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Sep 012014
 September 1, 2014  Posted by on September 1, 2014 42 Responses »
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Esperanza the Perfume Fairy Godmother



Hey, it is time again for the Perfume Sample Fairy Godmother for September 2014.     So here’s how Fairy Godmother works – this post will be open for the entire month of September 2014.   I’ll start a new one at the beginning of October.   For those of you new or that need a reminder of how this works – in comments you can list one or two things that you are yearning for and can’t seem to get –  a perfume sample is the easiest wish to grant for me.  Or you can wish for a full bottle, decant, vintage perfume or discontinued perfume you can’t find.  If someone has it and can help you out, they can reply to you in comments and then you can arrange to go offline through e-mail to work things out.  

Please don’t post e-mails in comments unless you spoof them somehow, like this – patty at perfumeposse dawtcawm (spelling the dotcom at the end that way prevents robots from finding it as easily). Caveat Emptor and all that, don’t send people money, check out their references on MUA or Basenotes or the Facebook groups before you send something in a swap, if you wind up doing a swap.  We have some amazing Fairy Godmothers that show up every month, granting wishes right and left. If you’ve been the recipient of some kindness, do give back when you can. I know people have gotten wishes granted, and every month they comb through the posts trying to find one or two people they can help out, and it just makes my heart happy.  If it’s a gift, send away.  I should note that  it’s more likely that a Fairy Godmother will happen along if you are a fairly regular commenter on The Posse and people recognize your name. I’ll sometimes play Perfume Posse Fairy Godmother and go through the list and grant some perfume sample wishes. I’ll pick from ones that nobody has been able to help with – I’ll spin my random.org wheel  - and send them The Precious. 

perfume sample magic wand

So what is it that your heart desires?  (pulling out wand from the back of the closet and blowing off an inch of dust)  

Aug 312014
 August 31, 2014  Posted by on August 31, 2014 19 Responses »

LaborHappy Monday, everyone, and if you’re in the U.S., happy Labor Day to you! Since it’s a holiday here and many folks are in and out, traveling, etc., let’s keep this short and sweet. What are your plans for today, and what are you wearing? Which scents are your favorites for holidays and weekends?

What’s your choice to wear to your neighbor’s backyard barbecue, to that picnic in the park, or to a friend’s pool party? Or around the firepit or fireplace, for those of you who might still be a bit chilly in the Southern Hemisphere?

This Labor Day will find me cleaning for a while, going to visit my mother-in-law and then picking up my son from his weekend at the beach with his aunt, uncle and cousins, so it’ll be a fairly low-key day for me.

Today, instead of my usual hot-weather staples, I was craving something a bit different. So I’m trying out a recently obtained sample of Jo Malone’s Wood Sage & Sea Salt scent. The Jo Malone line tends to be so-so for me, but I do try to sniff each of them when I can because you never know when you’ll discover a gem. I find the Wood Sage nice enough; it’s soft and a bit comforting, not too sweet, with a beachy-kind of vibe (but not like falling into a bottle of tanning oil) with an almost bittersweet aura, without sliding over into melancholy. Its vibe is fitting for today’s Labor Day holiday weekend, which tends to be seen as the last gasp of summer here. And even though I’ll be nowhere near a beach (or any large-ish body of water, for that matter), I think I’ll enjoy it as a drive-time scent.

Have any of you tried this one, or any the line’s other newish ones? I have a tiny dab of the Saffron Cologne Intense but haven’t gotten around to sampling it yet, although one of my perfume pals has and really likes it. The only saffron scent that I’m familiar with is L’Artisan’s Safran Troublant, and that one is lovely. In fact, that reminds me to go dig it out and enjoy.

Aug 292014
 August 29, 2014  Posted by on August 29, 2014 6 Responses »

vetiverI dropped into ScentBar the other day when I heard that the new Uncle Serge had made it in. I sampled L’orpheline, but I’m afraid it really didn’t do anything for me in the end. The opening was nice, but the end on my skin wasn’t floating my boat.

Notes (from Luckyscent): Aldehydes, cedar wood,  fougere accord, coumarin, clouds of ambergris, patchouli, incense, and Cashmeran

What did float it big time was Vetiver Veritas, the new HEELEY scent. As a matter of fact it’s pretty much rocketed to the top of my list of vetiver all-stars. Apparently this is the first in their new line of 100% natural scents and if you like vetiver with a capital “V” you’ll love this. The vetiver is incredibly raw and green, like it was ripped out of the earth and macerated with the soil still clinging to the roots. There’s mint in there as well, which brightens the tart opening. Eventually lavender and a touch of fresh pink grapefruit pops in. The whole thing is a delight from start to finish, which surprisingly for something that’s 100% natural that finish is a good ten to twelve hours away from first application.

Notes (from Luckyscent): Lavender, mint, Haitian vetiver, and grapefruit.

L’orpheline is at the usual suspects, $140 for 50ML. Vetiver Veritas is $195 for 50ML. I asked for and received my samples from ScentBar

Image: Wikipedia

Aug 282014
 August 28, 2014  Posted by on August 28, 2014 79 Responses »
Fragrance Failures Tinou Bao Flickr

Heya Perfume Posse, I was reading through Posse back catalogue today and was laughing to myself at this wonderful Candy FAIL post by March in Feb 2010. Basically the premise for the post was that once a frag house had released a couple of stunning fragrances are the ensuing ones bound to be fragrance failures by comparison. GENIUS! We have all had it happen, loved the first and second release from a house only to be massively underwhelmed by the next or the flanker or whatever. Maybe a blogger was raving about something and when you went and tried it the frag was putrid for you, or cheap ingredients, lasted 20 seconds or maybe it was nothing like what you read, maybe they was just fragrance failures….

Fragrance Failures, let us bitch.

Fragrance Failures Tinou Bao FlickrPhoto Stolen Flickr

So now is the time where you can vent your fragrance failures, no one will take offense, everything works differently and on different levels for everyone. We are not here to just say Blah Blah is a piece of shit, I want backup. Why didn’t it work for you? Did it smell like oven cleaner, budget mall scent, dog vomit or unwashed ballbag? What note punched you in the face or screamed at you for hours? I want a tirade.

Fragrance Failures Gris Montaigne Dior FragranicaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Gris Montaigne Dior: Yes I know so many of you loved this but on my skin it was a sticky, sweet, yucky hot mess fragrance failures. The berries that aren’t even in the notes list screamed at me and buzzed out my olfactory bulb before turning into a blah symphony of laundry fabric softener. Two hours of fine fragrance skin time wasted.

Fragrance Failures Lotus Blossom and Water Lily Jo Malone FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Lotus Blossom and Water Lily Jo Malone: Another well loved fragrance that smells absolutely and utterly toxic on me. Considering how light and water logged it is you think it would be easy to ignore. NOT SO! It thrummms in my nose and gives me an almost instant headache while smelling like mosquito repellant. I think it singes my nostril hairs too. Thank goodness in under an hour Lotus Blossom and Water Lily has completely disappeared from my skin. Small mercy, very grateful.

Cartier L`Heure Brilliant VI Cartier FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Cartier L’Heure Folle X: I have L’Heure Convoiteé II and Jin adores L`Heure Brilliant VI and both are absolutely spectacular for us. L’Heure Folle X is a serious one of my fragrance failures though (as it was for March, how I found this post of hers. She writes: There is an unfortunate canned-grapefruit note (sour/metallic) on my skin I can’t quite get past.  If you’ve ever eaten tinned citrus you know what I’m talking about.) L’Heure Folle X starts out fabulous, cold, metallic and fresh like snow in your mouth but very soon it all turns queer and I couldn’t place what was irking me till I read March’s review. It smells like canned citrus from a VERY old can. Ptomaine poisoning anyone?

Should you wish to try any of these for yourselves do pop over to Surrender To Chance

There, I have outed them. Three fragrance failures that violently disagree with me. I am lucky that usually I can smell anything, anytime, no worries but sadly these three do not sit well at all. If you liked this then come on over to Australian Perfume Junkies. We love International Visitors, say HI while you’re there. XX

What are your SCARILICIOUS fragrance failures that send you scrubbing?
Portia xx

Heat busters

Heat busters

Aye, Mother Nature, you tricky lass, you. (Can you tell I’ve been reading/watching too much “Outlander”?) Just when we think we are out of the woods for a devastatingly hot summer here, sliding by with temps in the 80s for the most part, you come out of left field with The rest, please…