Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Strange Invisible Perfumes- Narcotic

It's tuberose.

Yes, there's smoky vetiver even in the opening, a creamy blend of sandalwood and orange blossom that feels decadent and the official notes also mention vanilla, but Narcotic from Strange Invisible Perfumes is orchestrated to show all that tuberose can do to one's senses. The result is stunning, not safe for work or for meeting your future in-laws and would probably send the wrong message on a first date. Yes, it's that wicked.

Narcotic is Fracas raised by wolves. It's untamed and uncivilized, refuses to wear shoes and should do something with her hair. It's also a lot of fun and a reminder what natural perfumery can achieve. As is the case with all the scents from Strange Invisible Perfumes, the parfum version is superior both in depth and in staying power. Hints of white flowers can be found on my pillow or scarves the morning after, and they are just as delicious.

A commenter mentioned that the Strange Invisible Perfumes line is no longer sold at Barneys, which is really a shame. This line deserves much better exposure than it currently gets. Samples (as I purchased) and full bottles are available online (siperfumes.com) and from the boutique on 1138 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, California.

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  1. Gaia, I love tuberose! Are the sandalwood and vanilla distracting?

  2. A., not at all, as far as my nose is concerned. The sandalwood gives the heart a creamy feel, which probably keeps the orange blossom from being screechy. The vanilla is not sweet or foody. It's barely there and just enhances the headiness of the composition. Definitely worth sampling for any tuberose fan.

  3. "Fracas raised by wolves"!

    Thanks for that.


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