Daim Dame

Hey, look what the fairies did overnight. Bitch-slapped the blog around. Which makes this the perfect post for today.

A couple of years ago, when I really started down the niche path hard core, one of the first samples I got from Aedes was Serge’s Daim Blond.

When I dabbed it on,  I remember thinking – really clearly – Wow, that’s really interesting… I don’t think I’m interesting enough to wear it.   Never ordered a bottle or sniffed it again until recently, when someone requested that I get it. This time I  spritzed it on and thought, hmmm, wasn’t that a lot stronger when I smelled it the first time?!?!

Does that mean that I’m just interesting enough to wear it now, or have the Carons, Knize 10, etc., etc., shaped my nose to think strong scents aren’t really strong at all?

Notes of iris, apricot kernel, cardamom, musk, heliotrope and hawthorn.  It feels a little citrussy on the initial spritz, not very much, but I find it almost discordant, because back behind it is the musk and hawthorn and what feels like a very soft leather.  I never smell the heliotrope at all, or if I do, it is blended well enough that I don’t think cherry even once, but there is something there where I can catch a fleeting glimpse of it.

This dries down to a very soft, buttery suede, like what a man or woman’s suede coat would smell like after they had been out in their most expensive, slightly sweet perfume.

I’m still just shocked at how different I smell this than I did a couple of years ago. Was I just stupid back then and uneducated (hush!  you over there, no nodding your head and agreeing!) or does it take time to build up to appreciating the stronger fragrances, to the point where they don’t even feel all that strong, just pretty spectacular.

What scent did you originally think was too much for you that you have gone back and smelled again and found fits you?

113 Comments
BBliss February 7, 2007

WOW - this site is looking SO saucy! Love it and the writing as usual:x

Louise February 7, 2007

This didn't thread-was in response to Maria's estrogen comments..

Louise February 7, 2007

And for us woman immersed in the longest perimenopause ever? What a ride. Maybe that's why perfume is such a...djedi...on me.

minette February 7, 2007

Love the makeover, but then, I loved the last incarnation, too. It's the way you guys write that makes it fun here - you could be doing black font on plain white "paper" and it would still be fun. Re: Daim Blond - if it didn't smell like Bandaids on me, I might like it more. But I can't get past the plastic bandage smell.

annie February 7, 2007

Ahhh...yon skank...how do I love thee???....now,at this age,and all of life's ups and downs,that I have endured,..I LOVE WITH A PASSION!!....I once bypassed Mitsouko,Nahema,Bandit,all Balmains, Carons,etc.Now I use and abuse them all...even in jeans and a T-shirt,and have forgone Tova,Clean,those simplistic Graces,etc...I'm a WOMAN,with a full-blown lust for things that say...Hmmm,now THAT"S INTERESTING...the perfumes do not ever enter a room before me,but,as I waft past,I know,that my persona is known....I am never boring...I am woman. /:)...carry on O worldly sluts.

IrisLA February 6, 2007

Love the new graphics! Lighthearted and HOT! When I first tried Fracas -- Whoa. Too intensely floral and aggressive. Now I adore it. The key is to dab sparingly. When I wear it, I feel 100% Woman.

Ellen February 6, 2007

Oh, March, sweetie -- you're not a Jennifer, are you? Do tell! Do you use March in real life or only as a nom de parfum?

Maria B. February 6, 2007

Congratulations, ladies, on a beautifully functioning site! I like skinning, now that I know what the term refers to. I haven't rediscovering perfume long enough to say my nose has been educated. But I am a lot OLDER, and this has had a profound effect on my experience with scent in several ways: 1.) My estrogen has gone into permanent retirement and is wearing shorts and a flowered shirt on some golf course in Palm Beach. I believe hormones used to play tricks with perfume's chemistry. 2.) My skin is drier. Oil holds fragrance; I guess, dry skin, not so much. 3.) I have learned the virtue of patience. I have an illustration of patience. Last weekend I put on for the first time the full-strength extrait version of Bal a Versailles. I didn't get even a hint of the...female...odor Patty and others have mentioned. No. What I got was straight "animal butt," gender unspecified. Perhaps you've had experiences of quietly sitting, minding your own business, when a cat or dog suddenly shoved its butt in your face. That's what it was like. In fact, the image I kept getting was based on my friend C's story of humiliation: of turning over in her sleep and kissing her cat, only to find she had kissed her butt. I was nauseated, but I stayed with it. I have learned to do that from all you wonderful perfume instructors. Eventually the butt notes mellowed, and what wafted up instead was a reminder of CURED horse manure that has lain about in the sun for days and become mostly sweet. This calls up some pleasant childhood associations. Eventually what I was left with was an amazingly smooth and strong musky amber. Will I be willing to go through the animal butt accord to get to that payoff? Because of all of you, I probably will, but I'll keep my arms at...well...arm's length during the early phase. :x

hausvonstone February 6, 2007

Love the new look, even if it reminds me of Hot Topic!!!! Hee hee. SO CUTE. March - it looks just like you! Patty, can't say from experience but based on reputation I think the picture's not hot enough!

Gina February 6, 2007

I love Daim Blond, but wasn't sure if I could wear it at first, either. About a year later, after my entire life turned inside out, I tried it again. Lo and behold, I could wear it, and wear it well. There are others I've recently started wearing that I felt I couldn't wear before. Mitsouko is one of them, Rochas Femme, Rumba...I'm glad I'm a creature of changing tastes, a total perfume whore. Love the new look on the blog!

Patricia Seybold February 6, 2007

Love your Valentine Look!! Two scents that I could never stand....on me or on anyone else, I now love: Madame Rochas and Bal a Versailles. Our noses do evolve and mature...Inscense scents are new to me and very appealing....I never could have worn them even last year! Patricia

Consuelo Bezos February 6, 2007

I LOVE YOUR NEW LOOK. Today is my Birthday (!!!!74!!!!) so, it has been a beautiful gift. This is an special B'day, since last year I went thru a lot of health worries and, in the end, everything was perfect. Also, is the year all of you, lovely perfume bloggers, dragged me out of the Guerlain - Caron rut, know I am an SL, AT, PG addict too.

Mmarie February 6, 2007

You sexy little she-devils! I love it. Today I am on my third attempt at forcing myself to love Musc Ravageur. Third times a charm...

Jennifer February 6, 2007

I really do think it takes the nose time to adjust to really liking the heavier stronger perfumes, when I got back into loving perfumes a few years ago it (a few years before that I had wonderful relationship with perfume but I had let it pass) took me awhile to get my nose adjusted to what it previously was, where I could appreciate heavy orientals and chypres and decipher the delicate notes.

Tigs February 6, 2007

Wow - shocking new look! I'll miss the Posse lingerie gals, but I love the ability to reply and the "posted by" pics. (Are you going to have one for Lee/o?) Also, I remember at some point that March had dyed her hair red - does this more accurately represent her current 'do?

tmp00 February 6, 2007

Loving the redesign! Daim Blond was one that I had to let settle in. I got a strange cherry-cough syrup thing before getting to the suede. Eventually the opening became less pronounced on me (I think I was also over-applying) and I loved it enough to get a bottle. I've introduced a friend of mine whose usual perfume application technique is to spray her chest and consider the job done when she's standing in a puddle of the stuff and applying this way DB was awful on her: just super-sweet apricot/iris. I guess it's all in the application. I can't wait for the Etat Libre set to show up- I am so curious about the SM I can't tell you.

violetnoir February 6, 2007

Wow! I'm in cyberspace shock. This looks so 22nd century meets Barbarella meets cyber vixens! :o I simply love Daim Blond. Love it! Do you hear me, P? It smells practically perfect in every way on me. I get the apricot and the suede and I just, well, love it! I also love Ambre Sultan. I tested it when I first joined MUA, and was overwhelmed by it. Now, I just spritz it on all over. :d But I wonder: To those around us who have not tested the fragrance and are not into it like we are, does the fragrance still smell the same as it did the first time we tested it and hated it? Do those around us still hate it even though we have come to love it? Hugs!

pitbull friend (Ellen) February 6, 2007

Hey, March & Patty: Oh, this thread-ability is SO cool! I miss the girlie pinkness of the previous, but then again you are officially adding Lee and Brian -- so your posse is not so girlie! I'm testing having a different nom de plume because frankly "Ellen" is so very, very dull. (Please forgive me, anyone else who may be named Ellen.) One year in junior high, I was one of FIVE Ellens in my gym class. (Did help that it was out of 50 girls, but still.) Also, I wonder whether I could go back through your old entries & do a little glossary? I like reading the oldies & it would help anyone dropping in for the first time and wondering about, let's say, MKK or FBW or FdB... Let me know what you think.

sarah patton February 6, 2007

Am in a rush but please please tell me what MKK is that you all are always initializing about? Sarah

Robin February 6, 2007

*clap clap clap* Great design, ladies!! And love that you can skin it!

Gail S February 6, 2007

Guess I'm going to have to pull out my sample of Daim Blond again. I didn't dislike it, it just made no impression on me and was verrrrry subtle. You just shipped me a sample of Tabac Blond so I can see what all the hype is about:) Chergui got me interested in leather so now I have to keep searching it out!

sybil February 6, 2007

Wow...Your blog looks great! I am still having a hard time w/ leather scents...but Daim Blonde is a good beginner. And I'm having a hard time w/ Montale Oud D'arabie, or whatever the oud/leather one is called. But I've developed a liking for MKK. Not SM, though...that stuff is evil.

Kathy February 6, 2007

I love the new look, but I thought you'd been hacked at first glance! Wow! I'd have to say that Bulgari Black repulsed me the first time I smelled it - eau de retreads. I tried it again, and I forced myself to suffer through to the next stage, and I like it now. I can't say that I love it exactly, but I like having my decant. I still remain frightened by MKK though because I am afraid that people will just think that I forgot to shower. My tiny decant will probably be enough for me for a lifetime. I do love Daim Blond (and I agree with March - I call it that Damn Blonde), but it is actually subtle on me.

donanicola February 6, 2007

WoooHoo! Such a cool new look! And when I went to post a comment there was a drop down menu thingy listing everyone's comments - excellent. I'll probably screww it up now.... Anyway - Tabac Blonde for me. Though it might also be down to not having smelt the extrait until recently (thanks FF/Patty). I also used to run and hide from frags with vanilla listed as a note - am much stronger now - hence TB and Bulgari Black.

Marina February 6, 2007

WHOA!!! is all I can say, ladies. WHOA!!! :x

Christine February 6, 2007

My God, the redesign looks great! And I find that the more I know about perfumes, the greater I'm able to appreciate them.

The Scented Salamander February 6, 2007

Love the new design! SMN Peau d'Espagne, which I've been trying the past few days, I'd need to get used to. It is very strong.

Judith February 6, 2007

OK--I was using IE (I do have Firefox, but I want to see if this--my interp. of what you said--works for me [it's not exactly a pull-down menu on mine--a sidebar, really; trying that]) .

Judith February 6, 2007

I seem to have screwed up the threading, though!:( I thought I picked the right comment to reply to, but maybe not! Trying again, somewhat differently. . .

Judith February 6, 2007

I do love the threaded comments! Sooooo coool! But I was off investigating the pinup artist, wondering if i could find something that looked sorta like me for DH on Val's day. Did you get him to design your pictures according to specs?

Elle February 6, 2007

Whoa! Full throttle dose of attitude! Very sharp! :-) I had Judith's experience w/ DB - was too sweet and light on me initially, but due to the hawthorne, I persisted and have come to love it. And, again, like her, it took me a little while to find MKK wearable, but it's now one I don't think I can ever live w/out. I have a limited attraction to musk scents, so I think that had something to do w/ it. It also took me a LONG time to put my foot in the white floral camp. Even then, I had "starter" white florals like Yosh's White Flowers (which is actually mostly green, so like a placebo, it just gave me the illusion that I was accepting them, when, really, I was still just teetering on the brink). I think SIP's Lady Day was the first full fledged white floral I really felt 100% olfactory love for.

Silvia February 6, 2007

Hardcore stuff, gals, cool look. Patty, you gave me the inspiration to try again some of the stuff I dismissed as "not me" and set aside, thanks. I have also started keeping a fragrance diary, just noting the date and what I wear; am not sure what the purpose of it is at this stage, but may be some mathematical correlation formula will one day emerge from all the data which will reveal some groundbreaking evolution of my nose. May be not but it's fun to do.

Judith February 6, 2007

Loooooove the new look (though it's difficult to read posts about "SM" (the perfume) in this context.8-| I had sorta the opposite experience with Daim Blond. The first time I tried it I could hardly smell it. Had to douse myself with it to get anything--and when I did, I thought it was too sweet. Tried it again later and found it lovely. I think my skin eats a lot of perfume, so I gravitate to stronger smells. Sometimes it takes me awhile to "get" the subtler 'fumes. But I did have an experience more like yours with MKK: always found it interesting, but wasn't sure at first whether I wanted to wear it; now, I'm addicted to it!! :x

Louise February 6, 2007

Oh! Speaking of SM, both my SO and son agreed to try just a drop on a finger. My So quietly left the room, and returned 20 minutes later with a bloody scrubbed finger doused in Hemp body lotion-and claimed that he still stank after 11 hours. My son ran screaming from the room and is still not speaking to me.

Flor February 6, 2007

OMG! I thought I was on the wrong page and kept double checking. It looks so edgy - congrats! I love Daim Blond. A beautiful scent that envelops you. I never thought it was too strong, not in the way Coco is. I still have a hard time with that one. It's the one that got away (along with Shalimar, but for a different reason). I hope in a couple of years to be able to smell it and say, "Oh man, I was so boring two years ago. I can't believe I didn't like this". The first time I smelled Paloma Picasso it was sort of like that, and then I started liking it a lot and then, I got ahold of a pure parfum and that was it - love!

Patty February 6, 2007

Hey, and look! We have threaded comments! So if you click on reply by the person's comment, it will show up right below their name, makes everything easier to follow! I don't get any boozy/fruity from DB at all, which would have been the kiss of death if I had. WEird.

Princesa February 6, 2007

I remember when I smelled Chanel No 5 for the first time and though that no waaaay I will wear that super-strong perfume never ever... now I am 30 and find it so beautiful and even *delicate*. I think there is a before/after moment in my "perfume" life since I had *that* brief encounter with Mr. MMK. Nothing feels the same anymore :d

Louise February 6, 2007

Wow, you girls are sooooo hot! Who wears the spikes?...as if I couldn't guess. No scent was ever too strong, or odd, or just too, too at first. Well, nothing. I started on Opium at age 9 (stolen from my sister) and have loved all strength and twisted ('cept SM!)since (Arabie is now a favorite). But Oh! Bois des Iles seemed too faint, too old on me til the red-haired blogger slapped me to my senses ("oh my god, that's wonderful on you")-now it's on my top 3 list. Thanks, and congrats on the makeover.

Solander February 6, 2007

Oh, and yeah, I just wrote a looong blog post detailing my development as a perfume junkie, going from the sweet and gourmandy and shying away from resins and the dreaded vetiver, to a vetiver-resin-and-skank-junkie so I know exactly what you're talking about. ;) The other day I rediscovered Bandit. When I first smelled it I thought it was sour, musty, stale and sharp like generic old ladies perfume, but I kept a sample. The other day I felt like retrying it and found I loved it. It IS sharp and sour and musty, yes, especially from the bottle, but it has a lovely development from green, spicy florals to the unexpected frivolous softness of rose, with a certain cool, metallic harshness in the basenotes shaping it up. I didn't think it was a strong or heavy fragrance. Heck, I hardly think that of anything anymore... Maybe Profumum's Fumidus which smells like burning tires with extra vetiver... ;) I also fell in love with the Tabac Blond extrait I got with my FF order, and I knew I would have hated it if I smelled it a few months ago. I would have wrote it off as that same sour/sharp/musty/stale old lady as Bandit. Now, it was MKK meets metal heaven....

Solander February 6, 2007

Wow, look at that! I was shocked to come her, from all pink to all gothy all of a sudden! But.. who's posting? It doesn't say March or Patty anymore... If it's Patty - I got the Etat Libre sample set, prompt as always, and Secretions Magnifiques is really by far the most disgusting scent I ever smelled! It doesn't smell exactly like, well, THAT (it's pretty close when it's faded and faint though, like when you've tried to scrub it) but it gives me a visceral reaction, makes me retch and gag and shudder. It's just me, not my sister or girlfriend, and I think it has to do with the fact it so very cool and metallic and stale. I always preferred warm perfumes (warm skanky, like musk, ambergris, civer, leather, cumin is just fine) while mint, cucumber, melon makes me nauseous. But nothing like this, oh no! Another thing, I didn't think of it when I ordered the sample set, but how come Vierges et Toreros and Don't get me wrong baby aren't included? I'm not critical, just curious, I guess I just assumed it was the whole bunch.

Leopoldo February 6, 2007

Blog makeover or what! You've gone from playing the virgin to playing the field in one day. Friday is to blame, I don't doubt! Good work. I wore Daim Blond yesterday - the first time in months where it smelled suedy rather than fruity. I was relieved. To answer your question, it's probably scents with tobacco notes that I just couldn't get at all when I first sniffed them - stuff especially like Vintage Tabarome... I'm not sure it's me just yet; I probably need to get a little more Churchillian (and less chinchillian) in my demeanour.