Hello, hellooooo? (tap tap) Is this thing on? Lurkers of the blog, unite! What, is everyone on Spring Break in Cozumel? I can’t stand it — you need to feed our fragile egos! Scroll to the bottom for instructions on getting your free Serge Lutens Sample Pack! But first, my notes on Marina’s blind sample post yesterday:
I’m not going so far as to say I’ve now learned I should be more sensitive about my comments, because that would be a complete lie. However, I want to offer Marina an on-my-knees apology for my cruel comments about her Beloved Namesake.
I will put on my Perfume Pro hat here (it’s the one with the giant nose on the brim and a whirligig on top) and say that, like any other two people in a fragrance Venn Diagram, Marina and I appear to have some shared loves (Dior Cologne Blanche, for instance) and some, uh, not-shared loves (Ambre Russe springs to mind here.) When I refer to “skank” I’m thinking of a civet dressed in organza (like Jicky), while Marina has a much higher tolerance for those dark, leather-vodka-spice-woods scents. So I’m not especially surprised about the Marina de Bourbon. What does surprise me is the notes listed! On me there is nothing that registers as the floral bouquet you’d expect. It is amber and, well, you know. However, I will note that I have had this reaction before to fragrances with a long list of disparate notes (watermelon, marigold, orris, praline). I wonder whether I just can’t sort them out? I also think things register very differently on our skin. Look no further than Marina’s post yesterday on SMN Kyoto, which is a big bloom of hyacinth on her and an esoteric Japanese incense on me, it’s like we’re smelling two completely different fragrances. And, in a sense, we are.
Caleche Eau Delicate! Of course. I have a decant of the regular. The Hermes frags are wonderful, aren’t they?
The Demeter Russian Leather: I like their weird “masculines.” Thunderstorm is fabulous. I just hate their sweet, nasty cocktail ones, though. Will probably get myself a cheap bottle of this, I bet they have it at Sephora.
Melodrama: okay, feeling pretty pleased with myself on this one. But powdery is just not my thing.
Gendarme Sloth: hah! After Scentzilla ragged on these I went and smelled a couple at Sephora, and they were so awful I just gave up. The SA there said they’re not exactly flying out the door. Look for this on clearance soon! I went back and re-smelled, and this one I kind of like.
Riga Women: Iris + magnolia = paint thinner, at least on me. How can they smell so great in real life and so awful on me?
Guerlain Vitalisant and Apaisant — Well, of course I’d really like the two discontinued Guerlains, what else is new?!?! I do think our shared chocolate note is interesting, I wonder what’s adding up to chocolate in there? Patty and I will have to work something out or we’ll be sniping the same stupid bottles on eBay.
Marina, thanks, this was really fun. I’m now putting on my fake mustache and moving to Argentina before you send the Russian mob after me.
But before I leave town… I need to do something about the completely out-of-control fragrance decant and sample situation over here. So. I’m going to start attempting to group my duplicates and triplicates by some sort of theme (a theme other than, whoa, I have too much of this!) and mail them, ABSOLUTELY FREE, to the lucky winner who will be selected from among the folks who comment in the section below “I want your samples” or something to that effect. This will be my first attempt at a giveaway, and if it’s successful, other giveaways of other fragrances will follow, probably in my Candy Samples posts. Note: these are SAMPLE vials, some of them larger, some of them atomizers, some of them tiny. But they’re free.
I will wait a couple of days, number the comments, and ask First Daughter to Pick A Number. Check back for the lucky winner… this is for samples of (so far as I can remember) Serge Lutens Douce Amere, Chergui, Fumerie Turque, Tuberose Criminelle, Santal Blanc, Citronnier, and maybe others from my Candy Box, if I dig around more carefully.