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Beauty Notes: Auric Blends
Tuesday, June 10, 2008

I was reading a thread on Basenotes earlier today on "what I've learned." There were lots of diverse answers, and it got me thinking about what I've learned about fragrances in the last few ... [more]
Beauty Notes: Sharon Bolton Scents
Monday, May 19, 2008

I encountered Sharon Bolton's scents a year or so ago, while perusing the Perfume of Life boards. I lurk there frequently but never say much. To be honest, I frequently don't know what the ... [more]
Beauty Notes: Jean Patou's Joy (vintage parfum)
Sunday, February 17, 2008

Ah, it's wonderful. I've smelled Joy before, many many times. But not recently, and not in California. Meaning it's been well over twenty years since last I smelled it. This is the ... [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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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 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]

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