Native American style musak
Ruckus in Seattle
Why is it that real jasmine (as in the flowers on the vine) smells pretty, but so many jasmine perfumes smell - quite literally - shitty?
Les Parfums de Rosine
I almost bought one of these unsniffed. Descriptions are so tempting. I ordered some samples, and am soooo glad I didn’t order an unsniffed bottle. I can hardly smell any of them, but here’s my quick take: Rose d’Ete - Roses decaying Rose d’Amour - Soap Ecume de Rose - Salt note that disappears in 5 minutes Roseberry - Sweet and juicy for 30 seconds, then gone
I’ve been sniffing up a storm preparing for a scent swap. I want to send off a bunch of things, but I would like to revisit them first to make sure I’m not sending off my future perfume love. Today I have Yves Rocher Rose Absolue on one arm and Profumum Fiore di Ambra on the other. Rose Absolue started off smelling like a sugared Phillip Morris. As it has dried down, the sweet has...
Ava Luxe Loukhoum
I can’t even bring myself to spray it, it smells so awful in the bottle. If anyone wants 2/3 of a bottle of this, let me know.
Been outta town for awhile. Came home to a Lucky Scent package with some sniffies. Up tonight: Profumum Alba. Quick take: it smells like mineral oil. Not bad, but not worth 175 clams.
Notes that ruin scent
There are some perfume notes that can manage to ruin an otherwise fine perfume. Or drown out all other notes. I ran across two of them last night in a new batch of sniffies: mint and almond. First up, almond. I love marzipan, and I even enjoy almond massage oil from time to time. But almond in a perfume inevitably goes wrong on me. Case in point: Knize Two. One of the reviews on Basenotes...
I have smelled some fantastic perfumes. Things I adore, things I would love to smell like, things that perk me up to smell them. I have smelled many, many more things that I don’t like. Things I mildly dislike, things I abhore, things that are so vile they turn my stomach. Why, then, do I keep sniffing?
Semen y sangro
Untitled No. 8 by Brent Leonesio
It’s been nearly 11 years since Virginia fiddler Coolidge Winesett was rescued after 3 days stuck in his collapsed outhouse, and 7 years since his death. I hadn’t thought of him in nearly that long, but I was reminded of him today when I sampled Untitled No. 8. Now, I am a person who doesn’t understand what the fuss is with Serge Lutens Muscs Koublai Khan, and I absolutely...
Rotting onions and cabbage
Not a particularly good smell, but what I started my Sunday with. I am doing some air monitoring on a particularly stinky job involving ethyl mercaptan. That’s the stuff that in small concentrations lets you know that you have a propane/natural gas leak. In higher concentrations, it smells like you are stir frying onions and cabbage that are just a bit past their prime. It has great...
emmy-t: we bid you goodnight. grateful dead.
L'Artisan Piment Brulant
I am seriously craving pimiento cheese spread now, but I am not sure that I want to smell like this all day. Pic from chow.com
Update - Sun Feather Angelica and Balsam
I found out today that Sun Feather has merged with a larger company, and they are discontinuing many of their products. So, no more Angelica and Balsam wash and balm for me. I am on the hunt for a replacement product, so if you have suggestions, please let me know!
Scent memories and my favorite notes
I received an email tonight from my mother, asking if all those posts about perfume were from me, and pointing out that violets have been her favorite scent since she was a teen. Hi mom! Violets have always reminded me of my mother. And I am sure that is why I like the scent - it is comforting. I sometimes wonder what perfume she wore before she started wearing Penhaligons. Was it Yardley,...