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Jul 072015
 July 7, 2015  Posted by on July 7, 2015 No Responses »
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I am so sorry.  I thought I might feel better early this morning to write something, but it’s some weird summer flu bug, and I’m just not.

Hope everyone is doing well, and I’ll be back next week.

Jul 052015
 July 5, 2015  Posted by on July 5, 2015 4 Responses »

GentlewomanNeroli? Orange blossom? Petigrain? I’m in! As a child growing up in Florida I was steeped in the scents of various citrus fruits and the groves surrounding my neighborhood, so these notes are somewhat comforting to me and I never grow tired of them. So when a sample of Juliette Has a Gun’s Gentlewoman crossed my path, my ears pricked up.

Alas, just afterward I was felled by bronchitis and was sniffing nothing for close to two months. But when my system got back on track, I had lined up quite a few lovelies to try, this one among them.

I’m a sucker for eau de colognes of all stripes, but often there isn’t a huge amount of difference between them. And from all I’ve heard and read about this line, I half-expected something sharp and edgy. But I found there wasn’t anything too outrageous going on.

Gentlewoman opens with an appealing but soft wave of citrus and bergamot, but not long after, the almond peeks through to sweeten and balance things out. Not a note that I wear much, but it added a novel, yet comforting effect to the mix, making the scent stand out a bit from other EDCs that I wear. The notes also list lavender but I didn’t detect any. The drydown eases into a soft, almost woody white musk that was pleasant, although I realize that white musks can be a sticking point for some people.

My overall impression was one of satisfying smoothness, a softly refreshing cushion of scent. I think the aptly named Gentlewoman a nice fragrance to live in, relax and enjoy, a perfect spray on those “Oh, what to wear?” days. I will happily use up my spray sample. But if you’re looking for a tangy, brilliant burst of citrus to wake you up or energize you on a humid afternoon, this may not be your speed; of course, there are lots of EDCs out there that do just that.

I’ve read that this is meant to be unisex, but on my skin it least, it leaned a bit toward the feminine. Gentlewoman might work well on some guys, but I couldn’t quite see my DH wearing this as he likes scents that have a slight masculine edge to them.

I had not tried anything from this line before, so it looks like I need to play some catch-up and try Miss Charming, Lady Vengeance and others.

Notes per Luckyscent: bitter orange, petitgrain, bergamot, neroli, almond, orange blossom, lavender, musks.

Have you tried Gentlewoman? Or what eau de colognes are your faves? Which are you wearing now?

Disclaimer: A sample of Gentlewoman was sent to me from the company. Also, just to let you know: My sample vial reads “eau de parfum,” as do photos of the actual product box, but press materials, interviews, etc., that I’ve seen talk about eau de cologne. So perhaps it’s an EDP that’s meant to evoke the spirit of an EDC.

Jul 032015
 July 3, 2015  Posted by on July 3, 2015 No Responses »

It’s the 4th of July weekend here in the US, which means we celebrate our independence by eating way too many hot dogs and perhaps an alcoholic libation or 12. Whether you’re in the States or not, I hope you all have a lovely weekend..


Image: WikipediaFourth_of_July_fireworks_behind_the_Washington_Monument,_1986

Jul 022015
 July 2, 2015  Posted by on July 2, 2015 37 Responses »

Hiya Perfume Posse,

I have a small collection of beautiful fragrances from Pierre Guillaume. There is something rich and luscious in his treatment of scent that regularly works with my chemistry. Also, to be completely honest, I think he is very handsome and always looks kind of friendly, even in the most ridiculously serious sexy shots. As a bit of a fan boy I thought I could turn over to you all and find out which in his line I should try. As you lot at the Perfume Posse have tried just about EVERYTHING I bet with myself that if I left the floor open to you all you would help me pick my next 3 samples from the Pierre Guillaume lines. So go on, give me a hand please.

Pierre Guillaume Perfumes

1300_330____2__pierre-guillaume_193Photo Parfumerie Generale

From Parfumerie Generale site: In 2002, aged just 25, he launched his first composition baptised “Cozé”, which the American perfume critic Chandler Burr (New York Times & GQ USA) described as “the coolest of new European fragrances from a young French chemist”, and created his own perfume house Parfumerie Generale

My FB list is:

Parfumerie Generale

Tubereuse Couture
Praline de Santal

Huitieme Art Parfums

Ambre Ceruleen
Liqueur Charnelle

I have tried and liked a few more than this and have a few Pierre Guillaume Perfumes on my To Buy List but what would you recommend I try from his lines and why? Perfumerie Generale, Huitieme Art, Pierre Guillaume Croisiere Collection or Phaedon I’m open to testing them all. What I want to know is which ones move you? Which ones make your heart sing, and why?
Portia xx

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A Visit to Hermes

A Visit to Hermes

  First off, thanks everyone for your tips on wardrobe last week! I dug out my scarves, sorted my jewelry, culled my wardrobe options (button-down shirts, I never liked you anyway), and organized what was left. I also went prowling for simple, decently-constructed “office” tee shirts. Talbots was disappointing — The rest, please…

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