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Jun 292015
 
 June 29, 2015  Posted by on June 29, 2015 2 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 forJuly 2015.     So here’s how Fairy Godmother works – this post will be open for the entire month of July 2015.   I’ll start a new one at the beginning of August 2015.   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)  

Jun 282015
 
 June 28, 2015  Posted by on June 28, 2015 33 Responses »
serge lutens

serge lutensOnce in a while, it’s fun to play those “what if?” games. So for today: What if a generous perfumed fairy godmother showed up on your doorstep and offered to give you three bottles of scent. The only catch? All three have to be from the same house and the scents have to be in current production.

Today, let’s play with Serge Lutens, shall we?

Right off the bat, I know I’ll have to have Fleurs de Citronnier. This citrusy beauty was one of the first Serges I fell for, and it’s still among my favorites. The lemon blossom, neroli and tuberose make this feel a bit refreshing as well as beautiful. I never want to be without it in my collection. FdC would be a lovely choice for a bride, a bridal shower, or for any occasion when you want to feel classy and elegant, yet fresh and approachable.

Speaking of classy and elegant, if initially a tad haughty, my No. 2 choice would be Bas de Soie. As I’ve said in other reviews/picks of it: “A bit off-putting for me at first try, I came to see its icy-cool, not-quite aloof aura as an acquired taste. Kind of like that girl in high school or college you thought was conceited, but turns out she’s just reserved, and perhaps a little shy. And once you got to know her, you found her quiet elegance rather refreshing.” This is delightful for spring and offers a nice antidote to summer’s sultry, muggy weather.

Oh, dear, now comes the really hard part — I’m quite sorely tested on the choice for No. 3 from Serge Lutens. There’s the smoky, cuddly, tobacco-y warmth of Chergui, the lovely leather-floral-apricot suede of Daim Blond, and A La Nuit with its bold, sensuous jasmine growl.

OK, let’s think rationally here. I do have other jasmines that I enjoy, so guess I can let A La Nuit slip out the door without too big a fuss. And since my first two Serge Lutens picks seem best suited for warmer weather, I imagine I should go for something to warm my bones in fall and winter. So Chergui takes the third spot.

What about you? What are your top Serge Lutens scents?

Jun 262015
 
 June 26, 2015  Posted by on June 26, 2015 8 Responses »
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Hey hey Perfume Posse,

It’s SUMMER in the Northern Hemisphere and I know you are all excited to see what the Posse are spritzing to keep themselves cool, calm and collected or maybe out heating the fiery furnace with hefty and resinous Arabian style scents. They may be brand new, vintage, parfum, lotion, or a slew of other things. Knowing the Perfume Posse I reckon it could even go as far off topic as books, recipes, sexual positions or holiday destinations….

Each year we get together with Now Smell This, Grain de Musc, Bois de Jasmin & The Non Blonde and you can jump over to read them after, I’ll put the hyperlinks at the bottom of the page too.

Summer 2015: Perfume Posse Best of Fragrances

Eau De Magnolia Frederic Malle FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Ann’s Summer 2015 picks:

Le Labos Tubereuse 40: Although it seems to pack just as much orange blossom as tubereuse, if not more, it’s OK by me — this beauty always makes me feel like a million bucks. Yes, its price tag and exclusivity are a pain, but it’s just so gorgeous, and a spritz or two from my decant seems to last all day, wafting up to delight me when I least expect it.

Frederic Malle Eau de Magnolia: This one ticks the three-season box for me, but it really shines in hot weather. Its citrusy, bergamot open is refreshing and extremely long-lasting; in fact, it never quite fades away completely, but later on morphs into a recognizable, although somehow abstract, edition of the magnolias I’ve sniffed (at least on my skin). It’s light and natural enough not to offend anyone but has just enough oomph to make me feel fresh, polished and put-together despite the heat and humid, muggy air of our summers in the South.

Kai: Despite its mixed reviews, this green, gardenia and white floral number has been a summer love for me since my son’s near-fatal swimming accident back in 2010, thanks to its lovely simplicity that’s both lush and clean. Also, it gets props for affordability AND for coming in so many forms, from the usual suspects (shower gel, body lotion, cream) to candles, shampoo, room spray, deodorant and more. If you’re a fan, you can surround yourself in Kai. (I know Portia is a fan of the bathing bubbles.  :)  )

madonna-perfume

Portia’s Summer 2015

OK so I know I’m in the Southern Hemisphere but I just got back from holidays in Singapore and South Korea so I do have a handle on the hot weather and what I wore, or wish I’d worn.
As cheap & cheerful as it is I can’t seem to get enough Madonna Truth or Dare lately. Its creamy white floral vanilla hits the spot perfectly for me in all climates but it works particularly well in the warmth of summer. You want to smell like a sensual summer siren? This is the one for you.
In the mid range I wore over half my rollerball of La Chasse aux Papillons by L`Artisan Parfumeur while on our 12 day holiday. It’s a greener white floral than the Madonna and whispers softly of shady water gardens, sipping cool mocktails and trailing your fingers in the water while rereading some sensational 1990s or early 2000s summer potboiler by Jane Green, Maeve Binchy or Olivia Goldsmith. I liked having the rollerball in my postie bag so I could refresh through the day.
In the expensive arena I do go through quite a lot of my L’Heure Convoiteé II by Cartier in the heat. It’s an icy blast of powder and freshness that can cut through the most wicked heat like a scythe. Carnation, iris and powder done dewy, cool and very classy.
When life just gets too hectic or my head needs a rest from the full on fragrances I tend to grab my Amouage Dia Body Lotion in the big 10oz pump pack. It’s fragrance is subtle but lingering and has really good projection and sillage but doesn’t seem so personally intrusive as it EdP sister.
P.S. A couple of new things I’ll be loving for Summer 2015: Misia by CHANEL, Eau Noble by Le Galion, Le Jardin de Monsieur Li by Hermès and Penhaligon’s Trade Routes Collection Empressa.

Patty’s Summer 2015 Picks

I am having a very incensey summer – Unum Lavs, Armani Prive Sable Fume are right at the top of the list and in steady rotation.  Rose is calling my name this summer as well, so I grab the occasional Rosine or MDCI Rose di Siwa and my best rose standby, Hermessence Rose Ikebana.  Tom Ford Fleur de Portofino has become a new favorite love.  It’s everything you want for a go-to summer perfume.  Atelier Pomelo Paradis doesn’t get much talk but it is so tart and summery perfection, it’s great for those uber-hot days when you just want to be naked except for your perfume. I’ll second Ann’s Frederic Malle Eau de Magnolia summer fave and add in Frederic Malle Cologne Indelebile as a joyous summer orange blossom scent that is perfect.  Then a last-minute add – Kilian Lemon in Zest – the Lugano, Switzerland, boutique exclusive.  I was hoping for something light and summery, and it’s that, but it’s got some base note heat to go with it.

Tom’s 2015 Pix:

Well, I will admit that I have a few loves, new and old. I am loving Roxana Illuminated’s Figure 5 Bois for it’s smoky, almost chewy goodness. A standby is Annick Goutal’s Eau de Sud, a lovely citrus chypre that’s criminally overlooked. One summer bargain is the Barney’s house fragrance, Route du Thé, which couldn’t be more refreshing if it were served on shaved ice with a nice glug of gin..

You should jump across and see what the other crews are loving for Summer 2015 Now Smell This, Grain de Musc, Bois de Jasmin & The Non Blonde 

Thanks everyone for having a read, tell us what YOUR fave Summer 2015 frags are?
Portia & The Perfume Posse xxox

Jun 252015
 
 June 25, 2015  Posted by on June 25, 2015 23 Responses »
Fleur No 1 1000 Flowers Fragrantica

Hiya people of the POSSE! 1000 Flowers seemed to spring up out of nowhere and then after a brief moment in the light it went totally quiet. I remember distinctly that there were two amazing, critical success fragrances and then it felt like zip. When I went to have a look at the 1000 Flowers website though it seems to be humming along nicely and there are six fragrances to choose from now. When I first knew of the house I sampled todays fragrance and Narcotic Flowers, loved them and then bought 15ml bottles of both. Well Fleur No 1 has st in a box ever since, so today I opened it to relive the magic…

Fleur No 1 by Jessica Buchanan for 1000 Flowers 2011

Fleur No 1 1000 Flowers FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Green notes, galbanum, narcissus, hyacinth, iris, magnolia, violet

MMMMMM Galbanum and spring bulbs, I think narcissus absolute is the star in the opening. So green and slightly feral and backed by a lovely dollop of galbanum. The opening 5 minutes are quite big and with all that green going on I think it could be challenging. Imagine the cool opening of CHANEL No 19 without the softening sweetness of citrus. In Fleur No 1 it is cool and stark, refined and utterly elegant. After the initial fireworks the whole fragrance takes a step towards muted and I smell the violet/iris coming through, slipping in and sitting up the back of the room.

The galbanum plays softly through the heart, while a very background chorus wafts through and around. Fleur No 1 is very light, a whisper of clean green freshness that hangs around for a while and after about 2-3 hours it fades beyond my ability to smell. At this price though a respritz is no hardship.

Fleur No 1 1000 Flowers Salvador Dali - Metamorphosis of Narcissus (1937) playing futures FlickrPhoto Stolen Flickr

What I found with Fleur No 1 was that splashed or dabbed it just didn’t last so I’ve decanted mine into an atomiser and when I spritz more juice gets on me, it seems to have a bigger scent and lasts way longer. A one hour respritz will lengthen the fragrance life to about 5 hours but don’t expect Fleur No 1 to be a BIG scent, it’s not.

There is no way on earth you could skunk anyone with this fragrance so I’m deeming it a perfect work or dinner scent. In Australia we are just cooling into winter and I love how the ultra green works in conjunction with the cool weather but for you guys up in the north this will be the PERFECT summer scent.

Fleur No 1 1000 Flowers narcissus LoggaWiggler PixabayPhoto Stolen Pixabay

Further reading: Unseen Censer and Australian Perfume Junkies
1000 Flowers has $28/15ml
1000 Flowers has a Sample Set: $20/ 2ml x 5 fragrances
IndieScents stocks the rest of the line

Have you tried the 1000 Flowers range? Specifically, did you try Fleur No 1? Do you like green scents?
Portia xx

 

Making Do

Making Do

So I started a new job on Monday — a positive development, aside from its possible impact on my blogging. Today I don’t have all the answers, but I do have some thoughts, and some questions. Remember my post on that last ten pounds? Yeah, well. I still haven’t lost The rest, please…

Life Intervenes

Life Intervenes

So this week was an epic fail as life intervened yesterday and kept me from writing anything beyond – hey, hi how is everyone? I know, I know, it’s cheap of me to apologize with a baby bulldog picture.  We are having a Best of Summer post this Friday, so The rest, please…

Chocolate Fragrance Gift Voucher GIVEAWAY WINNER

Chocolate Fragrance Gift Voucher GIVEAWAY WINNER

Thank You POSSE! I have learned so many chocolate fragrances and I will try some of them and write about them for you. What an excellent response, I had a ball reading through them. Such diversity: mainstream, niche and independent all getting plenty of love. Let’s see who won, Portia The rest, please…

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