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May 212015
 May 21, 2015  Posted by on May 21, 2015 No Responses »

I’m hijacking Tom’s post day because I NEED TO ANNOUNCE SOME WINNERS!



Chloe put her big, pink-nailed paw on the spin and….



You Posse – you are so patient.  OMG!  Back in freaking MARCH! I put up a Mohur Extrait sample for draw – and promptly forgot about it!


teri  (#24 comment) You won the Mohur.


Speaking of March  (the woman, not the Month) – the winner of the Osswald sample draw is Janet in CA!  I’m not late on that one!!!  I promise!


The winner of the gorgeous Amouage Opus IX is……..Michele Ranzan


gmail me at evilauntieanita, remind me what you won and I’ll (and Josie from Osswald) will get it out to you!



May 212015
 May 21, 2015  Posted by on May 21, 2015 19 Responses »
Eau De Magnolia Frederic Malle Fragrantica

Hi Crew, Magnolia is such a beautiful scent and while I often enjoyed the fragrances made that nod to magnolia I’d never smelled the Magnolia Grandiflora until this year. My mates have two trees in their front yard but for some reason I’d never noticed them flowering until we went to dinner the other night and there were two perfect blooms in the center of the table and the smell was intoxicating, a couple of times I lost track of the conversation because my mind was totally immersed in trying to get more scent from them to waft towards me, HA! It was kind of nerdy. So it was with much excitement that I searched out Eau de Magnolia….

Eau de Magnolia by Carlos Benaim for Frederic Malle 2014

Eau De Magnolia Frederic Malle FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Calabrian bergamot
Heart: Magnolia, vetiver, patchouli
Base: Cedar, moss, amber

Carlos Benaim is not a perfumer who is regularly in the spotlight, which is strange because he has been the mastermind behind loads of blockbuster fragrances: BVLGARI Jasmine Noir, CK Eternity Men, Euphoria Women and Man, Carolina Herrera, DIOR Pure Poison, Elizabeth Arden Red Door, Ralph Laurent Polo, Victor & Rolf Flowerbomb and Eau Mega are just a few of this man’s incredible output.

Below are pictures of the flower from my friends bush, yes I asked to steal one after dinner, they are taken same time 3 nights in a row.

Patrick & Wayne Magnolia 2015b

So if you are expecting Eau de Magnolia to be a completely photo realistic scent copy of a magnolia grandiflora then you will be sadly let down, so what you have to expect is an artists rendering of a magnolia. Here the structure of the journey is laid out in bright and sizzling citrus to open that lasts well into the heart and even hints still remain in the base.

Magnolia P&W Day 2

Eau de Magnolia’s floral heart is dewy and cool, a fresh and refreshing take on the big white floral that is neither big nor particularly floral. More earthy and wet, but not wet earth, imagine digging your healthy compost heap on a sea bluff in an early spring morning just as you start to warm through in the thin warmth of the sun.In real life the dying magnolia goes brown and gets an incredibly vegetal muskiness, murky and deep.

Magnolia P&W Day 3

End it all with a still lightly sparkling citrus/moss/patchouli warmed in amber. The magnolia in my kitchen has an incredibly animal smell now, decay and bad breath. Still strangely alluring but nothing like Eau de Magnolia.

Further reading: Olfactoria’s Travels and Australian Perfume Junkies
Frederic Malle has €34/10ml
Surrender To Chance has samples starting at $7.60/ml

If you liked this then jump on over to AustralianPerfumeJunkies too, there’s always something fun going on over there. We love visitors.

Which Malle is your favourite? Which magnolia has tickled your fancy?
Portia xx

May 192015
 May 19, 2015  Posted by on May 19, 2015 46 Responses »



Regular Posse know that this time of year is Not for Perfume.  I’m in the garden, ripping out weeds, digging holes…and bees and wasps abound…so perfume is replaced by Avon Skin So Soft (still, in my opinion, the best flying insect repellent on the planet).  Usually I don’t even open perfume packages this time of year.

But I got an unexpected box from Amouage.  Who doesn’t open a box from Amouage, amirite?  So … the box was a plain little bottle….and in that Plain Little Bottle is Opus IX.

Before I tell you about it, let me walk you back though my Opus history.  I am an unabashed fan of Amouage, as you all know – but I have always found the Opus line to be a little challenging.  So it was with a bit of trepidation that I took the top off that sprayer….whoa!  Posse!  The cap nearly blew me away – JUST THE CAP! It is that beautiful, I promise you!  An elusive, chiaroscuro cloud of jasmine, floating through dappled woods….I was so gobsmacked that I immediately spritzed it on my wrists and went back in the garden.  Amongst the late lilacs and early roses, the jasmine wove a beautiful, soft…well, we’re back to ‘cloud’…it really is cloudlike in its beauty.  Jasmine is a toughie for me – I always want to love it but am not always successful.  Surrender to Chance’s Coldwater Canyon helped turn me into a jasmine lover – and Opus IX takes that love to a whole other level.


Christopher Chong, an avowed Operaphile (is that a word?  It is now) created this stunning perfume in homage to the vaunted 1958 Lisbon production of La Traviata, with the diva Maria Callas as Violetta. A quote from his notes ” To express the theme of love, death and redemption we play with textures of opulent floral spectrum combined with the carnal desire of the animalic and leather notes.”  In homage to The Lady of Camellias (the basis for La Traviata) Amouage created a ‘camellia accord’ since camellias are without scent (but so gorgeous).  Christopher’s creative  interpretation of camellia fits perfectly with the Amouage oeuvre – whenever I wear Lyric, with that hypnotic ‘waxy’ note that haunts me so… I think of camellia.

This is shimmering, faceted beauty, much like Mme Callas’s gown in the opera.  Without being ‘frothy’ it managed to convey a lighter-than-air quality, while still hinting at the darkness below.  I wore Opus IX for nearly a week and was never bored by it.  Notes:

Top: Camellia Accord, Black Pepper, Jasmine

Heart: Gaiac Wood, Beeswax, Leather

Base: Grey Amber, Vetiver, Civet


I could wax on but it would be just mindless babbling – this is a thing of beauty that requires that you experience it firsthand.  So!  I’m going to have Miss Chloe pull one of you for a leetle vial of this beauty.  Tell me what’s going on in your world and you’ll be entered.    Tell me a story – fun, sad, whatever.  It’ll be worth it, to be entered into this draw – this is a stunning beauty you need to experience!

May 192015
 May 19, 2015  Posted by on May 19, 2015 42 Responses »
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Hey, sorry, guys.  I did plan a post for today. We were going to talk about the new Frederic Malle and The Night as well, but I wound up getting to hold a 2 month old infant instead.  Duh, of course I played with the baby!  There was still time, but I didn’t get much sleep the night before, am having anticipatory stress for doing that car trade-in thing today – have I ever mentioned how anxiety ridden I get doing anything with car buying/trading, etc?  No?  You don’t wanna know –  laid down for a minute and, well, my apologies.  And this morning is ugh because rain.

I only have a few minutes before I have to start said day that includes a visit to get my driver’s license renewed – they won’t let you drive a car off the lot without a current one, I found out a couple of months ago, and, no, you don’t wanna know – some time at work and then the afternoon doing that dreaded car thing.

Let’s talk about Frederic Malle because I will promise you I’ll talk about that next Tuesday in more detail.  Do you have a favorite Malle?  Have you not tried many?  It’s probably one of my favorite lines in existence, and I still worry endlessly what Estee Lauder will do to it.  First Carnal Flower flanker I see – Carnal Flower Eau Fraiche or Portrait of an Emo Girl – I’m done.  What’s your greatest fear for change in the line with the new Malle Overlords?

I will do a giveaway of a sample of your choice of Frederic Malle to two commenters drawn at random.

Graduation goodies: To gift perfume or not

Graduation goodies: To gift perfume or not

Now that we are deep into graduation season, I’ve been thinking about good gifts for those who are donning caps and gowns this spring. I only have one graduate to think about this year, the son of a dear friend of mine. He’s not into scent at all, so methinks The rest, please…

Route du Thé by Barneys New York

Route du Thé by Barneys New York

Back in the 80’s people kind of stank. Scents became even bigger in the 80’s than they were in the 70’s. Women’s scents like Giorgio and Poison were liberally applied and in a crowded elevator could act like mustard gas. On the men’s side there were powerhouses like Lagerfeld, which The rest, please…

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