Sunday, March 18, 2012

Some scents that don't work for me

(frowny face me 2009)


Lubin Nuit de Longchamps - headache inducing powdery yuck. Scrubber.

Hermes 24, Fauborg -  Ouch.  It kinda makes sense I don't like this because I also don't like Maurice Roucel's creation Le Temps d'Une Fete (Parfums de Nicolaieither. (Sorry Mals - I know that is one of your favs)

Guerlain L'Heure Bleue - I blame it on the aldehydes.

Chanel #5 - don't mind the Premiere version.  Okay okay..it's probably the aldehydes again!

That's it for now - I don't want to be all gloomy today - time to spritz on something happy, like Lubin Inedite!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

A Tale of Two SAs

photo of our dog, Sephora

The other day, The Moth and I had to go to a mall - something to do with our cell phones.  I wandered into Macy's as I wanted to sniff the 'new' Opium and I said so to the SA.  She said something like only the packaging was new.  Don't want to go into too much detail, other than she demanded to know how I 'knew' that Opium was reformulated, said that no one had told her that and she has been wearing it for 30 years.  It was as if she took it all personally.  Sigh.  Next time I'm just going to say that I know because I work for IFRA.

Afterwards, we went down the road a bit to Trader Joe's - and in that large shopping area... what do they call those now...shopping villages?  Anyway, there is a Sephora there, too.  I left The Moth at the checkout to hike over to Sephora.

Now mind you I was not dressed to be out.  Basically I had on yoga pants tucked into black motorcycle boots, a long-sleeved tee-shirt that I had worn to bed the night before, and a flannel shirt over it.  Of course I was wearing lipstick and 'fume.  But basically, I looked like I just rolled out of bed.  I wonder if my lack of outfit upset the first SA.. ?

The Sephora SA was absolutely delightful!!!  We talked and talked for a half hour or so - she and I have similar tastes so we were oohing and ahhing over scents and sharing information, and she made up some samples for me. The Moth came into the store after he finished purchasing the items we had picked out at Trader Joe's, and we talked some more.  She said that we had made her day - that earlier in the day, someone had come into the store and stolen TEN bottles of perfume and she had felt badly that she didn't catch on until too late.

I purchased a small purse spray of Womanity.  Now whenever I wear it, I'll think of our nice time there.

I need to make up some samples for her soon.  I think I found a new local fumey pal!

Oh, and PS:  The "new" Opium disappeared from my skin in no time at all.  

Oh you pretty things (part two)

Here's some more mini-reviews!

Annick Goutal  Petite Cheri - adorable peachy- pear, perfect for warm weather! I just wish it had more sillage.

Chanel Coromandel - Winter wasn't long enough - I still want to wear heavier fragrances, esp Coromandel which I adore.  Thanks to Suzanne for the beautiful decant.

L'Artisan Tea for Two - Was able to get in on a split over at FFF - glad I did - I now have 5 ml of this discontinued beauty!  I love the way the ginger meshes with the tea note.  Yum!

Love & Toast  Honey Coconut.  From their website they list notes of honey, sugared vanilla, violet and sandalwood.  I had never heard of this company before Olenska sent me this sample.  I see that Margot Elena does both this line and TokyoMilk! (And I love everything I have experienced in TM Dark).    I'm not big on honey in my perfume, but if you are, definitely try this out, and the line.  I need to re-test after re-reading Olenska's post (highlighted above).

Plus the bottles are too too sweet!


Monday, March 5, 2012

Oh you pretty things! (mini reviews)

Isn't the sample holder cool?  Thanks to Dee - I love it!

These are all beautiful scents, extremely well-done, but fortunately none that I have to have in a larger size but my sample (for now!)

Ormande Jayne Ta'if - As I posted on Facebook Fragrance Friends, this plays hide-and-seek with me and that is frustrating.


TokyoMilk Bulletproof.   An amped up version of their Lapsang Su Chong.


Hermes Eau de Pamplemousse Rose.  Definitely a Hermes!  And no cat pee smell!

Pacifica Spanish Amber.   A terrific spicy amber at a great price!


L'Artisan Safran Troublant.  Darn it, I really wanted to love this one - it is a tad bit too foody for me.:

Parfum D'Empire Azemour - Now this one, I might have to have more of.  I have read someone calling this an orange chypre.  Stunning!


I have sooo many more samples to sniff - will probably be doing a Part Deux soon.