perfume pop-up notes winners and other musings

Okay – so before I get into the whole ‘pop-up’ thing, I just gotta ask:  are those stop-motion Linzess commercials creepy AF or what?  Every time I see one, all I can think of is ‘Reanimator’

ick! with the jerky, dead-eye movements and ew!  At least with real zombies you can see them shuffling, with their rotting skin and all.  Not all jerky- but with pristine golf clothes and a sweater tied around their shoulders- creepy (unless you’re Bill Murray in Zombieland…whoa!  how did I get to Zombieland?! Girlfriend needs to get a grip!)


Moving along…okay.  So.  Remember I was yarking all about the vintage Lanvins?  So.  Got the squeeee! little box from Surrender to Chance.  They are all absolutely gorgeous – with that ‘old’ perfume smell in the topnotes.  But when I dabbed on a bit of the Scandal extrait…….there was a ‘pop-up’ note.  I call them popups because ..well..they pop up!  They do not define the composition of the scent – in fact, they may not really have much to do with the overall composition at all – but they can cause a seismic shift in your perfume consciousness.  Because you know that note…but you can’t place it!  I remember the first time I sampled Anne Pliska’s eponymous scent.  OMG!  there was A Note.  It popped up into my psyche and stayed there, worritin’ me something awful!..I. Knew. That. Note.  From 10a on, I scratched my brain, trying to figure out what it was.  Went to bed at 11p (okay, 10p).  1am, I sat bolt upright in bed and yelled ‘Play-Doh!!!!’ waking up El O and scaring the dog.  The Scandal popup smells like..strawberries?  bubblegum? Something so out of the realm of Early Lanvin that I just know I am completely wrong – yet…I dunno.  Maybe baby lotion.  It’s something sweet.  Not bad….just out of place, yet oddly enough it belongs there.  I’ve given up trying to figure out what it is – nothing about it is dissonant and it’s not an actual note, more like the ‘smell of’ ..ah, well.  The one note I know it’s NOT?  Play-doh!


Have y’all ever had one of those happen?  I’d love to hear what pops up in scents for you!


Btw – omgosh.  You Posse who were so kind as to share your thoughts on Life – and Death.  I read every single one of them and..well, Life is Just a Bag of Tricks, isn’t it?

felixI had The Girl poke an unpolished pawnail at randomdotorg and up popped Ricky Rebarco!  Ricky, gmail me (evilauntieanita) with your details!


  • rosarita313 says:

    Hmm, yeah. My pop up note is this Ajax cleanser note – the old school scrubbing grains – that pops up willy-nilly in some perfumes. I don’t know what it is but it ruins an otherwise lovely scent for me every once in a while.

    • Ann says:

      Hi, lady — I’ve had that, too! Can’t remember what in, but it was pretty off-putting.

  • HeidiC says:

    What a deliciously weird post! Loving it! For me, it was pencil shavings in Ormonde Jayne’s Ta’if.

  • CbSutcliffe says:

    Oh, gosh, yes! I found Kiehl’s musk at TJ Maxx and was very excited to try it unsniffed at a bargain price. Took it home, and was taken aback. It took a few minutes, but finally realized I was getting “my father’s shaving products from 1970’s and early 80’s” resonance from it. I decided I would never be able to wear it or gift it to my sister so back it went.

  • Ann says:

    Congratulations, Ricky! And yep, darling M, I’ve had that happen before but darned if I can remember with exactly what (but that’s old age for you!). I’ve been loving those Lanvin extraits as well, but don’t think I got Scandal, just the other two? So beautifully old school! Hugs to you …

  • Teresa says:

    Congrats, Ricky Rebarco!