Friday, November 26, 2010

Sample Giveaway + Review: Breath Of God & The Smell Of Weather Turning by Gorilla Perfumes (2010)


There isn't much that hasn't been said about Breath Of God... except perhaps that it's back! After receiving a five-star review from Tania Sanchez, it proceeded to evoke perplexed confusion from many who tried it, before being flung onto the great 'Discontinued' pile in the sky by the demise of BNTBTBB. It has now returned as part of the Gorilla Perfumes range and looks set to wield its weirdness for a good while to come.

There is no question that it's an odd cocktail, although that is by no means a criticism. After belching out a not-entirely pleasant oyster-like, oceanic fog (Mark and Simon Constantine clearly don't think our Lord is immune to the odd bout of halitosis) it tries to assuage your sense of alarm with an eye-opening burst of minty citrus and a waft of green vetivert. It's clean, yet tenacious; cheerful, yet uncompromising; distinctive, but also highly changeable. There are times when its outer edges are a touch too acrid, but more often than not it manages to keep the wearer gripped with its endless shifts from white smokiness to sun-caressed vineyard freshness. And although its name may seem comically pretentious, it actually ties in very well with the perfume's attempt to bottle a series of fantastical 'divine exhalations'.

Mintiness also features prominently in The Smell Of Weather Turning, although here, it's much stronger and thus serves to highlight what one might call a questionable aspect of the composition. As a note, it's notoriously tricky for the perfumer to work with, partly because it evokes instant associations with bath products (see Parfumerie Generale's Harmatan Noir) and partly because its pervasive, scene-stealing brightness sets dangerously high expectations. TSOWT avoids the first trap completely. There is no way this juice could be mistaken for a bottle of Tesco's budget shower gel, a feat achieved by modifying the mentholated vigour with one of the most bizarre - and compelling - top accords I've encountered all year. Sage, tomatoes, twigs and moist compost all combine to create a visceral sense of the outdoors, a hyper-real portrait of a landscape where the lighting brings out every fertile detail.

However, the sheer originality of this opening means that Mint Trap # 2 is even harder to avoid. After a sense of calm descends, you realise you're left with a familiar coumarin-like base, which would probably have been fine in a different context, but here seems like a bit of a let down: the last thing you expect - or, indeed, want - after the brain-churning kookiness of the opening is a hint of dad's after shave, no matter how fleeting. Having said that, the first few minutes alone are worth the price of a small bottle of this stuff and act as a useful reminder that Gorilla Perfumes is one of very few brands currently willing to stick its hairy neck on the line and make a virtue of strangeness and eccentricity.

[Reviews based on samples obtained in 2010; fragrances tested on skin; to read reviews of two more Gorilla Perfumes, please click here.]

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I'm very pleased to be able to offer one lucky reader of Persolaise.com a sample of Breath Of God. If you'd like to enter the draw, please leave a comment which begins with the following words: "One of the strangest perfumes I've ever tried is..." Comments must be left on this post.

Please note: i) the draw will be open until 10 pm (UK time) on Tuesday 30th November; ii) the winner will be selected at random and announced on this blog; iii) readers from anywhere in the world are eligible to enter; iv) by entering the draw, you indicate that customs regulations in your country permit you to receive an alcohol-based perfume posted from the UK; v) if the sample is lost in transit, it will not be possible for a replacement to be sent; vi) the address of the winner will not be kept on record, nor will it be passed to any third parties; vii) Persolaise takes no responsibility for the composition of the scent, as regards potential allergens and/or restricted materials.

Good luck!

Persolaise.

29 comments:

  1. One of the strangest perfumes I've ever tried is... Secretions Magnifique by ELDO.
    But I`d love to try Gorilla and BNTBTBB perfumes :)

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  2. One of the strangest perfumes I've ever tried is... Cumberlant Ti by Liz Zorn's Soivohle. Zorn is on my mind lately because I gave her a slot on my 2010 Holiday Gift Guide with her tempting Little Black Box, so I dug out all the Soivohle samples I had. Cumberland Ti is an herbacious tea party replete with cucumber sandwiches and the effort of trying to remember exactly what it was the Dormouse said. It is a trip from beginning to end. At first fresh and deceptively giddy, rendering youth and the aged simultaneously, and ending in an exhausting search for a lost pack of cigarettes at 3 am. It is not easy to wear, but it is unforgettable.

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  3. One of the strangest perfumes I've ever tried is Messe de Minuit by Etro. I usually like incense fragrances but this one delivers a fierce blast of mouldering damp stone church walls that, depending on your point of view, could either be stomach-churning, or extremely compelling. I'd love to be entered in the draw Persolaise. Thanks.

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  4. One of the strangest perfumes I've ever tried is... Breath of God. But I gave my sample away and I need to try it again.

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  5. One of the strangest perfumes I've ever tried is..all the Gorilla Perfumes I've tried so far! I'm determined to find one that likes me as much as the 'old skool' Lush ones do!

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  6. Сергей, 'strange' doesn't even begin to describe SM. Good choice!

    You're in the draw.

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  7. Carrie, I've never tried CT, but you certainly make it sound most interesting.

    Your name's on the list.

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  8. Michael, that's another one with which I'm not familiar... although I must confess it sounds as though I'd like it.

    You're in the draw.

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  9. StyleSpy, that's fair enough.

    You're in the draw too.

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  10. Heavenlyink, I agree that many of the Gorilla Perfumes are odd, but I genuinely like their strangeness. Perhaps Breath Of God will agree with you.

    You're in the draw.

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  11. One of the strangest perfumes I have tried is...Korres Pepper Jasmine Gaiac Wood Passion Fruit. Korres produced three new perfumes last year and although I have them all I still smell something different every time I where this particular fragrance.I so love the Gorilla Perfumes however because there is nothing else like them.

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  12. One of the strangest perfumes I've ever tried is Africanimal by MAC. The general conception was honey but it can't describe the scent anyhow, nay it's even not adequate. Africanimal is strangely dark, very, very deep. You can feel almost overwhelmed by the layers of notes and emotions you're getting yourself under. The lasting power is also something outstanding. And oh, did I mention it was a limited edition? eBay is your only chance now to get it...

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  13. One of the strangest perfumes I've ever tried is Garage from CdG's Synthetics line! Sadly seems to be discontinued, but I've been fascinated by that very realistic small of tar and gasoline combo!
    Please enter me in the draw, best regards, Ela.

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  14. One of the strangest perfumes I've ever tried is Dans Tes Bras by Frederic Malle.

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  15. One of the strangest perfumes I've ever tried is Ophelie by Pierre Cardin, because although it has ylang ylang, rose and jasmine, to me at least it did not give me the impression of a floral perfume, but rather a strange scent that still remember, a mixture of tobacco and lemon...

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  16. Cherie, that's another one for my 'must try' list.

    You're in the draw.

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  17. Kuba, you certainly make it sound thoroughly intriguing.

    You're in the draw.

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  18. Ela, all these suggestions make me realise how much stuff out there is waiting to be discovered by me!

    Your name's on the list.

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  19. Allbertas, yes, I agree that it is a little on the odd side.

    You're in the draw.

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  20. Vintage Lady, I haven't tried that one either. I really ought to collate all these recommendations.

    You're in the draw.

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  21. One of the strangest perfumes I've ever tried is...Tauer's "ode to birch tar": Lonestar Memories. It's not something most people would call "pleasant" but I find it quite compelling whenever I dig it out.

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  22. Rilo, it always amazes me when people call Lonestar strange; I remember I was seduced by it from the very first sniff.

    Still, everyone's allowed their own definition of 'odd', I suppose. You're in the draw.

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  23. One of the strangest perfumes I've ever tried is Maison Margiela Untitled. Several reviewers loved it for its green-ness, a "dirty musk".

    Well. I sprayed, dabbed. Dirty musk? If only! On my skin it was dirty ashtray all the way. Makes my throat close just thinking about it.

    Sorry, this was supposed to be about the strangest, not the least liked. In my case, though, MM Untitled was both.

    Strange is not a bad thing! And I would really like to try Breath of God, oh yes indeed I would.

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  24. One of the strangest perfumes I've ever tried is one by Santa Maria Novella that was designed to smell like a mixture of gasoline and rubber, there's warm brown car seat leather in there somewhere as well, laced through with some menthol or mint - should a body ever need to smell like a machine?
    ~Nostalgia ~

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  25. Queen Cupcake, you're right, strange doesn't have to mean bad... but dirty ashtray?? I'm not surprised you were mildly traumatised.

    You're in the draw.

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  26. Mimiboo, I don't know, David Cronenberg might have a thing or two to say about that... but don't forget, leather isn't necessarily a machine-like smell. A car with leather seats is probably trying to smell slightly animalic... maybe equestrian?

    Anyway, you're in the draw.

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  27. THE DRAW IS NOW CLOSED.

    Thank you for entering. The winner will be announced on Persolaise.com soon.

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  28. One of the strangest perfumes I've ever tried is Andron by Jovan - tried it in the 80s, a very odd smell

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  29. Sue Smith, I'm afraid the draw is now closed, but thanks very much indeed for your contribution. I've never tried Andron, but its name is certainly quite strange.

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