Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Diptyque "Eau Duelle"

Have I mentioned that I'm slightly grey/pink colorblind? (I don't know the scientific term for this - well maybe I did at some point, but because it is very slight I never remember)

This is telling especially if you take a step in an odd direction and think about my sense of smell.

I think I'm also grey/pink scentblind.

What I mean by that is that I have a difficult time picking out nuances in some perfumes.

For instance, Eau Duelle.  Luckyscent.com states these notes: Cardamom, Asian cyprus, elemi, juniper, saffron, calamus, black tea, black African olibanum, amber, Firnat Vanilla, Bourbon Vanilla, white musk

All I get is a bit of juniper and then fluffy vanilla.  And I tested it for two days!


Sunday, November 28, 2010

a lovely bath and help me find a ginger perfume

Start with a quiet sunny Sunday.
Add a little L'Aromarine Orange Santal to the bathwater.
Sink into delicious water (but don't drink it).
Enjoy the soak.
Wash hair with Giovanni shampoo. Condition with Bath and Body Work's Orange Ginger.
Scrub off with  Johnson and Parker Ginger and Green Tea shower gel
Need to find a non-scented body lotion, though olive oil works pretty well.

Ahh, life is good!

EDIT:  So I was thinking - can any of you recommend a ginger scented perfume!?

watching a foreign film and testing "Querelle"

Because of  Michael's post the other day, I tried to find a scent that would work with all the food on Thanksgiving.  I put on Serge Luten's Borneo 1834 and was quite pleased.  Usually the foodie/sweetie Lutens' drive me bonkers - but for that day, it was perfect. PLUS and this is a BIG plus, the patchouli note smells EXACTLY like my fav patchouli oil from Spiritual Sky. I wore that oil for years and years.

So now onto some testing.  Decided that Parfumerie Generale's Querelle would be a good one to sample on Saturday given that I was planning to watch "The Story of Adele H" during the afternoon. I know, the movie "Querelle" was done by a German guy (Fassbinder) but it was written by a French guy (Jenet)and "Adele" is French, so you can see how I somehow matched them up.

BTW, Fassbinder.  Sigh.  I went to see "Berlin Alexanderplatz" and walked out after three hours - I figured that if I wouldn't want to hang out with those characters for 8 hours in real life, why should I put myself through the torture of watching on the screen for that long?  Other films of his I have enjoyed, even though most of his characters are annoying.

Now admittedly I never read Genet's novel, but saw the film version twice.  Once in my early 20s when I thought it was soo cool and amazing and and...!, and again a few years ago, when I thought "what the heck was I thinking?"  But I have a soft spot for poor deceased Brad Davis. And any movie w/Jeanne Moreau is a must-watch.

The fragrance is, well first read what Perfume Smellin' Things had to say about it.

I personally don't find it as "ugly-beautiful" as Marina posted.  But to my noise it is exquisitely made, and extremely long-lasting (12 hours on my skin). 

"Inspired by Jean Genet’s brutal and erotic tale of hidden desires and violence, Querelle is a scent of supreme elegance and forceful sensuality. The top notes of citruses, black caraway and cinnamon are darkly-spicy and earthy. The heart of the scent is a brooding, passionate blend of myrrh and incense. The note of vetiver, which runs like a green-earthy, raw leitmotif throughout the composition, becomes most prominent in the base, where, combined with incense, oakmoss and ambergris, it smells dark and beautiful, and a little wicked, like a malevolent root dug up in an enchanted forest. Strange, refined and incredibly compelling, Querelle is unlike any other scent we have ever encountered, and might just be the most interesting Parfumerie Generale creation to date." (from luckyscent.com)

I'm glad I sampled this, and although very gorgeous, I don't think I'll purchase a bottle as it isn't as "ugly beautiful" to me as I wish it could have been; it needs to be a little bit dirtier somehow.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I know I know!

I'm due for another post!  I won't bother you all with the mundane and not so mundane busy-ness of my life lately, but I will say that I hope to have a real perfume post up this weekend.

Thinking either a Avignon v. Cardinal throwdown or a review of a bunch of CB I Hate Perfumes.

And then there is the very not-enough-dirty and lovely Querelle!

Well I have four days off - so hopefully I get to some serious sniffing.

Happy Thanksgiving for those who celebrate it (and don't get me started on the huge anti-socialist debate about Thanksgiving....bah!)