If all goes well I plan to stay open and continue shipping right though December and into January, but I may take a week off from shipping orders in mid January for inventory and paperwork. Orders are still coming in and shipping out (those received yesterday should ship Monday). I’ll be in town and answering email as usual this week.
Tried Tom Ford Black Orchid — wow, that’s one strong scent! Too much for me even with just one squirt. I’d have to try a small dab from a vial rather than a squirt. The first hour was overbearing, but the earthy patchouli-rich drydown was interesting and had some yummy aspects, though a bit on the sweet side. I really like the earthy aspect of Black Orchid and like the floral accord, but I’d need to tone it down and edit out a few ingredients to make it a fit for me (I get some ozonic notes that I don’t care for because I’m sensitive to those). I still like his Japan Noir and Noir de Noir the best of the ones I’ve tried. His advertising turns me off, but it’s still interesting to try some of the scents, especially so I know what people are talking about when they tell me the scents they do and don’t like.
Black Orchid has some ingredients I don’t like to use in my scents that are common in department store scents for giving extra sillage and strength. I actually like the bold use of earthy notes in Black Orchid, but the touches of ozonic notes don’t work for me, though I realize they are there partly to counter sweetness. I think the ingredients that niche scents often leave out or use very sparingly are just as important in defining “niche” as the ingredients that are put in. People assume niche scents have more naturals and more expensive ingredients, and on the whole that is probably true, but they also tend to use less of some things that department store scents use in abundance. The term niche is being used less as so many new lines are launched, but that’s a whole other topic….
I need to wrap my presents for family members. Haven’t started that yet. Hope your last-minute shopping and holiday prep are going well!