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March 31, 2011

Lemony Favourites (by Nava)

Thanks for all the input last week on my decision to try and come up with a “signature” scent. I know going “cold turkey” is not the way to do it, and I’m starting to think that a small grouping… Continue Reading

March 30, 2011

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.… Continue Reading

March 29, 2011

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… Continue Reading

March 28, 2011


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… Continue Reading

March 27, 2011

Frederic Malle Iris Poudre

by Tom Okay, I admit it.  I’m a sample whore.  I’ll come home from some store or another with samples in hand that are of stuff that I wouldn’t wear in a million years.  Sometimes I wonder if it’s a… Continue Reading

March 26, 2011

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… Continue Reading

March 24, 2011

I Smell…Nothing. (by Nava)

I had a really interesting Thursday. I went on a sniffing expedition and was, how shall I say this: disappointed. I’ve tried to keep an open mind over the years and do my best to be an equal opportunity sniffer.… Continue Reading

March 23, 2011

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… Continue Reading

March 22, 2011

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… Continue Reading

March 21, 2011

Tom Ford Lavender Palm

by Tom  – Celebrating the opening of Tom Ford’s new boutique on Rodeo Drive, Lavender Palm is his ode to all things Los Angeles. I don’t know why lavender in particular would evoke LA for Mr. Ford, unless the fact… Continue Reading

March 20, 2011

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… Continue Reading

March 17, 2011

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… Continue Reading

March 16, 2011

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… Continue Reading

March 15, 2011

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… Continue Reading

March 14, 2011

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… Continue Reading

March 13, 2011

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!)… Continue Reading

March 10, 2011

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… Continue Reading

March 9, 2011

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… Continue Reading

March 8, 2011

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… Continue Reading

March 7, 2011

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… Continue Reading

March 6, 2011

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… Continue Reading

March 3, 2011

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… Continue Reading

March 2, 2011

Five Quickies – Patty

Nothing is really capturing my attention for any kind of in-depth review, but I do have a bunch of samples and scents running around here that are begging for a quickie, so let’s just plug our nose and do it. … Continue Reading

March 1, 2011

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… Continue Reading

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