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Exhausted Sigh

Exhausted Sigh

So. Yeah, exactly. Not reviewing anything today. It’s been a long winter. My mom just went home today after her third surgery since December. It just feels like a nonstop worry-fest for three months, too many days in the hospital. I’m sure a lot of you have done that. But The rest, please…

Parfums MDCI La Belle Helene

Parfums MDCI La Belle Helene

Parfums MDCI La Belle Helene  By March There’s a perfume review down there.  But first – thanks everyone who came out and played on Sunday, giving me all sorts of new words to think about in other languages.  I was/am totally unsurprised by the number of language geeks on here, The rest, please…

Reinvention

Reinvention

Before I forget – the Diaghilev winner (courtesy of Pickle and random.org) is LindaB. Drop me your deets and I’ll send off your sample as soon as I get my little scrab – should be any day! okay – on to the story – 55 gallon barrel: 1 Musette:     0 The rest, please…

Random Sunday: Educate Me

Random Sunday: Educate Me

By March Several years ago I was reading a book (probably a travel book) and the author mentioned the existence of a word or phrase that means the delightful sensation of finding oneself in unfamiliar surroundings, more or less.  I can’t remember the language – French?  Italian?  Portuguese?   But I The rest, please…

Darkly Audacious?

Darkly Audacious?

There’s just one rule I try to live by – if you’re going to give your perfume a name that’s a little edge, then make what’s inside edgy or at least interesting. The Pink room’s Darkly Audacious is a perfectly fine florgourchouli with notes of lemon, bergamot, and rosewood; heart The rest, please…

Xerjoff, with an aside on price.

Xerjoff, with an aside on price.

Okay, onward!   The folks at Xerjoff sent me some samples of their fragrances.  Maybe they just knew deep in their Russian-Italian hearts that I wanted to smell a fragrance line that I pronounce in my head as … well, my best guess is that it’s properly pronounced as “serjoff,” or The rest, please…

Champagne Diva

Champagne Diva

by the drooling Musette   I always wonder why the term ‘diva’ has gotten such a bad rap  – maybe it always has come with that faint tinge of Puritan disapproval and I just didn’t notice it (and it wouldn’t be the first time).  But I like the word diva.  The rest, please…

Wanna Be My "Boyfriend"? (by Nava)

Wanna Be My “Boyfriend”? (by Nava)

I’m not really in the market for a boyfriend. I’ve got my hands full thank-you-very-much. This is about “Boyfriend”, another in the sea of celebu-scents. This one is by Kate Walsh, the actress from “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice”. I don’t watch either show, but I was intrigued by the The rest, please…

Serge Jeux de Peau - Patty

Serge Jeux de Peau – Patty

Seriously? Bread, apricot and immortelle? Did Serge wake up one morning and think – “What notes could I put together to make Patty deliriously happy?” Well, I already have deliriously happy because my big, stinky double-bloom daffodils are opening in my indoor pots. When I was in Paris in January, The rest, please…

Outside In

Outside In

By March My apologies for my massive fail last week – remind me never to type the m-word into a post (m-word signifying those really bad headaches.)  Been awhile since I had one like that. Second – this whole daylight savings time – compadres, whose nonsensical idea was this?  Since The rest, please…

  Organic Pharmacy Organic Glam Fragrances

Organic Pharmacy Organic Glam Fragrances

by Tom First off, can I write how horrified I am by what’s happening in Japan?  Living in a place where that can easily happen I’d like to suggest that we all do the following: donate $10 to the Red Cross (easy as texting REDCROSS to Give $10: Text REDCROSS to The rest, please…

Olfactory Apothecary

Olfactory Apothecary

by Ann   Being sick is never fun for anyone, but having a cold or sinus congestion as a perfume lover is especially difficult. A stopped-up nose means we might have to go days and days (or heaven forbid, even a week!) suffering the loss of our precious sense of smell, a The rest, please…

Comme des Garcons Sequoia and Palisander (by Nava)

Comme des Garcons Sequoia and Palisander (by Nava)

I had a visit with a real estate agent friend of mine yesterday, and she was telling me how she was getting ready to go on her “March Break” (what spring break is referred to here in Canada) trip to California with her husband and 10 year-old son. They’re flying The rest, please…

Parfums MDCI La Belle Helene - Standing on My Head Petting the Tiger (Patty)

Parfums MDCI La Belle Helene – Standing on My Head Petting the Tiger (Patty)

I hope nobody is expecting anything profound based on the title of today’s post. But First! – the winner of the Marc Jacobs Daisy bottle that Perfume Fairy donated as a giveaway  is Alica!  Just click on the Contact Us on the left, send me your contact info, which I’ll The rest, please…

Jimmy Choo perfume

Jimmy Choo perfume

By March We’re in the middle of a typical mid-Atlantic March – hot! Cold! Snow! Rain!  Allergies!  Wild barometric pressure fluctuations!  Which has meant I’ve curtailed all new-perfume sniffage as a potential migraine on a stick.  I’ve been spritzing the old stand-by’s like Mandragore that I know are safe. Just The rest, please…

Briefly: Puredistance M - perfume review

Briefly: Puredistance M – perfume review

Real life impacts sniffing this week since it’s the end of working on a city election and trips to Highland Park to spend time with BFF, who’s cleaning out her house to rent it.  She’s moved back to NYC and is graduating from renting the place to friends to actual The rest, please…

Secret Smells

Secret Smells

by Anita/Musette I’m actually blushing as I type this. Okay…I took Carmine out for a walk this afternoon so he could do what dogs do when you take them out.  He’s a healthy dog so, like most healthy mammals, his elimination is pretty normal-smelling (given that it is, uh, poop The rest, please…

Christian Dior La Collection Leather Oud - by Nava

Christian Dior La Collection Leather Oud – by Nava

After last week’s incense discussion veered off into oud territory, I remembered I had samples of the new Dior scents, and went straight for Leather Oud. I’ve always been partial to leather (Chanel Cuir de Russie, Fifi Chachnil, Parfum d’Empire Cuir Ottoman, to name a few), but I wrote that The rest, please…

Coffee and Tea Scents

Coffee and Tea Scents

By March Brewing coffee on Sunday morning, I caught a whiff of my leftover Lutens Fleurs d’Oranger (I can find leftover FdO for days) and I thought: wow, what a great combination of smells.   The sweetness of orange blossom and the rich smoothness of coffee seem made for each other.  The rest, please…

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