Let’s All Get Weird

Last week I posted on Balmain Vent Vert, and we had one of our quasi-regular sob-fests about some of our favorite vintage perfumes that either died a quiet, sad death some time ago or live on in a dreadful new formula (bust out the tissues and cue the Adagio for Strings.)   Then in comments we had some polite, fun discussion/dispute about which still-produced classics are worthless crap that profane their holy vessels and which are still, ya know, pretty good or at least okay.

I used to hate those posts when I was a newbie.  I’d sit there with tears welling up in my eyes and think, goddammit, look at everything I’ve missed!  If someone reviewed Jacomo Silences or vintage Diorissimo, well, I had to get online (at a fragrance discounter or, for discontinued scents, eBay) and buy an entire bottle of something that I might hate.  (Looking at you, Jacomo Silences.)   I don’t know how many bottles I bought early on that I ended up giving or swapping away, but it was certainly more than I kept, and I’ve only missed a few.

So let’s throw the newbies a bone today and yank their chain a little at the same time – let’s talk about strange.  Back in the summer of 2005 I read the Chandler Burr article about “weird perfumes” in the The New York Times.  I was enough of a noob then that I hadn’t smelled but one scent on the list – Chanel No. 19.  I stuffed the article in my handbag and toddled over to Saks and asked them to show me that Mitsouko thingamabob. (You can read through the article for the others, which include CdG2, Diorella and etc.).

The man seemed a little dubious about my mission – I’d cheerfully shown him the article, after all – and I’m just about 100% sure that he was 100% sure that I was going to hate Mitsouko.  And why wouldn’t I, right?   Who the hell wants to wear Mitsouko when you could have Chanel Allure or Light Blue instead?   He handed me the atomizer of the eau de toilette and I (again, newbie) hosed myself down; no paper strip, no tentative dab on the wrist.  It’s perfume. How bad could it be?

And y’all already know the punchline, because … I got all verklempt and etc. right there in the aisle.  Because that overheated, underloved circa-2005 kinda-crappy bottle of Mitsouko EdT was so unbelievably beautiful.  Weird, yeah, sure.  That too.

Now, I admit I’ve ragged Mitsouko EdT even before they got busy in the last year or two and took out the oakmoss, because (yes) the EdP or older PdT or the parfum is sublime.  But you know what?  The current version of Mitsouko is still weird, and I’d still rather be stuck next to you wearing it than the latest offering from Kat Von D (which the teenage girls here are wearing and I wish they’d apply with a lighter hand.)

So let’s list our favorite weird scents and say why they’re weird. And okay if you have some money burning a hole in your pocket and want to try the vintage version of Diorella, you can get some on STC, along (probably) with most of whatever else people here will name, but let’s get some commonly-available stuff on the list too.  And say what it smells like to you, please, and why you think it’s weird.

 

March’s off-the-top-of-the-head list of four scents that made me go, whuuuuuuuuuck?

 

1. Bulgari Black. Is that …. rubber? (yes.  Yes, it is.  Along with some plush green florals and powdery vanilla musk).  Expanded my framework of what “perfume” could smell like. Bonus:  great weird black rubbery disk-bottle.

2. Versace Dreamer.  Does not get enough love outside the man-boards and is not in The Guide, an inexplicable oversight.  Smells like I have no idea what.  Strange.  Caramel, tobacco and tonka as re-created by a Martian perfumer based on historical texts?  Bonus: gorgeous, elegant (!) heavy bottle.

3. L’Artisan Tea for Two.  Lapsang souchong.  Or dirty socks.  Take your pick.  One of the reviews in The Guide that I think is misleading (TS makes it sound like chai, and also boring.  Boring it is not.)

4. Santa Maria Novella Nostalgia.  See #1, add gasoline and Ricardo Montalban’s Fine Corinthian Leather.  I still can’t believe the Staid House o’ Lemony Giftsoap issued this thing.

Okay, your turn!  Let’s get everyone smelling funny.

PS  I’m now at long last doing some creative writing separate from the blog.  I don’t really want to say anything else about it right now.  I have no idea what will come of it beyond the immediate, which is personal satisfaction and a reduction of That Stabby Feeling in line at Sephora behind girls wearing too much Kat Von D.  Anyway: my posts may get a bit shorter.  Not a bad thing.  And it’s not improving my inept email and other online communication skilz any.

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204 Comments
BBJ October 23, 2010

I DO get Tea For Two as chai. Very, very sweet, bland chai. I wish it had lapsang for me. I love lapsang.

Geordan1244 October 20, 2010

On a side note, butter popcorn smells like baby poop to me - Can't stand it. I can do kettle corn, though. Maybe it's the butter (or lack thereof with the kettle corn). I also love, love, love the smell of skunks (as the scent wafts across the countryside. Reminds me growing up in rural midwest).

Geordan1244 October 20, 2010

Nasomatto Black Afghano: burnt motor oil mixed with bubbling asphalt and the occassional surfacing of other organic material

MollyG October 20, 2010

Another weirdly wearable (or wearably weird) scent: Parfum d'Empire Fougere Bengale. Sweet lavender curry. It's oddly warm and cozy on a cool fall day but a barf bomb in warmer weather.

nozknoz October 20, 2010

Stéphanie de Saint-Aignan Embruns d'Ambre - "Windy projections of ocean, exquisite amber spray" - very beautiful, but a marine amber is fundamentally weird. I would have thought it impossible if I hadn't sampled it.

Valentine October 20, 2010

I haven't been in the niche game for long, but the strangest scent I have yet to encounter is M. Micallef's Black Sea. I also made the mistake of sampling it in the middle of summer. Good Lord. Interesting, but . . . Good. Lord. I also agree that I find Black more straightforward than odd. For me, strangeness has a complexity to it, and vanilla + tire rubber just doesn't boggle my mind as much as salt + sweat + wood + sunscreen as in Black Sea.

AnnieA October 19, 2010

Weird but wearable: ELO's Vierges et Toreros -- quite machine-like.

sharyl October 19, 2010

Missoni --- very strange, ikky, weird. Sampled it because LT gave it interesting 5 star review. I keep trying dabs of it, thinking that it will eventually click with me, but no go so far. Just weird, like a mixture of bunches of things that just do not fit together and yet you can sort of smell all of them individually at the same time.

Louise October 19, 2010

Cumming and Cuba. Not saying I like these...but waaaay weird. I been sitting back, enjoying this freak show ; )

hongkongmom October 19, 2010

most weirds above have become loves for me.....i dont know weird anymore

Mary October 19, 2010

This was so fun! Thanks. March-- I hope to read what you are writing some day. Weird but wonderful to me Mechant Loup--hazelnut, whiskey, sandalwood, mmmmm. Vol de Nuit--plenty weird for me. A whiff of gas station. Love it. Kingdom-- Cumin at first, but a warm hearted vanilla drydown. :)>-

Suzy Q October 19, 2010

An unmentioned weirdo: Habinita. Thanks for this interesting post and hilarious comments!

Ms. Christian October 19, 2010

I don't feel like commenting on perfume. I'm just goddamn glad you are writing. WOO WOO ALERT-weird confession coming up. Several years ago, I was on the BART escalator at the Embarcadero in San Francisco, headed for work. I heard a voice, exactly like the commuter behind me saying something. But it wasn't the commuter behind me. It was The Muse and it said, "Your life is going to continue to be f***ed up until you start writing again." It was right. Do not pass go, do not dawdle, do not makes excuses. WRITE and do not stop. Do not listen to Inner Critic or anything else internal or external that tries to stop you. WRITE!

Madea October 19, 2010

Madini's Tuberose and Ambergris. When I first smelled the Tuberose, I thought my sample vial had gone over. Now I realize that rotten banana/slightly garbagey thing is the point. And the Ambergris smelled, bluntly, like vomit on me. Literally. I scrubbed, and was left with the sweet, warm smell everyone raved about. If I can mention a little purrfumista, my cat likes it when I hold her in one arm and spray myself with Jean Nate. I think she associates it with going to bed. Once I was putting on makeup in the mirror and Newt (the cat) came in. I picked her up to hug her and noticed how good she smelled. Suspiciously good--the little devil had gotten into some tuberose scented perfume oil. I have no idea how, since I keep them in the fridge, but her tummy smelled like tuberose.

mariekel October 19, 2010

Am I the only one who doesn't find Black at all strange? I can't seem to get any rubber from my vial -- just a nice but rather tame ambery frag. If I want disturbing waves of olfactory David Lynch then I would reach for the aforementioned Stephen Jones -- love that comment about people mistaking the wearer for an android -- and PG Querelle, which I adore. Wearing it always feels like I have pasted a miniature de Chirico on my wrists -- things are in places they just should not be in a right-side up world. There's that citrus-vetiver opening followed by rye bread and wood shavings from a very new pencil. All lying over a heart-breakingly dusty road. Man, I love that stuff!

monkeytoe October 18, 2010

I second Etro Messe de Minuit, which may be the weirdest incense I own. CB:IHP Wild Hunt, Black March, or I Am a Dandelion--pick your memory trigger! CDG: Tar--I find it weirder than either Le Labo Patchouli 24, Black, or Kolnisch Juchten Andree Putman Preparation Parfumee--it smells like driftwood--I didn't even know that driftwood has a smell. Aftelier Tango--a medicine chest next to a pile of roasted seashells, and gorgeous.

Sharon C. October 18, 2010

Glad to see the love for Niki de St Phalle--I was totally won over with the first sniff, and now search for other tagete/marigold scents wherever I can find them. All recommendations are welcome, BTW. Didn't see my SOTD in the comments: Ormonde Woman by Ormonde Jayne. Only wear it in the autumn/winter--the sharp absinthe-like aspect (guess it's the black hemlock?) doesn't work for me in warmer weather; ditto SL Douce Amere. Still not certain about Satellite's Padparadscha yet, either.

Christine October 18, 2010

One big ol' weirdo on me was Kenzo L'elephant. Wowza. When it gets colder I'll dab out a big judiciously because man can it be a spice cloud otherwise. Depending on the day I either really like it or it's a complete miss. The CDG Stephen Jones I thought was a little different, but I also found it completely wearable, and I keep waiting for someone who hates it and wants to sell their bottle at a discount. So far it seems I'm not the only one who loved it, because I haven't seen any bottles on the cheap. (Woe!) I love the weirdness of of Bulgari Black. I like to make the husband wear it. Congratulations on the new gig! I can't wait to hear about it more.

Flora October 18, 2010

Montale Chocolate Greedy/JO Malone Blue Agave & Cacao - both get the chocolate part EXACTLY wrong, dusty stale cocoa choking in the back of my throat and in the case of the Jo Malone, the weirdness of the agave only adds to the problem, good thing it's "only"' cologne, but, WTF?! I have smelled chocolate perfumes that are so much better, and I know that at least in the case of Montale it was not a budget shortfall. Blech. Some people love them though, so go figure!

Jemimagold October 18, 2010

I nominate: CdG 3- Herbal with a dash of "I am an alien" CdG Garage- If you want to smell like car grease, vinyl and musty plastic flowers... JAR Shadow - That dill pickle note is bizarre Stepahanie de Saint-Aignan Voleur de Ciels- Sweet-ish decaying, rotting flesh

RuthW October 18, 2010

Vintage Givenchy Gentleman - sweaty, honey skank that is almost urinous but not really and I love it. I can't wear Bvlgarie Black but my GRANDMOTHER loves it, she's 81.

maidenbliss October 18, 2010

March, I hope you're going to divulge where your creative fingers are taking you real soon!

Wordbird October 18, 2010

Dzing! - total horse stable to me, from sweaty beast to leather tack, to hay and dung. Love it. But it's well freaky. Love wearing it to the supermarket, but then, I live in the country so no-one turns a hair. And I think Chergui can be pretty strange - it's just unplaceable to me. (Of course I have a bottle!)

maidenbliss October 18, 2010

SL Cedre is sweet wood shavings, not an easily worn scent. CB Violet Empire: this is real. Real dirt real violet, real unwearable as it ain't very pretty. I like it. Caron Tabac Blond EdP opens with an unused diaper powdery scent. Weird. Jo Malone Dark Amber and Ginger Lily: it sounds so beautiful, but an oddity Cuir Ottoman: the whoosh of gasoline opening is strangely addictive. But I know many people, including myself, who love the smell of gasoline. Why have I never smelled BB and CdG Leaves?

Musette October 18, 2010

Oudh Weird: I recently got a GWP with my Al Mas split - Surrati Tom Oudh. I'm new(er/ish) to oudhs so forgive me if I'm just not past the curve yet but this one is fascinating because of its non-oudishness. Sort of like Oud-slept-with-Aqua Velva. Cool. But strange. xo >-)

Carla October 18, 2010

I am still hankering for that wonderful, memorable strangeness of Le Feu d'Issey. But I don't want to pay for it on ebay. So I'm trying to find something else. There's something about Comme des Garcons 3 that reminds me of Le Feu. I just might buy it. (I don't find Black weird - like many leathers, it's comforting to me.)

Disteza October 18, 2010

Histoires Des Parfums Marquis de Sade: plums and leather with a heapin' pile o'skank. I loves it. The other cube slaves wonder what I stepped in. Aftelier Tuberose and Cepes: earthy and floral, as if your white flowers grew fur and claws. Profumum Olibanum: How dark do you like your incense? Satanic? Well, here ya go. CB IHP Musk Reinvention: Smutty and vaguely fruity. Surprisingly strong as well. CdG Stephen Jones: Violets and Ozone and Metal. Bracing and cold in the best way. Others may mistake you for an android.

fleurdelys October 18, 2010

Weird is in the nose of the sniffer, so here are mine: - Lauder Azuree - lemon ice and suede - It must be said - Shalimar! - that tar slaps me right upside the head (and I love it) - L'Air du Desert Marocain - like a fire started in the spice rack at a Middle Eastern restaurant - Aromatics Elixer - eau de medicine cabinet - Secretions Magnifiques - goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway

Rappleyea October 18, 2010

I'm seconding Calypso's nomination of Le Labo's Patch 24, but to me it smells like pure ichthammol! Also agreeing with Dzing, which I like but don't wear, as it smells *exactly* like my skin smells after a long day at the Keeneland horse sales!

Style Spy October 18, 2010

Yes, Black. I have to be in the mood, but it's quite something. Yes, Tubey Crim, although it's a fake-out - it goes quite normal after that bizarre opening. Yes to Patch 24, although, again, another weird opening with a very accessible drydown. AG Ambre Fetiche is nice & leathery/rubbery & off-putting to those in search of the Pretty. My darling underloved Harissa - because it really is quite foody, only it's not the usual foods we think of when we call a fragrance "foody." It's more like salad. Which is weird. HdP Tubereuse L'Animale - tubey + immortelle. WTH thought that one up? And yet, so very yummy. Yeah, Breath of God - what... IS that??? Probably the weirdest thing I'm wearing currently is Manoumalia. Weird start to finish, and it's fragrance crack for me. I swear, once I start I could go through a bottle in a day. Huff, huff. I've never thought of Mitsouko as weird, just unfriendly. Oh, Filles en Aiguilles! That's a little weird - still can't decide if I need some. Sadly, am surrounded by girlfriends who are into the Chancel Chance Eau Fraiche Light Summer Sparkle Clean stuff, so pretty much everything I wear gets classified as weird by someone. Between my 'fumes & my shoes I'm pretty sure they just keep me around as a yardstick for their own normalcy.

Musette October 18, 2010

My current 'weird' is this gorgeous vintage No22 I just got. I'm in a honey-scented powder factory where a gasoline bomb just went off! Contemporary weird/bad is, and always has been, Angel. Like Olfacta, I just don't get Angel - it makes my head ache and my skin itch. And it gets into every pore of my being - and I'm not even wearing it! Contemporary weird/good is Aromatics of Doooom! That stuff shuts down my sinii like a steel door - but still, there is something so compelling about it. I wish there were a way to experience it from about a block away! xo >-) ps. Mitsouko is Deeply Weird in all its iterations. Yes, it is the most beautiful fragrance of all time and I worship at Her shrine and always will (I hope) but! it's got some odd moments to it...all the way through.

Mrs.Honey October 18, 2010

I think most newbies would find the older Guerlains to be weird, even in modern formulations. Shalimar, Mitsouko and L'Heure Bleu can usually be found. Heck, Shalimar can be found at Sephora. Plenty of people find Serge Lutens Miel de Bois to be strange, although since it is non-export it can be hard to find. The weirdest ever was the one to AVOID AT ALL COSTS- Secretions Magnifique.

Jirish October 18, 2010

How about Sonoma Scent Studio's Fireside Intense? Robin at NST said that it has a note like the burnt pieces of meat left on a grill. Who knew that's what I want to smell like? Glad to here that you've carved out an opportunity to do some writing - let us know what you're working on.

karin October 18, 2010

Weird that worked - Dzing! Weird that didn't work - most of the SLs

Mals86 October 18, 2010

I like Bvlgari Black - smoky tea and new Keds, how could that not be great? Could be new bicycle tire instead of new Keds, but it seems that clean powdery rubber evokes happy childhood for me. Dzing! is total Virtual Circus. I wear my sample, but not out of the house. Smell Bent One is along the same Weird+Comforting line as Black - it's old books and sawdust and vanilla extract, and I must buy a bottle before this limited edition goes away on 11/1. I find that mildewy opening of Nuit de Tubereuse very, very weird. Wearing it is like hacking my way through the jungle with a machete before getting to the wilderness inn where I can change into a bias-cut silk gown and sip mimosas on the veranda.

Ann N. October 18, 2010

I second (or third, or however many it is now) the SL Criminelle. But once you get past that opening, it's a beaut. Similar phenomenon with Sarrasins -- you get hit with a funky camphor/menthol blast but not long after, a gorgeous jasmine appears. Comme des Gardons' 2 can be a bit weird with the ink business, but I enjoy it all the same. Thanks for a great post, March, and congrats on the writing gig!

Tara October 18, 2010

I have tried and tried to get MKK, but it's all fecal, vile, wet goat stink to me. I don't get enticing skank or anything the MKK lovers describe. It's just too over the top weird to me. Good Luck with the writing March...

Calypso October 18, 2010

Le Labo Patchouli 24, burned rubber + heaven!

Sariah October 18, 2010

BTW, love the photo

Sariah October 18, 2010

March - I want to hear more about the writing! Will bug you about it when I'm "home" in DC in November for a few weeks to visit the husband. Weird but I love them would be a bunch of Serges: MKK, Borneo, TC. And one that you don't hear much about on the blogs anymore - Messe Minuit by Etro.

vicuna1 October 18, 2010

Dzongkha- I was with a guy friend the other day (a very macho man's man sort)who told me, "Hm...you stink pretty." Dzongkha smells like someone dripped some of their chai tea on sizzling hot rocks. Cuir Mauresque- traveling on horseback and surrounded by the scent of warmed leather and the memory of crushed flowers coming off your clothing. Psychotrope- so much plastic at first! But it gives way to such a soft warm rainy spring day. Yosh Omniscent- every time I smell myself it is as if wearing a completely different scent than last sniff. It constantly reinvents itself Vero Onda- a trip straight to the deep woods with a murky slow stream nearby. Earthy, decaying leaves, woods and that quiet deep water.

pam October 18, 2010

Love your writing, and this is such an interesting topic. As a newbie myself, I have yet to branch out to the niche perfumes, so many of these are only legends to me. I have a small bottle of Black, and the rubber note is great. But I consider L'Heure Bleue an odder fragrance (and it is my absolute favorite). Cacherel's Eden is pretty odd and I wear it infrequently, but my hubby always comments on it. (He likes it).

Olfacta October 18, 2010

2nd on the PdN Vie et Chateau. Sweet like concentrated white grape juice. Bois Farine. To me it really does smell like Cream of Wheat. Angel. Still don't get this one at all. Vintage (or any I guess) Rive Gauche. Too much metal for me. Nuit Noire - Yes, it's got the loaded diaper at first but then...so lush! I wear this at home, alone. Any Montale Oud (except for red) -- like opening a box of band-aids.

Carolyn October 18, 2010

I'd add CB I Hate Perfume's I Am a Dandelion. Moves from dirt to green leaves to spicy dandelion in about 1/2 hour. A wild ride that I greatly enjoy!

Nancy C. October 18, 2010

Weird...by who's standards? :-? My beloved Bandit...a green scent wielding a leather whip PdN Vie de Chateau...a barnyard on a summer day Miller Harris L'Air du Rien...my boho hippie scent L'Heure Bleu...so melancholy so wonderful Aromatics Elixir...my power scent thats like a slap in the face those are off the top of my head. I'm sure I could come up with more.

Alica October 18, 2010

For me it is Annick Goutal Folavril - nail polish remover, Costes - furniture polisher and Guerlain Nahema - pickles. I am sure I would remember much more with time passing ;-)

Francesca October 18, 2010

This is all making me want to trawl through the decants and find the Serge Noire, Loved Musette's minilesson from F. Malle in which he suggested Noires Epices for an unvoidably trying day at the offic. And you knos what? It worked!

Jillie October 18, 2010

So pleased that you are going to use that writing skill of yours! Regarding strange perfumes, can't think of anything really outlandish right now, but do hate the smell of all the new detergents and fabric softeners; it makes me want to throw up whenever I go shopping and move through crowds of people whose clothes have been freshly washed. How can they bear it?

Kim October 18, 2010

Yes indeed on Serge, especially Chergui (tobacco hay wonder), Chene (wood shavings), and Douce Amere (candied absinthe) - all wonderful weirdness. Comme des Garcons 88 8 - weird saffron, yet rich and wearable. Chanel 19 was initially a bit much even for a galbanum lover like me but it is now one of my loves. Mitsouko? For me it was love at first sniff.

Masha October 18, 2010

Well, you know me and attars, so I won't go into that! Although...I just ordered samples of the new attars that are made with vetiver instead of sandalwood, one is frangipane/vetiver! Yikes! I hope it's good weird. But my favorite Western Weird is Niki de St. Phalle, it's the oddest chypre ever made, I think. But I get a lot of compliments, and now a few friends wear it, too. Go figure. I love Bvlgari Black, but I don't consider it too weird, just that yummy rubber note. And I love Serge Noire, too! I can't believe that 1-star review!

Furriner October 18, 2010

In addition to the ones already mentioned I really love Tea For Two, Dzing! and Nostalgia, btw), I might add Annick Goutal's Eau du Fier, which I want really bad! I don't get TS's review saying it smells like a brand- new car. Perhaps one on fire!

Joe October 18, 2010

Hey! Love this topic. I also love that you've basically said, "Hi, I'm March, and a mere 5 years ago I hardly knew squat and hadn't ever smelled Mitsouko, so don't fret that you'll never catch up!" Anyway, SO with you on Nostalgia. I just sent a sample to a friend and warned, "DO NOT try this if you are not prepared for a big ol' SERIOUS whiff of gaz-oline that will make your eyeballs pop out." Love that freakshow and everything that comes with the drydown. I'm with Carter; I love the weird, but for a short list: - Serge Noire: Jarvis mentioned this today and I just spritzed some on. I still actually laugh every time at those 'WTF?!' top notes of cinnamon plus... some bitter, salty, nasty, cumin horrors... but I end up enjoying it. - PG Cuir Venenum: Someone's really sweet-tart fruit smoothie spilled all over this fine Italian leather sofa. Woopsie! Can we do it again? - SMN Melograno: I finally tried this earlier this year and came to love it. There is something so odd but compelling about it ... it's like someone hyper-concentrated the scent of 100 bars of Ivory soap... but in a good way. Upon first sniff, it was definitely one of those true "WTF is this?" moments. That aldehydic soapiness has turned into true love though. Calling this "pomegranate" is some really sick Italian joke; probably related to organized crime or Catholic exorcism.

Erin T October 18, 2010

I'm so glad I read your post and Burr's article: Burberry Brit Red! I love that stuff and have been craving it as the weather gets cool. I think it was LT who said it smells like wet dog at the beginning. It does! And yet, very delicious! The only really good (or actually, even just good, end stop) fragrance Burberry has managed so far. Yes to all your suggestions, and particularly Black. May I add Gucci Rush, as I always do? Thank you. How about Korous, Yatagan, Thierry Mugler Cologne (hey, the guy's get some weird stuff...) Love S-ex ("Essex")and Breath of God, for the less available stuff. Much of Serge is weird, of course - for the exports, I always think of my beloved Arabie, which is a nutty fragrance.

arch.memory October 18, 2010

Yes to Bulgari Black, SMN Nostalgia, Tauer's Lonestar Memories & PG Cuir d'Iris (which smells like lamb meat to me) above. Add to that Artisan's Dzing! from the article, and let's skip the unwearable revolting weirdness of ELdO's Secretions Magnifiques. Probably my favorite strange perfume is S-Perfume's S-eX (I think Chandler Burr's description of it as the freshly shampooed groin of a great furry beast is spot on!). Also kudos to PG's Pshychotrope, which I always think of as the scent Catwoman would wear. But the latest truly strange beast I've encountered (and that I have yet to wrap my head around) is Byredo's gutsy new M/Mink: a mix of astringent detergent (think drain opener, rather than soap), ink, and blood. It's supposed to have patchouli and honey somewhere in there, but they've hid them well underneath a thoroughly weird and modern facade.

carter October 18, 2010

Geez, everything I like is weird. So let's start with Manoooooomalia...

ChickenFreak October 18, 2010

Weeeeeeird! I love the weird. Of course, some weird (like Alpona below) is in the nose of the beholder. Comme des Garcons, Leaves, Tea: Dry cleaning fluid. L'Artisan Parfumeur Dzing!: All that circus stuff. Serge Lutens Tubereuse Criminelle: Mothballs, gasoline Parfumerie Generale Cuir d'Iris: Dragon leather. Caron Alpona: Damp cat that just bathed in orange-scented soapsuds. Serge Lutens Serge Noire: Volcano. POTL Luctor et Emergo: Luctor et Emergo Serge Lutens Fumerie Turque: Dry tigers around the campfire, after eating the campers. This is stopping with the weird that I _like_. There are plenty more that I don't.

Natalie October 18, 2010

1. I was thinking "Nostalgia! Nostalgia!" before I even scrolled down, and lo 'n' behold, there it is... I'd add Annick Goutal's Eau de Fier for a more wearable gasoline-fest (if such a thing exists!). 2. CdG Leaves: Tea. I love the idea of Bulgari Black, but it's a headache in a bottle for me; Leaves: Tea is tea and rubber, and it's great. 3. CdG 2 Woman. Not Nostalgia-weird, but still odd. Smells like a combination of ditto paper and new clothes from a swanky department store. 4. AT Lonestar Memories. I swear it smells like burning garbage, but in a good way, somehow. Good on you with the writing, and I hope the kiddo's feeling better.

Catherine October 18, 2010

Good for you with the writing! Perfect! My weird scent: Serge Noir (or is it Noire)? It makes me realize just how sexy cumin and sweat (BO) are. Maybe because of the layer that smells to me of campfires. A top winter love. 2nd: Mona di Orio's Nuit Noire. The way perfume should be: growling with the sexy. 3d: Borneo. Know you hate it! I love it, but could never bring myself to wear it. Go figure.