starts to settle down into the tartness of rhubarb. Sniffed in the tube, it says “fruity” to my brain, but applied to skin it becomes more vegetal and interesting. This is one of my favorites for summer.

Highland Crest combines the scents of ocean breezes, plumeria blossoms, heather, and suede. On my skin, it starts off really heavy on the plumeria. I’m not a big fan of plumeria. After a few minutes, the rest of the notes start warming up and it becomes more complex and interesting. It never stops being primarily a plumeria scent on me though, which is why it isn’t a favorite.

Latitude is tropical-licious. It has notes of coconut flesh, lychee, mango and jackfruit, pineapple juice, vanilla, honeysuckle and magnolia. It’s basically a tropical cocktail in perfume form, perfectly designed to make your brain happy, just like the real thing.

All The Fires is green. Its notes include green tea, squash blossoms, tomato plants, sweet osmanthus, tangy kumquat, valencia oranges, vetivert, and wasabi. It’s fascinating. I don’t even know where to start describing it. It’s very garden-y. It has a herbaceous feel at the start, and then develops into something really orange juice-y on my skin. This is followed by lashings of vetivert to keep it grounded and the osmanthus flits through the scent. It’s basically awesome.

Anael is jasmine, apples, balsam pine, skin musk, and sandalwood. If apple scents are your thing, you’ll love it. I’m somewhat “meh” on the subject of apples, so I can take it or leave it. It’s very well-done though, with the jasmine floating airily about and the base notes keeping it grounded at the same time.

Oceanside, oh Oceanside. “Oh well, I guess I’m something of a ne’er-do-well- who fell asleep at the pealing of the steeple bell.” Oceanside has notes of ocean breezes, Monoi de Tahiti, beach grass, sea moss, tuberose, a white linen shirt, and rockrose and mimosa blossoms. It’s floral, it’s fresh, but not heavy or overpowering. Oceanside is beguiling. That’s the best word for it.

X’s For Eyes is a masculine smell, but I love to wear masculine smells so I bought it. The notes are cologne samples, sunscreen, citrus drink, night air, juniper bushes and the ever-present aroma of mom’s herb garden. It’s a good manly smell, not in an AXE kind of way but it a classy kind of way. Wear it and say “Yes I’m wearing a man smell, so?” and be proud.

I really want to try all the rest now. I’m kind of a junkie like that.

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One Response to “One Hand Washes The Other Summer Scents”

  1. eight says:

    I need all of these!