Monday, October 27, 2014

announcing a perfume tab on my other blog

Hello everyone!  Just a quick update:

After all these months, I finally figured out how to make a Perfume tab on my other blog; so if you are interested in reading my perfume posts over there, here is the link!


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

fourth anniversary and bloody frida goes to bed

Today marks Bloody Frida's fourth anniversary, and I figure that this is the perfect time to 'archive' this blog.

Thank you to everyone who has followed, commented, gifted me and /or swapped perfume samples and bottles, educated me, kept in touch via phone, snail mail or email, and became my friend through this enlightening and fabulous four year experience!

I'm continuing to blog at the cow jumps over the moon where I natter on about all sorts of things that keep me busy in my little life - interests in art/craft, food preservation, pets, cooking, gardening, community matters, reading, etc. And of course, scent, too!

See you around the blog-o-sphere!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

ooh! and dear lord

Ooh!   Farmacia Ss.Annunziata Vaniglia Del Madagascar.  Could this be my favorite vanilla? Yes, it is.  It is THE vanilla for me. Warm, rich, and gives me the vanilla extract scent I have been longing for, and it is ever-lasting on my skin! Lemon, floral and amber notes, and Madagascar vanilla. Check out this review from Smelly Thoughts and one from Nathan Branch.

Oh dear lord, what were they thinking with The Vagabond Prince Enchanted Forest?  It is my fault, though - I really do tend to judge a book by its cover and a perfume by its name. Ughhh - I don't even think my teenage nieces would like this one! A wonderful thing about this experience is that now I am really digging Cartier L'Heure Vertueuse! ;)

I'm not sure how much longer I'll be keeping this blog because I'm having a difficult time juggling two blogs (my other blog is the cow jumped over the moon , named after my favorite nursery rhyme).  I'm feeling too compartmentalized, or something.  Maybe I'll merge the two?  What do you all think?

Oh, and here's a picture for us dog lovers out there (Lady Jicky! and others) - here's our mutt, Sephora!

It's 20134!  How long will it be before I don't have to cross out a 3?!!  Hope everyone is having a terrific start to this new year.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happy Holidays!

Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season!  

Oh, and I suggest that you put on some incense.  Especially Sonoma Scent Studio Incense Pure. Perfect! 

( I am a big fan of Miranda Hart. And I am not saying that she likes incense perfumes -
I'm watching one of her Christmas shows tonight, while wearing an incense perfume)

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Rouge Bunny Rouge

Rouge Bunny Rouge has sent me samples of six of their fragrances, and also a bunch of other goodies (lip gloss, moisturizers, and eye shadows.)

This post is all about the scents. And I must admit that I was actually reticent to try these as I was afraid they were going to be the same old new thing (if you know what i mean).

Let's get started.  From their Fragrant Confections collection, I have tried Lilt, Chatoyant, and Vespers.

I was immediately drawn to Vespers, because of its name.  It is also my favorite of the three.  All three are very green and crisp, and sweetly diaphanous, and even though there is fruit in each of them, they are not annoyingly fruity-girly-silly as some other new fragrances can be.   On my skin, after about two hours, they all settle down to a close cozy lightness, but do not last very long for me.  Five hours tops.

Lilt:  Notes of green leaf accord, fig leaf, peach, coconut, violet, vetiver, musk.
Chatoyant:  Bergamot, lemon, orchid, jasmine, rose, lily of the valley, sandalwood, cedarwood, musk, vanilla
Vespers:  Bergamot, cinnamon bark, violet leaves, black pepper, green apple, muguet, rose, violet, cedarwood, sandalwood, vanilla

See what Perfume Shrine had to say about these three here.

Now onto the next collection, entitled Provenance Tales.  The three perfumes are Embers, Cynefin, and Silvan.

I was initially really excited about these when I read the notes. I thought "yes, these are more me."  But it turns out that other than Embers (which is a nice sweet incense, and has good staying power), the other two do not bloom nor do they excite on my skin.

The Non-Blonde's take on these.
CaFleureBon reviewed these three here.

After taking so long to try these, I have to say that I'm glad I did.  Although I didn't fall in love with any of these, I am happy to have had the opportunity to try them, and I was pleasantly surprised.

Monday, November 25, 2013

some daily scent, featuring Hokkabaz

Monday:  No perfume, but I scented the house with some incense.  Years and years ago, I bought some Place du Primeur - Greengrocer Square incense cones from Terre d'Oc  at World Market and I really liked it.  I still really like it.  Unfortunately they don't make these anymore, from what I have gleaned from a little on-line research.  I'm happy that I still have a few cones left.

Tuesday:  Annick Goutal Mandragore.  I actually picked the wrong bottle - I had wanted to wear Encens Flamboyant since I was running a fever and had to get to work (the downfall of working hourly and seasonal - no sick days).  But Mandragore worked very well, and I got through the day.

Wednesday:  Need more warmth!  Still not feeling 100% but I did have the day off.  I have been testing Esscentual Alchemy's Hokkabaz for awhile now, and every time I wear it, I love it even more.  It is a warm, enveloping perfume, Amanda Feeley's take on Guerlain's discontinued Djedi. As she writes on her website:  "It is dry, dusty, bitter and eerie.  Not for the faint of heart."   And I agree.  It's a thick and heady scent, with motes of light dusted through.   The notes include rose, vetiver, oakmoss, leather accord, civt, patchouli, antique mysore sandalwood, clove, vanilla, orris, calamus, and embalming spices accord.

As I have never sniffed Djedi,  I don't have any thoughts about comparisons or references.  But I do feel that I am transported with Hokkabaz. I flit between the images that came to mind when I read the books The Egyptologist and All the Pretty Horses (the book NOT the film!).  

For more reviews of this captivating earthy fragrance:  
Musette / Perfume Posse

 (Disclaimer: Amanda sent me the sample, but all opinions are my own - as usual! - and 
I was not compensated for this review.)

Thursday:  Annick Goutal  Encens Flamboyant !

Friday:  Bond No. 9 Chinatown.

(It's Monday again - oops I meant to post this on Sunday!)

Monday, November 18, 2013

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

The Moth and I binge-watched Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (season 1) on Netflix.  We loved it - and I especially loved the fashion (the HATS!!!) and interior design.

Has anyone else seen this?  Has anyone read the books?

Of course, I was trying to figure out what perfume she had on her vanity.

I have not read the books, but will now.  According to the blog The Fabulous Miss Fisher, in the books it is mentioned that Phryne wears a Floris (perhaps the Honeysuckle?), Jicky and Le Fruit Defendu. .

But in the series, I cannot tell if the bottles are just set design, or if they are truly real perfume bottles.  What do you all think?   Maybe the octagonal one is a Brosseau?