#glamorousjuly project? I've been joining in when I can, if only because I think most people would welcome a bit of fun and frivolity right now. Today's challenge is to write a positive review to support a small business. And, as it happens, I've got the perfect candidate.
A lot of the 4160 Tuesdays perfumes I've reviewed have been too modern to suit my tastes, but the one I'd really wanted to try from the brand has proved an absolute corker. Many perfumistas have described Lady Rose Lion (Monkey Unicorn) as echoing the scent of a classic vintage chypre. I wanted to try it because it's got a peach note and I was really hoping that with that and the oakmoss it would be like Mitsouko.
Well, Lady Rose Lion (Monkey Unicorn) doesn't smell like Mitsouko. It's got a lot in common with it, but it smells more 1940s/1950s to me – a little more strident than the Jazz Age perfumes I adore. I also think that despite the peach and rose notes at its centre, it's got enough wood and spice in it to work well on a man.
I really like this one and plan to buy a bottle at some point. Reviews online are mixed, though, so it's definitely one to try before you buy. That divisiveness is a good thing, to me - many vintage classics are out of step with modern tastes in fragrance, so not appealing to the mass market can actually indicate that you're getting something genuinely interesting rather than a celebuscent designed to shift X-thousand bottles a month in Boots.
I chose the pictures, by the way, because the story behind the scent is that it started at a party celebrating the five senses, based on the famous Lady and Unicorn tapestries in the Cluny Museum in Paris. Not sure it smells like those tapestries to me. Great name, though.