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May 31, 2011

Femme by Sabon

  By March Our mid-Atlantic summer has finally arrived with a vengeance.  It’s 98 degrees and humid, and I … could not be happier, really.  I’m a summer soul.  I don’t want to go run a marathon or anything, but… Continue Reading

May 30, 2011

Derring-Do (Tom)

        Derring-Do by Ineke Sometimes you just want to smell nice.  On a warm day when you’re running around you might even want something fresh and light.  Rifling through the sample ‘ho pile I came across this… Continue Reading

May 29, 2011

In Memoriam

              Memorial Day   Have a wonderful weekend.  Take a moment to reflect.  Say ‘thank you’ to a veteran.   Theirs is a tremendous service.   Now a FUN perfume question:   What’s your perfume… Continue Reading

May 26, 2011

Like a Virgin

  by Musette The notion of degrees of virginity has always mystified me – imo,  you either are or you aren’t although apparently I am Jurassic  on that one.  I get a giggle with olive oil descriptors, too, imagining that… Continue Reading

May 25, 2011

D’Orsay Etiquette Bleue

Patty’s still swanning around Costa Rica, so today Musette and March are doing a joint “she said/she said” post about D’Orsay Etiquette Bleue. One of the conundrums in perfumista-ville is whether a classic “cologne” which might last 92 seconds on… Continue Reading

May 24, 2011

Random Wednesday

by March Greetings, everyone — through the magical powers o’ the internets I am posting today, even though I am not … here.   However I’ll be along this afternoon to read your comments.  So you can either just say random… Continue Reading

May 23, 2011

From the Grab Bag: Nudité Intense perfume oil

  by that barfly, Tom!   I think I’ve finally reached a tipping point.  Not in my desire to try new fragrances but in my acquisition of the samples.  I know I am a sample whore, as I have admitted… Continue Reading

May 22, 2011

Esscentual Alchemy Part II – by Nava

Boy, that was a fast weekend, wasn’t it? It’s actually a holiday today here in Canada – Victoria Day – in honour of Queen Victoria’s birthday. It’s also a celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s birthday as well. Party on, folks! As… Continue Reading

May 19, 2011

Esscentual Alchemy Part I – by Nava

Fair warning, Posse faithful, you’re stuck with me today and Monday. The lovely and talented Musette is away on business and I will be pinch hitting. Talk amongst yourselves. A few weeks ago, Amanda Feeley, the perfumer behind Esscentual Alchemy botanical… Continue Reading

May 18, 2011

Costa Rica Smells Like

Stepping off the plane today in Costa Rica, it smells like home. Not a home I ever had, but the one I always wanted – green, lush, ripe white florals, and the smell of rain. And more rain. And more… Continue Reading

May 17, 2011

More May Candy

By March I had fun doing random candy samples the other day.  Here are some more, in order of personal dislike (worst to best), which I selected mostly by rummaging in my handbag, just for fun, to see what would… Continue Reading

May 16, 2011

Random Sunday Sniffing

by Tom     It rained overnight in LA, but this Sunday was clear, cool and windy.  So I wandered around sniffing things.  These weren’t full-on tests: I didn’t live with them or gave them more than one (moderately) discrete… Continue Reading

May 15, 2011


by Moosette Aiiyy!  We are having That Midwest Weather Thing again.  Hummingbirds and margaritas one minute, Dorothy Gale and heavy socks the next.  (at this rate we will have sweet corn in September).  Dang (stomping back up the attic stairs… Continue Reading

May 12, 2011

Great White Fight (Musette)

  A young ladypal of El O’s cub , visiting  our bathroom, came out exclaiming “OMG!  YOU WEAR FRACAS!  My AUNT WEARS FRACAS!!!”  (caps all hers, I swear).  She shrieked on to tell me how much she liked it, etc….so… Continue Reading

May 11, 2011

Garden Smells (Patty)

Is it just me, or does it seem like we aren’t getting a lot of exciting new releases right now?  So I’m looking at a couple of flankers, thinking about reviewing them and just sighing out of boredom. It’s much… Continue Reading

May 10, 2011

May Candy

By March I rooted around in the collection of vials and decants sitting near my computer, I haven’t done a random candy samples review in forever! Also:  I’m thinking we should do another Swapmania, in June, maybe?  I promise not… Continue Reading

May 9, 2011

Carthusia Gelsomini di Capri

by the gorgeous, tanned, toned TOM!   I am very happy with the area in which I live.  We have great weather without (mostly) histrionic highs or lows.  The lowest lows I’ve had here brought flurries to Bel-Air which were… Continue Reading

May 8, 2011

Winning (Musette)

  Have y’all ever sat down to write something relatively simple, only to find yourself flailing around, with thoughts of lilacs (blooming!  Finally!) , sinus infections (OW!) and Very Fat Cardinals swirling around in your addled mind?  No?  Me neither… Continue Reading

May 5, 2011

Oh, to Smell Like a Duchess (by Nava)

OK, admit it: you got up at some ungodly hour last Friday morning to watch the royal wedding. I did, and I was glad. I watched Lady Diana Spencer marry Prince Charles 30 years ago, broken wrist and all (I’d… Continue Reading

May 4, 2011

Perfume Things that Puzzle Patty

These are just a couple of things that have been on my mind for years that I ponder over and over, but have never really quite wrapped my head around an explanation.  I’m hoping you  can help me or just… Continue Reading

May 3, 2011

Perfume Sample Swap – Perfumista Etiquette

March the Maleficent decrees… Today let’s talk about perfumista etiquette.  By this, I do not mean “perfume etiquette” – e.g., whether it’s polite to offgas Dior Poison at the opera, although frankly I find people slowly unwrapping cough drops and hard… Continue Reading

May 2, 2011


Jennifer by Jennifer Aniston Review by  that  Heartless Man–Trap,  Tom Celebrity scents are for the most part, not to put too fine a point on it, crap.  Oh, there are ones that are wonderful: Miller Harris l’Air de Rien and… Continue Reading

May 1, 2011


a big, smoochy HELLO! to our guest poster, Ann!   I live a pretty quiet life these days; there’s not much of a glamour quotient for this unemployed suburban mom. Nothing too exciting happens to me and my celeb sightings are practically… Continue Reading

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