Who We are – Perfume Posse

Perfume Experts?

If you had called us that in 2006 when we started reviewing perfume, we would have laughed.  Now?   Well, yeah, probably.  Perfume Posse is a perfume review website dedicated to reviewing perfume, making fun of perfume, laughing at our obsession with perfume – and YOURS – and pretty much talking about it about every day. 

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We put perfume in the context of life.  It has no vocabulary because there is no language for the sense of smell.  Smell is emotion and memory, connected in the very base of your brain where you first feel.  When you smell something, you will ‘feel’ it before you will think anything.  

For us to understand a perfume, we have to see if it brings up a memory, a wish, a dream, a desire, an emotion.  Without a narrative, it either smells good or smells bad or smells okay.  If you came in Googling a perfume you read about or used to love, look around, see if there are others that might resonate.  

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Make sure you check out Perfume 101 and Perfume 201  and the other great reference articles on the right under Perfume Education, Posse Style.  As much perfume as we have smelled over the years, we haven’t forgotten what it is like to be new to perfume, maybe new to niche perfume, or wanting to get to know all the classic perfumes, many of which are discontinued.   We’re here to help!

What we want you to know most of all is that we think Perfume is Fun!  Whether you are exploring perfume for the first time, trying to find the best perfume for romance, the best fragrance for work, the best cologne for your dad or your son, we can help you navigate what can be really confusing fragrance waters without going over the cliff.  Well, you know, we can’t promise that. We’ve all tumbled over the obsessive cliff from time to time.  We also know that obsession passes, and then a long-term love affair with fragrance can begin.

We hope you’ll settle in and make yourself at home.  Please jump in and comment on any article you see that interests you – ask questions, let us know your favorites, what is causing you the most difficulty in perfume.  Our Perfume Posse community can seem a little, um, opinionated and vocal at first, but we are very welcoming, and we love the Posse People who gather here every day.  

How do you know if you’re a Posse person?

  • You don’t mind the occasional more often than our moms would like swear word
  •  Referring to a perfume as skanky, even if you don’t know quite what that means, sounds like fun.
  • You think arguing with us about the perfumes we like and don’t like is entertaining.  We think it is too!
  • You don’t take this too seriously.  There’s a lot of things in life we need to take seriously – poverty, hunger, sex slavery, war, global warming.  Perfume?  Not one of them.  Don’t misunderstand!  We love perfume.  We also have perspective on how frivolous it is when so many in the world have nothing.
  • You don’t get terribly excited if we every now and then use a big font or a different font than Times New Roman… and sometimes in the same sentence. I know, it’s a radical concept on the internets, but we found out that Google Fonts lets us reach out beyond the 6 fonts we’ve been allowed for the last 8 years we’ve been writing this blog. We promise, the new will wear off and we’ll probably  —- naw, fonts help express a feeling, and we are feeeeeeeeeling people.   I’m lying, I have no idea when we’ll get over it or if we will.
  • You don’t get offended if one of us talks about travel, makeup, something we bought or ! gasp ! a cosmetic procedure we had.   Don’t ask, I had no idea people actually find something like that offensive, but apparently they do.   If you do, this blog may  not be the right fit for you.  Doesn’t mean you aren’t welcome – you are – but don’t expect us to change.  We ‘yam what we yam’!
  • You have your own opinion about fragrance and what you like. If you love Pink Sugar or Old Spice? You don’t give a fig if we diss it, you just keep on loving it and tell us we are perfume neanderthals with no appreciation for fragrance classics and should try it again.  And you know what?  We just might!

Our Authors

Patty White owns and is Managing Editor of Perfume Posse and lives in the Rocky Mountains.  She was born and raised in Kansas and works for a company involved in the television industry.  Her perfume exploits stretch around the world,  looking for the next niche product (which she frequently gets her hands on before almost anyone else!) as well as exploring fragrances that are locally available.   She is also a founding partner in Surrender to Chance, a perfume sample and decant business (formerly a partner in The Perfumed Court).  Surrender to Chance and Patty’s personal, huge perfume collection is the source of almost all of the fabulous giveaways we do, and we do try to note that in the posts as full disclosure for readers.  

March Moore lives in the Washington, D.C. area, and her perfume interests are pretty broad — from downmarket stuff (check out our Drugstore Cowgirls post!) to impossible-to-find vintage extraits.  She smells it so you don’t have to.  If you don’t want to.  But if you want to, honey, just get your credit card out and get busy, because what’s a better waste of time than perfume?

Anita Berlanga is really a  benevolent despot from Jupiter, though she now exists as the owner of a  Midwestern manufacturing company as well as continuing her marketing/event planning business for the luxury goods industries.  She has a heart and attitude as big as an ocean to match her love of vintage Guerlain Mitsouko and Dior Diorling.  Equal parts siren and earth mother, starting your day talking about perfume (or handbags – she loves handbags)  with Anita is a treat.  

Tom Pease writes about cars and perfume and lives in the “industrial triangle” area of Beverly Hills, CA.

Ann is a former newspaper editor and fashion writer who has been a fragrance lover since she was young, but stumbled into the rabbithole in a big

way in 2007 and has been happily falling farther down ever since. Tea and lipstick are her other passions. She loves chatting and connecting with other fragrance fans because perfume people are simply the best: smart, funny, kind and generous.

Portia Turbo is the Australian born and bred Hostess and Producer of AustralianPerfumeJunkies with no perfume credibility except a deep obsession and years of collecting, aside from some” squirt bitch work in my youth”. Fragrance writer for GayExpressNZ and Guest Poster on Perfume Posse. Just quietly she’s a filthy great Drag Queen and loving it.  You can also Catch Portia in – 


“Priscilla Queen of the Desert”

 

Free Stuff Disclosure

Hey, we like stuff!!  We’re happy to have you send us stuff in the hopes we’ll review it.  

In support of the FTC ruling on disclosures about free product, this is our policy on free stuff –   We get some perfume samples sent to us by perfume companies and their public relations departments.   We promise no review – either good or bad, if any at all – no matter how we came by product.  

We do try to remember to disclose the provenance of a sample if we can remember where it came from.  Usually we have had a perfume for a while because we bought a bottle of it, or we swapped with someone else to get it, or we bought the sample or begged a friend to send us something.  Mostly we want disclose if we got the sample from the manufacturer or their public relations company.

If you are a perfume company, we are happy to have you send us samples, but the above policy is ironclad. Just click on the Drop Us a Note to get information on where to send things.

We also have the occasional link in our text (usually Amazon) that includes referral fees paid to us if you wind up buying something after clicking on the link, which is normally about 4-6% of the sale.

We also run some advertising on the right side of the blog that also only gives us any money if you click on them and then later buy something. We always appreciate our readers hitting those links to Amazon and other online perfume stores when you are already planning to buy something because it helps support our website. 

Advertisers

If you are an advertiser, we do take advertising if space is available and your ad is a good fit for our blog – beauty, perfume or luxury goods related.  Please click on the Drop Us a Line on the Navigation bar (up there) to get a rate card.  Our daily readership numbers in the thousands, is highly educated and dedicated to perfume and beauty.

We do not accept sponsored posts, but we will consider original content guest posts from other perfume, beauty or fashion bloggers with established blogs.

 

23 Comments

  1. Dear Colleagues,

    I was on your lovely website this Xmas morning. And I really enjoyed reading it.
    As perfumelover (and also retailer) we have also our own perfume weblog.
    You can find it here: http://www.parfumerie.nl/weblog
    It is in Dutch (but could ofcourse be read by google translate)

    Here we point out, upcoming fragrances, perfumenews & perfume reviews written
    by Erik Maarten Zwaga, a perfume specialist & journalist.

    Maybe it is nice reading for you.

    Kind regards,
    Erwin de Groot
    Parfumerie.nl Weblog

  2. Does anyone know where can i get Les Bains Du Marais MUSC BLANC Huile de soin Beauty fine oil? I have been trying to find this for a couple of years. They still have different fragrances but not MUSC BLANC. I bought a couple of bottles several years ago but cannot seem to locate it anywhere. I love the clean and fresh fragrance.

  3. I discovered your interesting and exciting site while feverishly searching for information on Jungle Gardenia by Tuvache. I first used it when I was 16 yrs. old, and having just turned 61 yrs. young, I crave the smell and feeling this perfume gave me so many years ago. Yes, I must be traveling back in time, in my head, but it’s become an obsession for me to smell and wear this perfume again. If anyone knows a reputable person, store, site to buy the ” original” or obtain even a sample of Tuvache Jungle Gardenia I would be most appreciative.

    • Priscilla – I just saw this comment! Go over to Surrender to Chance (www.surrendertochance.com) – last time I looked (which was a few weeks ago) they had vintage Tuvache! It has been reintroduced as well – and is very close to the original.

  4. Hi, I was just reading ‘A Week of Tauer Perfumes’ written by Hester and found that there was no place for new comments. I particularly enjoyed the article as I am also from S.Africa and enjoyed the familiar references! I don’t know of any local perfume blogs so it was great to hear from a Tauer enthusiast living in the same country I do.

  5. I have been looking for Maud Frizon perfume and can’t find it anywhere.
    Have the stopped making it?
    Is there anyplace where I can purchase it?

  6. I have been searching everywhere in the uk to find my lovely Bal a Versailles perfume. I was given 2 bottles years ago and desperate to find it again. Bu where?

    Thank you ?Tessa Delmage

    • Finally, hello! I’ve been trying to “join” for a while now, but can’t seem to get the right spot to do so…is this the “place”? Love your blog! 🙂 🙂

      • Julie, there is no ‘join’. Just read us M-F (and occasionally on weekends, if one of us has a particular rant or weird thing to tell y’all). That’s all the ‘join’ there is. Oh…..yeah…there is another ‘join’. Feel free to ‘join’ in the conversation!

        xoxoxoA

  7. I am one of those people who get
    sneezing from just one whiff of fragrance that is too strong , but I also want
    to wear a fragrance . I know some others might have the same issue , and
    wondered if you could recommend some perfumes with a /subtle/low
    sillage , inoffensive pleasant , fresh scent – Thanks Marco

    • Marco, the only advice I have, I have some allergies too, and cannot predict which fragrances will trigger them, is plan your first try of any new fragrance about a half hour before your shower. You might end up washing off something really good the first time you try it, but if it triggers you you can just move your shower up and get rid of it. For me, it’s usually the top notes that give me trouble, I will know immediately if I’m going to have a problem.

      I forget sometimes, and try something new in the car, but no, have patience!

      That being said, I think you should start with high end perfumes, the drugstore perfumes tend to be a little heavier-handed with the chemicals.

      And a really safe thing to do would be start with something like Maroma Attar of Roses, or another Maroma oil-based fragrance, if you have a Whole Foods near you. You won’t get perfume-like endurance, but that’s what I retreat to when the Spring Allergies hit – something quiet just for me.

      Google all-natural perfumes there are many, like Roxana Illuminated Perfume, My Daughter natural fragrances, Aftelier, Tsi-Lang – they can be expensive, but if you’re trying to avoid allergic reactions, expensive is good, IMHO.

      Luck!

  8. I have just bougt mouchoir de monsieur edt from guerlain, a really nice fresh fragrance, but i’m reading some comments stating that it is better to use it during winter times. Can i have your kind and professional recommendation about that please?

    Thanks!

  9. I just stumbled upon your blog after trying to find out more about a particular perfume. My coworkers were naming “old Lady” scents and wanted to know if there is such a thing. You a great resource for anyone interested in smell goods!

  10. I also stumbled onto this website after researching a perfume I have called China Vetyver by Henry Jacques.

    I have many perfumes by this perfumer and I am wondering if anyone has tried or has any knowledge of the old perfume house in San Francisco that closed in 2011. Here is a list of the perfumes purchased from Henry Jacques Perfume house, If you have a serious “nose” for pure and unique scents… I may have a sample or two for you.

    1. Rose Bulgare
    2. Rose O’od
    3. China Vetyver
    4. Myrrhe
    5. Frankinsense
    6. Nour
    7. Osara
    8. Galia
    9. O’od 18
    10. Extrait Rose (Caron)
    11. Soiliales
    12. Teporaline
    13. Malek/Terek Highness
    14. Highness (not sure)
    15. Gardin De France
    16. Bouquet Deluxe

    • was the shop on Geary? I believe that I was there about 4-5- years ago.

      • The Shop closed in 2011 I believe.
        Henry Jacques Parfum house in France, which has made … Henri Baumann, 210 Post St., Suite 511, San Francisco. This shop specialized in one on one consulting although it may have had many creations you might be able to purchase. I was personally never there the bottles I have were a gift from a very dear friend that passed away years ago.

        Thank you for your reply
        Terrie

  11. Have you reviewed Cosmico by DS & Durga? need help. love perfume, deathly allergic to this one. what’s up?

  12. Hello,I couldn’t find your drop us a note link for your address to send samples for review.

    I am the creator of NadiaZ, and am contacting you as I believe we share the same love for natural niche perfumes, luxury and art. I would be very glad to send you samples for your reviews on my artworks.I am already listed on fragrantica http://www.fragrantica.com/designers/Nadia-Z.html and soon will be on beauty almanach.
    NadiaZ is the first natural Haute parfumerie and Cosmetics brand made in Switzerland with indigenous plants and unique sculpture pieces, each piece is unique, customizable and in limited edition of about 300 per year. They are at the intersection of Art, Perfume and Therapy. Please have a look at my website http://www.nadiaz.ch
    My cosmetics also focus on people who place their health and wellbeing first, having sensitive skins requiring trustable natural ingredients.

    NadiaZ goal is to elevate perfume into the world of Art while promoting indigenous knowledge and plants, to enable the communities to protect biodiversity and their environment while getting economic opportunities. After more than a decade of humanitarian missions, I built a strong network of communities all over the world, which is why for example I designed the bottles using Shona Stone Sculptures from Zimbabwe.

    I am a physicist and humanitarian worker and I am building my company without external investors and I mainly rely on appreciation and online medias for the visibility of my brand without any of the marketing budget commercial companies have.
    My workshop is near Lausanne in Switzerland where I store rare indigenous plants and it is open to visitors.
    I am looking forward to hear from you. Best regards

  13. Dear Sir ..

    we are company interesting in sale perfume and cosmetic in Saudi Arabia
    we want wonder about do you have any agent in saudi arabia?

    Because after look your website and your products really we like your company and we hope deal with you if you want agent or exclusive distributors in saudi arabia and middle east ..

    Best Wishes…

    Mr. Mabad ALALi
    The seven places CO.
    public relations manager

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