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Date: 2009-05-26 12:18
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Le Mat arrived today; this is a set of three scents, designed to be worn separately or in combination. I'll be using this entry to keep track of my wear tests.

This fellow is wise enough to play the fool;
And to do that well craves a kind of wit.
He must observe their mood on whom he jests,
The quality of persons, and the time,
And, like the haggard, cheque at every feather
That comes before his eye. This is a practise
As full of labour as a wise man's art
For folly that he wisely shows is fit;
But wise men, folly-fall'n, quite taint their wit.

The Fool is the Trickster manifesting in human form, speaking truth through jests and riddles. This scent is a Trinity: the Coxcomb, the Marotte, and the Motley, symbolizing the Crown of Wisdom of the court jester, the delight of innocent joy that the tarot‘s fool represents, and, finally, completion within oneself.

This triumvirate of perfumes has a merry face, but much lies beneath. The scents can be worn individually, but layered together, they, like the Fool, represent Limitless Potential and the bittersweet realization of brutal wisdom. In the center of this seeming cacophony of scents lies the unreflective self, and the silence of Harpocrates.

Red currant, Moroccan musk, sage, and frankincense.
    Sweet, dried berry musk, with drifting wisps of frankincense. The musk is rich, but light, and as it dries develops a woody undertone - must be a very understated sage.

Golden pear, amber, fig leaf, oakmoss, bronze musk, mahogany, patchouli, and a smattering of glittering pyrite.
    Pear and fig leap out of the bottle, which is fine since I love both notes. There's also a metallic brightness that's a little harsh at first but quiets down. I can hardly pick out the patchouli at all  - a bit of spicy wood on drydown and then the warm amber swells up. The final blend is subtle, woody resin with hints of ripe pear and warm figs.

Black currant, rhubarb, mushroom, champaca, and myrrh.
I can really smell mushrooms, which sounds odd but its actually quite nice. Rhubarb foiliage, and not the tart stalks I was expecting. The champaca and myrrh have a bit of a spat but soon reach detante and only on dry down dose the black currant show up and its carrying a switchblade - there's an edge to this berry. But overall there's almost no throw and I find I keep smelling my wrist, so somehow it's all working. This is going to age very, very well.

Enough for now; I'll see how well everything lasts, and then give the combos a try. But wearing all three at once (if not actually blended together) is very promising.

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