I’m working on Tabac Aurea again today, trying a few things before I decide if it is done. I have the major accords done and am playing with details here and there to find my favorite. I couldn’t resist trying a bit of mimosa absolute in it since Tabac Aurea has a leather accord and the mimosa is leathery, but I doubt I’ll use it in this. I’m also adjusting the tobacco absolute level up and down a tad to verify my favorite optimal balance.
Before Christmas I made an annual trip to the nearest Nordstrom and Sephora (an hour drive one way so I don’t get time to go very often), and I tried some men’s scents because I knew I wanted to make Tabac Aurea be unisex. My favorites from that sniffing expedition were Cartier Declaration, Chanel Pour Monsieur, Dior Homme, Hermes Equipage, and Hermes Eau d’Orange Verte. I already knew I liked Terre de Hermes, and from the non-dept store category I love the original two Divine men’s scents, Guerlain Vetiver, FM Vetiver Extraordinaire, and Lalique Encre Noir. I wasn’t as fond of the Prada Homme or Prada iris for men as I thought I’d be; they were pleasant but a bit cleaner/soapier than I prefer.
I saw an article in the NY Times headlines today about the hard times that small fashion designers are having in the current economy, and I fear it could take a toll on the newer small perfume houses too. These are hard times to try to grow a business; most businesses are just trying to survive.