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Perfume coupon code
posted by Colleen Shirazi 2010-01-28 at 7:45 PM (Pacific)

For Parfums Raffy:

To celebrate Valentine's Day, today January 26th through February 5th, 2010 receive 10% off your entire purchase placed online. This special is valid for new orders only and is not applicable to past orders.

To activate your discount please enter the following code when checking out:



They have niche as well as mainstream brands, and their own line of perfumes.

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Pacifica Tahitian Gardenia soap, continued
posted by Colleen Shirazi 2009-12-30 at 8:02 PM (Pacific)

Bryan Ferry - "Will You Love Me Tomorrow"

You must be tired. You've been running through my mind all day. Actually this is not the song that's been running through my mind--that would be "Taxi," from the same Bryan Ferry record. But I like this cover as well.

It's occurred to me Pacifica's Tahitian Gardenia soap smells quite similar to a perfume I've thought about, on and off, for a couple of years: Diptyque's Do Son.

Google Street View of the Diptyque shop on Maiden Lane

Tahitian Gardenia is not as complex as Do Son--you wouldn't expect it to be, soap not being perfume--but this is one type of scent to which I return, time and again.

Do Son was almost freakishly realistic--along with the Tahitian Gardenia slew of white flowers and a fresh green note out of nowhere, it featured a slight bitter edge (as actual flowers possess) and what I swear smelled like running water and a smidge of sunlight. The deal-breaker--like the other Diptyque eau de toilettes I sampled back then (2007, the same time I took a screenshot of the shop), it had no staying power. You'd be like some kind of a nut, spraying it every half hour or so.

So the question--and it's a beauty blog question--would be, how does Pacifica's perfume version of Tahitian Gardenia compare to Diptyque's Do Son? I'll have to look more closely next time I visit Whole Foods; maybe they have Pacifica scents out?

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posted by Colleen Shirazi 2009-12-21 at 4:32 PM (Pacific)

Was digging through some old directories...it's good to do that, once in a while.

various perfumes
Various perfumes, Q1 2008

I still have these, though I'm no longer as nuts about the AG Passion. Good thing it was a small bottle.

pink day
"Pink Day," Q4 2003

lol! That was from the old Lipstick Page. We were to wear pink make-up on that day (I forget the occasion), so that's what I did. My hair was wet in the image...I still have the red cardigan sweater. It's easily twenty years old, and probably more stitches than wool at this point, but I can't find anything that shade of red.

a new hive honeybee project
"A New Hive," Q3 2008

This was from a "save the honeybees" project called A New Hive.


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Troika 4
posted by Colleen Shirazi 2009-07-08 at 8:24 PM (Pacific)

Miss Dior Cherie commercial by Sofia Coppola

This is a bit fluffy, even by my standards...okay, I live for this stuff. It's just cute: the kid on a bike, the nice sunny day, rows of sweets in a shop, Brigitte Bardot singing... I challenge you to watch this without smiling.

vanity fair body superior support contour bra

This is a decent bra, actually. Of the mainstream brands I tried recently, Vanity Fair was best, and Body Superior Support Contour the nicest of the make. (Olga and Bali had beautiful bras, but with an annoying boob-smushing tendency.)

victoria's secret dream angels demi bra

I knew it. There are two Dream Angels demi bras: the sale version (crap) and these. Note the narrow strip of velvety material sewn to the straps. Still not worth $48 imo, but the grey and soft plum models (neither of which made it into the pic) are killer.

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Perfume: Post of the day
posted by Colleen Shirazi 2008-11-10 at 7:51 PM (Pacific)

montale boise vanille

Why Some Women Like to Wear Mens Fragrances

Aha! That's really quite accurate.

The concession perfumers made was to create "unisex" perfumes, but that's a rather cowardly way of saying the same thing. :)


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aedes.com: Six Scents
posted by Colleen Shirazi 2008-11-04 at 12:01 AM (Pacific)

six scents at aedes.com

Aedes De Venustas

Thought this was kind of cool. :)

Aedes de Venustas presents Six Scents:

The Six Scents Fragrance Initiative is an ongoing collaboration between Symrise, Metaproject and Seven New York. Annually, a distinct group of six prominent artists and perfumers are selected to develop a limited edition series of fragrances to help raise money for a deserving charity. The collection represents a global gamut of contemporary views on creativity, culture, consciousness and collectivity.

Curated by Joseph Quartana (Seven New York), Six Scents: Series One, features fragrances created by six renowned perfumers working with six celebrated designers. Individually numbered with custom packaging, each designer fragrance will be offered in a limited quantity of 2,000 units. A percent of the net proceeds will go towards awareness and funding for the Designers Against AIDS (DAA) International AIDS Awareness Education Center in Antwerp, Belgium scheduled to open in December 2008.

The Six Scents fragrance collection is available early-mid November 08. Receive complimentary ground shipping with your pre-order by using code "Six-Scents" in the comment box when checking out (we will deduct the shipping charge when processing your order).


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More on Patou's Ma Collection
posted by Colleen Shirazi 2008-09-25 at 12:15 PM (Pacific)

patou colony perfumepatou caline perfumepatou cocktail perfume

Check it out! Perfume Shrine: Ma Collection

images courtesy Frances Ann Ade from basenotes.net


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Jean Patou Wiki-ness
posted by Colleen Shirazi 2008-09-24 at 12:01 AM (Pacific)

jean patou sublime

From the Jean Patou wiki. (I've taken the liberty of breaking the paragraph into smaller ones.)

... The best known of Patou's perfumes is "Joy," a heavy floral scent, based on the most precious rose and jasmine, that remained the costliest perfume in the world, until the House of Patou introduced "1000" (a heavy, earthy floral perfume, based on a rare osmanthus) in the late 1970s.

Before Joy, the House of Patou released many other perfumes, many which were to celebrate particular events. For example, Normandie (an oriental forerunner to perfumes such as Yves Saint Laurent's Opium) celebrated the French ocean liner of the same name, and Vacances (a mixture of green and lilac notes) celebrated the first French paid national holidays.

Other Patou perfumes of the same time were Amour Amour (the forerunner of Joy, using the same rose notes, but without the jasmine), Adieu Sagesse, Que Sais Je (these three were released at the same time; Patou's idea was that the light floral Que Sais Je was suitable for blondes; the tart, spicy Adieu Sagesse for redheads, and the heavy floral Amour Amour for brunettes), L'Heure Attendue (a wonderful, unique oriental perfume), Divine Folie (a floral vanilla), Caline (a wonderful chypre perfume, similar to the much later Diorling by Christian Dior), Moment Supreme (a perfume based on lavender), Colony (which had a strong pineapple note), Chaldee (Patou's Huile de Chaldee sun oil had become so popular, many customers were buying it purely for its smell, therefore, Chaldee the perfume (a dry musk) was produced), Le Sien (one of the first perfumes for men and women), and Cocktail (literally a floral cocktail).

All these, with the exception of Le Sien, were re-released during the 1980s (under the name Ma Collection), and were available until recently, all in a 50ml Eau de Toilette Spray, 75ml Eau de Toilette bottle, and 30ml pure perfume bottle, each with a unique art deco box. A Jean Patou silk scarf, printed in the same pattern as the box was included with the pure perfume.

Joy remains the world's second best-selling scent (the first is Chanel No. 5), Joy was created by Henri Alméras for Patou at the height of the Great Depression (1935) for Patou's former clients who could no longer afford his haute couture clothes.

Well dang...I don't remember any of this happening in the 1980's. What a fantasy! Loads o' Patou perfumes, boxed with silk scarves yet.

I've smelled only Sublime and Joy, of this group (where the heck was I in the 1980's? still can't fathom this). They're both...warm, friendly scents. Along with the trendier Montale, I can say--based on two scents alone--that I like Patou the perfume house. There's something personal about the creations, in the manner good software is personal, or good shoes.

image courtesy www.passionforperfume.com


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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Annick Goutal's Rose Absolue
posted by Colleen Shirazi 2008-09-22 at 12:01 AM (Pacific)

annick goutal rose absolue

In October, Annick Goutal perfumery honors Annick Goutal who passed away from breast cancer with Rose Absolue perfume. Pure, elegant, unassuming and feminine; Rose Absolue is the absolute essence of a rose. A single-flower fragrance that brings together the rarest roses from East and West; the Bulgarian, Turkish, Damask, May, Egyptian and Moroccan rose. During the month of October, Annick Goutal will donate 30% of Rose Absolue sales to Breast Cancer research.

Price: $140 for 1.7oz Eau de Parfum Spray, Available at Saks

It's not yet October, but I thought I'd go ahead and post this, since it is almost there. And I've tried Rose Absolue. It's pure rose, which isn't my thing, personally, no matter how sumptuous the rose (I turned down Montale's Roses Petals too, and hesitate to buy Patou's Joy over his Sublime). For rose lovers, however, this will be something to investigate.

On a side note, is it wrong to use breast cancer research contributions as a marketing device? Actually I think it's a stroke of genius. People shop; it's something they do anyway. Research centers partnering with private sector businesses, is perhaps the most intelligent way to bring the money where it's needed. It's a chick thing. :)


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Perfume split/decant wiki
posted by Colleen Shirazi 2008-09-13 at 12:01 AM (Pacific)

diptyque do son

Scent Splits

Apparently this is a project amongst some posters from MakeupAlley.com. I'm not affiliated with either site, but it looks to be a way to buy samples or bottles of some of the more obscure perfumes (as well as mainstream fragrances).

image courtesy aedes.com

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What I've been into, lately
posted by Colleen Shirazi 2008-09-07 at 12:01 AM (Pacific)

montale perfumes
Montale eau de parfums

These are still going strong; plenty in the bottles, still smelling divine. I got them October of last year. Knock wood; they've been keeping well.

What I really like is having two of them. I don't wear them exactly the same way, any given consecutive days.

The residual question is how well they'll keep beyond the first year. I've read elsewhere the Montale Aoud line lasts for years, while the (less expensive) regular line doesn't. I'll post back here, ah, a year from now.

salux beauty skin cloth
Salux Beauty Skin cloth

I picked this up on a whim, almost five months ago, at our local Japanese dollar shop. It seems to have lost just a touch of its scratchiness, but I'm planning to soldier on with it, at least until I detect ingrown hairs on legs or keratosis pilaris on arms (this product excels at prevention of both).

clothing collage

Okay...STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT!!!!! Here is a collage of screenshots from a certain well-known clothing company, whose demographic, apparently, is me.

Everything, from its affable, tea-drinking models, to its weird pricing...they've got decent, yet ordinary shirts for $70, and outstanding chunky cotton sweaters for exactly the same price? to its sheer breadth of design...conservative suits dwell alongside funky-looking prints...to the comfy chairs in the b & m stores for patient daughters and newspaper-reading husbands to sit on, so the wives can go ballistic amongst the neatly-laid-out aisles...everything screams, "This store is just for you!"

Ugh! it's the cheapskate's dilemma. Spend money or... shudders Yet, it's a decent shop. I selected some of their more commercial-looking pictures, because the clothes in real life bear scant resemblance to their online images. Something totally fug on the Net turns out to be...gowns for angels. Something looks great online, is next to a shmatte in actuality. You really have to be there.

I tried on the two sweaters...the ivory-colored one has an interesting sheerness unusual in a sweater. I passed, but barely. It struck me as a skosh too delicate for my needs. The red sweater looks horrible online, as if a madman had assembled it; yet, once I tried it on, I knew I had to have it.

As far as customer service...meh. They don't have the nifty points system other merchants do, and they're parsimonious with coupon codes. I did try their online concierge, and she recommended I sign up for email updates, so I did. Let's see if these guys cut their customers a break once in a while.

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Perfumes of the stars, and rambles
posted by Colleen Shirazi 2008-08-28 at 9:08 PM (Pacific)

jean patou sublime

Here's a site dedicated to the "perfumes of the stars": Celebrity Fragrance Guide: A Guide to Smelling Famous.

It's occurred to me, one of the most useful items in my wardrobe is...a camisole. Camisoles are seldom lauded as fashion essentials, the way shoes and jackets are, yet a good camisole can make an outfit work; a bad camisole, or no camisole at all, can ruin the entire outfit, just like that.

I own some stretchy ones...the trick is to find ones of sufficiently thick fabric. I don't mean you have to dress like a nun, but the thin see-through stuff defeats the purpose of wearing a camisole. I have a lace one too, of a nice light rayon material.

Yet I sense a "wardrobe hole." I'd like to own at least one more camisole; two would be nice. It's not something I'd drop everything to shop for (seeing as I already own several), but if I happen upon a good one whilst shopping, I'm sure to buy it.

I've never thrown away this sort of thing, until it's totally worn out.

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