Honores des Pres was created by famed perfumer Olivia Giacobetti and until recently was only available in Paris. Thanks to the fabulous folks over at Lucky Scent I was able to review the entire collection and have my review for you to peruse.
Before I delve, though, here’s a few things you gotta understand from the jump about natural and organic perfumes:
- If you’re expecting intense staying power, it’s time to change your paradigm or not wear organic perfumes. I’ve tested a good number of natural perfumes and pretty much across the board (and based on the base oils used) the average time is about 4 hours, give or take
- It’s probably more money than you might want to spend. Again… it’s made from essential oils and they cost money, so you may get less perfume for more money. Like everything, it depends on what your needs are and what your budget can handle for a perfume purchase.
- Before you go buy the big bottle, order a sample set. Any good store knows that perfume needs to be experienced and should offer samples. Nothing worse than spending $150 on a bottle that smelled great on your BFF and discovering it just in no way works for you.
Now that that’s covered… the review.
Products reviewed: 100 ml bottles (3.3 oz) at $145 each (sample set for $30)
Honore’s Trip :: this scent is a fresh citrus burst — and lasts about as long as that! While I had no expectations for a long- lasting scent, I did expect that a seasoned perfumer would create a citrus blend with a deeper base, enabling the scent to last at least an hour!
Bursting with tangerine, lemons and oranges, Honore’s Trip has so much potential to be more intense, more beautiful and more captivating. But on this try Olivia fell short in delivery as this feels more of an after-shower body spritz than a fine French parfum. OVERALL: Buy a sample and spritz your hair.
Sexy Angelic :: this was the first scent I tried and actually used it for three days. It’s subtle and very feminine. Sweet and powdery, Sexy Angelic reminds me of Love’s Baby Soft, the first perfume I was allowed to wear back in the 80s.
It definitely is a mood perfume and probably doesn’t appeal to those of us who like a punch in their scent. Yet even I, who like my scents to remind me of a rough night of sex, was drawn to this aroma. The dry down is still quite sweet and is perfect for a sunny spring day at the to market. OVERALL: Sweet, feminine and perfect for spring
Bonte’s Bloom :: the name of this had me expecting another floral creation, but instead I was treated to quite an aromatic journey. I think this is the most complex of the set, though not may absolute favorite, I could see moving up a notch, according to my mood.
From the beginning, the richness of the blue chamomile, sage and white orris are captivating and initial hint of citrus gives way to a fresh scent that reminds me of a chilly day by the lake, wrapped in my old tattered chenille sweater. I would venture to say that this scent could be unisex and leans more for those who like a bit of bite in their scent. OVERALL :: Don’t let the name fool you, this scent has much potential and is fresh and exciting. Would make a wonderful pure parfum concentrate.
Chaman’s Party :: if you don’t like vetiver, you won’t like this scent. I, on the other hand, am quite of a fan of this woody base oil. In fact, I would say vetiver almost overpowers this scent…. almost, but not quite.
I would swear there is also some oak moss or tobacco, because this scent is so rich and leathery and smoky. While not very complex, it is the longest lasting of the set and has a deep sensuality to it that really captured me. OVERALL :: rich, leathery and smoky. If you don’t dig woodsy earth scents, you’ll not enjoy this scent.
Nu Green :: strangely this is my favorite and I know it’s all mood based! Again, you notice some complexity in the scent with a strange mix of mint, cedarwood, musk and tarrogon. Yet, it evolves into a sensual blend that begs to be shared with another… preferably naked.
Again, it’s woodsy with a tinge of smoke and leather and would be considered unisex. Like a walk in the mountains, it’s fresh, clean and simple. OVERALL :: Minty freshness combined with wood and leather. Fresh.