Sniffing in Kansas

We’re in Kansas sniffing with Kelly, Shirley, Rhonda (who came in late) and Alana (the foreign exchange student from the Ukraine staying with Kelly, and I’m guessing at the spelling of her name, mayb Ellena?), and this is always a riot, so off we go!

Worth Courtesan — Let’s come back to this one.  Wait, Shirley says hers is starting to sweat up, but is really beautiful and soft — an hour later, this has turned into complete love as she joins March in the Courtesan-is-simply-perfect column. Kelly’s stays nice for a while and goes brassy and has turned her nose up at it..

Bella Bellissima Perfect Night — Shirley says, “Naaaaaasty, and it was wham, bam and out the door.”  Kelly says, “Huh?  Nice vetiver with a smidge of something sour.”  This is why we all have different noses.

Miller Harris L’Air du Rien — Tickles Kelly’s gag reflex.   Oojas Fu (sp) in Russian says Alana.  Shirley says bittersweet, not terrible, just woulodn’t wear it.

Parfums de Nicolai Vie de Chateau — Kelly says, after I swooned about it, “I don’t get you.  I smell the hay, then all vetiver.  Shirley finds it just green and not appealing at all.  I hate these two.  Rhonda, however, I love, because she demonstrates her impeccable taste and loves it too.

biehl . parfumkuntswerke Mark Buxton 03 — “pure incense,” they both say.  “Great for winter with a fire, blankie and book, just hold my book and smell myself.”  Alana says it smells just like church.

Estee Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia — This meets with approval from all as a pretty scent, very gardenia.

Donna Karan Chaos — Kelly says “Oh, I love the open, it’s tequila, strawberry margarita! Shirley agrees about the open, total alcohol, but she loves it on the drydown — they both love it, just have different perceptions of what they’re smelling.  Oh, wait, shirley changed her mind, says it is pure filth.  Wow, that was a sharp left.

Guerlain Iris Ganache — Fight, fight!!!!  Kelly says artificial, Shirley say well-worn horse saddle, 150-year-old, beautifully cared for hot, leathery, sweaty saddle.

Montale Oud Cuir d’Arabie — Kelly says, “I’m ready for surgery.”  Shirley says, “It’s all ass that’s been eating sauerkraut and farting.”

Mona di Orio Nuit Noire — We have a split decision.  Shirley adores this, floral with some spice.  Kelly says she wants what Shirley is smelling.  On her, it is asphalt and ass.  Rhonda’s not sure what hers is, but she isn’t liking it at all.   They smelled it on Shirley and agreed it smells much better, not like the truckstop bathroom that took up residence on Kelly’s arm.

Indult Tihota, Isvaraya and Manakara — Very comforting vanilla, they all agree on Tihota, and they all love Isvaraya.  Shirley loves the Manakara more than the Isvaraya.  But all three went into varying degrees of the love/like column for all.

Parfums de Nicolai Fig Tea — Universal love on this one too and the only one Alana loved.

Can I just say how much fun it is to do this with these guys? 

  • Rita says:

    Oh, how I wish my friends loved perfume as much as I do! A perfume party sounds like so much fun. Of course it wouldn’t be as much fun as one with you,Patty, my collection doesn’t even come close to rivaling yours! Glad you ladies had a good time!

  • Flora says:

    LOL, you guys crack me up! I never get a chance to sniff with a crowd like that, what fun!

  • sybil says:

    It sounds like you all had so much fun! Hooray for female bonding, in any form. Oh, and Shirley and I are on the same page w/ Oud Cuir de Arabie…

  • violetnoir says:

    Posse sniffa! Posse sniffa! Posse sniffa! Geez, I sound like I’m at a football rally, don’t I? :”>

    Anyway, I love it! Love the reactions and the comments. I think y’all had a big ole hollabaloo, and a whole lot of fun!


  • rosarita says:

    All I smell are french fries and sweaty hormone-y high schoolers much of the day…….it’s bliss to shower and spray on clouds of wonderful scent, then read the sharp and funny comments of all you perfume crazed, lovely folk! Y’all make my day. 😡

  • Judith says:

    Hey! They stole my comment. Maybe because I repeated some of the words Shirley uses to describe CdA. Please rescue it. . .

    • March says:

      There it is. Ugh. Most of the spam is incest-related now. I have no idea why it grabbed you — Helen T, too. Off to shower and apply something cleansing./:)

    • March says:

      actually 😉 maybe it grabbed you because of ass-fart

      you should have used the pseudogermanic: assfahrt

      I really should look fahrt up, it was everywhere on the inside of our VW camper in the German instructions, to the intense amusement of my sister and I.

      • Judith says:

        yes, that’s what I meant by “repeating the words Shirley used” (didn’t want to repeat them again–and be grabbed again!):) I believe “fahrt” in German means something like “drive” (though I don’t really know German, so. . .); remember the VW ads with “Fahrvergnügen” (driving pleasure–I think)>:-?

        • hausvonstone says:

          Fahren means ‘to go,’ or ‘to drive.’ One of my favorite silly German words is Schifffarht, which means boatride. 3 F’s!!!!

  • Judith says:

    Oh, this sounds like sooooo much fun! We really need to have a blog sniffa–in London, in New York, in Patty’s perfume closet. . .it would be great:) I no longer think Shirly and I are FTs though. And look what they all did to my Cuir d’Arabie! (Though I have to admit, last weekend, I finally smelled some ass-fart on DH when he wore it–after years of smelling nothing but luxurious leather jacket! It’s all your fault!:(( But, never mind, I still love it!:d)

  • March says:

    Oh, Patty — that sounds like so very much fun! And you brought a really interesting selection of ‘fumes.

    Sniffage with a group of folks is interesting and informative. It’s a confirmation that things smell so different on different people. I think the Cuir d’Arabie description comes pretty close to Lee’s on the fourplay.

    Did you bunch do that in ONE sitting? I think I’d get a migraine. And yeah, let’s have a Denver sniffa in your perfume closet!:-“

    • Patty says:

      Oh, yeah, one sitting! These are some hardy women, they can keep sniffing. By the end of it, I think all of our noses were quivering with exhaustion. 🙂

  • Marina says:

    Oojas Fu :d:d:d “Horror. Yuck.” Girls, you had fun!!

  • Lee says:

    Like a lot of your commenters, sniffing fumes is the femmest thing I do. I’m normally too busy chopping wood and chewing flesh to manage so much sniffing as this, but I’d have loved to have been there…

    n.b. I initially type ‘viewing flesh’ by mistake. Something of a revelation, methinks…:”>

    • Louise says:

      Dude, it’s that very light femme side combined with overpowering testosterone-driven masculinity that makes you so very desirable. The anthropophagy, however, may be a slight problem…

    • Patty says:

      Chewing flesh? Dude, did you get a part in a zombie movie? 🙂

      • Lee says:

        I should’ve typed fleisch, to go with your Germanic kunstwhoopsies.

        I meant meat, old-style (cept I don’t eat much meat, only fish. What a hippie). I was stereotyping my masculinity…

  • hausvonstone says:

    uh…it’s “parfumkunstwerke” at least if it’s supposed to be German – your misspelling could get you banned in 6 countries!! or, maybe you meant it that way…

    • Patty says:

      8-} I can’t find my little embarrassed icon, but I fixed it. Never write posts on the road. 🙂

      • March says:

        Yo, babe … I’m guessing if kuntswerke is the fixed version you’ve just pluralized the hooties. If you catch my drift.;) But if the Germans want us to spell it right they’ve got to stop stringing the words together. I remember laughing about the street names in Austria. It’s like the hoppelfefferuberhoppenstrasse.

    • March says:

      and THANK YOU for another fine moment when I’m laughing hysterically and the kids come in asking me what’s so funny and I say … uh, nothing. I’m guessing that’s a typo, but I’m leaving it.b-)

  • Maria says:

    Patty, you do take your fun around with you when you go. What a party! I =)) over Shirley’s description of the Montale. I’m sure I don’t have to repeat my liking for Vie de Chateau and Fig-Tea. :-”

    A Posse sniffa would be such fun! Let’s just make sure we schedule it for when school is out. A lot of teachers read this blog. It does make you wonder what they’re teaching those young minds…

    • Patty says:

      Well, yeah!!! I never get to sniff with pals, so I just take the perfume bar with me on the road, or at least one suitcase full. 🙂

  • Louise says:

    Wow-12 scents times 6 woman in how much time? The math boggles me. Maybe that’s how Dorothy really got blown out of the state?

    What a blast-can’t imagine more fun than playing with a group of dear girl pals (or Lee, Bryan, et al-the men we love, who love perfume and us), a-sprayin’ and a-sniffin’. Frank admission-as a girl, I couldn’t quite get the doll/Barbie thing and playing those games that most girls play (the dolls scare me still-like little shrunken people). Mud and throwing rocks was much more fun. So, for me sharing perfume is the closest I may ever get to that kind of girl’s play.

    Interesting variety of tastes and twists. Me, I just miss any smut but love Perfect Night; turn Courtesan to powder before destroying it; love both PdNs, especially Vie; find Rien to be Rien; haven’t tried the Indults. The Buxton is fine; I just have other incenses that really thrill me. The tuberose thing is way too someone else, though lovely. And Chaos is cast for me forever as the lovely March’s smell, no matter how it smells on me; Nuit Noire is the inside of dear Lee’s wrist.

    Thanks, Patty-play on!

    • Maria says:

      I never saw the charm in Barbie either, but playing perfume sniffing sounds like a total blast. Louise, I’m still thinking about your worker and the Vie de Chateau. I look upon my bottle a bit more skeptically now. Hey, I wonder if the DH is in the mood to be fragranced.

      • Louise says:

        Maria-she complained the next day of being made ill by my scent-a very light citrus. I don’t think the problem is my fragrance, but her nose, or somethin’ else. For now, I am going soap-and-water, just to see the reaction. I do agree that Vie needs a light hand, as you suggested.

        • Maria says:

          Have you known her long? I had a boss who was a drama queen and allegedly the most delicate person on earth. She claimed to be sensitive to all fragranced products (and to just about anything else that gave pleasure). She made the rest of us quite ill.

          • Louise says:

            Last year and this. She is a dedicated teacher, but personally a tough nut, no feminie graces at all. We are sharing a smallish office this year, so I suppose my *odors* are more evident. I hope this will get better as the ragweed diminshes and the weather cools. How’s teaching?

    • Patty says:

      These guys are so much fun to play with! I also wish for a Posse Sniffa, but I still think we should do one in Denver just cuz all my sniffies are here! 🙂