Fragrance Frankenstein Saturday – Play with me!

In comments last week, the idea of combo’ing Serge Lutens Musc Koublai Khan and Parfum d’Empire Ambre Russe on one fragrance outing came up.  I might have mentioned it first, but at least one enthusiastic and adventurous perfumista was totally in.  In the Grand Experimental Fun Game of Fragrance, we now have


Fragrance Frankenstein Saturday!

frankenstein fragrance sample

UPDATE –  here’s the fragrances I picked, and I’m wearing them tomorrow, Sunday.  I’ve warned the neighbors.  

Serge Lutens Tubereuse Criminelle, Frederic Malle Carnal Flower,

Parfum d’Empire Ambre Russe  and Etro Messe di Minuit

Here’s the rules!  Pick two fragrance monsters that you will commit to wearing together  on the same day. They can be big skank monsters, like Bal a Versailles and Rochas Femme or just big sillage monsters, like Hermes 24, Faubourg and  Dior Poison.    Oh, hell, I about died laughing thinking of those two together.  Or two of your most hated fragrances that you love in theory, but can’t wear, like Hermessence Ambre Narguile and Parfum d’Empire Ambre Russe.  Oh, hey, that is MINE!  Well, maybe, I might think up something worse by the end of today.   Or two fragrance that just don’t go together at all in your head – like Bath and Both Works Vanilla something and Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile.

And No Dabbing. You have to spray them on, at least two spritzes each.  One spritz each if you decide to go to the Frankenstein Fragrance Trifecta.

So pick your two or even three fragrance monsters, post in comments what they are and if you have a why by noon Monday October 29, 2012.  Then pick a day  in the next week to wear them all day.


You may be sacrificing bottles of vintage Mitsouko before the day is over in an attempt to break the sillage spell from hell, but all day it is. You can shower before bedtime  in the hopes of getting some relief.  

We will meet back here next Sunday and report what happened. If you can snap a picture or two of someone’s face when you waft by then, those are bonus points, and send me those photos (click up there on the Drop Us a Note or just e-mail pattywhite59 at spoofing for spambots gmail place)!  I’ll include them in next Sunday’s post.  I’ll pick two that make me laugh the hardest (along with my co-judges I’ll press into service. Um, Musette, Ann, Portia, Tom?) along with two at random, and I’ll figure out some really great gift to send you, like samples of those new Naomi Goodsirs and maybe a couple of samples of fragrances you pick out and some handfuls of samples that are threatening to overrun my house again.  

This will be so much fun!

Post your picks in comments to this post, then be prepared to tell me stories next Sunday, November 4, 2012, and send pictures before then so I can include them.  I will post my Fragrance Frankensteins before the end of the day Saturday at the top of this post asn an update. It’s probably the Ambre Narguile and Ambre Russe and there might even be some Serge Lutens Musc Koublai Khan or Angel thrown in as well, just to make things interesting, but I might change my mind.  Okay, are you ready?  What are you going to Frankenstein?

  • MADVito says:

    Being a rookie at this & having no idea about “monsters” just yet but I put on an Easter Bunny costume this morning and added Joy & Bed of Roses to my ensemble.

  • JulieT says:

    I wore Chanel 5 Eau Premiere and Serendipity.

  • FragrantWitch says:

    Holy awful grammar- sorry!

    • Patty says:

      You know, my grammar just looks awful in comments as does my spelling and capitalization. I decided to not worry about it and hope everyone else gives me a pass. I just try and get most of it right in my posts. 🙂

  • FragrantWitch says:

    Fears Mice- YIKES Angel and Bal a Versailles. You have my eternal respect. And a Montale. Either you’ll blow Sandy out to sea or kill everyone in a 3 mile radius. On an upside should you find yourself trapped by some hurricane debris and be in need of rescue, the sniffer dogs will find you damn quick. Or they’ll run away making that awful whimpering sound and run away, leaving the sniffer do profession and suffering from PTSD…

  • FearsMice says:

    Okay, I think I’ve got it: Angel plus Montale’s Black Aoud, topped off with Bal a Versailles. I’m going to do it tomorrow (Monday). I’m hoping to spin Sandy back out to sea…

  • nozknoz says:

    Frankenfumes for the Frankenstorm!!! I’m thinking of possibly Samsara plus SL A La Nuit, B) Armani Prive Bois d’Encens with something else (Samsara, Pd’E Cuir Ottoman, L’AP Vanille Absolutement, or ??), or C) Manoumalia with AG Songes. Mwaah ha ha!

    • Patty says:

      Oh, wow. You are pretty much choking me thinking of those. songes and A la Nuit alone could do it. Throw in some other big white floral on top, wow, just stunning to think about, huh/

  • HemlockSillage says:

    I am IN!
    I think I’ll go full on tales from the crypt, with a mold theme. I’ll sport Onda, Messe de Minuit and I think the third has to be Passage d’Enfer. There’s a lady at work who followed me around last time I wore Onda, asking “what is that SMELL? Is there mold?” I can’t imagine the combo of all three. I think Musette wrote about ’em once, but not with any plan to wear them together.
    To paraphrase Whoopi, “I have perfume, I’m threatenin’ myself!” 😀

    • Patty says:

      Awesome! OMG, you are going big, woman. If you had Djedi to throw on top of that, they’d probably try and put you back in the ground by mistake!

  • jennifer says:

    Thought I’d mention a good combo and a really awful one I’ve experienced.
    The Good combo- YSL Y parfum (vintage and maybe slightly off) + Bath and Bodyworks Japanese Cherry Blossom body mist.
    The Awful(or Bad&Ugly if you want) Fresh Pink Jasmine on top of Rodger&Gallet Vetiver.It truely smelled like I had cooked my hair off with a curling iron! No actual hair loss occured though.

    Nobody has mentioned Youth Dew or Aromatics Elixer yet ? I wonder what would happen if they were worn along with Tabu and Angel and Bal a Versailles,and maybe some 24,Faubourg to top it off?

    • jennifer says:

      By the way a couple sundays ago I wore 7 sprays of 24,Fauburg(spelling? sorry) to evening services . Whoops! I felt like I was in a radient cloud of scent .I’d forgotten how strong it is.

    • Patty says:

      Oh, dear, I cannot even imagine! either one of them!

      Youth Dew with something big and green like Calandre.

  • Alityke says:

    He he he my favourite night out combo really is MKK topped off with 80s vintage Poison. It’s glorious! Honest. Course in the UK we get away with much more in the way of perfumery. It has nuclear longevity and sillage so no need to top up 🙂

    • Musette says:



      Hard to render a Crrannky Old Bat speechless…but I tthink you just did it (plus my keyboard is having aa seizure here…


      • Alityke says:

        Try it!. Somehow the rose in MKK softens the witchiness of the Poison and the tuberose in the Poison calms the sweaty horsiness of MKK. Each improves the other, promise

    • Patty says:

      Holy buckets, that does sound freakishly awesome. i may have to try that myself on another day. Do you think it would work with Opium?

  • FragrantWitch says:

    Cream?? Wishful thinking (and stupid medication). Hey I could commission some!

    • Patty says:

      You had my little fingers googling up a storm. So no Tribute cream? Dammit, that is a great idea, how could we get some?

      • Musette says:

        We can’t. I already asked. Begged. Pled. Pleaded. Wailed. cried.

        Ain’t happenin’.


        Something about the oils….



  • FragrantWitch says:

    Tubereuse Criminelle and Fracas?? Holy. Crap. That combo would kill me, smothering in me in a giant rubber lady flower. :-p
    Of course, I’ll add the Pink Sugar! Thankfully, I already have a sample vial somewhere to spare me the humiliation of having to actively ask someone for a tester. Maybe it will be good for my diet and wipe out all sugar cravings in one fell swoop. Course, if that happens I am copyrighting the whole sorry idea and with my millions with buy endless amounts of vintage Shalimar parfum, Anima Dulcis and Tribute Attar cream ( where the hell have I been on that one??).

  • RVB says:

    Hmmmmmmm…I thinking L’Air de Rien on top of Absolue pour le Soir…

  • Ah, I see someone else also has The Party in Manhattan in mind. I’m getting a very late start today, but that’s definitely one of my choices. I’m thinking Le Temps d’une Fête–that should be interesting. And I’m thinking of paying a visit to Sephora and Blue Mercury to replenish some makeup supplies. Wonder what the SAs will think?

    • Patty says:

      Oh, I think you should definitely start with that one, it’s an excellent BIG PERFUME base for anything. Take pictures of the SAs when you waft by. 🙂

  • FragrantWitch says:

    Love this! I have been in such a huge funk but I adore Halloween so Im dragging my sorry self onward… And to share the pain, I will wear Angel and Messe de Minuit together. It will be like a black mass of patchouli and chocolate celebrating their deal with the devil, and they are serving big cupcakes. Maybe I could add Pink Sugar too. Good grief, Im nearly in sugar shock already. Mwahahahhaha!

    • Patty says:

      I love Halloween too! OMG, that has to be the most amazing pairing ever. I might need to throw Borneo in with something or TC. Fracas and Tubereuse Criminelle. There are just so many possibilities.

      I really like yours, and if you don’t add the Pink Sugar, I’ll be super sad. 🙂

  • Meg says:

    Serge Lutens MKK and Miel de Bois. The horror! THE HORROR!

    • Musette says:

      ErmaGAWD! My nose nearly fell off my face, reading that!


    • Patty says:

      Oh, Meg, have you told your family and friends? Thought I have to say, i hated Miel de Bois for so long, then I smelled it again in NYC at BG, and I kept thinking – why do I hate this? this is really nice! So I’m thinking you might have a winner there.

  • Musette says:

    Okay (gulp!) here goes:

    Originally I was going to go with Yatagan and something (I forget what)…but Bear is on a renovation tear right now (and he hates the living guts out of Catagain) and I don’t want to piss him off….so….

    I’m currently awash in Epic. Lots and lots of Epic. More Epic Than Usual because it’s Saturday. And freezing. He’s gone for a few hours. I think I will sacrifice my Epic Girl to

    …HOLY FREAK! I just spritzed some vintage Tabu on the left (on top of the Epic) and Carmine gave me such a LOOK and ran out of the room!

    vintage Coty Sand and Sable on top of Epic on the right. I’m coughing up a lung, here.

    Remember the old 30s-40s movies with the Chinese sailors in the ship’s hold, all sweaty and stoned on opium? Yah. Like that.



    • Patty says:

      But yatagan HAS to be used by someone in this! It’s like a Posse Tradition, and we haven’t even talked about it in months and month.

      Epic and Coty? No, no, no, you can’t do that1 I might do Opium, CB Musk and Epic. Do you think I’ll explode?

      • Musette says:

        Yes! Do NOT go near an open flame.

        The Coty is actually working okay with the Epic – Epic is jabbing at her with a spicy paring knife – not enough to kill, just enough to stun her into submission. It’s the Tabu….Dana didn’t fool around. The Epic is struggling under the massive weight – Tabu has Epic on the mat…….Tabu just farted in Epic’s face…..I think she fainted….will she revive in time? Can she come back swinging?

        Stay tuned…

  • tammy says:

    Oh how FUN!

    Off the top of my head, I’m thinking Party In Manhattan and Opium, but I do have some of that cheap 90s era Tabu, and I also have a sample of Secretions and a bottle of Archives 69, which is an odd little duck.

    Do I get a Big Brass Balls award if I dare to go with all 5???

    • Patty says:

      Yikes! PIM and Opium, that is serious, serious, serious.

      If you do all five, you get the Big Brass Fragrance Balls award, yes. 🙂 Dang!

  • FearsMice says:

    Patty, what a Perfectly Diabolical Plan! I have to defend Ambre Russe (just got my sample this week and already love it) but am totally willing to throw Angel under the bus here! Wish I still had that 90s era (?) Tabu EDT that smelled so cheap and vile to go with it. Still thinking about the best (worst) combo to try…

    • Patty says:

      Hahaha! Oh, i really like Ambre Russe in some sick way, but it is BIG. 🙂

      Angel and Tabu? Wow, throw some Opium on that and you are in business.

  • This doesn’t count, because it was yesterday, and only one fragrance—but it was the day of our enormous office Halloween party (four floors of insane); I didn’t wear a costume, but I sprayed vintage Bal à V pretty lavishly. So I was, per Shelley, I think, or perhaps Tamsin, The Skankmonster.

    • Patty says:

      Oh, that might count. Sometimes just wearing Bal A Versailles in public is risky.

      did you get any funny looks?

      I may have to do something with Messe di Minuit too, but I have to figure out the other one or two to pair with it.

  • Hey Patty,
    Today i was rocking Eau D’Epices (chest) and Vintage Miss Balmain (Hand backs), at lunch in the Art Gallery NSW Members Lounge. Then Clayton from WhatMenShouldSmellLike started spraying his recent OS trip sample grabs. I think I have about 7 fragrances on me. Does this count?
    Portia xx

    • Patty says:

      Oh, wow, how did that work together?

      Yes, spraying more than 7 fragrances on counts, but we have to know what they are. 🙂

  • eldarwen22 says:

    This is getting me to thinking of wearing Serge Lutens Sarrasins combined with CK Obsession. Or along with Sarrasins, I can inflict Arabie (Serge Lutens). After tomorrow, I will be on vacation, so I can in theory have some real free rein. I will be picking Sunday to do this because I do have someone at work that is sensitive to perfumes, so I have to watch it. I might just change my mind and wear MKK and add Happy Heart.