Today I am thunking a bottle of foundation, not fragrance. This is a rare event, because I tend to change my mind often about the foundation I use, rarely satisfied with any and always ready to switch! I didn’t adore this one, but it worked fine and I was determined to actually finish it, instead of letting it join the club of half-used bottles in a cupboard. (To be fair, some of the half-used bottles are because I use some simultaneously; my schedule is so hectic that I often have one in the bathroom, one in the car, and one in my office).
Thunk! Maybe I’ll treat myself to a higher-end foundation with help from an actual makeup person, instead of my usual drugstore cosmetics. Any suggestions? What did you thunk this week?
This week’s sample thunk is My Burberry, created by Francis Kurkdjian. It is a pretty, fruity floral scent, very suitable for spring and summer. It doesn’t wow me, but it doesn’t offend either. I should confess that fruity florals just aren’t my thing — not surprising, since I am well out of the age range that fragrance companies are trying to attract with such scents. Here are some of the perfumer’s thoughts on this one: he wanted to evoke “the feeling of the light of London: clouds, wetness, rain, flowers.” The main floral notes are roses and freesia, “which is a little bit spicy and adds brightness. Then geranium leaves, which give an herbal, almost minty, vibrancy to the perfume. Then from the back note, there are patchouli leaves and quince—a fruit that is between a pear and an apple. Very British. It is not fruity, fruity. It is fruity floral. Then on top you have linen and bergamot.”
My Burberry is nice, but I have more interesting fragrances to wear. It would probably make a nice gift for a young woman who likes the trim image of a modern Burberry trench coat and its youthful classic style. I won’t be needing a full bottle for myself, though. Thunk!
Better late than never! This week I thunked my sample of Miu Miu L’Eau Rosee, a very pretty fragrance for spring which is the 2018 flanker to the original Miu Miu. It opens with sparkling citrus notes of lime, lemon, and bergamot, with a tinge of green from cassis (blackcurrant) buds. The floral heart is dominated by peony and lily of the valley, supported by light fruity notes of pear and peach. I don’t smell much of the rose note in the heart. The base is mostly a soft musk, with hints of spice, sandalwood and vanilla. This one falls into the category of “happy to wear it to finish the sample, don’t need a full bottle.” But I would love to be able to buy a coffret of minis of Miu Miu and its flankers, the bottles are adorable!
If you’ve ever ordered from the website Fragrancenet, you have undoubtedly received at least one sample of their “exclusive” fragrances: Exceptional Because You Are and Simply Belle. They throw those into every order, often with the dinky little plastic purse mirror or the (more useful) emery board for nails.
I never wear those samples; sometimes I collect them with little travel supplies like shampoo, to donate to shelters or clothing banks. But today, in honor of Thunking Thursday, I am wearing and thunking Exceptional. I’ll thunk it even if the vial’s not empty, because it is just — meh. It’s only $35.74 for 100 ml with the usual Fragrancenet coupon, but I have better ways to spend $35.74. For example, for the exact same amount, one can buy a 3 oz. tester of Jicky eau de toilette on the Fragrancenet site. I rest my case.
What is Exceptional like? It’s not unpleasant. It has a synthetic citrusy opening, followed by what one commenter described as “a musky little floral.” That’s about all, but it’s okay. I wouldn’t be able to pick out any particular flower notes without prompting — maybe a little freesia? And then a light synthetic musk that fades away within a few hours. I wouldn’t go out of my way to wear or buy this, but if I wanted a fragrance and this was all I happened to have in my purse, or the other options were too strong for where I was or what I was doing, I’d wear it.
Thunk! Have you ever actually tried this one, or its sister Simply Belle? Did you thunk anything more interesting this week?
I’ve realized I have two completely opposite ways that I thunk samples. One, I happily thunk a sample because I liked it so much that a full bottle has entered my house, either for me or a loved one. That is how I thunked Vitriol d’Oeillet, because I had bought a full bottle for my husband. It smells super on him, and I can get another sniff any time. I also thunked a sample of Tiffany & Co. Intense, because I knew I would be getting a full bottle for Christmas.
Two, I’ll cheerfully thunk a sample when I know I probably won’t hanker for it in the future, but I don’t hate it so much that I can’t finish the sample. Gabrielle, the new pillar fragrance from Chanel, falls into that category for me. It is a pretty fragrance, and I’ll even say it is better than most of the fruity-florals aimed at younger women, but to me it suffers by comparison with the much more interesting Chanel No. 5 L’Eau. So today is the day I will thunk my sample of Gabrielle, with some affection but no regret.
How do you think about thunking? Any thunks this week?
Gabrielle Delacour; Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Happy Thursday! This week I thunked my sample of Serge Lutens’ Vitriol d’Oeillet. Full disclosure: I don’t mind at all thunking it, because I bought a full bottle for my husband, who has so often bought lovely fragrances for me. And it smells marvelous! Lots of carnation, just like the classic original Old Spice. I love a good carnation fragrance, like L’Artisan Parfumeur’s Oeillet Sauvage. Do you like carnations in fragrances? Which are your favorites?
Red carnation boutonnieres; image from A Gentleman’s Row
There’s a breath of spring in the air this morning (unlike yesterday, which was cold, rainy, and windy), so the sample I thunked today was Miu Miu’s L’Eau Bleue. This was the first flanker to the original Miu Miu, launched in 2015. L’Eau Bleue came along in early 2017. Meant to evoke light and happy spring awakenings, it is described on Fragrantica:
Spring flowers of lily of the valley in the top go into the heart of green notes and white flowers covered with morning dew. An akigalawood accord, a molecule developed by Givaudan which smells of patchouli, peppery notes and woody flavors of oud, forms the base of the perfume.
The nose is Daniela Andrier. Most wearers find the lily of the valley note to be quite dominant, and it is clearly present, though I don’t find it as dominant as others do. It’s not a heavy note, it is quite airy, but it stands out among the other light, dewy notes. I love lily of the valley and so I’ve enjoyed my sample of L’Eau Bleue. I don’t need a full bottle, although if a mini of the adorable bottle fell in my lap, I wouldn’t refuse it!
This would be an ideal scent for a girl or young woman who is just beginning her fragrance journey. Can you suggest any others?
Happy Valentine’s Day! In honor of the day, and the MANY sales and discounts on favorite fragrance websites, Thunking Thursday is SUSPENDED for this week only. Instead, in the interests of enabling, please feel free to share Valentine’s discount codes and specials you have discovered. I’ll start: Twisted Lily has a discount code for 20% off until tonight (Thursday 2/14) at 10 pm ET — LOVEHURTS22. Some restrictions, but applicable to most online stock! Also, their discount code BEMINE2519 gives you a $25 gift card when you buy a $125 gift card, through Feb. 25.
Today I am thunking my precious sample of St. Clair Scents‘ First Cut. I’m tempted to get a travel size bottle of it, especially as she has a promo code for 10% off all bottles between now and Valentine’s Day: LOVE10. I don’t think I will, though; I have plenty of scents to enjoy. Besides, I might rather get Gardener’s Glove!
How did your own thunking go this week? Anyone care to post a total for January? I think Brigitte is in the lead …
In full candor, I haven’t QUITE thunked this yet, as of this morning, but will have done so by tonight! Gucci Bloom Nettare di Fiori is my thunk of the week, and it’s lovely. It is described as more intense and darker than the original Gucci Bloom, with additional notes of rose, ginger, osmanthus and patchouli. I experience it as somehow “fresher” than Bloom, and I think it’s because of the ginger. Also, while the tuberose is still prominent, to my nose it is toned down a bit in Nettare di Fiori; and that makes it seem lighter to me.
No surprise to me, the nose behind it is M. Alberto Morillas, whose fragrances rarely disappoint me (for instance, I love Blasted Bloom). As with Bloom, I don’t feel an urgent need to own a full bottle of Nettare di Fiori, but I have really enjoyed my sample! And I fully intend to thunk the rest of it today. How about you?