Smell that Smoke?

Yeah, that’s right, we have been brainstorming, and there’s a cloud of smoke and fumes coming off of our collective brains that is just fierce.

It is time for some Perfume Posse gear and just good perfume slogan gear, so we have a double contest to get us there.

First part of the contest — what do we put the slogan on? We are thinking t-shirts are… out… too many sizes, just difficult to plan for without spending a small fortune. Maybe we’ll do that later once we become a worldwide perfume-reviewing conglomerate *heavy snark*. Well, yeah, the t-shirts are right out. So the potential choices are good-looking ball caps, the ones that fit closer to the head and aren’t “trucker” hats — which mystifies me why those ever came back in style. They are worn by farmers and truckers, usually covered in dirt, sweat and completely bent out of shape. No self-respecting farmer ever wore a brand new hat anywhere but out to the field to break it in. Sorry, off topic… again. So a hat, a USB jump drive, a mouse pad, a travel mug — insert your entry here. If you can come up with something else, that’s a part of the contest. Suggest your idea for “thing to put it on” in the comments, and the thing that we wind up using will be put up as a choice for you to vote for the winner.

Second part of the contest — logo. Maria and Elle already have entries, even though they don’t know it. I hope i wrote these down right, but Elle’s is “Life is short… perfumes are many.” Maria’s entry is “So many perfumes… only one skin.” Those are the first two entries, and we are looking for more! We’ll leave the comments open for a week to take entries. Once it is closed, we shall confer and vote and narrow it down to a manageable number, and please don’t be hurt if we don’t take yours — there are no hurt feelings in perfume. But as incentive to have you give it your best shot, I’ll have another drawing from those making an entry in either phase of this today, and be giving out their choice of two Serge Lutens samples.

We’ll then take the slogans and the “thing to put it on” in a vote for all of you to decide. The winner of the slogan contest and the winner of the “thing to put it on” contest will each get the first “thing” we put the slogan on, plus a couple of perfume sample goodies I’ll put together as a thank you for everyone’s entry that gets used in the vote.

Okay, you clever people and even unclever people, the comments are open for your submissions. And if you think you are unclever, give it a try anyway. I was so unclever as a child, my my daddy always used to tell me … even a blind hog finds an acorn every now and then.

  • carlene says:

    I’m new here, but already I’ve got one! Ready?

    ~Nice Sillage.~

    (with smaller PP logo beneath)

    (On a mug or small tote.)

  • Amy K. says:

    Gah, all I can come up with is Noses in the Know.

  • Annie says:


  • Annie says:

    :dOMG….this is so great(you can tell my life is soooo exciting).Anyway:THE PERFUME POSSE/ALWAYS ON THE FRAGRANCE TRAIL…I agree on large coffee mugs,or transfers….we could put them on ANYTHING,girl.

  • Katie says:

    “Spritz first, ask questions later.” Ideally, this would be the motto on a perfume holster.

  • evilpeony says:

    Wait, wait… perfume posse… im rushing mine through the door cracks 🙂

    Slogan” First, do no oversptrizing” Oath of Hippocrates (Hippocrates gets stricken out and replaced with Perfume Posse)

    Okay… it’s a bit too cerebral… but it’ll look great on a sticker that you place over a decant storage box. 🙂

  • “Let Us Spray” – in “churchy” script on a nice lace trimmed hanky, or on a box for storing decants.

  • Anne says:

    Wait, wait… one more!

    Scent Freedom.

    Find your niche!

  • Patty says:

    Okay, all of you guys are officially incredibly clever, thank you!!!!

    We’ll be conferring and narrowing it down and hopefully will put up a voting poll for both contests next week!

  • Anne says:

    Keychain idea is great.

    “Niche fragrances…. Where do you fit in?”

    or variations (I can’t decide)

    “Niche fragrances……We all fit in.”

    “Wanna hear my 2 scents?”

  • Cheezwiz says:

    OOps sorry, I was trying to reply to Charucaya’s “Prozac” post! I slotted it in the wrong spot. Ignore me. Must stop drinking now.

  • Cheezwiz says:

    Oooh I LOVE this slogan! Perfume is certainly MY anti-depressant of choice!

  • Cheezwiz says:

    How about some of those wee little notepads – you know, like the kind real estate agents are forever stuffing into my mailbox.
    Except these would be much cuter of course – instead of a photo of some boring smiley guy in a suit, they could feature cute PP graphics.

    People could tuck them into a purse write notes on them during perfume sniffin’ expeditions.

    Slogan – “All the sniffs that are fit to print!”:d

  • maggi says:

    I want a car air freshner–for my car or for my locker at the gym–and I want it to say: I know something you don’t know

  • Nina says:

    How about perfume strips (or ‘spills’ as they’re elegantly known in Roja Dove’s)? I often use them as bookmarks, and they scent my books beautifully!

    Possible slogans: ‘Smell me and weep’, ‘Yes, it [i]is[/i] my perfume, but you can’t afford it’, ‘Skank, beautiful skank’, ‘If heaven smells like Angelique Encens, kill me now’.

  • Katie says:

    The phrase “Huffing ‘Fumes” comes to mind. Somehow I think it’ll be deemed unsuitable though 😉

  • Rosalva says:

    Along the lines of the earlier suggestions, how about “Life is too short to smell the same… Spray it on” or “Behold the Power of Scent”

    Also, mugs are always welcome. Keychains and pens too.

  • violetnoir says:

    So much perfume…so little time. OR


    Don’t forget to stop and smell the perfume. OR

    Perfumeposse…making the world more fragrant one spritz at a time. OR

    Perfumeposse…shamelessly devoted to all things fragrant since 2004 (or whenever Patty started writing this blog).

    Anyway I love a good pen or coffee mug. Also, a mini-perfume bottle would be perfect…Maybe perfumeposse should develop its own perfume/body product line???


    • violetnoir says:


      Perfumeposse…reading us just makes scents.


      • violetnoir says:

        Wait a minute…what’s wrong with your current logo at the top of the page? It’s totally cute.

        Or your former logo, something about “Shamelessly sniffing scents from around the world,” or something like that. That was even cuter!


  • Dana says:

    A mug would be perfect. As for a slogan, well gee, guys, don’t you ever look at your own blog header? “Slaves to scent” – if you used the current color scheme and the naughty angel pics along with it, it would be just too cute.

  • Victoria says:

    What a great idea! I keep having a vision of three wise monkeys, plus a fourth one smelling a flower. 🙂

  • IrisLA says:

    A lanyard with Perfume Posse’s colors and logo. People can always use lanyards for keys, glasses, cell phones, etc.

    Slogan: Perfume–the fragrance of life.

  • BBliss says:

    OK – how come someone hasn’t suggested something along the lines of the so-very-elegant beer coozie??? We find them very useful during our hot summers – and have quite a collection. They’re just like coffe mugs in us never having enough…

    The pitbull friend’s “Sniff Me” would fit in nicely on the product. Or something equally pithy…

  • Amarie says:

    Love some of the comments.Definately support the sample bag or box. And the cup.
    Slogan: Perfume. Life’s survival kit.

  • Rebecca says:

    “The fragrance of her perfume lingered …”

  • Masha says:

    I would wear those panties! Dharma Trading sells nice cotton ones, ready for printing…. (I don’t work for them!) I like the idea of a mouse pad, too. For a slogan, hmm….
    “Image is Nothing. Scent is Everything.”

  • Maria B. says:

    Well, I’m not going to try to improve on the slogan I produced accidentally. Those are frequently the best jokes, like the time we were in a bookstore and my DH asked the clerk, “Excuse me, do you carry Granta?” (Granta is a lit mag.) I laughed like crazy and the DH just looked at me with a puzzled expression.

    As to what to put it on, I vote for a mug, since so many of us drink our morning hot beverage while reading your antic posts. If it were possible, the mug might have cool pictures of sharp gal(s) and guy wearing cowboy holsters (because of the posse theme). Those of us who are afraid of ourselves would have to buy more than one so that we would be willing to use them instead of preserving it in a sort of mug shrine (top shelf).

  • tmp00 says:

    I like the keychain idea..

    “Smell me”

    “sniffing this is legal”

    “yes, I do smell good”

  • Louise says:

    Yup, Patty-Frag Hag is in use, and soooo not us…From Urban Dictionary:

    Frag Hags are a group of women obsessed with perfumes, and spend 24 hours a day, 7 days a week posting about it on various internet fragrance forums such as (perfume posse?) makeupalley. They frequently brag about their obscenely huge collections, and swap decants that have been watered down with urine. Frag Hags pretend to be sophisticated Jane Austen-type heroines, however most are fat, middle aged, frumpy housewives with a PHD (Plain Highschool Diploma). They guard their perfume forums fiercely, and most newcomers are immediately pegged as trolls and kicked off the perfume boards with some ‘troll spray’.

    • pitbull friend says:

      I BEG their pardon! I am not a housewife! :d Wow, I had never heard of Urban Dictionary before. Now I won’t browse it again at work (It’s rude, in several senses of the word.) But I liked their idea of a “gateway fragrance.”

      We’ll need an extensive line of PP products — too many great inscriptions and product ideas.

  • hausvonstone says:

    Slogans: Perfume is my co-pilot? sigh. all I can think of is bad jokes. how about “The Blog that Launched a Thousand Sniffs”??? “WE SMELL” ??? “Smellegant”???

  • James Dotson says:

    I am amazed that no one has used this one yet, and per google there is no website, so it is yours for the stealing:
    The technical definition is one who is sexually aroused by odors, but I believe it can be generally meant to be anyone who is obsessed by all things smelly. It would look good in bold font on one of those stickers that you see skate punks affixing to everything.
    Your faithful olfactophiliac, James

  • Teri says:

    This will probably skew waaaaay too high on the scale of affordability, but I was thinking the other day how lovely it would be to have a crystal perfume flacon charm or pendant. To personalize it to your site, you could design an interlocked PP logo that could be printed on the ‘cap’ of the charm or pendant.

    This idea is probably more for when you achieve ‘worldwide perfume reviewing conglomerate’ status. lol

    In a less rarified vein, the big marketing deal in my circles at present is personalized mesh laptop carry cases. Of course, the majority of them are a boring black with white imprinting. I’d be thrilled to carry one in a more feminine color, maybe a magenta or a lipstick red. 😉

    And here’s my overly-long slogan entry:

    Perfume Posse: Making the world a more fragrant place, one wrist at a time.

  • Lavanya says:

    I got another one: what about a draw string purse with ‘the scent of a woman’ on it..:)

  • chayaruchama says:

    I was reserving this for future purposes-
    How about:
    “Perfume is My Prozac”…?

    Would be great on a T, hat , keychain, whatever.

    P.S.- Watch for the mail ! [Love you !]

  • Robin says:

    Luckyscent is using it on a postcard, so not a real entry but loved it so thought I’d share: “neglect not they sense of smell”.

  • Lavanya says:

    I meant mirror not mirrow

  • Lavanya says:

    I was just going to sugggest a mirrow..:)
    I like the idea of the mini atomiser,the key ring with the mini bottle too…also..what about a jewellery box or a box to keep samples,or even a wrist band with a perfume slogan: I love perfume on my wrist..:P..or ‘sniff me’ as someone suggested.Or maybe on a bracelet..
    I smell therefore I am (another bad take???)..

  • Anna says:

    How about a small purse mirror? With the logo, maybe the tag line could be “I smell good!” or “Smella good!”
    Or maybe some scent strips you could bring along to the perfume counters to test.
    An umbrella is always useful.

  • sarah says:

    Perfume is happiness you can pour on yourself … (bad twist on Ralph Waldo Emerson) Tote bags! Sarah P

  • agritty says:

    “She came, she smelled, she conquered.”

  • Kelly says:

    Put it on postage stamps!

    • Patty says:

      No way! I had to look, that is so cute. But since I/we are lying to the post office daily as we all send our little scented packages back and forth, maybe we shouldn’t let them in on it? :)@-)

      • Kelly says:


        I love coffee mugs, especially the big travel mugs, also the big water jugs. LOVE the idea of the keychain. Would like to see the little vixens from the webpage. They’re so cute!

        What a fun idea!

  • Sexy Sadie says:

    What a great theme!

  • pitbull friend says:

    OK, this isn’t even close to being as good as the two you started with, but:
    “Smell my wrist.” or “Sniff me.”
    Just to mystify people, that’s why.

    BTW, my two closest colleagues, both male, are very kind about sniffing on request. (Also, I give them scents I’ve deemed too manly. Their wives must be grateful.) Both smelled LesNez L’Antimatiere on me as a lovely light floral. To me, dry cleaning fluid! Oh, and the results of my experimental purchase of Cachet, the scent of my youth. On me, it was lightly spicy (myrrh, although there’s none in there) & quite nice. BUT my sweetie squirted some on himself and it made him smell like a cheap ho. Not that it’s a BAD thing! :-“

    • Patty says:

      It is simple, elegant, and just gave me uncontrollable giggles. I would *love* to wear around a hat that says “sniff me.” It satisifed my sense of how the world should work. Love that!

  • Marina says:

    My entry is:

    I lemm therefore I am.

    I’d like it on a coffee mug. If there is one thing I learned from Mr. C., it is that one can’t have too many coffee mugs.

    • Patty says:

      I like the coffee mug, too, I have thousands of them, but I always want more, and I have my favorites.
      For you. Marina reviews, and therefore I lemm…. 🙂

      • cinnamontoast says:

        Can I vote for this? Oh, please, yes: “I lemm therefore I am” is wonderful. On a tee-shirt with a perfume bottle on the back.

    • Theresa says:

      Not a serious suggestion, but I couldn’t resist: I stink therefore I lemm.

  • Silvia says:

    What a fun project.
    I love the idea of the decant bottles/atomizers and the small beauty bag/purse. Also, how about a key ring, may be with a dangling mini bottle ?
    For those small items PERFUME POSSE alone would be great: it’s such a cool catchy name and you’ll be creating a brand, worth zillions in years to come. Quick quick, register that trademark before someone snaps it up !
    For items with a slogan, what about beach towels ?

    • Patty says:

      OMG, a dangling perfume bottle keyring would be the bomb!!! Well, we’ll do the slogan, and then put down somewhere else on the thing. You know, got to keep those marketing gears churning AAT.

  • My items of choice would be T-shirts and totes. I thought of doing that for TSS in the past but am still looking for a nice way to transfer the images I have.

    If you use it won’t cost you a penny to do t-shirts

    • Patty says:

      Hey, Helene. CafePress I’m not thrilled with. I’ve ordered stuff from them that other people have done, and the print came off the coffee mugs and the shirts. The items themselves were fine, but the imprints were really cheaply applied and didn’t last, so I’ve ruled them out.

  • Elle says:

    If I’d known a contest was involved I’d have kept quiet. 🙂 But I’m totally enjoying reading the entries. Great idea to have PP gear!

  • Louise says:

    Frag Hag.

    Yep, shoulda inhibited that one…

    • Patty says:

      I think Frag Hag may be taken. I know i’ve seen it before, and I keep thinking someone may have done it? Anyone remember? But I do love that one!

  • Skye H. says:

    More corniness…..

    Perfume betcha can’t buy just one


  • Skye H. says:

    Okay really corny but….. Perfume is my drug of choice. Sorry it’s early. Also I know you kinda ruled out t-shirts already, but how about iron on transfers? That way they can go on bags, clothes, mouse pads, etc… and they are easily made using any home printer using transfer paper.


  • Julia says:

    What about a small beauty bag to keep samples and decants when travelling or at work? It doesn’t have to be big or fancy, more like a pencil case. I’d love to have a black one with the cute graphics from this page and just the words “I smell wonderful” on it.


  • Louise says:

    Ah, let’s have fun with this! For the logo location-how about our preferred panty style (boxer, bikini, thong, etc) with a pink pp logo wherever it’ll fit the style? No, Lee, I don’t want to know where it’ll best fit you. Maybe with a holster slot for carrying samples?

    I can’t improve on Maria’s slogan, at least not at this hour…but if inspiration strikes…well, I might just have to suppress it.

  • hausvonstone says:

    Well, for thing to put it on…a mini-atomizer!!!! For decants deluxe!

  • Bryan says:

    Ok, that was a little cheesey, but it’s 1 a.m. I’ll try again in the morning….well, the real morning.

  • Bryan says:

    What’s the difference between perfume and art? Nothing.