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Apr 272015
 April 27, 2015  Posted by on April 27, 2015 33 Responses »
new york perfume shopping

new york perfume shoppingIt was last-minute, very little planning, but way fun. I had a potential thing I had to do in New York, once I found out for sure I was going a few days before I went, I thought, hey, maybe Miss March can bus it up. She did, and the adventure was on.

I texted her something about not being sure about my footwear choices when I got on the plane, so we ducked off to shoe shop first. It is a burden.  Shoes all fixed, we found this weird place for a Japanese restaurant – the second floor behind a hair salon. As soon as we walked in, we could have been anywhere in Japan. It felt so real, and we were the only ones speaking English in the place. Delicious food.  I’ll never remember the name of it, but it was in on 32nd and about 5th, second floor behind the hair salon.

Friday was the big day. We had lots of places to go by.  Osswald first.  Put address in phone app, plotted subway ride. Had delicious pita hummus concoction before bitchery got real.  Got to address, looks like apartment. I’ve been to Osswald before, I know they are not in an apartment.  Double-check address.  Oops, 331 Broadway is really 331 West Broadway (making up the number, but something like that).  Okay, easy six-block walk, right?  I know all of you native New Yorkers are giggling at this point.  It takes about 10 blocks in the windy cold to make a dent in getting to the 200s.

We find subway, replot, land closer to the 300 block of West Broadway.  Osswald, as always, is a delight.  March will cover all of her fun finds on Wednesday this week as she caught up on some releases she’d missed the last year or so.  The smart, fun and knowledgeable Josie was just a joy to spend time with. If you are in Osswald and fall into Josie’s hands, you will be happy. Turns out she reads The Posse, so this is kindred spirit day for all three of us.

We reluctantly leave Osswald and head – oh, cheesecake at Eileen’s!  Holy rap traps, batman, that was amazing cheesecake in a weekend all about cheesecake.  As a Denverite used to cheesecake being disappointing and mostly tragic here, I’d almost forgotten how delicious cheesecake can be. Now I remember.

Leave Eileen’s and head for Greenwich to see Enfleurage, then walk down to Frederic Malle.  I wanted to smell the new Cologne Indelible and see if they had The Night tucked behind a dark counter somewhere.  Cologne Indelible is a gorgeous orange blossom, and it has that greenish note feel like Frederic Malle Carnal Flower.  A cologne in all the best sense, but also very posh. Timing for spring/summer is perfect.  I’ll have more to say about it in a later review, but as with all things Ropion, I love it.

Josie had already told us that the Malle boutique did have The Night  – their very middle eastern scent available in Dubai for a hefty price tag.  We asked, and I felt like when I said the words, “do you have The Night” it was like some curtain had descended blocking out all leaks as she reached under the counter for the small vial and put a drop on each of us.  Yup, oud, rose, amber.  Rich, medicinal, pungent, and then it takes a very posh Ropion turn into that something extra.  Yes, it is traditional, it is clearly full of great materials. I’m not even going to get into cost anymore.  If you’re willing to cough up the cash for it because you can and because you love it enough, then it’s worth it.  There is nothing lacking in this at all for an oud scent.  There is nothing lacking in this at all for a Ropion via Frederic Malle scent.  Malle didn’t screw it up, nor did Ropion, that’s all I’ll say.

I think there might have been more cheesecake involved that day. Oh, yeah!  Annick Goutal. March will have more to say about that because it was her insistence that she had to just step in and whiff the collective AG smell that got us there.  They were great, the shop was great, the new L’Ile au Thé green tea scent is great, and I’m working on some combinations with other Goutal scents, it has some versatility.

We minced – listen, when I say minced, March asked me if I was trying to find a way to walk without using my feet. I said yes, that was it exactly.  Owwwwww.

Long day, my feet were glad to get a rest.

Saturday was going to be High Line/Chelsea Market day.  We sub over to Chelsea Market, and that place is great.  We eat little baby angel donuts, buy a great gardening hat, buy a Fat Bitch or Fat Witch brownie for later, then climb up to the High Line.  The High Line, for those of you that don’t know, is a rail line that was converted into an elevated garden in the Chelsea area of New York.  It is beautiful and well worth the time to go walk it.

Is it cheesecake time yet?  Yes, yes, it is!  Off to the upper east side to visit Two Little Red Hens and have some of their cheesecake. Subway is all screwed up, so we have to backtrack a couple of times to get a train that will get us the 86th. Ah, the land of milk and cheesecake is open.  And it is deeelicious, the perfect cheesecake in existence.

You know, we ARE on the upper east side, not that far away from Bergdorf, which we hadn’t planned to visit, but, well, because, there.  Bergdorf beauty counter, here we come.  We go and plop down in JAR and revisit some faves, March catches up on all the 17,000 Piguet releases that have happened in the last two years.  We meander by Tom Ford, and they of course are pushing the latest Tom Ford Noir Extreme under our noses, which is annoying, but then not at all.  I didn’t really care one way or the other for Tom Ford Noir, but this Tom Ford Noir Extreme is something else,  OMG, yum!!!  March does not love Dior Feve Delicieuse like I do.  How can this be?!?!  We both find the perfect shade of Tom Ford Lipstick.

I probably missed a thousand things, but I’ll give more detail on some of the things I ran across in another review.  Sunday was time to go home, but my flight was canceled.  I wasn’t completely on board for the only option of United paying for a 1.5-2 hour taxi rid to Newark to catch a flight, so I spent the night in lovely Flushing and came home Monday morning.

Exhausting and fun and sad we didn’t have enough time ahead of time to catch up with anyone in the area, but I wasn’t even sure it was going to happen until way late in the game.

Which one of my finds are you the most interested in?  I’ll do a drawing and the winners will get the sample they mention in the comment!

Apr 262015
 April 26, 2015  Posted by on April 26, 2015 24 Responses »
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EBPI had planned a bright, cheery Lipstick Monday post for you all, but a nasty spring cold has put the kibosh on some of my retail homework for it. And of course, with a stuffed-up nose, no new sniffage either. So this is as good a time as any to pull out “What’s your EBP?”

As you all probably know by now, it’s not some kind of official-speak, as in, “Hey, Joe, what’s your ETA to your next delivery stop?” It’s Emergency Backup Perfume, and it was coined by lovely Posse reader AnnieA on a post several years ago. It’s something a lot of us probably do without even thinking about it. We apply a scent at home, then put the spray or vial or mini bottle into to-go mode and head out the door. And after a busy day or week (or in my case, sometimes months), we forget to take them all back out again.
So now that spring is (hopefully) pretty much in your backyards (autumn for you folks in the Southern Hemisphere), what scents are creeping into your repertoire, and therefore, your purse, briefcase, backpack, etc.

As for my EBP scents, I’m toting around decants/samples of my recent loves, Amouage Ubar and Guerlain Encens Mythique (so good on chilly spring mornings and evenings), but I know they’ll leave the purse soon to be replaced. I’m also test-wearing little decants of Chanel Misia and Amouage Sunshine. Neither was love at first sniff for me: Violet often doesn’t agree with my skin, which made Misia a bit off-putting at first, but I’m still giving her time; Sunshine I found quite interesting because of its unusual form of brightness. Is it just my quirky nose or does it remind any of you a little bit of that B vitamin smell, a.k.a. that orange wonder Le Feu de Issey Miyake from back in the late ‘90s? I know many folks really liked that one and were very unhappy when it was discontinued. Maybe Sunshine will take off for me in very warm weather; until then I’ll keep wearing it, but not sure if it’s one that I’ll need to restock.

So do have a peek at the bottom of your purses, backpacks, briefcases, etc., and share your EBP scents: What vials, decants, bottles, etc., are rolling around in there?

As always, a word of caution: I try to keep my EBPs in a plastic zip-top baggie in a feeble attempt at organization, but also mostly because I’m deathly afraid of leakage. Having once had the lining of a handbag stained this way, I’m not eager for a repeat performance. And it is nice to have your scent choices all together and see them at a glance, instead of spread out loosey-goosey in the bottom of your purse, which is what I used to do, before said accident.

Apr 242015
 April 24, 2015  Posted by on April 24, 2015 15 Responses »

creamFor yeas I used the same line of skin care on my face and it worked extremely well for a long time, then I noticed that as I aged it wasn’t working as well, so I moved onto the mens version of a famous apothecary. That was great for a long time as well, but the company was bought by one of those Engulf and Devour (thanks to Mel Brooks) companies and it didn’t work as well. That, and the fact that I’ve gotten older my skin has gotten dryer. It is actually for the first time ever having dry patches that flake. leaving redness. Now. although this IS Los Angeles I don’t really want to walk around in pancake make-up. So something that would soothe and exfoliate the flaky stuff would be great.

So here’s where you come in Tonstant Weader- give me some ideas for lines to try. Hopefully ones that don’t cost the earth or have 634 steps tp get my face clean.

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Apr 232015
 April 23, 2015  Posted by on April 23, 2015 10 Responses »
Soleil de Capri Montale Fragrantica

Hi there Posse! Portia from AustralianPerfumeJunkies in the Posse and thrilled as always to be here. So the Northern Hemisphere is smack bang in the middle of spring, your trees are green, bulbs have flowered and you are probably in the middle of Azalea season. Down under we are packing away our summer staples and bringing out the winter warmers but today I found a sample that I’d been given back in January 2013 while in Budapest with Jin on our European winter wonderland vacation. It’s been sitting on its card in a bag since then, thank goodness there is almost nothing natural in a Montale fragrance to go off…

Soleil de Capri by Montale

Soleil de Capri Montale FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Grapefruit, kumquat, citruses
Heart: White flowers
Base: Musk, spices

ZZZZZING!! Soleil de Capri opens with a sizzling, bitter-sweet citrus that is also slightly furry. A lovely synthetic grapefruit with definite hints of kumquat but it smells like the leaves to me not the fruit. It’s jammy, marmalade-ish with a lovely bitter green backbite. Cool, fresh and glittering like the hot summer sunlight glittering over the waters inside a cave that is marginally cooler than the roasting heat outside.

Soleil de Capri Montale Blue Grotto TrialsAndErrors FlickrPhoto Stolen Flickr

The white flowers have a coconut tinge for me, it’s a lovely clean white floral bouquet with almost no breathy or animal background, just fresh, prim white flowers and a tiny hint of milk, or milky sap. People complain about how synthetic Soleil de Capri is but I find it a happily synthetic fragrance, very cohesive and it smells great to me. Even through the floral heart there is still a zesty citrus weaving through that pops out unexpectedly to the forefront and then to background. It keeps the whole fragrance interesting in the first hour and into the second.

Soleil de Capri then calms down. You get a smattering of flowers that continue for a while but what you get most is white musks. Very clean laundry musks that hum along quietly for ages, I’m at 6 hours and they are still going strong except they aren’t strong just present. Very simple and generic white musks that you find in loads of things, all alone. No spices, citrus or flowers. Musks. It’s a bit of a let down after so much fun in the first hour and a half but nothing bad, just a bit boring.

CapriPhoto Stolen WikiCommons

Soleil de Capri, or Capri sun, yes I can kind of get it. Maybe the end is the afternoon when the whole day seems to cool but before the evening when Capri gets exciting?

Further reading: Scent for Thought and That Smell
Neroli Budapest has 75/100ml
Surrender To Chance has samples starting at $4/ml

Montale, some people love them and others hate them. Where do you stand and are there any you particularly like?
Portia xx

Soft Spring - Le Soft Perfume

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Who Needs Cheap Perfume....

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Dior Feve Delicieuse Review

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