With that said, here are my choices, replete with numerological hoodoo:
First choice: #2 THE AMOEBA. There is a terribly sophisticated cocoa note coupled with what seems like well-aged patchouli. It is darkly verdant, and it feels like a living thing when it's on my skin.
Second choice: #3 THE HONEY BUG. This has a wonderful honey linden aspect that lasts throughout the entire wearing, and a slightly boozy top note. A dry grassiness rounds out the delicate patchouli in the base.
Third choice: #13 THE BARNYARD CIRCUS. Sweet, floral incense with a tender aromatic herbal quality. Lots of hay and dry sweetgrasses, sugared jasmine and lavender, this is well-rounded and utterly charming.
I'm very impressed with the variety and inventiveness in the fragrances that were sent to me. Some of these perfumers took the challenge in a bit more literal way, putting a spin on tradition, and others really pushed the envelope. I want to congratulate each perfumer for their amazing work, and thank Monica Skye-Miller for asking me to participate in this project. But it's not over yet! All the results must come in, votes need to be tallied, and mysteries will be unveiled. I am on the edge of my seat because I can't wait to find out who is responsible for each perfume. Talk about torture! My personality dictates that I must know all things at all times, and if I somehow can't manage that, I ask others for help. There's no one to help me right now, I'm all alone, floating on a fragrant patchouli cloud and dreaming the aimless dreams of summer.
**Stay tuned for an exciting draw being held soon right here on this very blog, two of my lovely readers will have some of their very own AMOEBA juice!**