Way back in February I complained about my storage system for perfume samples. Not being one to act hastily (i.e., I am the world's worst procrastinator) it took me some time to find a suitable substitute for the little plastic drawer units I was using (see picture in link above).
I never really found the perfect solution. I wanted something that didn't take up too much space, that had deep, divided drawers for samples and decants, and preferably something on wheels. The elaborate tool storage systems at Sears (tool people are obviously even more insane than perfume people) were tempting, but too expensive. On a random trip to Office Depot to pick up a new mouse, I found this cart on mark down. It is on wheels, and has 6 drawers. The drawers are not quite as deep as I would have liked (larger decants can't stand up), and they aren't divided, so I'm using smaller tupperware containers inside each drawer so that I can sort my samples by perfume house.
This morning I am just finishing up with the bottom drawer, and while I am sorting I am wearing Jean Patou's latest release, Sira des Indes. The fragrance was created by perfumer Jean-Michel Duriez and has notes of bergamot, banana, pear, pink berries, cardamom, red champaca, ylang-ylang, musk, amber, vanilla and sandalwood. It is a beautiful fragrance, and it does not, like so many of its compatriots on the department store shelves this season, smell like it could reasonably use the slogan "No Flowers Died In The Making Of This Perfume". Perhaps that is why I wanted to like it, but in the end, I don't.
I do love the burst of spices in the top notes, and the mildly animalic base is lovely, but all the same, it is what it is: a sweet fruity floral. If I had to wear a sweet fruity floral, this might be what I'd choose — at least it smells like an elegant spiced dessert, creamy and rich, instead of fruit taffy or a smoothie — but sweet fruity florals are not my thing. If they are yours, I do recommend that you try it. It can be found at Saks or Neiman Marcus.