115: darling clandestine mayfly


mayflyI’d heard a lot about Mayfly and how disappointed people were that it was discontinued, so when Evonne brought back a reinvented version, I knew I had to try it out.

This is the new, reinvented version of my original Mayfly fragrance. I’ve kept the initial inspiration for Mayfly—the hot, heavy, vapor-rising-from-the-pavement flash of an early summer rain—but I’ve made the florals a bit greener, a bit twangier. Opens deceptively sweet with notes of plum blossom, lilac and other damp, delicate budding blossoms, then gets deeper and jade-greener and muddier and woodier. Petals on a wet, black bough.

In the bitsy, Mayfly is dark and ozoney. A little green, a little floral.

Wet on skin it’s sharply floral on a canvas of black ozone – dark, sharp, thin. As it dries it gets a bit greener, a bit muddier and more earthy. There is still a sharpness to it that I don’t love, though. It’s the combination of ozone and floral elements; they come together to create a scent that reminds me very strongly of laundry detergent or dryer sheets. That’s not the only thing I smell here, of course, but it’s there. It sort of fades in and out of prominence as the earthy green elements wax and wane. Further into wear those are stronger in general, and I get more of the “vapor rising from pavement” vibe mentioned in the description. However, it does always smell just a bit like laundry detergent to me.

I do really enjoy parts of Mayfly, and I don’t dislike it as a whole, but it’s not my favorite from DC and I’m happy with just a bitsy. I was originally tempted by a full bottle because I’m a sucker for rain-on-pavement/petrichor scents, but in my opinion La La La, All Right (which should hopefully be back soon so I can finally get a bottle and stop rationing my bitsy, my preciousss) is a lot more along those lines than Mayfly.

Elevator Pitch: Sharp floral and green elements on a base of dark black ozone. Gets greener and earthier as it wears, but always smells just a bit like laundry detergent.

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