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Lstonelove December 7, 2006

Aidez-moi! Help! Does anyone know the physical address of the JAR Parfumerie in Paris? Merci!

BBliss August 14, 2006

I think I tried commenting Friday and, yes today there was a glitch or 2. But it's just fine now, it seems. I am also a big fan of punctuation. Actually, Mr.BBliss says I overuse the comma. I say I have my own rules based on speech patterns and The Pause, and what does he know with an English degree anyway? Good luck with the server or platform switch!

marchlion August 14, 2006

BBliss -- are you having trouble with the comments?:-? We are switching ISPs or whatever it is called and I am having this weird thing where it will not let me type an apostrophe or the whole thing goes nuts -- hence the stilted message here. I am All About The Apostrophe... weird. P should DEFINITELY buy these \:d/

BBliss August 14, 2006

OK - here's my 3rd and final attempt to comment...:-w First, thank you for sharing this, because it is probably the closest I'll ever come to these...unless there's a Patty Purchase (which I totally agree and think you should live in these for a week before you decide.) Bolt, Diamond Water and Ferme Tes Yeux (which I think is the best name EVER) sound particularly intriguing...I would certainly make this a stop on any future NYC trip after this review!

cait August 11, 2006

If you get some then all of us can clamor around to try!! Get! Get!

Victoria O August 10, 2006

I ADORE Golconda and you are pushing me to the edge!!! I want it badly and think about it often. I bought two samples on eBay at about $12.00 each, Golconda and Jarling. They were 1/2 of a tiny glass vial. One half! And now I am in love with Golconda, and I know it is in my future. I'm afraid to smell any more.

Patty August 10, 2006

Chaya, I think the cheese note made that fragrance really interesting. It may eventually wind up in my collection just from the "weird" factor, but three others are in line ahead of it. :)

Patty August 10, 2006

R, you had to say that again. I'm dying that it went that cheaply. Tell me it was only half full? I'm trying to practice restraint, but only living with these will tell me if it is love? Back to my hairshirt. :)

Patty August 10, 2006

Sorry, Dusan, but you would NOT hate them all. I could predict you would like many and love at least one. Fall in love with? Don't know. They are odd in that they inspire admiration, but I think it's the price tag (like a high-priced hooker) that you're not sure you want to fork over.

chaya ruchama August 10, 2006

Subterranean charm... hunky Teutons named Franz... stewed tomatoes... cheese... How could one resist? I sniffed Golconda when it first came out, was stunned then, and now, as it weren't exackly bon marche then. A propos of cheese: Chez Meister, there is the consummate compliment, which gets dragged out now and again [particularly if someone is angling for something]: "Mama, you're pretty like cheese"-,or, that favorite variant, " I love you like cheese!" I feel cofident that there are at least a few of you who understand the significance of this...

violetnoir August 10, 2006

Patty, I told you that I just missed snagging Diamond Water by hair on eBay the other week, right? I think the final bid was around $150., a real bargain, huh? It sounds simply stunning. So do Golconda and Bolt of Lightning. I won't tell you what to do, because any way you cut it, these are quite expensive. It sounds like you may need to test the ones you like best again before making that final decision. :x Hugs and love to you both! Thank you for this lovely post. I know that I will keep reading it over..and over...and over...again.

Dusan August 10, 2006

"a patchouli pit of vipers" =)) I didn't expect Prada Amber to be butch and that is totally ok in my book. The problem is that now I'm dying to try it. And woman, what were you thinking! You should have said that I would have hated all of them Jars. Look what you have done to me :-ss :(( :-ss :(( :-ss :(( :-ss :(( :-ss :((

Patty August 10, 2006

Bianca, that $750 is pretty steep. I wish I had more recollection about Bolt of Lightning, but it just didn't move me. Next time I got back, I'm going to put that one on and see what happens.

Patty August 10, 2006

Ina -- we thought we'd save up that sample giveaway for, um, when we win the lottery. :-w

Patty August 10, 2006

Judith, I think Golconda is stunning and well worth owning for everyone. :) Do you ever get the stewed tomatoes smell? And I mean that in a good way. My mom used to pepper up fresh tomatoes and put them in a pot before canning them, and that scent is one of the best scents in the world, and I swear it is in Golconda in the drydown.

Patty August 10, 2006

Dusan, I think Shadow would definitely be one you would love. Prada Pour Homme amber -- both my mom and sister bought this, and I only smelled it briefly and intended to go back and revisit (time being of the essence, I put it off) and now I'm going to have to throw myself on their mercy to get my hands on some again. I HATED the chick's Prada with a passion, just a patchouli pit of vipers, but this "pour homme" *smirk* version was just beautiful. I'm not sure it's very homme, though.

Patty August 10, 2006

datagirl... I may, I may! I just keep wanting to have those two or three in my sniffing wardrobe. I really can't say I'm totally in love with any of the three, but they are so unusual, it's like having a Queztal in my closet.

Patty August 10, 2006

Sariah, you must try them. It just has to be on top of every perfumista's "Have To Do" list, is to smell them.

Bianca August 10, 2006

After smelling all the perfumes, and deciding I loved Bolt of Lightening the best, the SA (not Franz....but another lovely man) just smirked at me, and then informed me of the prices...and naturally the one I coveted was the most expensive of the bunch. Gaahhh. How to justify $750 on perfume?

Ina August 10, 2006

Hey, no sample giveaway today, folks? :d Diamond Waters and Golconda are my fave but I need to resample Bolt of Lightning (although can't recall if I have sniffed it before?) The whole ceremony sounds fun! Hope I can do that some time, too.

Judith August 10, 2006

I actually fell for the Golconda--hard--and bought it! And I'm not at all sorry! Call me conventional if you want (it is clearly the most conventional of the scents), but it is really beautiful on me (everyone who smelled it agreed). I also really like Diamond Waters, but it didn't work as well on my skin as it did on some others (this is the only other one I tried on). And I liked Shadow--and (oh, dear) Ferme tes Yeux. I was very glad that Bolt of Lightning didn't do it for me. I, too, felt that Jardenia smelled like bleu cheese; I thought I was crazy until I heard that others had that impression. And Jardenia, for some reason, scared me. The experience as a whole was well worth having, even though I did not get the dreamy Franz.

Dusan August 10, 2006

Whoa! I had to read the post twice coz I was so dumbfounded by the prices the first time around. Don't get me wrong, if I had the dough, I'd splurge without thinking twice. Now, wasn't that a good enough boost? ;-) My heart aches for Shadow and Bolt of Lightening, but I'm not sure I'd want to ferme mes yeux, no thanx. Off-JAR-topic -- could you, please, describe the men's Prada in more detail, how does it compare to Prada Chick etc.? (both M and P) ^:)^

datagirl August 10, 2006

Patty, do it! Then decant them and offer them to us with a little markup for your trouble. We all want to try them!!!

Sariah August 10, 2006

Wow, sounds like quite an experience, and I love that your family is so game about all this sniffage Patty. I will definitely check it out next time I'm in NYC. I want to try Ferme Le Yeax too! And the Jarling - love the cherry/almond.

Patty August 10, 2006

Elle -- weird, I got zero mint in Shadow. Huh. It is one of the lesser priced ones. $325, I think. It just really got to me. I loved Diamond Waters, it was prettier in so many ways, and I'd kill to have that one for sure, but something about Shadow captured me. The longer I wore it, the more beautiful it became.

Patty August 10, 2006

Marina, I thought of you and Judith when I smelled that one, it just seemed like one both of you would swoon over. I imagine that is a little how MKK smells, though I still haven't been brave enough to smell MKK

Elle August 10, 2006

At last! The JAR reviews! I want Diamond Waters and Bolt of Lightning so much they make me weep, but I just haven't been able to justify the cost yet w/ so many other less expensive lemmings jumping up and down and begging to be bought first. Ferme tes Yeux...OMG. That has to be the worst thing I've ever smelled. Shadow was like an icy cold church to me w/ its clove and mint notes - very medicinal...not sure it would inspire passion in me, but I will have to resniff my sample. Great to read your takes on these scents! BTW, I think Diamond Waters runs around $400 (maybe $450 and I'm just trying to blur reality)and Shadow is also one of the less expensive (??) ones.

Marina August 9, 2006

I want to try Terme Tes Yeux!!

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