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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]
Just Notes: This, that and the other
Saturday, May 10, 2008

Cydwoq's Horn shoe I've decided against Jean Patou's Sublime. I tested it out's odd. I've found, with perfumes, that you can seldom turn back the clock. A scent with which you were once ... [more]
Just Notes: What I've been into, lately
Saturday, April 26, 2008

Salux Beauty Skin Cloth. A marvel of modern engineering; I'm impressed with it, every shower. I use half the soap I normally would, without skimping on lather. Any keratosis pilaris-y bumps are ... [more]
Beauty Notes: Giò lotion by Giorgio Armani
Thursday, April 24, 2008

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 ... [more]
Just Notes: What I've been into, lately
Friday, February 22, 2008

As much as Jean Patou's Joy perfume was created in 1930 to combat the Great Depression, it doesn't smell exuberant to me. I get the American-ness of the rose, but it is also an English rose, and ... [more]
Beauty Notes: the ever-elusive signature scent, part 3
Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Beauty Notes: the ever-elusive signature scent Beauty Notes: the ever-elusive signature scent, part 2 Thanks to the lovely Dain, who gave me a sample of Jean Patou's Sublime (among loads of ... [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]
Beauty Notes: What I've been into, lately #2
Friday, January 18, 2008

I think we need a label for this, somehow...a blend of favorite things and Jack Bauer and Tony Almeida at a Drive-Thru. Anyhow. Shall we commence? Ava Luxe Voyage earrings I'm not affiliated ... [more]
Ava Luxe: new blog
Saturday, January 12, 2008

Ava Luxe thelipstickpageforums.comLabels: ava luxe, internet, jewelry, perfume
Beauty Notes: Unique Books and Hand-Decanted Perfumes
Saturday, January 05, 2008

Eiderdown Press: Unique Books and Hand-Decanted Perfumes thelipstickpageforums.comLabels: beauty notes, internet, perfume, samples
Beauty Notes: Transitioning into "niche" perfumes
Friday, December 28, 2007

I would like to remind our dear readers that we have covered some of the more obscure brands of fragrance on this site, with more to come. Perfume Reviews The Mnemonic Sense Perfume You may also ... [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]
Montale Intense Tiare review part 2
Sunday, December 09, 2007

(see Montale Intense Tiare review) Did I really pass on this perfume? What was I thinking! At the time I sampled it first, it didn't strike me that much one way or the other. (Again with the ... [more]
Beauty Notes: Serenity
Wednesday, December 05, 2007

It's well to find ways to keep your morale and energy up, no matter what's going on. Not that it's easy to do. In fact it's a skill, that should probably be taught in school along with mathematics ... [more]
Montale Blue Amber review
Sunday, November 11, 2007

There was a lot of fuss about this scent on various boards, which is why I wanted to try it. Fortunately, in this day and age, we are privileged to be able to buy expensive scents in sample ... [more]
Montale Aoud Blossom review
Monday, November 05, 2007

You want to know what turned me on to Montale in the first place? {Perfume Q & A} with Raffy Dolbakian of Parfums Raffy: Tastes of Summer - 2007 Bestseller Summery Fragrances When I read this, ... [more]
Montale Boise Vanille review
Monday, October 29, 2007

This was one of the two perfumes I bought a bottle of, after over a year of trying out various fragrances. Boisé Vanillé is a bit unsung, relative to other Montale scents, and I ... [more]
Beauty Notes: What I've been into, lately
Thursday, October 25, 2007

Nars Mambo eyepencil. I haven't felt like wearing eyeshadow, much, so eyeliner is key (and faster to put on, anyway). I had three liners back in August of this year, and found I reached for this ... [more]
Montale Intense Tiare review
Monday, October 22, 2007

Montale Intense Tiare reminded me some of Robert Piguet's Fracas, only with an underlayer of coconut, to the point I put one on one wrist and the other on the other. I'm smelling them both now, ... [more]
Beauty & Fashion Notes: this 'n' that
Friday, October 19, 2007

I have been busy lately...I have to finish up a project involving jewelry. I placed an order with a company I'd been planning to buy from, for...months, possibly even a year or more. It's one of ... [more]
Parfums Raffy perfume coupon code, 10% off
Thursday, October 18, 2007

The Lipstick Page Forums is pleased to announce our own special coupon code, good for 10% off at Parfums Raffy: RAFFYLPF07 The code is good until 10/24/07 and is re-usable and transferable ... [more]
Beauty Notes: Montale perfume this 'n' that
Saturday, October 13, 2007

I tried Montale's Aoud Blossom layered with Boise Vanille today. I'm still in favor of Boise Vanille; not sure about Aoud Blossom. My earlier thought, that its blended floral composition was ... [more]
Montale Aoud Blossom and Boise Vanille (preliminary sniff)
Saturday, October 13, 2007

I couldn't resist trying these both (even as I had a concoction of Powder Flowers and White Aoud on, with a bit of Blue Amber to boot). It sounds like a right mess, but that is how I used to sample ... [more]
Montale Blue Amber (preliminary sniff)
Friday, October 12, 2007

I've got some of this on my wrist today, and it's reminding me of, of all things, Dana's Tabu: Blue Amber is's drier, softer, with more vanilla. What I'm getting is almost pure amber ... [more]
Montale White Aoud, part 2
Friday, October 12, 2007

(see part 1) I've knocked this off my Montale wishlist, but narrowly, very narrowly. On my skin, it is just the tiniest bit too sour--"lemon sour" (not, say, "sour milk sour"). It's not that I ... [more]
Montale Sweet Oriental Dream review
Friday, October 12, 2007

See Montale Sweet Oriental Dream (preliminary sniff). I've tried this out only on my wrist, but I already know it's not for me. It's not only its strong pipe-tobacco note--I was wondering if it ... [more]
Montale Sweet Oriental Dream (preliminary sniff)
Thursday, October 11, 2007

From the site: The loveliest rose of France gives its elegance to Turkish delight, a subtle marriage of the noble centifolia rose and the fun accord of almonds and honey. Sheesh, how ... [more]
Montale Chypre - Fruite, part 2 (review)
Thursday, October 11, 2007

(see part 1) I've decided this can be struck from my Montale perfume wishlist. It's not a bad scent, particularly, but on me it's relatively faint, even when applied quite liberally. I've had the ... [more]
Montale Chypre - Fruite, part 1
Monday, October 08, 2007

This is...interesting. I put a small amount of this on my wrist this morning. (Call me chicken, but I don't like applying a lot of a new perfume until I've tried a preliminary wrist application.) ... [more]
Montale White Aoud, part 1
Saturday, October 06, 2007

I wore a small amount of this the other day, and wore it completely today. It's a beautiful perfume, but it's also kind of...odd. When I tried it out in a small amount, it reminded me of...I want ... [more]
Montale Powder Flowers review
Wednesday, October 03, 2007 two of this stuff. I tried a bit out on my wrist yesterday, then, deciding I liked it, applied it properly, and did the same today. This begins as the kissing cousin of Chanel No. 5, ... [more]
Montale perfumes arrive
Tuesday, October 02, 2007

These arrived yesterday. As requested: Serge Lutens Fleurs d'Oranger Montale: Powder Flowers Chypre - Fruit Velvet Flowers Patchouli Leaves White Aoud Sweet Oriental Dream I couldn't resist ... [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]
More Montale perfume samples on the way...
Wednesday, September 26, 2007

It took me a few days to compile a list; samples aren't cheap. Moreover, Montale is one of those lines that doesn't have tons of online reviews, or, more accurately, it does not have tons of useful ... [more]
Beauty Notes: this 'n' that
Monday, September 24, 2007

I'm putting together which Montale perfumes to try. There are a lot of them; it would be expensive to try them all...and I don't actually want to try them all. I don't think it's necessary. I do ... [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]
Robert Piguet Fracas part 2
Monday, September 17, 2007

(see part 1) Told ya there would be a part 2. :) I tried this out again today, after having felt a bit ill over the past couple of days, due to changing weather. Something about Fracas seemed ... [more]
Creed Jasmin Imperatrice Eugenie review
Sunday, September 16, 2007

I tried a bit of this out today. From the Parfums Raffy site: Creed Jasmin Imperatrice Eugenie is based on the formula of a fragrance originally created in the 19th century for the Empress Eugenie ... [more]
Angelina Jolie, Keira Knightley
Thursday, September 13, 2007

Angelina Jolie ad for Shiseido Again with the utterly colorless background and dress, making her sublime blue-green eyes jump out at you. You'll note how simple her makeup is here. Just a little ... [more]
Where to get perfume samples
Wednesday, September 12, 2007 Aedes de Venustas LuckyScent The Perfume Shoppe (Canadian) Aus Liebe zum Duft (German) Independent perfumers: Ava Luxe Antonia's ... [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]
Montale Crystal Flowers review
Tuesday, September 11, 2007

I'm almost embarrassed to admit this, but I like this one too. From the Parfums Raffy website: ...Roses from the Dades Valley and refreshing italian mandarins combined with lilly of the valley, ... [more]
Beauty Notes: Perfumes
Sunday, September 09, 2007

Mmmm...I can still smell yesterday's Montale Jasmin Full on my clothes. What I'm going to do today, is fool around layering it with Fracas. I found Fracas to be a tiny bit too sweet on me. By this ... [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]
Robert Piguet Fracas part 1
Friday, September 07, 2007

(Somehow I suspect there will be a part 2.) I'm trying this on today, from my Parfums Raffy sample. isn't exactly what I'd thought it would be, although it is pretty much the way it's ... [more]
Montale Jasmin Full review part 2
Friday, September 07, 2007

(see part 1) I knew it! It was a matter of putting more of it on, about the same as any other eau de parfum (unlike Aoud Roses Petals, which fares well on a couple of drops). I've been wearing ... [more]
The best perfume ads?
Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Retro Enjoli commercial No wait, not that one! :D I actually remember that ad. To give credit where it's due, it was one of the first ads I can remember featuring a professional woman, complete ... [more]
Montale Jasmin Full review part 1
Tuesday, September 04, 2007

I put "part 1" because, although I've worn this perfume over the past couple of days, I'm still not sure about it. This is a gorgeous scent; no problem there. I have some first-hand jasmine ... [more]
Culture Notes: Youtube & perfume
Sunday, September 02, 2007

There is a definite renaissance of perfumes lately (meaning the past few years I suppose). Why? Because it's one of the few beauty items that hasn't been played out? Because people now order just ... [more]
Creed Fleurissimo review
Friday, August 31, 2007

When I first put this on, I immediately recognized it as something I'd smelled before, long ago. I can't recall who wore it, or when, only that it was a very long time ago, another era really. ... [more]
Montale Aoud Roses Petals review
Thursday, August 30, 2007

Just got a sample of this, from Parfums Raffy. In fact I have several samples, but went straight for the Aoud one, and placed a tiny drop or two of it on my wrist. Why oud? What is oud? As there ... [more]
Beauty Notebook: Variations on the Floral Perfume
Thursday, August 30, 2007

Recently I received some samples from the lovely Parfums Raffy. I selected scents I was most attracted to, based solely on descriptions, and only later realized they were all primarily floral ... [more]
Wednesday, August 29, 2007

I searched "perfume" on youtube. Not sure why, perhaps because there are now so many good videos pertaining to cosmetics, I thought there might be a few for scent. Ugh! A whole spate of clips for ... [more]
Beauty Notes: perfumes part 7
Tuesday, August 28, 2007

(see part 6) I'm still sort of waiting for the Moment of Truth to arrive, and tell me which of the (many) samples I've tried is to be my next bottle of perfume. It's not as easy as it sounds (and ... [more]
Culture Notes: Trigger Happy TV
Friday, August 24, 2007

I'm still pondering whether to go ahead and buy Annick Goutal Passion or Heure Exquise--or to try more samples, different houses, and decide then. I was pleased to see so much Trigger Happy TV ... [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]
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: In Search of Wisteria in the Bay Area
Thursday, August 16, 2007

This was a complete and total bust. The image above is from Wikimedia Commons. There's one place around here I know has wisteria (the nurseries don't generally carry it, maybe they have it, ... [more]
Beauty Notes: Everything you ever wanted to know about Serge Lutens
Wednesday, August 15, 2007

but were afraid to ask. :D Serge Lutens ~ Nearly All the FactsLabels: beauty notes, internet, perfume, serge lutens
Diptyque Jardin Clos
Sunday, August 12, 2007

JARDIN CLOS Anno 2003 Hyacinth, white lilac, mimosa, water melon I wore this on Saturday. When I first put it on, it was almost a dead ringer for a floral scent that was exceedingly popular, I'd ... [more]
Diptyque Eau de Lierre
Saturday, August 11, 2007

I tried this again today, instead of retrying Etro Vicolo Fiori as I'd planned. I was going somewhere hot (known as "inland" around here); I knew it would be at least ten degrees hotter, tank-top ... [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]
Perfume for Dummies
Friday, August 10, 2007

Okay I'm just kidding (you'll note I didn't change the other Java references on the cover). But there is a pretty good Wiki on the subject of perfume that might be helpful for beginners. Note: ... [more]
Another perfume link...
Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Got this from Perfume Posse (also linked to in our perfume links). The Perfumed CourtLabels: internet, perfume
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]
Beauty Notes: Diptyque
Thursday, July 26, 2007

google street view of the Diptyque shop on Maiden Lane I'm slowly wending my way through my Diptyque samples. It's a different experience from, say, going to Nordstrom and spraying a few perfumes ... [more]
Couple of indie links
Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Fragrant Fripperies Fragrance Decant & Sample service I haven't tried them; however, if you're looking for perfume samples, might be the way to go. Sweetpeacurli's Silly Little Site I realize I ... [more]
Diptyque Do Son
Saturday, July 21, 2007

Since I wouldn't know a tuberose if it fell into my soup, I did some brief google image searching to get a firmer concept of this lovely bloom. I retried my Diptyque Do Son eau de toilette ... [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]
Updates on Diptyque
Sunday, July 15, 2007

I've been a bit busy as of late, so I've been trying out my Diptyque vials slowly. Philosykos. I suspect this is one of those scents you love or hate. I'm a bit more in the latter category, ... [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]
Diptyque reviews on the way...
Saturday, July 07, 2007

I just got hold of a mess of vials of these. :)Labels: diptyque, perfume
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]
Favorite "high end" beauty products
Friday, February 16, 2007

Conversely, some products are worth their higher price tag. The colors, staying power, texture, versatility, sometimes even the shelf life--I've had cheaper lipsticks and eyeshadows turn on me ... [more]
Cool perfume post plus cool comments
Saturday, January 20, 2007

Here is the post: Do You Blend Perfume? And the comments (91 as of today) I do blend. Why not blend?Labels: perfume
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]
Perfume blog link
Thursday, October 05, 2006

How did I miss this one? Peppermint Patty's Perfume Posse If you want irony, it's been on thebroadroom's Women Bloggers list for years. perfume, beautyLabels: internet, perfume
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]
Aedes de Venustas
Wednesday, August 23, 2006

I suppose it's well-known on the perfume boards (much as Firefox users know Control+T will open a new tab for you), but Aedes de Venustas, at, will sell you seven perfume samples for ... [more]
Old School Beauty Forums #3: Mad Science
Saturday, June 11, 2005

The era of mad science is long gone. I still have some vestiges of it on my old site, Josephine's Fans of the Beauty Boards Page, circa 2000; it was already in full swing around then. What is mad ... [more]

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