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Beauty Notes: Giò lotion by Giorgio Armani


Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, April 24, 2008 10:45 PM (Eastern)

gio perfume by giorgio armani

Stealing a small break here, as I've been cleaning house (we have guests arriving soon).

One of the items I "rediscovered" while dusting was a small bottle of Giò-scented lotion. It's at least thirteen years old, likely more, as it dates back to when I lived in Washington State. It never smelled as good as the Giò perfume (while the shower gel certainly does), yet that doesn't exactly explain why I never used it up.

It's still perfectly preserved; I tried some on...I need lotion, why buy if you own some? It smells terrific too. I'm not terribly fickle about perfumes...I tend to make a particular one my signature, for years, then switch to something else for more years...it's funny how this still smells so good on me. Giò was good to me. Thinking now of chasing the perfume down some time and buying it again.

I went on one of those "artisan perfume binges" a while back, and regret nothing (have my nifty Montales to show for it, along with a bazillion samples), but I've never been one to turn my back on the ordinary department-store perfume. That would be silly.

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April 25, 2008 11:03 AM, Blogger Dain said...

It truly surprises me how few niche perfumes I want to keep for myself.

 
April 25, 2008 2:00 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

Part of it is the cost imo. I rather liked that Tauer L'Air du Desert Marocain, but the thought of paying $90 for a little bottle of something with little staying power...eh...or having to hunt it down and buy it in decant form.

There are quite a few artisan perfumes I'd buy if I could...Jasmin Full, Intense Tiare, the Tauer one, Heure Exquise (maybe), AG Rose Absolue and Eau d'Hadrien, yadda yadda... The mainstream perfumes tend to be more reasonably priced.

 
April 25, 2008 10:24 PM, Blogger Dain said...

I'm starting to be more open about fragrances with very little staying power. I've always been prejudiced in favor of strong, powerful perfumes. In some cases (Chanel Cristalle and Guerlain Après L'Ondée are good examples) ephemerality is an integral part of the charm—if they were stronger, they'd not be the same experience.

I think the only niche scent I find myself craving is Ormonde Woman, though I'm still in the middle of investigating Frederic Malle and find quite a few outright stupendous. Otherwise, the only sure bets at this point are Caron Parfum Sacré, which I snagged for $13, and Guerlain Mitsouko (still). I guess I'm more about the classics. : )

 
April 26, 2008 3:36 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

Uh-uh...if it doesn't last, I won't buy it. To me it's an insult, especially for expensive perfumes. It's on the manufacturer to find a way of making the scent last. I don't use other cosmetic products that have no staying power, from eyeliner to blush to lipstick, either.

 

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