Byredo Bal D’Afrique, Tokyo Milk Paper and Cotton, Diptyque L’Eau de Tarocco, Hermes Terre D’Hermes, ….. My Week in Scents.

Su and Larie were completely right when they predicted that it would be a long drop down the rabbit hole of perfume addiction after discovering perfume decant sites like The Perfumed Court, Lucky Scent, and My Perfume Samples. How I was able to purchase perfumes (or live a fulfilling life for that matter) before discovering the wonders of decants – is beyond me.

In the last week I’ve been mainly sniffing these…..

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 I had been stalking Bal D’Afrique EDP for weeks- both in store and in a decant- before finally picking up a 50mL bottle ($158 AUD) at Mecca Cosmetica.

This is some delicious, addictive, juice. It opens zesty, bergamot-y, spicy, and a little bit tropical without being overly sweet; after about 10 mins it is anchored down by some vetiver, woods, and amber. White florals creep in around the 2hr mark. Bal D’Afrique makes my mouth water a little bit, but never ventures near cloying territory (unlike Pulp, which funny enough I still enjoy). To me, this fragrance embodies exoticism and giddy euphoria. My favourite thing to wear at the moment- I even spritz a small amount in my hair before bed for good dreams.

In the current cool weather, the scent wears fairly close to the skin. The longevity is not amazing – after 3 hours I’d have to press my nose right up against my wrist to detect the scent so I will probably decant a small amount into a travel spritzer for a refresher during the day. I do have dry skin, and fragrances tend to have a short lifespan on me in general.


From Fragrantica…

Stockholm-based niche line Byredo introduced a new fragrance named Bal d’Afrique, and “inspired by Paris in the late 20’s and its infatuation with African culture, art, music and dance.

A mix of the Parisian avant-gardism and African culture shaped a unique and vibrant expression. The intense life, the excess and euphoria is illustrated by Bal d’Afrique’s Neroli, African marigold and Moroccan cedarwood.”

Top notes includes: bergamot, lemon, neroli, African marigold, Bucchu Middle notes includes: violet, jasmine and cyclamen Base is composed of black amber, musk, vetiver, moroccan cedarwood.


Tokyo Milk Paper and Cotton

Tokyo Milk is an indie fragrance house that has piqued my interest recently- their quirky fragrance concepts and cute vintage packaging seem so much more interesting than most of the department store perfumes out there these days. The price point is great too ($49.95 a bottle for the regular range).  I was given the opportunity to try one of their fragrances recently by  MU Australia, and I chose Paper & Cotton (I love the idea of paper scents- old books, new books, bookshops). After sniffing this in person I can  pick up the ‘book store’ smell- from the birch and spicy/herbal coriander I suppose. There’s a strong aquatic-ish ozonic note in there which puzzles me – I wouldn’t think an interpretation of ‘paper and cotton’ would include dominant ozonic notes.

The scent itself is pleasant enough, but for some reason the perfume makes me a bit light headed and dizzy. I’m not sure what it is in the ingredients, but it’s immediate and dramatic (it has the same effect on Phil). What a shame! Maybe I haven’t stored it properly and it turned? No other reviewers have noticed this so that might be the case. Sadly this makes Paper and Cotton ultimately unwearable for me.

I’ve heard great things about some of their other scents- their Dark collection has been widely raved about, and I would love to have a sniff at ‘Dead Sexy 06’ when I get a chance.

Keep reading after the jump!


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From Fragrantica…

Terre d`Hermes Parfum by Hermes is a Woody Chypre fragrance for men. Terre d`Hermes Parfum was launched in 2009. The nose behind this fragrance is Jean-Claude Ellena. Top notes are grapefruit and orange; base notes are woodsy notes, oak moss and benzoin.

I was going through a white florals phase earlier in the year, but now I can’t seem to get enough of citrus woody fragrances- both on myself and on men.

After briefly smelling Terre d’Hermes EDT on a strip at Myer, I picked up a 2mL decant. I really like how this smells- it’s fresh but sophisticated and assertive.  A good work day perfume for the over 25 professional. Longevity is excellent 5hrs + and sillage is good.

I  liked it so much that I have purchased a full bottle (from Nordstrom- should be here in 2 weeks or so).


From Fragrantica..

” L`Eau de Tarocco by Diptyque is an aromatic spicy fragrance for women and men.L`Eau de Tarocco was introduced in 2009. The nose behind this fragrance is Olivier Pescheux. The fragrance features musk, Virginia cedar, saffron, ginger, cinnamon, incense, grapefruit, orange and tincture of rose. Available as 100 and 200 ml EDC.” 

I ordered a decant of Diptyque L’Eau de Tarocco (( full bottle $98 USD/100mL) a couple of weeks back, and have been enjoying it as a day time work scent. It starts off with juicy lemons and grapefruit (mostly lemons) with some spiciness and woodiness, and warms up a little with  subtle ginger and cinnamon notes in the drydown. I can’t really detect any incense or rose in this on my skin. The fragrance stays simple,  fresh and zesty throughout.  It bears an uncanny resemblance to Dolce and Gabbana’s Light Blue- the fragrance that defined my late teens and a scent that I still have a soft spot for. It’s  more sophisticated, less aquatic, warmer, and spicier than Light Blue- like a more worldly older sibling.

L’Eau Tarocco is a unisex fragrance, but probably leans more female because of the fruitiness.

Lasting power is about 3hrs on me before I need to press my nose right up to the skin, and projection is moderate on warmer days (skin scent on cooler days). This modest lifespan is expected for what is essentially an EDC, and I would bring an atomizer if you want the scent to go the distance.

note: Tokyo Milk Paper and Cotton was sent to me by PR for review purposes. See editorial policy in PR tab for more details.

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