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!