Friday Guest Post: How It BeginsHumiecki & Graef: Four ReviewsTop 25 for 2008 - Your WinnersShiver Me Timbers!Nail Polish Noob, Part III'm Too Sexy For My ShirtPerfume Posse Best Perfumes -  Top 76 through 100Tom Ford Italian Cypress - not a review
October 30, 2008

Top Ten of Fall

Yep, it’s that time again — Fall’s Top 10.   As usual we’re going to cheat it.  Here are some of the ways to welcome fall– Skanky – you knew we’d start here, didn’t you?  If you’ve been holding back because… Continue Reading

October 29, 2008

Tom Ford Italian Cypress & The Ten Party

Tom Ford Italian Cypress is big salty, earthy cypress.  It feels very masculine, but I think women who like strong wood scents will be quite taken with this.  I can’t find a list of notes on it, except it mentions wood resins… Continue Reading

October 28, 2008

Humiecki & Graef: Four Reviews

A fine perfume friend gifted me with a sample set of the new Humiecki & Graef fragrances, including the original Skarb, which was released last fall with the instant-fame-achieving news that it was a conceptualization of how men cry.  In… Continue Reading

October 27, 2008

Tom Ford Italian Cypress – not a review

Well, I’d like to say that I’ve done more than cursorily sniff the new Milan store Tom Ford exclusive, Italian Cypress, but I haven’t.  Just on the cursory sniff, it is very, very woody and cypressy, and it leans much… Continue Reading

October 26, 2008

More biehls

  I had a crushing perfume blow last week that I can´t quite bring myself to talk about yet, mostly because I´m embarrassed by how much it bothers me the way things didn´t quite work out.  So I, your trusty… Continue Reading

Random Sunday: Frankenpolish!

I’ve been learning a few things as a nail polish newbie.  One of them is, there are many shades that are really, really wonderful in the light, but they all basically look black indoors.   To each his (or her) own,… Continue Reading

October 23, 2008

Friday Guest Post: How It Begins

 By Shelley Perhaps if I told you my story, it would help. I had no plan to be in this tribe.  Nobody in my family was.  I hadn´t had any friends who were.  I was happy with my life, with… Continue Reading

October 22, 2008

Perfume Posse Best Perfumes – Top 76 through 100

The last 25 in the Perfume Posse Best Perfumes list as voted by you guys gets even more interesting and just makes me giggle because it is such an interesting mix of classic and new niche: Ormonde Jayne Ta’if (new… Continue Reading

October 21, 2008

Perfume Accidents

We had a theater event on Saturday night, a family-level thing rather than elegance.  (Diva’s in a belly-dancing performance troupe.)   In such a situation I want my fragrance to be more “personal” — having been trapped more than once at,… Continue Reading

October 20, 2008

Your Top 51 through 75

Continuing in our countdown of the top 100 – mostly because I have a headache the size of Texas – I give you your Top 51 through 75, which are getting more interesting: Comme des Garcons Kyoto Chanel Cristalle Dior… Continue Reading

October 19, 2008

I’m Too Sexy For My Shirt

(Notes for Eau d’Italie Baume du Doge: sweet orange, bergamot, cinnamon, coriander, cardamom, fennel, black pepper, myrrh, frankincense, clove, cedar, saffron, vetiver, vanilla, benzoin)  (Cue the background music: Right Said Fred’s immortal lyrics…) I´m too sexy for my shirt too… Continue Reading

Nail Polish Noob, Part II

Today’s polish is Essie’s Steeling the Scene (thanks, Louise!), which is touted as being a kinda-sorta dupe for Chanel’s Kaleidoscope without laying out twenty bucks (or in my case, any money at all).   My verdict — squeeeeeeeeeee!!!! Steeling the Scene… Continue Reading

October 17, 2008

Poivre 23 winners

The blog was down when I was around yesterday, so no real post today. Plus, I have a cold that has now managed to block up my sinuses and destroy my sense of smell – the words of wisdom (ha)… Continue Reading

October 15, 2008

Amouage Homage Attar & Le Labo Poivre 23

Reviewing Amouage Homage Attar is a skosh painful because this takes spendy and vaults it to a whole new level AND it is a limited edition, so who knows how long they will sell Amouage Homage Attar. Running about $360… Continue Reading

October 14, 2008

Kenzo – Winter Flowers and Power

I got malled at BBW — on a research project regarding pumpkin scents.  I ended up trying their three different pumpkin room sprays on my hands and arms (Caramel, Spiced and Perfect?) along with some other fall-ish stuff … by… Continue Reading

October 13, 2008

Frederic Malle Dans tes Bras

  Finally got my little sample of Frederic Malle’s newest, Dans tes Bras.  Created by Maurice Roucel, it has notes of bergamot, clove, violet, jasmine, sandalwood, patchouli, salicylates, incense, Cashmeran (a mix of musk, woods, and resin), heliotrope and white musk.  DtB… Continue Reading

October 12, 2008

Jeanne Lanvin: Fragrance Review

Hey, guess what?!?  In this month’s Elle (with Nicole Kidman on the cover) there’s an article about hardcore perfume addiction, featuring an interview with the Karens of Sniffapalooza, as well as mentions of Now Smell This, Bois de Jasmin, and… Continue Reading

Random Sunday: New Addiction

I blame Louise, mostly. Back in the day I had a spate of painting my nails various office-unfriendly colors — glittery, fire-engine reds, mostly — because … well, because I could.  I have super-hard nails (nobody appreciates things unless they… Continue Reading

October 9, 2008

Friday Guest Post: Sniffing With New Friends

(Today´s guest poster – Shelley!  Talking about our good times at the Chi-Cocoa Scentsation in September.) Three Perfumistas walk into a bar… Well, 30+, not 3.  The bar was part of a film production house.  And despite the fact that… Continue Reading

October 8, 2008

Your top 26-50 Perfumes for 2008

Being raised on a farm, my parents were very traditional about the roles of men and women.  Women did women’s work and men’s work, and men only did men’s work. That left the women to do farmwork, plus all the… Continue Reading

October 7, 2008

Shiver Me Timbers!

The Benevolent Fairy of Undeserved Blessings, aka Tigs, delivered a bottle of L´Artisan L´Eau du Navigateur to my doorstep the other day.  Navigateur is one of those allegedly discontinued fragrances that nonetheless remains on permanent display in L´Artisan Boutiques.  Indeed,… Continue Reading

October 6, 2008

Top 25 for 2008 – Your Winners

Call me slow because I am, but I finally just sat down this weekend and went through the rest of the ballots to get the top 25 based on your picks for 2008. These are currently in production perfumes, did… Continue Reading

October 5, 2008

When Pigs Fly

I sat on the wooden steps of the back porch this morning, watching the squirrels chase each other through the fallen leaves as I contemplated the crop of black walnuts dangling perilously in the stand of trees across the back… Continue Reading

October 2, 2008

Le Labo Poivre 23

I´m a country bumpkin. It´s official. I´m used to beautiful landscapes, but I´m struck dumb nowadays, whenever I head into London, by the beautiful people who surround me. It is a such contrast to where I live, I´m sure (except… Continue Reading

October 1, 2008


Let’s cruise some of the mainstream releases that I just haven’t gotten around to, since it seems like I’ve done mostly the niche releases recently. Yves Saint Laurent Elle has notes of cedar, litchi, peony, rose, freesia, vetiver, patchouli and pepper.  I… Continue Reading

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