Friday, December 24, 2010

We Three Kings - Myrrh

This is my final post in the We Three Kings joint blogging project. Normally, I enjoy rambling on about different topics in between posts about perfume, so my attention span has been challenged. 

Fortunately, the perfumes themselves continue to move me, inspire me and lead the way forward.

Myrrh - L'eau du Navigateur by L'Artisan

I discovered L'eau du Navigateur during an adventure in New York City a couple of years ago.  Among a number of samples, this stood out as The One.  While it starts with the essence of a freshly opened cardboard box, L'eau du Navigateur will forever remind me of the smells of Central Park; corn dogs and popcorn, water with freshly fallen leaves and the grass in autumn.

On B-man, L'eau du Navigateur is carrot cake and spiced apple cider, with none of the dirtiness that I find so appealing.  On me, however, it smells of French roast coffee, turpentine and cigarettes.  Exhibit A for the power of individual chemistry to transform perfume.

Perhaps my favorite thing about L'eau du Navigateur is its sense of adventure and discovery.  When I wear this perfume, I am compelled to move ahead as if smelling smoke and urgently looking for its source.  L'eau du Navigateur awakens something in me and promises the treasure will be worth the journey if I simply follow the signs along the way.  Like a star in the East.

To All, A Merry Christmas!

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  1. Oooh sounds so lovely! I don't hear much about this one. Thanks for reviewing a fragrance I was curious about.

    Merry Christmas!! I hope you have a wonderful time!

  2. Love the analogy with the Star of the East - not so sure about the turpentine, or even the risk of it smelling like turpentine on some people! : - )

    Happy Christmas! I must now reluctantly engage with the turkey's body cavity...

  3. Smells just you describe on me too and has the same wanderlust effect.
    Merry Christmas!

  4. Hi JoanElaine - you should try Navigateur and see what you think! It is a favorite of mine, but I must be in the right frame of mind to truly enjoy it.

    Merry Christmas to you, too!

  5. Hi Vanessa! Weirdly enough, the turpentine note works in this perfume - it adds a bitter kick that accents the sweet coffee and smoke notes.

    Sorry about the turkey's body cavity...Happy Christmas to you, too!

  6. Marina, I'm glad you get the same feel from Navigateur - seems like it could be a love it or hate it perfume. It certainly brings out my adventurous side.

    Merry Christmas back to you!

  7. "French-roast coffee, turpentine, and cigarettes"?! Where do I sign?

  8. Hi Olenska - you might become a Navigateur fan yourself! Give it a try - I'd be interested to know your thoughts!

  9. I have a bottle of this that i bought on a whim, because it is so unique. But i cant really wear it. You are right about the coffee and cigarettes, but it smells to me like a man drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes. When i wear it i feel like I'm cross dressing. Anyway, if anyone wants a sample or wants to trade decants, let me know.

    Thanks for joining us on the project, it was really fun and i hope we can do another sometime. Happy new year.



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