Happy Black Friday! I may or may not be out trying to nab a deal on winter boots. I haven’t decided if I’ll brave the crowds. I might just order online. 😛
Today I’m reviewing Tokyo Milk Wisdom No 26 perfume. I’ve heard a lot about Tokyo Milk fragrances – how niche and unique they are; the official name of the company is Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite, for heaven’s sake. But, I feel like it’s a very carefully manufactured brand image, not as indie or novel as they’d like us to think.
I bought the eau de parfum of Wisdom No 26 purely by chance: last year at around this time in November I was killing time in a little gifty shop – you know the kind, lots of trinkets adorned with whatever is the latest trend – be it owls, foxes, pandas; necklaces with lightning bolt / mushroom / wishbone pendants, and a section of cutely packaged hand creams and perfumes at greatly marked-up prices. They were having a 50% off sale on select fragrances, and Wisdom No 26 was among the offering. I snagged this for only $13.50. I initially bought it as a back-up present – just in case someone gave me a Christmas present who I wasn’t expecting to receive a gift from, I’d have something to give them back (do you do this – keep spares?) But in the end, it wasn’t needed and the perfume sat in my stash unopened. So I decided to open it and keep it for myself! 😉
The presentation of the perfume is outstanding – it’s housed in a glass test tube casing with a cork topper. The tagline for the scent is: Wisdom: the course of time & observation lead way to its inky depths. 🙄
Fragrance Notes: Water Lily, Woods + Moss, Walnut, Winter Musk
Fragrantica categorizes this as Floral Woody Musk – I normally steer clear of scents with strong musk so I was a bit wary about wearing this, but I do like lily scents.
Upon opening up the vial, I saw that the rollerball was stuck askew onto the cork base – it just looked so messy. Then I noticed that the cap on the bottle is crooked! The threads of the bottle are malformed so that the cap screws on an angle. I would have been embarrassed if I had given this away as a gift!
But the rollerball works just fine. I was quite underwhelmed by this fragrance. I smell mostly water lily but it’s very one dimensional, and the staying power was very poor. Within two hours of applying this, I could no longer smell it on my skin even with my nose RIGHT up against my wrist. Again, glad I didn’t give this away as a present.
Overall: meh. Maybe a 5. I’ve been so snarky in this review, I should give it a 5 for effort. 😛
Not sure if I would venture into other Tokyo Milk fragrances – any fans out there who can sway me into trying another?