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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]
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: Perfume
Saturday, September 08, 2007

I'm wondering now how many samples you need try before you attain full-bottle nirvana. I know that sounds vapid. It's just that I went through a fair amount of cosmetics experimentation, back in ... [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]
Diptyque Tam Dao
Saturday, August 18, 2007

This is nice. From the Diptyque site: Rosewood, cypress and ambergris, in the heart note the sandalwood from Goa I'm getting mostly sandalwood from this, although it does start out with a small ... [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
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]
Some rambles about fragrance layering
Friday, November 10, 2006

I never saw myself doing this, even though other women have been doing it for years. Generally speaking, I'm lazy. I prefer spray bottles of fragrance to splashes or "dab bottles," being too ... [more]
Etro Heliotrope
Thursday, October 19, 2006

Finally, a scent equally beloved by men and women. Yes, men are...strange. Out of the blue, they will adore a certain scent on you. Typically, this is a scent that you yourself barely noticed, ... [more]
Etro and more on natural hair products
Monday, September 11, 2006

As far as Etro...I've knocked Heliotrope off my "potentially bottle-worthy" list. It's a lovely scent, but too "foody" for me...on me it's a bit floral atop a tremendous base of vanilla. i.e., if ... [more]
Etro Vicolo Fiori and Shaal Nur
Friday, September 08, 2006

Shaal Nur today...I can admit I was expecting this: ...based on the spritz I tried of this at a department store. That is, a late 60's type of scent, very "come up to my pad and burn some ... [more]
Etro Heliotrope and Vicolo Fiori
Thursday, September 07, 2006

Ah...I think I'm finally getting the hang of these samples. The ones have that little plastic doohickey in have to use it about three times in the same spot to replicate the ... [more]
Etro Heliotrope
Wednesday, September 06, 2006

I put some of this on this morning. It's quite interesting...I'm getting a lot of vanilla. A little bit of floral over a lot of vanilla. I was madly tempted to layer this with either Royal ... [more]
Etro Pavillon, Sandalo and the story so far
Wednesday, September 06, 2006 I'm on my fourth Etro scent. So far...Gomma turned a bit sour on me. Hard to put a finger on had this gorgeousness to it, and when it faded out, it returned to gorgeousness. But ... [more]
Etro Royal Pavillon
Monday, September 04, 2006

I've worn this for a couple of days now. I'll have to say it's a bit faint on me. Today I'm going to try dabbing it from the sample rather than dabbling, if that makes any sense. As promised, ... [more]
Etro Gomma and Royal Pavillon
Saturday, September 02, 2006

After considerable thought...I'll say no on the Gomma. Imo it's worth trying. If your body chemistry doesn't bring out that sourish note, it would be a fantastic scent. I can smell the fabulousness ... [more]
Etro Gomma & Lemon Sorbet #3
Friday, September 01, 2006

This is so weird. I was just about to write an official nay for Etro Gomma. Too sour, too strong, too...goth. Sort of an eau de basement. But now it smells good. The sour note wears off after a ... [more]
Etro Gomma & Lemon Sorbet #2
Friday, September 01, 2006

Today I am wearing both of these just to see if yesterday's blend works. don't smell the Lemon Sorbet itself much, but it does seem to knock off that sour, almost dank edge of ... [more]
Etro Gomma & Lemon Sorbet #1, Annick Goutal Eau d'Hadrien
Thursday, August 31, 2006

The Lemon Sorbet faded out after a I had been told it would...still it did not disappear, I can still smell it close to my skin. What's funny now is that my sweater still smells a bit of ... [more]
Etro Gomma & Lemon Sorbet
Thursday, August 31, 2006

I slept on Gomma last night (literally). I've concluded that it smells a bit sour on my skin. A tiny bit bitter, but more sour than bitter, if that makes any sense. I can see what the big deal ... [more]
Etro Gomma eau de cologne
Thursday, August 31, 2006

Okay, I had to try at least one of them tonight. :) This is from the Etro site: "Gomma - rubber - is bitter, spicy, and unquestionably virile." Oops. Head notes: Sicilian citrus fruits, ... [more]
Aedes samples arrived...
Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Today I got my samples. They were nice enough to chip in an extra sample (either that or they made a mistake in my favor). Anyhow I ordered a mess o' Etro samples...because the Etro's I ... [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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