Friday, March 25, 2011

Gifts from my Cousin - Part I: Cartier "De Lune"

I recently reconnected with my cousin, D, and she sent me a box of cool stuff!  Check it out.

Today I wore Cartier De Lune.  First off, I didn't even know Cartier made perfume. And then I did some googling and oh yeah, they did that Baiser du Dragon one that I recall someone on the blogs mentioning at one point.  Why hasn't the Cartier line made an impression on me?  Hmmmm, that's something I have to think about

Okay here's what Frangrantica says about it :  Cartier De Lune by Cartier is a Floral Woody Musk fragrance for women. This is a new fragrance, Cartier De Lune was launched in 2011. The nose behind this fragrance is Mathilde Laurent. Top notes are pink pepper and juniper berries; middle notes are honeysuckle, rose, lily-of-the-valley and cyclamen; base notes are woodsy notes and musk.

To me, this is similar to the Jardin line by Hermes, but it's lighter and less intriguing.  I would actually quite like it if I hadn't sniffed the Hermes' first (I'm finding out that I really enjoy pepper in my perfume) and that it does seem to fade quickly on me. But for those who find the Hermes too weird, I suggest you try this one - it really is pretty.

But look at the bottle!!  It even looks like the Hermes.

Here's a  review from Bois de Jasmin

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Happy Ostara! Bonkers' visit and Le Labo Labdanum 18

Oh what a wonderful weekend!!!  And it's SPRING!!!

Bonks aka Bonkers aka Vanessa was here in town this weekend.

I am so very happy to have met her - here it is only a few hours since she left, and I miss her already!

We met Friday at 4:00 - here we are in Aladdins, a middle eastern restaurant in our little town.  I was attempting to photograph all the samples in the middle of the table with my camera phone, but because of glare I got this funny shot - a big glass of ice which looks bigger than Vanessa!!  The soups were wonderful, and we chatted about perfume and blogging.

Later that evening, we met at The Feve, and had a bite to eat and some friends came by and we had some drinks, and didn't get home until nearly 3:00 am!

Saturday we toured around town by car, and stopped in at Elizabeth's and Nick's for a cup of tea.

You know how well Vanessa blogs, so I'll hold off on details of all the events of the weekend because she can describe it all much better than me!

She gave me a very generous sample of Le Labo Labdanum 18!  I love it, and will always think of my new pal when I wear it.

Here is a photo of our dear Bonks having breakfast at Chez Frida and Moth this morning!  Moth made us blueberry smoothies, and then scrambled eggs from our hens and bread he baked in the morning!

The blogging world is incredible - I'm so pleased to have met Vanessa and hope to see her soon as I'm saving my pennies for a trip to the U.K.!

I encourage everyone if they have a chance to meet another pefume-blogging-pal in person, please do!

Thanks Vanessa!!!!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Going through my old stash of samples

(this is a very old photo of samples...I have about 200+ now...oops~)

Attempting to get through sampling samples I have had for many months.  I admittedly am not giving these all the attention they deserve because my mind is on other things; can you say 'scatterbrained"?  Sure you can!

Parfume D'Empire Ambre Russe - Lutens Ambre Sultan's demure younger brother.

Washington Tremlett Clove Absolute - lots of boozy cloves, somehow reminds me of something in my mid-1970s life that I cannot pinpoint.  I'm enjoying the clove but not much else which is disappointing because I was hoping for more.

Vero Profumo Kiki - oooh!  what a delight!  Too bad it is so expensive.  Here's a lovely review by Donna at Perfume Smellin' Things.

Ulrich Lang Anvers 2 - a bit too man's cologne-y for me

Issey Miyake La Feu d'Issey - Why is this discontinued?  It is so weird and warm and wonderful; oh right, that's why!  Enjoy this review from Dimitri at Sorcery of Scent

Friday, March 11, 2011

Three Roses by De Rosine (Rose Kashmirie, Rose d'Ete and La Rose) and Miller Harris' Rose en Noir

As many of you are aware, I adore roses and rose perfume.  My absolute favorite single rose is Serge Lutens Sa Majeste La Rose.  Diptyque L'Ombre dans L'eau,  Creed's Fleurs de Bulgarie and Fleur de The Rose Bulgare, Agent Provocatuer, and Profumum Ninfea are on my top list yet I'm always on the look out for more rose perfumes.

(Here is one of my early blog posts about rose sample sniffing; interesting to re-read it because I didn't 'get' LOdL which is now one of my top five perfumes!)

Rose Kashmirie:  top notes -saffron, coriander, bergamot and rose; middle notes - myrhh, rose and peony; base notes are vetyver, sandalwood, amber, benzoin, vanille and grass (all notes are from frangrantica)

Rose d'Ete:  top notes - galbanum, bergamot and granny smith apple; middle notes -rose, mimose, lotus and lime (linden) blossom; base notes - musk and ambrette (musk mallow).

La Rose:  orris, tonka bean, musk, violet, damask rose, jasmine and resins

Rose En Noir:  I couldn't find any notes listed anywhere.

RK is right up my alley - it's spicey, enveloping and mysterious and gorgeous.  The middle notes are amazing - I can really smell the peony, and the base notes tease with grassy earthiness.

RdE's granny smith apple is very prevalent to my nose. RdE is delightful but a bit 'young' for me.

La Rose reminds me of Malle's Lipstick Rose - it's very '50s glam (whatever that means) but there's something a bit more subtle to La Rose than Lipstick Rose.  If I had to choose between the two, I would definintely choose De Rosine.

Miller Harris' ReN befuddles me.  It begins too medicinal, and then a burst of green rose stems, and then dirt (which I really like).  But unfortunately that medicine-y note drags on a bit too long and the grounding warmth is a little flat. (thanks to Vanessa aka Bonks for the Miller Harris sample!)

Rose Kashmir is the one I would purchase of all these because not only is this a suede-ish smelling rose (now does THAT makes sense to anyone but me?), but it doesn't smell like anything else I currently have - in fact, perhaps I can get a large decant from Perfumed Court!?!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Where's the fig?

Oh dear is this another note that I cannot detect easily?

Attempting to sniff both L'Artisan Premiur Figuier Extreme and the often lauded Diptyque Philosykos.

Here' is Jess' wonderful review (I didn't realise that both of these perfumes were made by the same nose.)

Okay, in that context I see the PFE as a pre-cursor to Philosykos.  PFE fades on me immediately.  Philosykos on the other hand is difficult for me to detect at first, but then it blossoms into earthy loveliness.

And then it disappears. Dang!!!!

And here's another review, by EauMG

Friday, March 4, 2011

I couldn't resist

Aren't they cute!?  Six baby assorted bantam chicks.  Of course if any turn out to be roosters, I'll have to give those away :(  (or eat them!)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Roja Dove Scandal

Roja Dove Scandal (much like Chanel Cuir de Russie) elevates me to lady-like-ness.  I stand taller, feel more empowered, and I do not pick at my nails and cuticles (which is a very nasty habit I have).

I totally agree with Abigail in her review - I do not find it "enormously rude" as Luca Turin does, but find it gorgeously empowering. No armor here, but instead it helps me morph into a more self-possessed me.  And who would think that a fragrance with tuberose would impress me so much?

Notes (from basenotes): bergamot, muguet, orange blossom,  freesia, rose, jasmine from Grasse, tuberose, sandalwood, orris, balsams, musk .

Thanks to Vanessa aka Bonks for the sample!  And here is a post she wrote about Scandal.