Anise and licorice are neighbors in the same olfactive subdivision. Often confused for one another, they've been known to receive each other's mail by mistake. (They're cousins! Identical cousins!) But while cool-natured anise keeps company with civilized cologne herbs and yacht-club citruses, burly licorice pals around with a raucous bunch of roasted spices whose booming laughter fills the air on poker night. At first encounter, this loud-voiced assembly might come off as intimidating. But once you get to know them, you'll never find a more huggable tribe of palookas. Secure an invite to one of their legendary weekend backyard bashes, and "A-list" will be forever redefined.
Scent Elements: Mandarin, cardamom, cumin, clove, ylang-ylang, licorice, mango, heliotrope, patchouli, vanilla, amber, cashmeran
Jungle Le Tigre
While perhaps neither as intense nor as memorable as its sister scent L'Éléphant, Le Tigre follows the nature of its totem animal and slips into one's notice under the cover of deep shade and silence. Creamy, cool notes of vanilla and ylang-ylang establish a homogenous soft blue twilight such as any nocturnal animal would prefer, while tangerine and osmanthus provide a thrilling golden glisten made to be seen for a mere instant through the vines. With almost zero sillage, this rare beast is trained to heel-- but it maintains a slippery sense of ease native to the wild and free. And while I don't normally geek out overmuch about bottle design, the miniature Le Tigre flacon is so adorable, I'm totally in agreement with Gaia the Non-Blonde-- it deserves to be jewelry. A soldering iron, a few steel jump rings, and a necklace-length silver chain, and you've got yourself a wearable conversation-starter!
Scent Elements: Kumquat, mandarin, orange, osmanthus, ylang-ylang, amber, vanilla, cinnamon