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?

Sunday, November 17, 2013

so here's what I wore, and what I found

I started a part-time seasonal job at a fabric/sewing/craft store this week, in the framing department; I'm grateful for work, but still looking for full-time work somewhere.

Now that I actually have to wear clothes that aren't for the garden, I guess it's time to don some scent, too.

Oh, I have to wear a type of uniform.  Now I'm all about uniforms - really I am.   Once I find something I like, I usually purchase a few of that item.  But the fact that I have to wear a WHITE shirt horrifies me!

Monday:  Womanity by Mugler.  It was quite perfect for the first day of work, as I think of this as kind of  tame, but with a little hidden kick-ass!

Tuesday:  Coco by Chanel.

Wednesday:  My beloved Les Nereides Opoponax.   It was a very chilly day, and I needed its warmth.

Thursday:  de Rosine's  Rose Kashmirie.

I stopped by the TJ Maxx store after work on Thursday, and picked up some bath stuff (thanks Vanessa for the suggestion)!  Apotheke: M's Blackcurrant Fig replenishing bath and shower oil, and A La Maison de Provence Lavender Aloe Bath and Shower.  Both have really good ingredients and a wonderful scent. And I didn't realise that Apotheke: M is a Margo Elena brand.  I do love some of her TokyoMilk stuff!


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

popping in to say "I'm still here!"

A lot of things going on in my life these days.  Most of it has to do with me scrambling to find employment.

And perfume - how does that fit in my life?  Well honestly, not much.  I did wear Lalique Flora Bella and Hermes Eau des Merveilles for two interviews I have had.

Also, two people recently asked me questions regarding perfume - one to ask "what did they do to Opium!?!?!" and another messaged my husband through Facebook to ask me about magazine fragrance inserts.

It looks like things won't calm down for a bit.  What I need are recommendations on an inexpensive bubble bath product.  Baths calm me down, and the cheap stuff purchased at drug stores usually smells awful.

Any suggestions?

Thursday, September 26, 2013

what I have been smelling these days

Not a perfume, not the beautiful plants at the nursery where I work, and not garden produce.....

Last year was the first year we had them in our home.  There were a few, here and there.  

But this year!?


They don't bite, as of my last research, they don't spread disease.  But when you scare or crush them, they stink. It is actually not a bad stink, but an annoying one. Fortunately, the Moth cannot smell them, but he is obsessed with killing them.  

You know what is also a bad smell?  The underside of the liquid soap dispenser.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

surprise scent day

A friend recently posted on Facebook that her husband brought her Le Labo Oud 27 after a trip to Los Angeles.  Since I have never tried that one, she posted "Come by and I'll spray some on you" so thinking that she was home, I did that (and brought some eggplant for her and her family as we have too much to use ourselves).

She wasn't home (she must have been at work posting) but her husband was, so I got to try Oud 27.  We talked about fragrance, and I tried some of the samples that he was given with that purchase, but truth be told the only one I remember is Byredo Pulp, which was so very interesting to me, and nearly went to sickening-sweet-and-cloying, but drew back just in the nick of time.  I need to try this one again.

I enjoyed Oud 27 but I'll try it again so I can sit with it for more than a couple of hours.

In the meantime, I find myself often wearing Le Labo Rose 31.  This is such a lovely fragrance, and I have talked about it here before - a spicy rose, but not overpowering.  It's comfortable and comforting.  A wonderful rose for the end of summer.

The last roses of the season

Monday, August 19, 2013

scent in literature

"I knew this one guy, massive 'rhoidasaurus, he'd been a professional wrestler before war.  We were walking up the freeway near Pulaski, New York, when the wind picked up the scent of a jackknifed big rig.  It'd been loaded with bottles of perfume, nothing fancy, just cheap, strip mall scent.  He froze and started bawlin' like a kid.  Couldn't stop.  He was a monster with a two grand body count, an ogre who'd once picked up a G(houl) and used it as a club for hand-to-hand combat. Four of us had to carry him out on a stretcher. We figured the perfume must have reminded him of someone.  We never found out who."             
                                                                             (from World War Z by Max Brooks)

Has anyone else read this book?  I really liked it - and had to read it before I see the movie.  Because if I don't read a book before I see the movie, chances are I won't read the book. 

I'm finally wearing perfume more than one day a week!  Yeehaw!   I have been testing a few things, and I continue to wear Le Labo Labdanum 18 and Les Nereides Patchouli Antique a lot lately.  I went to a dinner party the other night and put on some Ineke After My Own Heart, which was quite nice as most of our time was spent in our friends' beautiful garden. Even though lilacs are no longer in bloom, it kind of felt right.

Summer is winding down, and I have been doing a bit of canning - mostly pickles and jams.  The weather has been cool for August, which is so very nice, and one of the reasons I'm wearing perfume more often.

(a bowl of snapdragon blossoms, which has nothing to do with this post other than I like the photo!)

Thursday, July 25, 2013

what is the scent of Denmark?

My husband aka The Moth, will be performing in Denmark at the Sejero Festival.

What is the smell of Copenhagen in late July?  What will be the smell of my husband in Denmark?  The scent of the island, of the people there?


Sunday, June 9, 2013

scent in literature

"....His hair was deeply oiled, and comb tracks went all the way from his temples to the back of his thin black neck, and he reeked of green perfume..."

From Evan S. Connell's short story "The Fisherman from Chihuahua"  (1955)

I haven't been wearing anything new recently, although I still have so many samples to try.  Some of the scents that have been in rotation lately -  Le Labo Labdanum 18, Creed Fleurs de Bulgarie, Agent Provocateur L'Agent (this one has been growing on me), Les Nereides Patchouli Antique, and Annick Goutal Petite Cherie.   

In light of the above quote, I should reek of something green today.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

a quick post - tomato seedlings and hair

Oh I am so busy - so please excuse the very sporadic and odd posts!

You know what perfume smells good when you're spending hours re-potting tomato seedlings?  Hermes Un Jardin Apres La Mousson.  Really good.  Really really good.  This may be my to-go perfume for the warmer days in the garden nursery (Chanel 31 Rue Cambon was perfect during the colder days).

Now onto hair:

My hair is the longest it has been in over 20 years, so I'm trying to find ways to tame it and keep it in place, especially when I'm, umm, re-potting tomatoes.

Been knitting up a bunch of cotton headbands - check out my other blog for a photo of a couple of them.  They help with the wispy grey strands surrounding my face.  I wear my hair in bun, or two buns at the nape of my neck, or sometimes a ponytail.  Sometimes braids.

When doing the bun thing, I realize that I do not like regular hairpins.  They don't work in my hair. I can put four hundred in, and my hair falls out within an hour.

And then, and THEN, I found these lovely pins! Good Hair Days Magic-Grip Hairpins. I'm in heaven.  I bought them at a local Sally's - and from what I have found, they do have the best price, too. I cup-squeeze (cup my hand around the bun thing and squeeze so that the pins are tight) a couple of times during the day but other than that, my hair will stay pretty darned bun-y throughout the entire workday!

I normally don't talk about beauty or hair products, but these are so terrific I had to talk about them.

(photo very blurry - it's difficult taking a photo of oneself from the side/back!)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

scents of last week, and The Perfume Collector

Monday: Attended a City Council meeting as they were deciding on the community garden contract - wore The Different Company Bois d'Iris.

Tuesday:  I'm attempting to sit with (vintage) Avon Occur! which I received from the most wonderful Brian at I Smell Therefore I Am.  When I first tried this, I was overwhelmed by the fragrance. My initial impression was of women at Sunday Mass during my childhood (the 1960s), especially the wealthier few who wore the fox fur stoles - with their heads still attached. I was mesmerized by those foxes - they intrigued, horrified and disgusted me - those eyes! those eyes!

I need more time with this one. My nose and brain are all over the place.

Wednesday:  The good people at Harper Collins sent me a copy of Kathleen Tessaro's The Perfume Collector, and I finished reading it earlier this week.  I recommend this book to people who like 'chick lit' and/or perfume.  The author does a wonderful job of describing scent and perfume.  The story is an interesting one, and the best part of the book in my opinion is how she brings to life the mysterious Madame Zed.  Of course this book made me want to try vintage Lanvin My Sin.

Thursday:  Getting ready to go to work at the garden nursery, I put on some Chanel No. 5.  Boy, was that a mistake.  I immediately got grumpy (the cold rainy weather probably didn't help much).  So I scrubbed it, and put on Le Labo Labdanum 18 instead.

Friday:  Another nursery day, still cool, so I warmed up with a light spritz of Les Nereides Patchouli Antique.  I have to say that this is my current patch favorite, and it could be my all time patchouli favorite.

Saturday:  Work, then a Farmers Market meeting, then a St. Patty's Day party - hahaa, yeah friends were going to hold this party ON St. Patty's Day, but the flu made them cancel it.   Serge Lutens Sa Majeste La Rose.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

perfume on television and in the dirt

So, what did you all think about the perfume episode on "Mr. Selfridge"?

I had to pull out my sample of 4711 (I know, I only have a sample - sounds kind of silly - a "sample" of 4711.  I have been meaning to purchase a bottle, but haven't yet) during the scene featuring the counter display, and sprayed some on the Moth and myself to get into the mood of the show.

As the house perfume featured in this episode was a lily-in-the-valley fiction, here are links from Bois de Jasmin and Perfume Shrine for more information about this note in real perfume.

In other news, I wore Chanel 31 Rue Cambon this week while gardening (yes, the weather has been nice lately - actually too nice as I'm not thrilled with 80 degree days in April but after the long winter, I'll take whatever warmth Mother Nature dishes up) and I was stunned by how wearable it is.  I have a preconceived notion that all Chanel are in general just too fancy for every day wear.    Bergamot, black pepper, patchouli, iris,  labdanum.  I swear I get a hint of a dirty rose in this.  Is 31 Rue Cambon becoming my go-to gardening perfume (as you may remember, I wore this when I went to an apple orchard back in October)?

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Spring scents

Oh how I have been enjoying Miller Harris La Pluie, Diptyque L'Ombre dans L'Eau, Cartier L'Heure Vertueuse (and even though this does smell like old school Herbal Essence shampoo), it's all about rain and green green green since it's still freezing and snowing here. And,  CB I Hate Perfume Black March - perfect!

Cicely Mary Barker

I have been consumed with two other things lately; the first being the agricultural co-op that I helped co-found at the beginning of this year, along with three others.  Currently we have seven projects we're involved with (or should it be 'in which we are involved?"   Anyway...)  Growing food, on various parcels of land, for sale and donation to local food banks, farmers market stand, community garden, kitchen incubator, mobile market, and a few other things.  Plus let's not forget my own home garden - I have a few flats of seeds started - cross your fingers as I'm usually pretty awful at getting seeds growing indoors.  And I landed two part-time jobs - one as co-manager of our local Farmers Market, and the other working at a garden nursery.

These projects and jobs are going to take a lot of my time and energy (and I'm sooo excited and happy about them!), but I hope that I will still have the opportunity to talk about perfume, but just a warning that my posts may be even more few and far between than normal.

I'm also obsessed with the novels of Jo Nesbo.  Seriously obsessed with a capital O.  I have read five of his novels in less than a month, and they average about 500 pages each.

Yep, that's what I'm doing!  Now, how about you?

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Toronto "Nosey Bunch" Fragrance meet-up #8 (public service announcement)

Hello everyone - a public service announcement from Daniel and the Toronto "Nosey Bunch" and Scent Society.


Well it's that time of year again! As has now become a tradition, the “Nosey Bunch” of Toronto are having a gathering and snifferoo, and of course you're invited!

Come join us at the prestigious Guerlain boutique here in Yorkville for an exclusive event - you will be greeted with familiar and new faces alike, white gloves and champagne, and of course, a selection of fragrances that showcase Guerlain's undeniable contribution to everything we know and love about perfume to this day.

If possible, please RSVP by either calling the boutique (details below), emailing me back, or lastly by posting a note in one of the forum threads (links below). Feel free to spread the word to those who might be interested…

Thanks, and I look forward to seeing you there!

Date: SUNDAY March 10th, 2013
Location: Guerlain Boutique, 110 Bloor Street West, (416) 929 6114. Valerie is the friendly store manager.
Time: 5-7pm, and feel free to come and go as you please.
To Bring: Yourself and significant others or friends/family that have an interest in fragrance and skin care, any industry books or magazines, etc.

And for those of you who didn’t catch the links last time, here are some pictures of the last meetup:

Links to the various forum posts in case you want to RSVP or join:

Saturday, March 2, 2013

"what are you wearing?"

I think that the Oscars need a perfume correspondent.  Not that I watched the show this year.  But I would watch it (or any award-type show) if someone was asking the celebs "what perfume are you wearing?"

So this is what I wore this week:

Monday:  Mojo Magique.

Tuesday:  Von Eusersdorff Classic Myrrh.  I have a decant of this and I haven't posted anything about it yet.  I'll wear it again, perhaps this weekend, and maybe then I'll have something substantial to say about it.  In the meantime, here's a great review by Victoria at EauMG.

Wednesday:  I decided to re-test Neela Vermeire's creations, as I wasn't as blown away by them as so many other bloggers seems to be.  Conclusion:  I'm still not blown away by them.

Thursday:  Miller Harris Fleur Oriental

Friday:  Annick Goutal Mandragore.  I was looking through my collection of full bottles, and pulled this one out - I used to wear it a lot a couple of years ago as evidenced by half the bottle being used up, and I still do love it.  What a delight to re-visit this again.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Mojo Magique

The lovely people at Mojo Magique (from Louisiana) sent me a sample of their perfume and I have been wearing it for the past few days.  I have to say I was completely surprised by this, as I was expecting a dark and heavy perfume (because I didn't research the fragrance at all before I received it in the mail, and thinking about the words 'mojo' and 'magic' and 'Louisiana').

"Enchanted with magical notes of Nature, Magique awakens with fresh citrus, 
floats on flowers of Jasmine and Lily of the Valley, then arrives in the mysterious woods
 of patchouli, cedar, and sandalwood"

Top:  Lemon, Grapefruit, Mandarin
Heart:  Muguet, Fig, Jasmine, Lavender
Base:  Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Pepper, Anise, Cinnamon.

At first spritz, I get 4711.  And then the deeper notes dip in and out.  This fragrance is very fresh and pretty. No cloying jasmine or lily of the valley; the notes play very well together.  Lasting power is good, too.

I really like it, even though like I said I had expected something much bolder, louder, and sweatier (which as you all know, is more my style).  Although I'm wearing it now, in the dead of winter, I can see myself reaching for this a lot in the heat of the summer.

So, if you're a fan of 4711 and want a perfume with a little more depth and personality, definitely try this one.  I am glad I did.   You can get a free sample from their website here (you only pay shipping).  Now only if they would offer this in 50 ml bottles.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Negative Reviews

Let's talk about negative reviews, and if you think negative reviews are helpful.

In my opinion, a negative review can be a blogger stating that a perfume simply doesn't work for them, is boring, is another repeat performance by a house,  is not understandable, or a perfume simply not up-to-standards.

The majority of perfumes that I absolutely adore are ones that transport me.   Ones that bring me to places I have been, or never been, or have dreamed about.  That make me cry or smile or blush.  Memories of my grandmother.  An afternoon from my childhood.  A sticky rainy day in a second-hand shop in Paris in the 60s.*

So if a perfume doesn't move me, I usually don't like it. I don't have a good nose (meaning I have difficulty picking out notes, knowing if something is synthetic or not, etc.) - there are other bloggers out there that have the ability to discern much better.  But perfume for me is mostly about emotion.  (There are perfumes I have on hand that I like a lot - that don't transport me - but that I have on hand for days when I don't want to be moved...sometimes I need to be still.)

Reasons why I like negative reviews?  Well mostly it's a money and time issue.  I follow other perfume bloggers closely that I have similar reactions to with regard to perfume.    If a blogger, who I have been following, who I like what they like a lot of the time, writes a negative review, I will probably not worry about exploring that fragrance.  Again, I have little time and money to spend on things that I may not and probably won't enjoy, be moved by, or understand.

And admittedly, it is easier to be negative about big houses than smaller independent type perfumers.  Like it is easier to post something a bit nasty on Facebook about, say, a chain store than to say something snarky about your local artisan baker, esp if that artisan baker is your pal.

Sometimes negative reviews are pretty darned witty.

I would love to hear what you have to say on this subject.

*Serge Lutens Sa Majeste la Rose, L'Artisan La Chasse aux Papillons, Miller Harris L'Air de Rien
Painting by Mark Rothko

Friday, February 1, 2013

Two from Les Nereides, one L'Artisan, one Jacomo

As you may well know, I'm ga-ga over Les Nereides' Opoponax and Patchouli Antique.  I'm also super happy that this line is affordable which probably helps me love them more.

So I had to try their other two offerings on LuckyScent - Douceur de Vanille and Oriental Lumpur.

Douceur de Vanille.  This one is so goofy, that I have to love it. Vanilla, almond, and star aniseed (with some rose and a light dash of cocoa)   Soft plastic baby doll with vanilla infused baby powder smelling quirkiness.  I adore it.

Oriental Lumpur is a toned down, more earthy, and accessible version of the Diptyque L'Autre.   Notes of saffron, curry, nutmeg, sandalwood, vanilla and patchouli.  Four for four for me with Les Nereides!

Unfortunately, after the first smile I get from the orange in L'Artisan Seville a L'Aube, I then stand back and watch as the lavender and honeyed beeswax dance the tango.  Fascinating.  But not to my taste.  Not the tango (I like watching the tango), the perfume.  (is the tango Spanish, Cuban, Argentinian?)

Jacomo 08.  My first time trying a Jacomo.   I have been wearing this the past couple of days and I keep thinking "what does this remind me of?"  Finally, after perusing some reviews, I brought out my L'Artisan Tea for Two decant.  Yes, that's it!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

and the winner of the 3rd anniversary giveaway is...


Please contact me for your prizes, and thanks to everyone who left a wonderful post for my 3rd anniversary!

Charlemagne says hello

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

oh for pete's sake, I missed my blog anniversary (again)

January 15th marked Bloody Frida's third anniversary!

How about a give-away, huh?  U.S.A. only (sorry to my international readers as I cannot mail perfume out of country.)

Just post something about your day below. Anything!  Perfume-related or not.

Now remember, although I don't make you do a 'captcha' thingamajig, I do moderate the replies so it may take awhile for your post to show up.

You have until Friday, January 25th at 5:00 p.m. to reply to win!

I'll use that automatic number generator to choose the lucky winner.

Oh, what will you win?

Well you can choose THREE perfumes from my full bottle or large decant collection (see pages on the right side of the main page).  Depending on much I have on hand to share, your samples can be anywhere from 1 ml to 2.5 mls.

How's that sound?

Photo of Frida Kahlo by Manuel Alvarez Bravo

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Ramon Monegal and Penny Lane Perfumes

What a delightful give-away Penny Lane Perfumes had in the autumn!  All one needed to do is post on their Facebook page which Ramon Monegal samples you wanted, and voila, they arrived at your door!  How cool is that?  They were so sweet they sent me more than I asked for.

So here are my impressions of the samples I received:

Umbra:  With vetiver and tree moss, this for me is definitely a fresh masculine.  Check out The Scented Hound's review here.

Cherry Musk:  Musks and cherry and tree moss equals delicious and not too frilly girly at all. Gaia sums up exactly what I think of it.

Dry Wood:   I get lots of cedar, but instead of being put off, I'm intrigued.  Not sure this is something that I would wear often as it lean masculine (though it reminds me of Grey Flannel in the way that I believe more women should wear Grey Flannel and I think more women should also try this one), but I do think it's quite nice. On second thought, just buy Grey Flannel.  Here's a link to Parfumistan's thoughts.

Lovely Day: Don't be put off by the name -  this one is tugging at me. Jasmine, rose, licorice, iris, cedar, black currant.  A feminine fragrance that breaks my heart as it's not silly but just darned gorgeous with a bit of oomph.  EDIT:  I think this is a pretty, weird fragrance.  Pretty with a weird twist.  Ahhhhh.  Birgit has another take on it 

Cuirelle:  Not much to say about this one other then 'meh' - but Carrie loves it.

Mon Patchouly:  I love my patchouli deep and dark. And pretty much straight up. I actually get more booze and florals than patchouli in this.  Maybe my nose is broke.  You may want to read what Elena wrote about this one.

That was fun!  And although I did like a few of these, none are going on my 'to buy' list because frankly they're way too pricey, though I might try to find a 5 or 10 ml decant of Lovely Day.

Maybe now I'll sample more and post more - I have been so busy with home and community projects I have put perfume and blogging on the back burner.  Oops!  Oh and I'm not really happy with the way my blog is looking - I'm going to have to make more changes to it.

Monday, January 7, 2013

2013 already!?

Wow, where does the time go?  Happy New Year!

Oh by the way I didn't mean to change the look of this blog - I was playing around with the design over the holidays, and clicked something, and there you go!  I didn't save my old template, so it's lost forever.  I'll probably be messing around with colors and design elements here and there, so don't be alarmed.

Let's talk perfume?

Cartier L'Heure Vertueuse.  Oh how I wanted to be transported to the time of stillrooms, and Hildegard von Bingen.  Well I was transported - to the 1970s - washing my hair with Clairol's Herbal Essence shampoo. And for smelling like shampoo, (even though the 'vintage' Herbal Essence was one of THE best smelling, coolest, amazing shampoos of all time), this perfume is way way too expensive.  Here are some links you may like to explore.  Perfume Shrine.  Grain de Musc.

Hilde Soliani Cristina.  I admit it - I'm a patch whore.  With notes of patchouli, labdanum and vanilla, this goes on sweet, and ends up dry and a bit dusty.  I do wish that the vanilla lasted a bit longer. I do wish the scent lasted longer.  A pricey not too overwhelming patchouli that fades quickly.  Darn it.

There must be something in my un-sniffed stash which knocks my socks off - wish me luck while I go treasure hunting!