I gave myself a little treat and got three of the solid perfumes from Crazylibellule and the Poppies: two (Ginger & Coconut and Encens Mystic) from the Shanghaijava Collection, and one (Aux Anges) from les Divines Alcoves Collection.
They're cheap and had hugely successful reviews so I got a couple to play with. Also, you can take 'em on a plane, which is nice.
I very much like Ginger & Coconut... it's subtle, milky rich, and surprising all at the same time. I have never tried a perfume with cumin in the top notes and it's shocking-- I imagine you'd either love it or hate it. I do love it. On me it's spicy, natural smelling, and with the also shocking curry note, it provides a little grounding for the otherwise positively etherially sexy brew of kaffir lime, ginger, coconut, precious woods, amber, etc. Yum.
I also like Aux Anges, which I wore to bed last night. It is jasmine, ylang, a little citrus and bergamot, and white flowers. It smells like summertime when I was a kid. I can't put my finger on it, but I think it is a memory of eating honeysuckle blossoms with Jeffy when we were little, surrounded by white flower aromas from nearby jasmine and magnolia blooms. It's very girly, but still a pleasure.
Encens Mystic is the best reviewed of the bunch. It's incense with clove and vanilla... which SOUNDS a lot nicer than it IS, on me. It smells like a funeral home. Old lady perfume and a tang of urine, musty furniture, church incense, and candles. And not in a good way.
I sniffed it, in the package, where it smells a lot nicer, and thought "hmm, I'll give it a try for the afternoon."
Now I have to smell like this til I go home. >.<
Update: I scrubbed the berjeebers out of it with a damp paper towel, and now the faint reminder of what was on me is actually quite pretty. Not at all me, but I don't loathe the (scrubbed) dry down the way I loathe the top notes. I do not foresee putting it on again, but I might make it through the day without gnawing off my arms at the shoulders so I can get away from my wrists, now.