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  1. bookhouseshell
    December 30, 2011

    2011 is is my premiere as a budding perfumista. A year ago I quit smoking (for the 8th and FINAL time) and as a reward splurged on that gateway drug “Beginner Classic & Niche Sampler Pack (Perfume Posse Blog Picks”. Well, what can I say? One think led to another, and this year I’ve tried well over 500 fragrances, spent WAYY too much time and money at the bay, the 1 and BE, became acquainted with skulking about dept. stores & the MOA, shmoozing with SAs, swapped, split and swooned. It’s just too much experience for words.

    I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank the folks at PP, and the community at large. A toast to you all! Here’s to a wonderfully fragrant 2012!

    • Musette
      December 30, 2011

      I think that’s a wonderful swap, perfume for cigs! ^:)^ Glad you have joined the rest of us nutballs – it’s a lot of fun, innit?

      xo >-)

    • Lauren S
      December 30, 2011

      I also quit smoking and began my perfume journey this year! Congrats to you!! I know we both smell and smell much better. :d

      • Ann
        December 30, 2011

        Congratulations to you both for kicking the habit! Way to go!

  2. Marsi
    December 30, 2011

    This has been a year of no great new discoveries for me. I do like Bottega Veneta quite a bit, but its stay on my skin is so fleeting that I haven’t purchased it. Instead, I’ve been like March, tapping into old favorites. Coco (my signature since it came out)and Shalimar, primarily, with the occasional No. 19, Samsara, Youth Dew oil, Chamade, and Opium thrown in to mix things up.

    You know, they just don’t make scents like that anymore. I don’t understand why a woman would rather smell like a bag of candy than a grown-up.

    • Musette
      December 30, 2011

      ;)) on the bag of candy. I hope we’re coming to the end of youth-obsession soon. But I doubt it. I like the idea of grownups!

      xo >-)

  3. Sherri M.
    December 30, 2011

    I’m right on the same page with Ann with the Belle Helene. I also loved New Look 1947 (or did that come out in 2010?), Lubin Black Jade and Prada Candy.

    Blessings to all and I hope you each have your best year so far!

    • Ann
      December 30, 2011

      Hi, Sherri! So glad to hear you liked New Look, too — I’m a big fan of it as well. I liked Prada Candy but have yet to try the Black Jade. Blessings and a happy New Year to you and yours!

      • Musette
        December 30, 2011

        Doesn’t matter if it came out in 2010. If you found it and loved it in 2011, then it’s a 2011 winnah!!! :d

        xo >-)

  4. Robin
    December 30, 2011

    I go (way) out of my way to source all of our meats at local farms and farmer’s markets, and then yes, we eat Trader Joe’s pork shu mai but the bucketload — it’s my son’s favorite after school snack. I’m just waiting for the first recall, ack.

    Happy 2012 to all of you!

    • Robin
      December 30, 2011

      (oops, meant “by the bucketload”.

      • Musette
        December 30, 2011

        I KNOW! =)) It’s just weird, innit? We just bought a half-:@) and a half 3:-o from our neighbor – and I’ve looked both those dogies in the eye many times – I know they are antibiotic-free, humanely-kept, grass-fed (the cow) ….and so on…….

        …and then I suck down the TJs like there’s no tomorrow!

        :-?

  5. mals86
    December 30, 2011

    Gosh, Centennial! thanks so much for that, Miss A. I should hate it along with all the other fruity chypre things that Try To Rip Out My Flippin’ Guts (Mitsy, So Pretty, PdTherese, you know) – but I don’t. It’s… cozy.

    I liked Prada Candy and Jeux de Peau but I don’t feel the need to buy them. I did like Esprit d’Oscar, too. Is it wrong of me to feel that it was a version of New Look 1947 that didn’t escape my grasp? The Dior was so, I dunno, slippery. I couldn’t get a handle on it.

    Tableau de Parfums Miriam was without doubt my Best Beloved of the Year.

    And I fell really hard for DSH Chypre. Discontinued now, of course (sad face).

    • mals86
      December 30, 2011

      (Alahiiiiiiine is the ONLY way to type it. Just sayin’.)

      • Musette
        December 30, 2011

        apparently it’s also the only way to say it. I’ve never heard anybody just say ‘Alahine’. It’s :-? – I would love to know what’s floatin’ y’alls boats with that…

        You and I are Venn EST/ST. Just when I think we’re in 8-x I find us in total sync. Such is the glory, I guess!

        Miriam! Also just flat-out lovely! It didn’t snag me like it did so many others but there’s no denying its beauty!

        xo >-)

      • Ann
        December 30, 2011

        Hey, Mals, glad to hear you like the Oscar. I need to try that one.

  6. carmencanada/ Grain de Musc
    December 30, 2011

    Finding lots of my loves here! I definitely could have added La Belle Hélène and Indochine, and I’ve been trying forever to catch up with the ever-increasing Amouage line… As for Lorenzo Villoresi, I didn’t have enough time in Florence to go to his boutique, which apparently is quite magical (I had an afternoon between the train and being picked up by friends, and focused on the art). But I’ll definitely check out the Ylang Ylang next time.
    Love and hugs to all you wonderful people, and a very happy New Year!

    • Musette
      December 30, 2011

      Same to you, darling! I wish I’d had to choose between Villoresi and art in Florence. Instead it’s a choice between ~:>s and 3:-os in IL. Oh, well.

      xo >-)

      • mals86
        December 30, 2011

        You COULD have a choice between cows and, er, cows. In Virginia. :)

      • Musette
        December 31, 2011

        LOL! actually here it’s more Pigs than cows – we do a LOT of :@)

        xo >-)

  7. Victoria
    December 30, 2011

    I also would have included L’Heure Fougueuse, but for some reason I thought that it was launched last year. At any rate, it is such a beautiful, distinctive fragrance.

    Happy New Year, everyone! May all of your wishes come true!

    • Musette
      December 30, 2011

      Doesn’t matter when it was launched. We’re looking for What Smote You. And if you chose Fougueuse you are Aces with me! ^:)^

      xo >-)

  8. Elizabeth W
    December 30, 2011

    Anita, I didn’t get much from Alahine either…just sayin’. Nice enough but didn’t knock my socks off. Maison Margiela Untitled was like the dirtiest ashtray–a true scrubber for me. Disappointing because the opening was interesting. And 15 minutes later, a no go.

    Among the ones I did find and love this year: L’Artisan Traversee au Bosphore, Ormond Jayne Woman. I’m still saving up for full bottles of Tauer’s Miriam and DSH Pandora and Vert pour Madame. If I had a sudden windfall, I think I’d get Mona di Orio Vanille.
    Happy New Year, y’all!

    • Musette
      December 30, 2011

      :o on the MMM! I like it a lot – very crisp and green – and it smells incredibly beautiful on Missy March.

      Thanks for the solidarity on Alahine. I was starting to doubt my sanity!

      xo >-)

  9. Kate S.
    December 30, 2011

    Ack! You remind me that I have yet to track down some La Belle Helene after a mere spritz from a perfumist who had a Secret Advance vial of it. We stood in Harrod’s Roja Dove boutique together in London and he spritzed it on me and I went a little woozy (osmanthus, right?). This was the highlight of my visit to the RD boutique.

    I too quite like Bottega Veneta. It is a good office scent and I wore it to a training and I doubt I offended anyone. Its Daim Blond “Lite” to me. In a good way.

    Picked up some Maison Martin Margiela Untitled too. Mr. S said he “loved” the galbanum opening and thats a winner for me.

    Eau Eternelle by Sabine Poncet was a big hit for me too. She’s quite creative and the scent is rather unique. I think the rosemary/moss add a lovely dimension I’ve not encountered elsewhere. I think that is all for me in 2011.

    • Musette
      December 30, 2011

      Rosemary/moss sounds like a really intriguing combo!

      xo >-)

  10. Kate S.
    December 30, 2011

    Andy Tauer’s Zeta! How could I forget? I won an entire bottle! Love, love, love it. Its sort of like a fragrance Festivus for the rest of us as this is the perfect Tauer fragrance for moi.

    • Musette
      December 30, 2011

      Festivus! For the Rest of Us! ^:)^

      Congratulations on the Zeta! Isn’t it great when you love something? Especially when you get it in a ‘win’!!!

      xo >-)

  11. LindaB
    December 30, 2011

    Happy New Year kids!! I didn’t venture into trying too many new things this past year. Instead, I revisited my classics and enjoyed smelling them from a more mature (ahem) perspective. I did play around with some Pacifica’s which are practically free. The Nerola Orange Blossom is truly genius. I broke down and bought a bottle of Coco in the Fall and have been wearing it throughout the holiday season. It’s perfect.

    • Musette
      December 30, 2011

      I think it’s hysterical that we all consider Pacifica practically free – I know I do!! ;)) – their stuff is lovely, imo! My next splurge is the Tibetan Temple (?) creme. Looks like they’re having a sale on certain things, too! :x

      xo >-)

      • Joanna
        December 30, 2011

        I think my favorite new scents this year were 1000 Flower’s Réglisse Noire and Miriam from Tableau de Parfums. Oh and I so enjoyed Creed’s Royal Oud. I am wearing Miriam today and it really bloomed on my skin much better than it did when I won samples this past summer.
        I was excited by smaller niche perfumers and just sort of “Meh…” about big houses who failed to produce big scents.

        And getting back to Musette’s comment of Pacifica above, I love love love their Avalon Juniper and the Sandalwood.

      • Ann
        December 30, 2011

        Hi, Joanna. Thanks for mentioning Creed’s Royal Oud — I’d forgotten about it but I really liked it too. Very smooth, but way too spendy, so when my sample vials are gone, guess I’m done.

      • Ann
        December 30, 2011

        Note to self: must try the Pacifica line, especially the Avalon Juniper and that Tibetan one. Does Sephora still carry it, does anyone know?

      • Musette
        December 30, 2011

        Whole Foods does – I haven’t seen them at Sephora – but I wasn’t looking! Now I will look.

        xo >-)

      • Julie
        December 30, 2011

        My Sephora has them, but only about 6 or so of the fragrances. Whole Foods seems to carry more of the line.

      • Ann
        December 30, 2011

        Thanks, ladies! I will be on the lookout for them at both spots.

      • Joanna
        December 31, 2011

        It’s way to expensive for my blood too. I’ve ordered samples several times though.
        The Spanish Amber from Pacifica is nice too. I like to use the Sandalwood and the Amber to layer with other scents.

  12. Madea
    December 30, 2011

    My major find was Nanette Lepore Nanette. It’s pretty obscure, I think, but it starts with super tart fruit skin (think green, under ripe mango) and progresses to amber and flowers. It’s awesome.

    Aromatics Elixar. A friend gave me a mini of it and it’s half gone, which is rare for me. I’ve never smelled anything that compelling brutal. It’s like Sandor Clegane* in perfume form. Don’t call it ‘Ser’.

    Violet Blonde. I’ve never owned something so sophisicated and pretty. It makes me feel like Narcissa Malfoy, for some reason. That’s a good thing, especially if it comes with a side of Jason Issacs (I can hope…).

    Wasn’t impressed by Eli Saab Le Perfume. It smells pretty much indentical to the NL. On the plus side, in a few years I can get a bottle at the discounter. The NL seems to have vanished off the face of the darned Earth.

    *A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones

    • Musette
      December 30, 2011

      Aromatics of DOOOOM! :o “compellingly brutal” – I LOVE that! Great list!

      xo >-)

    • Joanna
      December 30, 2011

      Oh I love a gal who can mix perfume with Game of Thrones. ;)

  13. Lisa D
    December 30, 2011

    I thought Bottega Veneta was quite nice, really liked Jacomo Art Collection No. 08, and fell in love with a sample of Vero Profumo Rubj.

    • Ann
      December 30, 2011

      Yay, Lisa, another BV fan! I can’t wait to try the body products as well.

  14. hongkongmom
    January 1, 2012

    Not sure where time is going…but it is so fast..Happy Near Year to all. Hope you have had a really relaxing and special New Year. I have enjoyed BV and Violet Blonde but find them both fleeting. I have fallen hard for fracas, sigh, which I has been a nonono for me along with Angel for all these years..I am also going back to try Le Gout for the 3rd time. Who would have ever thought!

  15. Angelina
    January 1, 2012

    Happy New Year 2012

  16. Lisa D
    January 1, 2012

    Happy January 1st! I hope this year is filled with fragrant wonders for all of us.

  17. lemonprint
    January 1, 2012

    Thank you so much, both for the knowledge that there’s one other perfume nerd out there who isn’t in love with Alahine, and that I really, really, really need to get a sample of Miriam.

    Thanks so much for a great year in perfume and blogging!

  18. Nan
    January 5, 2012

    I can tell you where Woody Harrelson was when you wrote this. He was on Maui. I know because my son played soccer with him at a couple of pick up games in Paia and has a photo to prove it. Alas, I can’t help you with the escape limo.

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