Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Happy Holidays

'Tis the season to be jolly, and busy, so I probably won't be posting until the New Year.
Wishing everyone Peace on Earth, and Goodwill towards Everyone.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The first week in December scents (Miller Harris, Les Nereides, Guerlain)

What I wore (scent-wise) last week: (I had intended to post this on Sunday - sorry about that!)

Monday:  Miller Harris Note de Peau.*  I absolutely love it at first blush, but then after awhile, I get shaving cream.  Dagnabit!  According to Basenotes the notes are:  lemon, bergamot, tangerine, incense, myrrh, lavender, woods, tonka bean, amber, vanilla and heliotrope.   Check out Perfumed Letters' wonderful Paris post where Cheryl meets up with this scent for the first time.

Tuesday:  Miller Harris Un Petit Rien.*  So similar to my beloved L'Air de Rien that I don't understand why this one was launched.  Hmmm.  Katie Puckrik sniffs out the differences here.

Wednesday:  Les Nereides Patchouli Antique.  A total blind decant purchase - and I am beyond the moon!  Les Nereides is batting two for two in my book (as you know my head-over-heels love for their Opoponax).   Patchouli Antique is a thick, rich, dusty, musty, mildew-y patchouli. Basically it is exactly what you might imagine from the name.  Or what I imagined from its name.  Notes listed are Indonesian patchouli, vanilla and musk. At one point in the drydown, I get a whiff of rootbeer.   I'll be wearing a hell of a lot of this especially in cooler weather.

Thursday:  Miller Harris La Pluie.*   I actually have no idea why I like this one so much. Other bloggers have written that this is a wet floral, and I agree, and usually a description like that wouldn't even catch my attention, but La Pluie is different and interesting, and I'm really really happy I have a good-sized sample of it.  Maybe it's the mixture of citrus, wheat and ylang-ylang.

Friday:   Guerlain Angelique Noire - prompted by Cheryl suggesting it when I was sampling a bunch o' vanilla.   This is a grown-up beautiful vanilla that is almost too pretty for me.  Here's a lovely review by Elena at Perfume Shrine. I'll be savoring my tiny decant.

*thanks to Cheryl for the generous Miller Harris samples!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Holiday Fragrance Gift Guide

Here's my holiday fragrance gift guide; actually it's my holiday gift guide advice:

Unless you know exactly what someone wants,  do not purchase any perfume or perfume-related items for someone during the holidays.  Perfume is too personal, expensive, and you may make your giftee feel guilty if s/he doesn't like it.