83 responses

  1. Flora
    October 30, 2008

    Ooh, I like the way you all think! Some of my very favorites and others I need to try very soon. Love the girls-wearing-Yatagan-and-Kouros thing a lot, I do that! :d

    For Smoky, I would nominate Tauer Perfumes Lonestar Memories (aka The Balrog) to the top of my list. Nothing could be more masculine but I love wearing it. Of course, I might wear Fracas the very next day. 8-}

    • Lee
      October 31, 2008

      Love LM too, almost as much as marocain.

  2. tmp00
    October 30, 2008

    CB I Hate Perfume Musk Absolute? There’s and Absolute? You mean more distilled than what I have? Who do I have to (contact) to get this? :((

    • March
      October 31, 2008

      Horning (horndogging?) in here briefly to say no, my friend, I believe that’s its complete technically proper name — CB I Hate Perfume Musk Absolute. IIRC, the “absolutes” are the ones undiluted in the smaller bottles, as opposed to the water-based sprays. Of course I keep mine in its original canister to prevent it from escaping. But alas there is no stronger concentration… you kinky boy.

    • Lee
      October 31, 2008

      You stinky boy!

  3. Louise
    October 31, 2008

    Why am I not surpised that Skank heads your list /:)?

    I have to agree with Party in Manhattan as a wearable Stink-um; just marvelous. I have the same issue with the CB Musk and MKK-too gentle for me!

    To your list I’d suggest (though you didn’t ask :”> :

    Smoke: CB Bonfire accord, I like it more than Burning Leaves
    Gourmand: Sushi Imperiale, yum
    Wood: V’Tae Sacred Fire (all sandalwood for me)
    Spice: CdG Original
    Weird: Bulgari Black (I love rubber)
    Melancholoy: the obvious L’Heure Bleue
    Gender x…ing: Cumming
    Over the Top: er, Amarige Mariage 8-|
    Vintage: Femme in parfum

    Thanks!

    • rosarita
      October 31, 2008

      Louise, my friend, as I’ve said before, we are at least scent cousins! ;) CdG is my favorite spice fest, but the close second is Parfums de Nicolai New York. Can’t get enough this time of year. And for over the top, I want to bathe in Kenzo Jungle l’Elephant right now (thanks, March!) but for the sake of household harmony will try to keep it down to a spritz or two.
      :x all the choices!

      • Lee
        October 31, 2008

        New York is always in rotation in my ‘drobe….

      • Louise
        October 31, 2008

        My son completely rocks New York :((

      • Louise
        October 31, 2008

        No! That was supposed to be the winking emoticon!

      • Lee
        October 31, 2008

        Those pesky emoticons. You rock me.:x:d/

    • Debbie
      October 31, 2008

      Yup, I love ‘em too.

    • Lee
      October 31, 2008

      Ooh – good choices. I need to wear Cumming more – got a half-price bottle last year and never seem to put it on much (though when I put it on, boy do I put it on…)

      • Louise
        October 31, 2008

        I must sniff you in Cumming ;)

  4. MattS
    October 31, 2008

    My penchant for man oak is year round.>:)

    Last night while plundering through my mom’s perfume cabinet, I found an unopened mini of Boudoir. I’ll be swiping that for a sniff; Mama has no need for a scent called Boudoir, I, of course, do.

    I’ve been in love with Onda this fall. Perfection.

    • Louise
      October 31, 2008

      Never miss a good opening line, sweets :d @};-

    • Lee
      October 31, 2008

      Love the thought of you stealing fume from your ma. Now, we know all about you and your predilections, M.

  5. Shelley
    October 31, 2008

    Since I have duties to attend to [-( , I gonna have to give the list attention later today.

    But what is wrong with me?!?!?! Some “skanks” are quite lovely to me (Boudoir, Lyric) and other I just want to scream NOT PERFUME at (Kingdom…@-) ). How does this happen? “Cumin” gets blamed in all, and yet…can one be situationally anosmic??

    • Lee
      October 31, 2008

      I think the level of cumin seriously affects the interpretation. I was cooking a cumin laden curry a few weeks back, had sweated onions and garlic and just added the cumin motherload. Matt told me I’d made the kitchen smell of BO. And he has no sense of smell worth talking about…

    • Debbie
      October 31, 2008

      Lyric is skank? I am SO immune to this stuff. I just smelled spicy rose in a base that I liked but absolutely didn’t say skank to me. Sigh.

      I’d love to have some of this.

      • Lee
        October 31, 2008

        I didn’t get much of the skank either.

      • Debbie
        October 31, 2008

        So…what’s up with us? Why do supposedly skanky scents just smell nice to/on us? Any theories? (Yeah, I can just imagine the barbs that could come with these answers, but I have to ask anyway.)

      • Lee
        October 31, 2008

        I think we’re drawn to the slightly taboo in scents, and once we’re past the initiation rites where we like things just cuz they’re nice, full-on skank feels like an adventure, a journey into slightly dangerous territory. Like the strange terror/pleasure we get from a good scary film.

      • Debbie
        October 31, 2008

        But, but….I’m so *average*! I would protest more, but here I am loving all that stuff and, and (whispers) scary movies. I am a full-on zombie freak. Lee, I am afraid you have seen past the exterior and have tagged me. :d

        Thanks for the insight.

      • Lee
        October 31, 2008

        You’d love a tv series that’s been running all week in the UK – google Dead Set and E4….

      • Debbie
        October 31, 2008

        Will do! Maybe we’ll be lucky enough to get it here on BBCA.

  6. Mary
    October 31, 2008

    I see things I need to try! I am new here and some of this is greek to me, but I do know I love scents! I just received some El Attaraine and oh…it smells so perfect for fall!

    Your writing style cracks me up! Have a great day!

    • Lee
      October 31, 2008

      Welcome Mary. This is a joint bit of writing, so suitably Frankenstein in style for Hallowe’en. I’m in love with el Attarine too and will be buying a bottle by the end of the year.

      • Mary
        October 31, 2008

        I bought an ounce… it was so worth it!

        I now only need to get a passport and go to Paris for a full bottle!

        Thank You!

      • Lee
        October 31, 2008

        I think I’m going to spray some on from my 10 ml (now 2-3 ml) decant in celebration!

  7. Marina
    October 31, 2008

    Skanky! You can’t do inoffensive little Theo Fennell :d So don’t tell me you like skanky.:-@ Seriously though, I so many favorites on your lists and we have one match in Lyric.

    • Lee
      October 31, 2008

      Well, I can’t talk never having sniffed TF. But I’m not king of skank.

      (and really, all I’m currently wearing is Borneo on top of Borneo, and that didn’t even make the list).

  8. Robin
    October 31, 2008

    Great list, all around. Now I’ve got to go bathe in Kouros.

    • Lee
      October 31, 2008

      *sets himself up with hazchem suit*

      And I like Kouros!

  9. Kim
    October 31, 2008

    great list – as usual it gives me a few to try. Believe it or not, for skanky I turn to Chanel No 5 parfum strength – the jasmine is really strong and me and almost underarm-like! For gourmand, Guerlain L’Heure Bleue. But both of these are now tied for my number 1 spot and I wear them year round. This fall, I am loving Lutens Chene for a woody/smoky combo Comme des Garcons 8 88 for a weird/spicy combo. And fall always means break out the Yatagan!

    • Lee
      October 31, 2008

      Some great choices there kim. We should’ve added l’Heure…

  10. Musette
    October 31, 2008

    What?! No skankalicious Bal? No Femme? I wore Bal yesterday and felt all 1950s Park Avenue, even though I was wearing fleece. Oooh, maybe some Kingdom! That would just cheer a gal right up, now wouldn’t it?

    I have difficulties with anything gourmand. My vaunted Attrape-Coeur was fine on the initial spritz but about 3 hours later, when the chocolate(?) came out it was enough to make me queasy. I don’t stray too far into the land of G, never having been able to handle those (odd, since I bake like a fiend). Luckily L’Heure Bleu doesn’t turn gourmandish on me or I might have to kill myself! Like Louise, I would definitely put that in the Melancholy column. Beautiful Melancholy.

    My Over the Top is always Fracas. Let’s face it, if you are wearing Fracas, you’d better work it, baby! With Fracas, I always wear a dress (or a gown) and gloves. Somehow she demands it.

    I think I will bust out the Dzongkha today. Why not? I’ve been in a rather boring rotation-rut! Thanks, Lee (lovely post, btw, as always. Loveto Gracie)!

    xo >-)

    • Lee
      October 31, 2008

      I personally prefer my gourmands with a touch of toxic (Borneo). And why isn’t Bal there is too good a question to ignore…

      (and this is where I need the whistling guy emoticon)

    • Shelley
      October 31, 2008

      Hey, I wondered about Attrape-Coeur on you. I can see it becoming…well, on this day of trick or treaters and the inevitable rumbly tummy casualty….@-)

      Being one not as distressed by the Guerlinade-down, I am happily wearing L’Heure Bleu today. Nice saleslady gave me a heaping samp; guess who’s going to see me come back for purchase???

      • Musette
        October 31, 2008

        Yeah, it really is heartbreaking. Of course, other people seem to lurrrve the drydown on me, as I’m turning faintly :-&…..so I usually just wear it at home, so I can enjoy the early bits and then scrub it off!

        Your weirdo>-)

    • mollypenny74
      November 2, 2008

      Newbie here, which Bal is “Bal”? I have to try some but don’t know what I’m looking for!

      • Lee
        November 2, 2008

        Bal a Versailles Molly!

  11. Dane
    October 31, 2008

    What a great post! I’m all excited to dig through my wardrobe now and see what’ll fit.

    And why have I not tried CB Musk yet??? Shame on me.

    • Lee
      October 31, 2008

      Dane – it’s the nonpareil of musks, really. You have to try it!

      And thanks.

  12. Debbie
    October 31, 2008

    Great suggestions! If anyone sends me a sample of Kuoros, I’ll wear it at least once. I accept the dare. :d

    For my list:

    Smoke: NM Burnt Amber, SSS Fireside Intense or SL Fumerie Turque. (I like smoke.)

    Gourmand: Frapin 1270
    Wood: CJ Scents Boozywood
    Spice: Montale Aoud Oeillet d’Inde
    Weird: Etat’s Charogne
    Melancholoy: Apres L’Ondee
    Gender x…ing: Yatagan
    Over the Top: There is no such thing.
    Vintage: (sniffle) I have never tried any.

    • Debbie
      October 31, 2008

      !! I forgot my skank nominee. It would have to be Boudoir or NM’s Midnight Tryst.

      • Lee
        October 31, 2008

        Midnight Tryst is such a sweet little thing on me… Really!

      • Debbie
        October 31, 2008

        Oh, how Midnight Tryst blooms on me. Most skankalicious things are just “nice” on me, but this one and Bal a Versailles parfum…. oh squared.

        Thanks for the sweet compliment, Lee. The love is right back atcha. And your dog. xxoo

      • Lee
        October 31, 2008

        Thanks sweetness!

    • Lee
      October 31, 2008

      Burnt Amber. I wore that incessantly last week and should’ve thought to include it. D’oh.

      I like you’re no such thing attitude. You rock!

  13. MarkDavid
    October 31, 2008

    Adding my praise for Bois d’Armenie. (hoarding the drops I have left in my sample vial)
    And I agree with Debbie on Charogne – I wore it to bed last night. Love it!

    I seem to get a lot of wear out of SL Chene, Czech and Speake Frankincense and Myrrh, Neil Morris Gotham, TDC Bois d’Iris, Guerlain Vol de Nuit, L’Artisan Timbuktu, Frederic Malle Iris Poudre, Le Labo Rose, Ambrette, and Iris, and Chanel Bois des Iles and 28 La Pausa (!) and Guerlain Rose Barbare.

    Although today, I doused myself in L’Artisan Jacinthe des Bois before realizing it was Halloween. Here I am smelling like a giant Easter flower on Halloween. That’ll keep the spirits away, for sure.

    -MD

    • Debbie
      October 31, 2008

      Another Charogne lover! Fantastic! I feel sad, tho. I actually swapped mine away…and now I am longing for it again. Why do so many perfumista’s make the same mistake? (And why don’t I learn from theirs first?)

    • Lee
      October 31, 2008

      I bought a bottle of Bois d’Armenie because I couldn’t manage wqith just a decant – it’s truly one of those…

      I owe you an email long time passing. Bad boy. Forgive me? We have plans to make for New Year’s!

      • MarkDavid
        October 31, 2008

        Weeellllll….FORGIVEN!

        Yes we do have plans to make.

        Bois d’Armenie is high on my wishlist. I have Rose Barbare. Its lonely, it needs its Arts et Matieres brother.

        Im slowly crossing things off of my wishlist. This week: White Aoud – check.

  14. Disteza
    October 31, 2008

    For Halloween, to be scary >:) , I decided to break out one of the perfumes that truly gets down and dirty on me–Histoires de Perfumes 1740–that’s right, the Marquis de Sade! It’s Sin in a bottle, and so perfect for being a little evil. My heavy hitters this fall have been Profumum’s Olibanum (finally got the FB!), Miller Harris L’air de Rien (still don’t get the skunk on this, maybe I’ll try it in July?), Aftelier’s Cepes and Tuberose, L’Artisan’s Tea for Two, NM Dark Season, and Parfumerie Generale’s Pshychotrope (or, as I call it, the psycho-trollop, for the ridiculous amount of leather and odd candied flower notes floating just on top). My SO loves the psycho-trollop dearly, so much so that a FB appeared magically last week on the shelf, and he’s the one telling me I have too many already! ;))

    • Debbie
      October 31, 2008

      I love Histoire’s 1969; obviously I should try the Marquise scent too! Sounds great!

      Dark Season is a beautiful gem. Everyone should at least experience it (if not absolutely love it)!

    • Shelley
      October 31, 2008

      “psycho-trollop” ;)) Psychotrope will never be the same…love it.

  15. violetnoir
    October 31, 2008

    Dang, Lee, this is so weird. I feel like I have landed on another planet, because I hardly have any of these fragrances, save for vintage Mitzy, Patch 24, Fracas, Angel and Noir Epices, and I adore Fall/Winter fragrances.

    How about YSL Nu? Not exactly new (sorry for the pun), but way ahead of its time.

    Hugs!

    • Lee
      October 31, 2008

      Well, we mention 40 scents. I only have 13 of those, though most of the rest in samples somewhere. Don’t feel too weird – it’s an odd list!

      Nu is definitely an adventure.

  16. Meliscents
    October 31, 2008

    Now that it’s finally cooling off here in the south, I’ve dug out the Youth Dew in full force! Last night I layered lotion, powder & cologne. My poor neighbors could probably smell me, but I slept well. And for the skank/whip me effect, I’m thinking a spray of Bandit. This morning I headed off to work wearing Idole and I’m still in that warm spicy cloud.

    • Lee
      October 31, 2008

      I bet you’re a fantastic neighbour! You smell fantastic!

  17. Francesca
    October 31, 2008

    I’m with Meliscents; Idole is my fall fave. I’ve also been enjoying SDV, Ambre Narguile, Hinoki, Avignon, Annayake Miyako. My perfume guru just turned me on to Tea for Two which is a little bit of smoky heaven. Oh, and Jubilation XXV, too.

    Skanks! I never thought I’d like them but The Party in Manhattan makes me (though hardly anyone else of my acquaintance) happy, and after a space of many years, I’ve fallen in love all over again with Bal à Versailles. And Lyric is skanky? I’m surprised. But I love that, too.I haven’t had a chance to read everyone’s comments yet, but I’m looking forward to it. (Note to RPK:Instapaper!)

    • Lee
      October 31, 2008

      Oh yes – T42 is marvellous and I haven’t worn it all year. Will remedy that prontisimo.

  18. Elle
    October 31, 2008

    Great list! And can’t believe I haven’t taken out Burning Leaves yet this year. Maybe that’s what I’ll wear when the little monsters come around tonight. I’m mainlining the classics these days. Can simply not get enough of the Guerlains for some reason. Oh, and Chanel Cuir de Russie. Forget water and canned food – this is what I feel I should have vats of in reserve for hard times.

    • Lee
      October 31, 2008

      What treats do you have in?

      Water’s near enough free anyway.:d/

  19. Billy D
    October 31, 2008

    I think I’m sticking with Ambre Narguile and Straight to Heaven this Fall, maybe with some Vetiver Tonka and Tubereuse Criminelle when I’m feeling fey.

    • Lee
      November 2, 2008

      Great choices Billy and so good to hear from you.

  20. Elena
    October 31, 2008

    Oh I would DIE if I smelled a man wearing Fracas.

    Die of lust that is, there’s no perfume on this earth more brazenly girly, but only when you’re close.
    It would be like having a boyfriend and a gay boyfriend in one!

    • Musette
      October 31, 2008

      Elena,

      Weird as this sounds, it actually amplifies the manliness of a man. Neil Morris suggested I try this on a guy – and I did. And it was indescribably fabulous. Get the biggest, butchest guy you can (I would like to try this on The Rock, but that’s just me;) and spritz this on him. Watch the women lose their minds. It’s especially wonderful when you get them all duded up in a suit, etc, though I am thinking if I spritzed this on The Rock I would probably prefer to have him as scantily clothed as possible, so as to have as much skin-acreage for sniffage…….all in the name of Olfactory Science, don’tchaknow

      >-)

      • Lee
        November 2, 2008

        I’m so impressed that you’d be prepared to sublimate your desires in the spirit of olfactory science…:d

  21. Shelley
    November 1, 2008

    March can triple dog dare all she wants, I ain’t sticking my tongue to that lamp post. Yatagan smells great on her, and I grand bow in her general direction. If I want to “smell like a boy,” and don’t want to cheat with a Caron (both Third Man and pour Homme are nice on me), I think I’ll go with Eau de Guerlain. (Oh! Cheating again. Well, forget it. I don’t do big power florientals, and I guess I don’t do whatever is is that is manscent.)

    Yet. I know, yet.

    Meanwhile, wood is Bois des Isles for now, or combine wood/spice and use YSL Nu. I’ve been on an L’Heure Bleu kick this week, and guess that could be gourmand/vintage, which has a hint of melancholy for me, as well. I’m trying to find a violet+smoke combo that works this autumn for me…that would be smoke/weird/melancholy.

    What’s missing…over the top? Maybe Poeme or Songes; haven’t even thought of those until now. Gotta shout out to Chergui, and I’m skipping weird, ’cause I already talked about how some that you called “skank” are nice to me, and others send me into fits of hysterical cackling over whose trying to gaslight me into thinking I’ll pay for a scent I can get for free, thank you very much.

    All done. For now.

    • Musette
      November 1, 2008

      “For free”…..I’m assuming you mean that ladylike ‘glow’ we can call up at the first sight of moderate-to-hard manual labor?:-?

      For violet and smoke, have you tried Liz Zorn’s Purple Love Smoke? I don’t know if she samped it at the Event but I was on her site a few days ago and the description fits what you say you’re looking for….

      xo>-)

    • Lee
      November 3, 2008

      And I’m not so keen on wearing ladylike stuff myself…[-(

  22. Shelley
    November 1, 2008

    I have, and I found it nice (uh-oh, that’s an either direction kind of meaningless adjective)…am still deciding how much I like…happy to wear my sample for now, and it is to fall what her Violets & Rainwater is to spring…but I’m searching for leaf piles burning with a hint of the wood fire (or vice-versa); this one, at least on first wearing, is a somewhat different direction.

    • mollypenny74
      November 2, 2008

      maybe Dans te Bras? And I’m with you, I don’t like smelling like a man.

      • Lee
        November 3, 2008

        I certainly can’t wears the Bras…

  23. E
    November 2, 2008

    For gender-bending, I’m a big fan of the (sadly discontinued) Cacharel Nemo. It’s a man’s scent, but I’m female and find it delicious to wear in cold weather.

    I love Chergui, but get no smoke from it at all. It’s quite sweet on me.

    • Lee
      November 3, 2008

      Nemo is a lovely number… And a delightfully daft bottle too.

  24. luv_bug
    November 2, 2008

    For skanky, I’ve still got my small roll-on of Ava Luxe Madame X. You only need a few drops!

    For gender-bending, Prada Infusion d’Homme is perfect right now–soap, incense, and powder.

    And I have to say that you’re very right about suddenly wanting a Perfume Monster. All of a sudden, I’ve got a craving for Angel that won’t go away.

    • Lee
      November 3, 2008

      Go for the monster!>:)

  25. Katie
    November 2, 2008

    Gah! I can’t do Arabie EXCEPT in summer or on really hot days! In the fall and winter it just smells really synthetic and like some weird cleaning solution. It’s like some weird voodoo curse where the sweet spiciness only smells good when it can smell hot and sticky, too. Or I am just a freak. Hmm. It’s probably just freaky.

    CdG 2 and CdG Man 2 are both great fall options. They’re both sort of odd, woody and spicy without being offputting. I tend to prefer Man 2, but I like that goofy typewriter-ribbon note in it too much to wear the women’s 2. The typewriter-ribbon note makes it feel vaguely literary, I guess.

    For “Over The Top” I’d almost pick Mugler’s Alien over Angel nowadays. Angel is nearly prosaic in terms of the sheer ubiquity and popular use. Alien, on the other hand, I think was too harshly judged by some when it came out, because it’s not about complexity, it’s about sheer volume. Sometimes you wind up listening to heavy metal music just because you want to hear music that considers “loud” as an actual aesthetic quality. Alien is the olfactory equivalent of headbanging. It’s kind of over the top just for the sake of going over the top. A little mindless, but… fun ;) Heh.

    Yatagan is such a nice choice for anyone male or female – any time of the year :)

    • Lee
      November 3, 2008

      Funny how Arabie does that to you – I love it in summer too! But it always smells great to me. And you are literary enough to do more than typewriter ribbons, I reckon.

      Like you, I love mindless fun…:d/

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