March Gets her Mojo Back!

A Scent Issey MiyakeLadies and gents, I have a happy confession to make.   I just got my perfume mojo back.

For the past few weeks, I was worried (I can only admit this now that I am safe.)  Nothing was doing it for me.  I wasn´t that jacked for any new scents, or compelled by the old ones.  I kept reminding myself it´s the summer, we all have our lulls, our dysfunctions, blah blah blah.  But it was … freaking me out a little.

Who would ever have guessed that a single shopping trip could break the spell?  Yes, it´s true – I was cured by a visit to our local Saks, which is such a ghost town in August that the remaining salespeople have been reduced to trying to shill each other.  And there, my friends, I discovered not one, not two, but three new things to be excited about!  Today I´m posting on the first – Issey Miyake’s A Scent.

The way some of you feel about my love for Kenzo (ie, wth?)  is the way I feel about Issey Miyake, which translated into English means “watery grave.”  The thing that scares me most about Issey is when we go to our watery grave, we get there via some hideous fresh/marine/aquatic note (maybe with some melon), and y´all know how I feel about aquatics.  I´d almost rather spray myself with urine (which I hear is sterile… whoops, you aren´t reading this at breakfast, are you?)  Yes, I know — at one point L’Eau D’Issey was groundbreaking and fresh and new.  Well, guess what, folks?  Once upon a time,  Hammer pants were groundbreaking too.  And I love that video, but I never want to see those stupid pants again, and here’s a shout-out to all the designers currently trying to resurrect them, along with jumpsuits:  I will drive a stake through your heart, do you hear me?!??  Stop it NOW.  I am not playing around.

Anyhoo, desperately reeling myself back to the point of this review, my expectations for a scent (that is how it’s written on the bottle, and hey, won’t that name suck in ye olde Google searches?) – uh, my expectations were less than zero, but the poor ladies at Saks had nobody to play with and they were nice, and it was air conditioned, so I sniffed the new Miyake on a card, expecting… well, nothing.  If I was lucky.   (Melony aquatic ozone if I wasn’t lucky.)

Instead, you´re getting this post, because wow, how freaking great is that?!?  Notes for A Scent are hyacinth, verbena, galbanum, jasmine.

Let’s be clear: I wouldn´t wear this if you gave it to me.  It’s a riot, and it is very much not my sort of thing.  It´s a big green green green (did I mention green?) sour floral that in terms of initial aggressiveness on my skin reads somewhere between Shrek and the plant in Little Shop of horrors.  It’s Vent Vert with a shiv, updated somewhat for modern times.  If you took Vent Vert and sent it out clubbing with Cristalle, and they got sloppy drunk and split a pack of Marlboro Reds at the bar and then staggered home, A Scent might be their love child.  It´s got that goes-with-cigarettes smell that Cristalle and a lot of the Estees have, and I don´t mean that as a criticism, either.

I am still trying to wrap my mind around this coming from Issey Miyake.  I can´t imagine walk-of-shame is what they were going for, as I think this is supposed to be all about the crystal airy freshness of a mountain high on liquid clarity or whatever marketing fluff they´re spinning, but there you have it.   If you like galbanum and/or hyacinth and/or Cristalle/Vent Vert makes you feel a little dirty in a good way … check it out.  The jasmine only comes into play well into the drydown on my skin, and while the entire thing becomes more palatable to me at that point, I think it would start to lose its appeal for you galbanum freaks.  Five-hour update:  okay, the fun’s pretty much front-loaded, after five hours it’s just sweet  jasmine and verbena, reminds me a little of Jo Malone White Jasmine Mint.  But the first part!  The first part is great fun.  If you’re into that sort of thing.

I am obliged to link to Grain de Musc’s review of A Scent, because our reviews are so similar in some parts it’s funny and also because she makes some great additional parallels with the new Estee Jasmine White Moss (Denyse adds oakmoss to the list of notes.)  I have to quote this part of her review because it really resonated with me: “ I can´t exactly figure out why the Lauder inspired me to grumble while I´m feeling quite happy about the Miyaké: they clearly have the same lineage. After all, I bear a lot more of a grudge with Issey Miyaké who´s been poisoning my airspace with Calone for over 15 years.”

Also:  I am such a dope, I just noticed two days ago that Basenotes had announced their awards, which is sorta embarrassing because I’m over there all the time reading reviews, etc.   So, congratulations to Robin and the gang at Now Smell This for taking the Gold, and thanks to everyone on here for voting for us — squeeee, we took the Silver!!!! — and also congrats to Octavian at 1000 Fragrances for the Bronze.  I promise never to discuss spraying myself with urine again and I’ll try not to gross anyone out in comments for … what … the next seven hours?  There’s some restraint.  Lee and Louise I can’t take any responsibility for.  Or Carter.  Or Musette.  Or the rest of you smutmuffins.

112 Comments

  1. Wow, you must have been really desperate for perfume shopping and/or AC to go to THAT Saks, esp in August (was it a weekend? that’s even worse!). I’ve been there on a Sunday when I had to stand in the middle of the beauty section and ask loudly if anybody was available to take my money, and I *still* had to wait until somebody decided to look up. That said, I might have to go sniff this one, now that you said the magic word “galbanum”. Thanks muchly.

    • Wait … the one in Chevy Chase? Really? I like those ladies. I live 5 mins from the store and it has a lot, so it’s convenient for me. They figured out long ago I’m unlikely to ever BUY anything, so most of the perfume ladies are nice to me without too much hard sell. They’re way more aggressive in the Galleria…

      Galbanum. There, said it again.

      • Those ladies (and they actually were ladies) were my pee-ps for many years.

      • My bad – I thought you were talking about the Galleria. HatehateHATE that Saks. I used to have a really lovely Chanel SA there who was essential for F&F sale coordination, but when she left, that was it for me.

        Glad to hear the Chevy Chase ladies are still the exception that proves the rule about Saks. 🙂

        • The ones at the Galleria are heinous bitches, although in terms of sheer, blatant awfulness, nothing beats the SAs at the Galleria N-M. It used to amaze me that I’d take my mother-in-law in there — she clad in Chanel, carrying a BV purse and with Ferragamos on her feet — and they’d be every bit as rude to her. Baffling.

  2. Eggsqueeze me, but when have I ever not been the very ep-i-tome of ladylike decorum? You can’t see me, but I am wearing my white effing gloves as I type, for crap’s sake.

    Mazel tov on the Silver!

  3. I feel remiss in not congratulating you sooner — I knew you’d won the silver, but you forgot to toot the ol’ horn!

    Acid green sounds right up my alley; the new Vent Vert didn’t float my boat, and I’m too poor/cheap to try the vintage, but I do love most greens, the drier and sour-er the better.

    As for pee, I remind myself almost every day that it’s sterile — my son has recently developed a distressing love for port-a-potties, and as soon as he spots one, he insists he has to go, so I’ve spent a lot of time lately in small, sweltering, pee-covered plastic boxes.

    • The new Vent Vert smells like one of those dealies you’d hang from your rear view mirror, and OMG PORTAPOTTIES?!?! Fortunately my son would still rather wet his pants than venture into one of those hellholes. I am so sorry!

      • I would rather wet MY ladylike pants than…what March said.

      • Thanks for the sympathy — that and about 10 gallons of Purell will get me through this phase! And agree on the Vent Vert air freshener… maybe they could use it in the port-a-potties?

    • Natalie – You poor thing! I so feel your pain! Shelley and I were discussing my inability to go into a portapotty, whereupon we decided that I’d better get my money mojo back, as I’m rapidly developing some Howard Hughes tics!

      We had a fair here recently (the park is about 1/4 block from my house) and when they dropped off the P-a-Ps I was appalled to see several kids playing HIDE AND SEEK in those things! Later, the dad was pissed (heee-hee, see what I did there? -ok, I’ll stop) because the kids got ahold of the airfreshener cake and smeared it all over their faces!

      Okay – I’m done grossing everybody out. And yes, Urine is sterile. But it’s still urine.

      xoxoxo >-)

      • I’m a total Howard Hughes OCD public-toilet-phobe, so this is a trying time! I rue the day I ever told him what those little blue plastic houses were for…

  4. A new band called Perfume Posse and the Smutmuffins? The drum set could have big ole Mitsouko bottles imprinted on them.

    I gave the Miyake a cursory try last week in the midst of a sniffing spree. I liked the opening quite a bit and I remembered which knuckle it was on long enough to re-sniff it an hour later. It was still quite nice if I recall, but I was pretty distracted and fragrance-impaired by then. Need to give it another go, all on its own.

    Yay for the silver! Where else can we talk about perfume and pee?

  5. yay for this review!

    pee, walks of shame and sharing a pack of marlboro reds . . .some of the many reasons this blog is an award winner. seriously.

    i’m going to bed and can’t wait to see what i dream about.

    • I hope you dreamed about winning a vintage Mitsouko parfum on eBay for $12.99 and then woke up and discovered it was TRUE.

  6. Are you KIDDING me?! Love child of Vent Vert and Cristalle? SIGN. ME. UP.

    Who’d’a guessed this? Issey? I’m in your camp; to me Issey pretty much says boring ol’ ozone to the tenth power. (Although I have recently kind of fallen in love with Feu; a friend may sell me bunch of recently acquired spray vials since in her words, it smells like bilge water.)

    This is a surprise. I need to go read the grain de musc review too. See, the world of perfume is always capable of surprises. Even from Issey.

    • Oh, huge congrats on the Silver by the way, to all of you. You definitely contribute lots of joy and laughs in any given week. Thanks, and keep up the great work.

      • Thanks! I’ll be sure to keep leaving random scented crap all over the house to irritate everyone! I’ll tell them the Posse made me do it!

    • I should probably run up there and stick this in the review, but really — be sure to smell A Scent on paper (which is how I first smelled it.) IT was phenomenal. Okay, we’re not made of paper, but if you really liked it I could see some room/stationery scenting possibilities.

      Feu? FEU?!? Is that the one that smells sorta like peach pie would taste if you accidentally used salt instead of sugar? It’s …. interesting, that’s for sure. You kinky man.

      • No! Feu is the one that smells like you buried a loaf of bread in the back yard with an ashtray full of cigarette butts and some rotten fruit. And then dug it up after 40 days of rain. Or maybe after peeing on it? Something like that.

          • Wait, we’re not talking about the salty, ambery, totally discontinued Feu d’Issey? I got zippy peach, bread, or any sort of baked goods from my bottle. I am not allowed to wear it except on *special occasions* becuase my SO says “That smells like certain activities that only married people should engage in, and hey, we happen to be married, to each other even, so shouldn’t we go and….” You get the idea.

              • Well obviously YOU guys aren’t driving up the price of every last bottle of Feu on ebay, now are you? Someone out there is obviously distorting the market, and when I figure out who it is, I’m gonna give ’em such a pinch! Hey, peach pie made with salt instead of sugar… I’ll buy that. It smells good, but I sure as hell wouldn’t eat it.

                I’m still lemming the love child of Vent Vert & Cristalle.

                • Joe, don’t listen to these meanies. I loved Feu too. I guess it’s just an acquired taste. All though I don’t recall anything remotely peachy. (OK, so I might have a teeny case of peach anosmia, but still) For me it was all pipe smoke and flannel baked in creme brulee. And don’t worry, I’m not driving up those Ebay prices. But now that you mention it, I do kinda miss it…hmmm

        • How many times do the words urine and pee appear in comments today? Sigh. I need to hire some sort of etiquette coach.

  7. I think the silver is for the smut – so bum willy foo foo to you you…

    A Scent sounds fun. Love it’s ‘oh so minimalist’ name in contrast to the yelling you describe…

    xx

    • We should write our own Alphabet Book, don’t you think? W is for wanker, I’ve already decided. I have a friend from Australia who says it just to hear me laugh. S is definitely for smut.

  8. March, you nailed a quality of A Scent and Cristalle that I’ve been struggling to formulate forever: “goes well with cigarettes”. In my mind I always got “ash” and “earth”. But of course! I think it’s a facet of the galbanum dirtied up by moss. There is definitely a moss base in A Scent. Evernyl (synthetic oak moss) I’d say.
    But it *does* fall apart after a while. Not so much on me, much more on Octavian who got sprayed with my sample yesterday. On him, there was a huge whopping MUGUET note within an hour.
    Still, it’s a nice surprise.
    And don’t you love the bottle? I love the bottle. Love. Great design.

    Thanks for the link too!

    • Denyse — thanks for your input, and you’re welcome! That smell pops up for me in several of the old Estees and in Cristalle. I find it quite attractive but can’t figure out any other way to describe it (you know how taboo smoking is in the US, I wonder if I put people off with what I mean as a compliment…)

      Octavian got muguet?!?!? Poor poor man, I’d have been horrified.

      • He likes muguet. In fact, our perfume-geek joke yesterday was: I *heart* hydroxycitronellal. Not something you’d get a lot of laughs with anywhere, I suspect.

      • Oh dear, I haven’t smoked for almost 20 years, but I’m beginning to understand why I love so many Estee Lauders and Chanels now. I’ll just take it to mean that they make you think of the elegant ladies in classic cinema who were always lighting up at the bar.

  9. Congratulations on the Silver !
    Glad you’re feelin’ inspired again – you made my day !
    Nathan mentioned how awesome the bottle was . I’ll have to go check it out .
    But acid green . Not .

    • PS to you and Denyse — I don’t know, doesn’t that bottle remind you an awful lot like Vera Wang Look? Just saying.

    • acid green not for me either 🙂 but it’s always a huge pleasure to find something good where I’d least expect it.

      • Huh. And you know how much I loooove that acid green – and how disappointed I was to have it morph into that syrupy musk at the end of La Nuuuuui.

        So…Acid Green for everybody! Everybody who likes it, of course!

        xoxoxo >-)

  10. Ah, Silver! Hearty squooshes to the Posse. And smut nevah be gone 🙂

    The scent sound like something I might dig. I have been digging out my vintage Vent Vert lately, and M&H Greeeeeeen, and my nasty vintage Bandit (looking at you, Carter), so this sounds like a maybe winner….and those poor SAs at Saks-I’ll make a pilgrimage there this week, just to fill out the crowd. I’m sure there’s something I need….

    March, if you feel that you just can’t repress that abundance of smut, just page me!

    • and what’s up with “digging’…must be the Woodstock weekend…:)

      • If you can’t say dig to me, honey, who can you say it to? I use groovy and awesome and dude, mostly because I think it’s so funny. Also neat and keen. The eyerolling by the teens is phenomenal (although I don’t do this in front of their friends.)

    • I wonder if it would hold up on you? It fell apart pretty quickly on Octavian … btw I said this up there already but keep the scent strip or spray it on your sleeve, it’s magnificent on paper.

    • Okay, them’s fighting words. Why, if I wasn’t such a lady…

  11. Congrats on the Silver award and retrieving your lost Mojo! I must say though that your piece was making me feel awfully queasy (not because of the writing of course), reminding me of how much I hate, loathe, despise etc l’Eau (you know, I’m practically retching as I type this). All I can say is thank goodness he has moved on.

    And now I need to sip some water and calm down. I probably need a nice big blast of Mitsouko to restore normality!

    • Smiling at your Mitsouko ref. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve thrown up my hands in (pick some emotion) and said, well, hell, there’s nothing to be done but throw on some MITSOUKO and DAMN THE CONSEQUENCES…. I could buy meself a new little bottle on eBay.

      L’Eau is evil.

  12. A big congrats on the award! You all deserve it. And reading things like “I’d rather spray myself with urine…” is the reason I love this blog so much! ~Donna

    • The Posse has certainly cornered the market on goofy and smutty, my two favorite dwarfs. Thanks for being part of the problem. 😉

      • Oh and I forgot to thank you for the vocabulary lesson! You made me look up the word “shiv”. I had never heard it before, although I do know what a kris and a diesis are! Warning geeky information: they were both racehorses whose sire (father) was Sharpen Up! Great names!

  13. Don’t worry. Based on this review you got your mojo back. “Vent Vert with a shiv.”
    Having inhaled and expelled my coffee because I was laughing so hard, I’ll say, “Congrats on the Silver.”

  14. Congrats on the Silver! And am glad you got your Mojo back! I’m thinking that there’s no way that A Scent By IM could make me happier than reading about urine spritzing and “Vent Vert with a shiv” (an all time classic description) in the morning, but I’m definitely curious enough now that I’ll be sure to give it a sniff. 🙂

    • Well, I don’t think this is really “you” but it served to push me out of the doldrums. And thanks for the love 🙂

  15. Green green green green green green green green…doing a little happy dance…hey, is there a way to layer just for drydown stage swappage? What if I could change the final movement of that little Scent number??? Am going to give it a go, for sure!

    Hah! I thought of you this morning…am giving the dreaded melon note a test drive…and for the first 5 minutes I was like “hey, um, this is actually kind of fun,” thinking it would be a good warm fall day thing…and then I was like “well, maybe not ‘fun,’ but I can see how some people would like it,” and now I’m all “will I make it to dropping the kid off at band practice and back before I wash this off?” Oh, the long haul of a 20 minute drydown… 😉

    Sil-vah! Lovely. Congratulations. 🙂

    • PUT THAT MELON DOWN RIGHT NOW YOUNG LADY AND BACK AWAY.

      Srsly what are you smelling? You have all sorts of choices…

      • Hmmm. I’m not sure I should say…I’d get all *emotional* about it and everything…but on my other elbow crook I have something Eau so *illuminating*…(I do kinda like the other, btw.)

        • Hey, I love that one too. It seems I’m one of the few that does, but there you go. Michel R. can do no wrong in my book.

            • Hi, CC! (Waves across the ocean…ha! “waves”…”ocean”…) Okay, so anyway, thought I should clarify: I am digging the Eau, not the Emotionelle, though I think I just might need to come back to that one. March, I promise to stay far away when I do. Louise, I’m going to beach the “dig” vocab after this…but you started it….

              • I have the same book that CC has. But speaking of emotional, Shelley made me burst into tears over Tarzan.

  16. Awwww, man! You beat me to another one! But, I do have something up my sleeve that I’m pretty confident you don’t! 😀

    Is a scent supposed to be a version of CK One for the older crowd? I saw that you can get a 5 oz. bottle of it. Or, is it more along the lines of Prada Infusion d’Iris? Regardless, I will sniff it; yes, I will sniff it.

    Congrats on the silver medal over at Basenotes. I’d like to think the fabulously witty writing had something to do with it. 🙂

    • Shit, I’m sorry! I am just so dang happy to have something I liked enough to write about, even if I wouldn’t wear it. FWIW you CAN review something one of us has written on. I do stuff that the rest of you have already done. It’s nice to get more than one opinion.

      • Nah, don’t worry about it. I just like busting your onions, because I think we spend a fair bit of time on the same wave length, or should that be parallel considering how I lost my perfume mojo?

        What I have for Friday is more in keeping with cooler weather; I think after all this heat and humidity, it will be nice to look ahead towards something warm and snuggly.

      • no, no! go for it Nava!! I loooove reading more than one opinion on the same perfume, it’s how you all have turned me into a perfume addict.

      • …and we’re segueing smoothly from No. 1 pee, to No. 2 poop, and all is right in the world. Emily Post would be so proud!

        • Feh on Emily Post. Life ain’t worth livin’ if you can’t be bad.

      • And giant 12 cwt emeralds!

        And vintage champagne (which, as you know, is….different!)

        And Maybachs!

        And vintage Birkins!

        And, and…..

        CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! A well-deserved award (I’d have given you the Palladium Award, meself. I’m still snorting over “translates to ‘watery grave’ – for a hot minute I though ‘huh? No it doesn’t!’…..you see? such is the Power of the Posse, that it can make an otherwise rational person…..oh, wait. I’m not rational. Never mind……

        xoxoxoxoxo your smutty >-)

  17. I can’t really imagine your not being involved with scent. However, I’ve stored the memory of your experience so that if it happens to me, I won’t worry about it. Figure it will come back with time. I am *very* glad your enthusiasm has come back, because I love to read your stuff, March.

    I can’t stand green scents by and large. Does Bel Respiro count as a green? That’s about it for me. I look forward to hearing about the other two you sampled!

    • Bel Respiro does count as green in my book, and I like it too, so … not sure why it passes the test.

      Yes, every now and again I fall into … perfume ennui? I try things all the time that I don’t care for, of course, but if enough time passes while that happens it’s disheartening.

      • I ♥ Bel Respiro, though I’ve got to say, it does not end as green as it starts. Kinda creamy floral Chanel-y, no? With green running in its veins?

  18. March..what a great post for such a draggy, hot, humid Monday..(I’d rather be at the beach than work….but you know someone’s got to pay the mortgage!!). I love green scents especially on a day like today (wearing M&B’s Green, green, green today), so I am off to Saks to try a scent.

    As for perfume and pee, you don’t need to douse yourself in pee, just use some Miel de Bois (although real pee is cheaper).

    Congratulations on the Silver….

    • I hope you like this one! I think it’s certainly possible. And it is nice this time of year…

  19. Well, even pee would be nice compared to all those fruity florals!
    In the words of Bill the Cat – AAACCK!
    Love the trend towards green and chypres – mind you, the other day I had Mitsouko and Vol de Nuit on one arm and The Party in Manhattan, Cartier Le Must & Paloma Picasso on the other so perhaps I have a bit of a bias for chypres?? I mean, I had to be sure I needed that decant of The Party in Manhattan! 😉

    • I really need to do another AAAAACK post, don’t I? I still have my Bill the Cat logo stored in WordPress from the last one.

      I’m sure perfumers love it when I do that btw.

      Thanks, and congrats on the PIM!

  20. Congrats on silver, y’all! You make me laugh and think and sample and shove my wrists under people’s noses all the time asking “Spoogy? What do you think?” Pity my largely scent-disinterested friends who have become conversant about the various bodily aromas (animal and otherwise) by their mere proximity to me. I would like to be an honorary Lurking Smutmuffin, which maybe something I have to register with my local PD.

    This new IM sounds like it might be just the thing for the first week back in front ofbthe classroom. I was leaning Mitsouko but Grrrrreeeeeennn could also speak volumes…

    • Nonono!

      Go with the Mitsouko. Refer back to my Emergency Room post. Mitsouko will see you through. Srsly. See, with Mitsouko you get a one-two punch. Punch one: You smell di-viiiine. Punch two: you terrify folks into correct behavior.

      Works for everybody.

      xoxo >-)

      • Yeah, well thanks to you I had four different incarnations of Bandit on four different appendages the other day so what might Punch 3 and Punch 4 be? BTW, only one of them was caramelly, and I’m sending it on to CC for further testing…will report back.

        • The Posse Lab! See, I dunno Bandit, so I didn’t know – it smells good to me but perhaps not quite ‘Bandity’??? Can’t wait to hear D’s report. That li’l samp will be sniffed ’round the world before we’re done!

          …..I’m trying to process the idea of 4 diff Bandits all at once! Wow – that’s like the time Louise and March did their vintage MitsoukoFest!

          xoxoxo >-)

      • But are they *worth* Mitsouko? Shouldn’t she be saved for special occasions/victims? Why waste Mitsy on undergrads?

        I am finding the idea of wafting four different vintages of Bandit pretty exciting…

        • It’ll grow hair on yer chest, lemme tell ya. Or so I’ve heard.

        • Oh, you’re not wasting it on them – you’re savoring it on you! Short story (I hope – I tend to ramble):

          A few weeks back I had a potentially disastrous situation with my car (nut fell off the front brake as I was coming off the freeway)and after a 3-hr tour and a buncho irritation I decided that continuing on to Chicago was a waste of time, so I headed back home (I was just about midpoint between)…..it got dark, quick (it’s all country out there, no lights)

          ….I have very (VERY) poor night vision. Poor night vision + rain is bad. PNV+rain+ 75mph winds and a looming tornado = complete disaster. I couldn’t pull off the road because the trees were coming down all around us (folks would pull off, only to have a tree split in half right near them)…..

          ….I thrown some Mitsouko on, just cuz it’s my default scent…and it is strange in hindsight but I remember reflexively sniffing my wrist to get a huff of Her, just for courage! She got me through, inch by terrifying inch!

          Mitsouko (edp, parfum, extrait) RULES. Mitsouko EdT, not so much…

          xoxox >-)

  21. Oh, this sounds like something I’ll love! (Yes?? is it?)

    And so glad your mojo is back 🙂

    • DArn, R — I can’t remember how you felt about EL Jasmine White Moss? I know you like Cristalle EDT …. this is closer to Cristalle than, say, Sous le Buis. I think Denyse is right about the moss.

      • I liked the EL but didn’t love it…but still, this sounds great.

  22. The darn reply thing didn’t work. It was supposed to be seconding Nava reviewing the same thing as we love second opinions!

  23. I sniffed this on Thursday last week and was surprised how pleasant it was (I only sniffed on paper), but I don’t really have any illusions about my desire to actually wear such a scent for a whole day, so no risk of buying.

    I did rather like the new Natori though – wore a sample of that all day on Saturday and it warrants another full-day test. Well, it only lasted for about 5 hours, but it was a pleasant 5 hours.

    • Sssssssssssshhhhhhhhhhh! The Natori is coming up! Don’t spill the beans! 😉

      It was amazing on paper, wasn’t it? But I wouldn’t want to wear it either…

  24. glad to hear your muse returned! mine must still be sunning herself on a beach somewhere. i leave the light on in hopes she will come home.

  25. I think that I shall never see
    A Port-a-Pottie and not flee
    Into the pointy, well-honed words
    March writes, edits, and then re-herds
    into a scent-a-licious spree
    A gold you’d get, ’twere up to me.

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