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Patty White launched Perfume Posse in 2005, and we've been yapping on and on about perfume endlessly since.

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Oct 302014
 October 30, 2014  Posted by on October 30, 2014 10 Responses »


I have some amazingly fabulous news. Jin, Kath and I will be coming to the grand old USA in November. I had such an incredible time at the LA ScentSation Bus Tour last year that I wanted to bring the two most important people in the world to me, to meet YOU! Yes, you read right, we will be doing a MeetUp in THREE USA cities.

 Jin&Portia KingsCanyon 2013 KathJin & I at Kings Canyon in Australia, photo taken & donated by Kath

A word of warning. There will be no drag this year. You will be meeting Dude Portia. Not as brightly dressed but just as loud, naughty, proud and sensational.

MeetUp USA November 2014

There will be loads of great stuff to sniff, we’ll get to mingle in the rarefied ambience of like minded people and indulge our often secret passion. It’s nice to be able to talk about your fragrant wardrobe without people rolling their eyes, smirking and looking at you oddly. It is also nice when people don’t gasp when they hear the price of your scent of the day. Yes, we fumies need moments of togetherness to remind ourselves that we are frag hags, not freaks.

I know you can’t WAIT to find out where we’ll be and when so here is a little breakdown of out journeys fragrant MeetUp events!



MeetUp 4-6pm

MeetUp scent_bar_homepageimageI have just had a email from my LA husband Steven Gontarski (soon to be Turbo) and another few from co-owner of Scent Bar Franco Wright. We don’t have a firm date yet but it will be Monday 17, Tuesday 18 or Wednesday 19 November. As soon as I know I’ll make another post. You’ll see below that there is someone VERY special coming and we are hoping to do both on the same day!!!

The Scent Bar crew will be putting on some champagne and snacks and of course their usual good humour for our MeetUp. If I know the guys, and I do, there will be plenty of amazing and informative discourse too. Tom Pease from Perfume Posse will be in the crew on the day, he is such good fun and has an excellent nose so it will be grand to hang with him too. So if you love fragrance but don’t really know anything (like me) it’s a great way to expand your knowledge, or if you know HEAPS drop in and help educate us.

Steven, Tom and I will be picking two of our favourite winter scents and all of us will get to smell, critique and live our personal stories of these frags. Then hopefully you will tell us what you think of them too. (Unless the special guest BELOW is there, then it will be all about him)

More than anything though this is a fun get together where we can get to see you all in real life, have a laugh and smell some beautiful scents together.

There will also be an incredibly special guest at the Scent Bar during the same week: Killian Hennessy the founder of the by Killian line of fragrances and grandson of the founder of Hennessy Cognac. We will be treated to a meet and greet and he will gladly autograph your by Killian purchases too.


Monday NOVEMBER 24 2014

MeetUp 1.30pm Barneys (Beauty Downstairs)

barneys_chicago02 WWD

Woo Hoo! Here we meet up with Musette on her BIRTHDAY! Yes, it’s a Posse MeetUp for Musette’s Birthday. We will be doing mainstream niche at Barneys (1.30pm meet), onwards for some designer fragrance at Neiman Marcus (3.30pm-ish) and then all going for a lazy ole Birthday cocktail and some nibbles nearby (5.30pm-ish).

Musette and I will pick some winter fragrances for us all to try and discuss together. Chicago will not be as structured as the other cities but we will be able to do some fragrance testing, chat with like minded perfumistas, have some laughs and generally get out of the daily grind and into some fabulous fumes.

Did I mention it was MUSETTE’s BIRTHDAY!!!


Saturday NOVEMBER 29 2014

MeetUp 2-4pm


Josie Plumey and I have been ping ponging emails. I have a crush on her, so freaking beautiful and I think she may have a very sharp sense of humour, dry and sharp.

Josie, Clement Pinard and I will pick a couple of our favourite Winter Fragrances and we can all chat about feelings they inspire, progression, their relative merits or otherwise. I think it will be a fun time with frag heads chatting scent. Nothing grandiose or pushy, just a fun afternoon talking and sniffing. Maybe expending or sharing your knowledge. I’d love to hear your thoughts on a few of my faves, even if you HATE them.

A little extra surprise: Birgit from Olfactoria’s Travels will be coming along to Osswald for the event too.


Sunday NOVEMBER 30 2014

MeetUp 11am-1pm

Photo: Thatcher Keats

Thanks to Carlos J Powell who is NYCs leading Goodsmella we are also going to drop in at Twisted Lily, which is affiliated with Parfum1. Carlos and I will be picking a couple of winter favourites and doing LIVE Video Sniffs. It should be a complete HOOT!

There’s a reason I wanted to go to this store and Carlos greased the wheels.

Last year for our Anniversary the only thing that Jin had shown any interest in at all during our shopping forays was Mona di Orio’s Oud. Yes, he has good taste. So with my 20% Parfum1 coupon I went shopping. I received an email from Stamatis Birsimijoglou apologising that they were out of stock but that I would get the Oud as soon as it came in. OMFG! DRAMA! So I wrote explaining that I needed it in time for the anniversary and that I would look elsewhere.


Could I find it? HELL NOOOOOO. Stamatis wrote me back though informing me that he had run a bottle to ground and that it would be shipping soon if I still wanted it. He still gave me the 20% discount and it arrived in time. So, I really wanted to meet the crew and say thank you in person.


SO! Where will we see you? Please come and hang out with us if you’re in or near a city we are visiting.
Portia xxx

Oct 282014
 October 28, 2014  Posted by on October 28, 2014 32 Responses »
Happy Birthday to ME!!!
Happy Birthday to ME!!!

Happy Birthday to ME!!!

I usually get squooed on my birthday.  It’s one of those days, like folks who are born on (or near) Christmas – or the 4th of July.  We get squooed.  Mine is usually right at or around Thanksgiving (unlike Christmas & the 4th of July, T-
Day is not a fixed date).  Folks are traveling, offices are shut, turkeys are roasting and I’m …squooed.


But not this year!  THIS year I get a magnificent present:  PORTIA TURBO!  Yah!  Portia and her family are coming to Chicago to hang out and eat chocolate cake with me!  Can you SQUUUUUEEEEEE! ??????

I am SO excited!  And …because I am a decent sort…I am going to share Portia with you.  We’ll be doing the most casual of Sniffs on Monday 24 November.  We’re going to Barneys, where we will sniff a couple of scentst and yap about it, then we’ll go over to investigate the new, gorgeous Neiman-Marcus Beauty & Fragrance Dept and do it all over again, probably around 3 or 4p.  This will NOT be like Chicocoa or LA – it’s really nothing more than a bunch of people getting together and yapping/sniffing…..then we’re going to go over to the Peninsula (or some other fabulous hotel) lobby and have cocktails and yakk some more.

Wanna join us?  Oooh!  we might have cake.

But whether we have cake is irrelevant.  WE. WILL. HAVE. PORTIA!  She will be bringing these:

no she isn't

no she isn’t


For those of you who have not met Portia IRL, lemmetellya…you are in for such a treat.  Portia is……omg.  Portia is a force of Nature.  Portia is a Force for Good.  Portia is so stunningly fabulous that you can’t even imagine. Such wonderfulness.

We’re going to meet at Barneys around 1:30p on Monday 24 November…and we will party like it’s My Birthday (which it isn’t – it’s the day before my birthday – but with PORTIA in the HOUSE?  EveryStinkin’DAY is MY BIRTHDAY!!!)

There is no signup, no reservations – just show up at Barneys…or…N-M….or, watch this space and I’ll confirm where we’re going to meet for cocktails/coffee.  I realize it’s a Monday, so for a lot of us, mid-day Monday isn’t the easiest – but it’s PORTIA!  So if you’re able, please do join us!


DO NOT EMAIL ME AT THE POSSE EMAIL.  It’s broken.  I broke it.  In fact,  my entire personal (non-Bear Boring) ‘device life’ is broken.  In fact #2:  Rina (who won Sunshine) and Michelle (who won Dreams of Smoke) – you two need to re-message me at my gmail account (evilauntieanita) with your information.  That’s why y’all don’t have anything yet.  Apologies.  But if you could’ve seen the mess that virus left…..it’s like Godzilla stomped through the computer, on his way to fight Mothra.  I have to get another laptop and once that’s set up I’ll get the Posse email back).  Godzilla says he’s sorry, too.


So if you have questions about the Portia Visit, please email me at the gmail addy.    There will also be updated information on the Scented Events group on Facebook, as well as our Perfume Posse page.

Oct 282014
 October 28, 2014  Posted by on October 28, 2014 54 Responses »
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perfume sample fairy godmother

Esperanza the Perfume Fairy Godmother



Hey, it is time again for the Perfume Sample Fairy Godmother for November 2014.     So here’s how Fairy Godmother works – this post will be open for the entire month of November 2014.   I’ll start a new one at the beginning of December.   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)  

Oct 262014
 October 26, 2014  Posted by on October 26, 2014 19 Responses »
Nirvana Black

Nirvana BlackI’m quite late to the party on this, but stumbled across Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black in Sephora the other day. I’m a bit too old to appreciate its creators, Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, or their series “Full House,” but I recalled reading some favorable reviews of this, so decided to give it a whirl.

Nirvana Black’s violet, vanilla and sandalwood (plus a few other notes, I’m thinking) roll out as a warm sandalwood musk, very likeable and cozy, with some spices peeking through later to help dial up the heat. It evoked several layers of enjoyable scent and definitely smells like more than the sum of its parts.

Alas, I tried the rollerball version of it only, and was hoping to get a spray sample but all the SAs were slammed, and I was tight on time. So I left less than fully scented, and can’t speak to its lasting power or sillage (although the rollerball swipe lasted decently). But it’s a testament to Nirvana Black’s allure that I’m planning to try this sprayed, just for comparison’s sake, and will do so as soon as I next set foot into Sephora.

Now this isn’t going to set the world on fire, as there are a number of other scents that feather this style nest, but all in all, I thought it quite appealing, and would be perfect on a chilly day or evening. Also, I could see this working equally well on the guys.

And it didn’t hurt that I was rather taken with the retro-leaning, sleek, black square bottle, which reminded me of both a vintage evening clutch and a cigarette lighter.

On my way out of Sephora, one corner of my inside arm got a little swipe of the Nirvana White, and to my nose it fell somewhere between one of the Stella scents and one of the newer Chloes. Nice enough, but not memorable, at least for me. But in the spirit of fairness, perhaps this, too, should warrant a full-blown spraying next time around. Any excuse to go back, because, really, do we need a reason to do more sniffing/shopping?

Off Topic: Tea

Off Topic: Tea

Well, I was going to write something about perfume but I got an a bout of allergies that screwed up the sniffer. Nose clogged and eyes watering to the point where concerned citizens offered counseling when walking down the boulevard. Not pretty. What the he!! is causing it I don’t The rest, please…

Dolce and Gabbana S/S14 Ad Campaign Backstage

Dolce and Gabbana S/S14 Ad Campaign Backstage

Hi hi hi Posse! Portia from AustralianPerfumeJunkies with you again from Sydney, Australia! I have been trolling the YouTube lands and lately there has been a plethora of amazingly gorgeous pieces. This years Dolce and Gabbana Spring/Summer Campaign is lavish but I found the Making Ofs for you to have a The rest, please…

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