Saturday, October 18, 2008

3,2,1 ... Caron Third Man : second wearing, first impressions

Nathan was right. I am liking it. But I have not yet reached conclusions.

Caron's Third Man is a scent I could wear. It opens with a lavender syrup punch that knows just when to start drying down. At the moment, in the midst of my second run with this, I'm trying to figure out why there's more incensey spice on my left arm drydown and a swath of summer garden flower on my right. It's okay, I'm alright--both are cool.

Good thing, because now the vaguely incense note jumped to my right. What IS up...I'm only sampling one fragrance at the moment, for Pete's sake; it happens to be on both arms, solo. No worries, I'm still alright; I remembering that my general impression on the first run was "I like," and had lavender running throughout, as it seems to this time. Now I'm burying my face in my arms, and got a simultaneous shot of cigarette smoke and lavender clothes detergent. Whoa.

Which means I pull back to a more traditional sniffing angle (one arm, nose just there), and I'm smelling 'em all: lavender. sweet (but now in the background). spice/incense. smoke ever so lightly curling through.

At two hours, I thought it was going to disappear, but no, at three, it still lingers. Huffs in series lead to separate impressions: first the lavender still hanging in an ambery sweet gel; then that vaguely incense-y thing (I'm writing too early, perhaps; my specificity, while never my strong suit, is still off ); then some combination thereof as a hangs in my skin scent.

I'm not going anywhere near Caroll Reed's film The Third Man right now, though it's dawning on me that this "what is up with this?" shifting experience could be related...(you think?)....

8 comments:

Jenavira13 said...

I really am going to have to explore Caron's men's fragrances more. I have tried the Caron pour homme; while quite beautiful became a little doughy and sweet on me.

Layanee said...

SS: A higher compliment has never been paid and I thank you for it and for visiting Ledge and Gardens! I read your comment after I posted today so imagine my surprise at the subject near to your heart, scent. A most powerful inducer of memories.

Lucy Fishwife said...

I have tagged you on my blog - not sure what the etiquette is but consideer yourself singled out in the possibly unwelcome spotlight of blog publicity!

Perfumeshrine said...

Now there is something that can be said about perfume: it works in mysterious ways and it draws out things you never expect. Congrats on a mission accomplished and thanks for sharing :-)

ScentScelf said...

Jenavira,
Pour homme is next in my man-grance parade, though I may address a Guerlain here first. Doughy, eh?

ScentScelf said...

Laynee,
Your blog is a delight. Happy to point people in your direction.

Yes, strange about the fragrant connection, no?

ScentScelf said...

Lucy,

To be singled out by you is undoubtedly a compliment. (Right? This is not revenge tagging, correct? ;) )

Love your blog...

ScentScelf said...

Helg,
Yes, that mystery and surprise can come from many directions (the scent itself, associations, etc.), but I love the twists, however they arrive.