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The Weekend Blogger: Bit o' honey
Friday, July 18, 2008

An Earnest Sewn Co.'s invitation to A NEW HIVE ...An art installation inspired by the worldwide en masse disappearance of honeybees by Derrick R. Cruz of Black Sheep and Prodigal Sons Proceeds ... [more]
Beauty Notes: Perfume Bay to become Beauty Encounter
Monday, February 11, 2008

Not the newest of news, no doubt, but Perfume Bay, the online perfume discounter, lost the suit Ebay filed against them. As of March 1, 2008, Perfume Bay will become Beauty Encounter, at ... [more]
Three ways to stay warm this season.
Saturday, December 22, 2007

It's been a bit of a challenge keeping warm sans the endless will-sucking, mind-sapping, seven-month season we called Summer back home in the South. In the San Francisco Bay Area, unless you have ... [more]
Beauty Notes: the ever-elusive signature scent, part 2
Friday, December 14, 2007

(see Beauty Notes: the ever-elusive signature scent) I haven't smelled Sublime in ages, hence the small representation. I own the perfumes listed in red text, have the ones printed in purple on ... [more]
Beauty Notes: the ever-elusive signature scent
Friday, September 28, 2007

I'm anxiously anticipating my Montale samples. Was tempted to go ahead and request the other Montales I wanted to try, since different places carry different Montales (there are a whole bunch of ... [more]
Annick Goutal Eau du Ciel review
Thursday, September 27, 2007

From the Annick Goutal site: Aerial, Fresh, Soft, Tender, Natural A melody of tender scents: Brazilian rosewood, violet, Florentin iris and lime blossom. A subtle interpretation of innocence, a ... [more]
Beauty Notes: perfumes part 8
Friday, September 21, 2007

Elvis Costello - Peace Love And Understanding (2004) There are several music videos I've had in draft mode, probably since part 7 of my perfume odyssey. There's this, the original video The ... [more]
Beauty Notes: Perfume recap
Tuesday, September 11, 2007

It all started with an Etro sample...about a year ago. I still haven't bought a bottle of perfume. Still contemplating. I had considered buying Annick Goutal's Passion, a beautiful dusky tuberose, ... [more]
Beauty Notes: Annick Goutal Passion vs. Heure Exquise
Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Trying to decide which of the two is more "bottle-worthy." I've decided to pass on Eau d'Hadrien as my first perfume bottle purchase, it's been years. I still have the ends of Armani ... [more]
Annick Goutal Passion
Monday, August 20, 2007

(Not to be confused with Gardénia Passion.) When I first tried this on, I hated it. It went to the "why bother trying it again?" pile o' vials, at least momentarily. Of course I tried it ... [more]
Beauty Notes: perfumes part 6
Sunday, August 19, 2007

(see part 5) I'm now thinking in terms of buying an actual bottle of perfume. I feel, as long I'm using samples, I'm getting...soft. It's easy to like something in its (relatively inexpensive) ... [more]
Beauty Notes: perfumes part 5
Friday, August 10, 2007

(see part 4) A definite "nay" to Annick Goutal Songes. I tried it again a few days ago. This is the eau de parfum form; it has the strength, no doubt about it. A few good dabs were good to go all ... [more]
Beauty Notes: perfumes part 4
Sunday, August 05, 2007

(see part 3) You know, a part of me is wondering if I'm turning into a perfume sample junkie. It's so buy samples, then you have a lot of samples, so it's not as if you don't ... [more]
Beauty Notes: perfumes part 3
Thursday, August 02, 2007

(see part 2) It's funny, Annick Goutal's Passion now smells quite good on me. I'm not sure why I disliked it before. It could have been a case of "confused nose." When I sniffed it initially, ... [more]
Beauty Notes: perfumes part 2
Wednesday, August 01, 2007

(see part 1) Group 3: my Annick Goutal samples: Les Nuits d'Hadrien, Passion, Gardénia Passion, Eau du Ciel, Rose Absolue, Néroli, Heure Exquise, Songes. Les Nuits ... [more]
Beauty Notes: perfumes
Monday, July 30, 2007

Okay... I have narrowed things down a bit in my perfume search. Group 1: my Nordies samples: Annick Goutal Eau d'Hadrien, Ce Soir ou Jamais and Mandragore. Mandragore is out for me. It's not ... [more]
Update on Annick Goutal and Diptyque
Friday, July 20, 2007

I'm trying to be more organized about my recent Annick Goutal and Diptyque sample vials. (For that matter, I'll likely revisit my previous Etro ones as well.) I tend to be lazy. If I get an even ... [more]
Annick Goutal Gardenia Passion
Sunday, July 08, 2007

This is quite the soliflore, or single flower, scent. It's pure gardenia. Hence, how you feel about this perfume will hinge directly on how you feel about gardenias. Are you crazy about gardenias? ... [more]
Annick Goutal Neroli
Sunday, July 08, 2007

This is my second favorite of my Annick Goutal samples, perhaps as much from a sentimental attachment to orange blossoms, as from the composition itself. Neroli is fresh, flowery, sweet (not ... [more]
Annick Goutal Heure Exquise
Sunday, July 08, 2007

I've recently acquired some vials of Diptyque eau de toilettes, so I think it's time to sum up my Annick Goutal perfumes before journeying onward to Diptyque. My favorite of my samples ... [more]
Update on Annick Goutal
Friday, July 06, 2007

So far...I have decided Heure Exquise is the best of the lot. Like Etro Heliotrope, it is one of those perfect "base compositions." (I should explain, I like layering perfumes these days.) It goes ... [more]
Update on Annick Goutal
Wednesday, July 04, 2007

AND Okay...we have a winner: Neroli, layered with Heure Exquise. (Speaking of my samples.) This pair creates my coveted "wall of yum," or long-lasting veil of yummy scent. Heure Exquise on its ... [more]
Annick Goutal Les Nuits d'Hadrien
Friday, June 29, 2007

I tried this out again today. On me, it's a bit gorgeous, but surprisingly faint, compared to the original Eau d'Hadrien. Perhaps it's unfair to compare the two, but it was the spareness and ... [more]
Updates on Annick Goutal samples
Wednesday, June 27, 2007

I've been slowly wending my way through my samples of Annick Goutal. Thus far, oddly enough, since I don't think of myself as attracted to "powdery" scents, it is Heure Exquise which ... [more]
Day 2 of Annick Goutal Neroli and Songes
Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Today I'm layering these two scents. By this I don't mean I apply one over the other, but rather I apply one higher up on my body and the other one lower down. The rationale is that some perfumes ... [more]
Premature reviews for Annick Goutal Songes and Neroli
Monday, June 18, 2007

I tried these out today, from my samples. Songes was surprisingly strong, heady, good sillage...I suppose it was a bit less complex than I'd expected. (Mind you this is a first impression.) A ... [more] samples arrive...
Monday, June 18, 2007

Mmmmm. I haven't tried any yet. The package smells heavenly, like Harper Lee's description of "the ladies" in To Kill a Mockingbird (funny how cosmetically-inclined people remember stuff like ... [more] seven samples for $15 rides again
Thursday, June 14, 2007

I'm at the end of Armani Code--which is a terrific scent btw--but I'd like to replace it with something different. There are a few scents on my short list: Annick Goutal Ce Soir Ou Jamais and Eau ... [more]
Closing in...
Thursday, August 10, 2006

I've been having the odd thought of trying a new perfume or two. It's not an emergency...I have two-thirds of a bottle of Armani Code at the ready, plus the odds and ends of Givenchy Organza and GF ... [more]

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