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?