Stoned

Every now and again, browsing websites like LuckyScent and BeautyHabit, I play a game in my head: if I were to choose a signature scent based solely on the image a fragrance projects via the bottle, marketing, name, perfumer, what have you – anything except the notes – what would I go with? I might go with Solange Azagury-Partridge´s Stoned. I can´t help myself. I like her detailed, occasionally over-the-top jewelry, the bottle looks interesting, and I´d love to tell people I was wearing Stoned. The name´s obviously a play on her work as a jeweler, but it´s also humorous (stoned, as in high) and even dangerous (like being stoned for your sins). I´d get busy and learn how to pronounce Solange´s full name without sounding like a goober. But I never actually smelled Stoned, because what if: a) I love it, and then ack! – it´s just one more thing to covet; or b) I hate it, and then it can´t be my imaginary friend any more. I wound up with a sample recently, and I decided it was time to discover the truth.

I was heartened by the number of reviews of this fragrance on LuckyScent containing the words “old lady,” a sure sign that it might be love. The opening, all face-powder, was a bitter disappointment. Come on — look at that bottle! I wasn´t expecting that kind of old lady! My disappointment lasted approximately 20 seconds, when the muff-bomb exploded and I got my first clue what those reviewers were complaining about.

Let us detour (briefly) to the Victoria´s Secret scents. I have smelled a few, and they can be pleasant. They play at sexy, with their jasminillamber accords, but they are cupcake fragrances. They are “sexy” with a smile and a wink. If the Victoria´s Secret line is a sexy little kitten, then Stoned is a panther, with cold, glittering eyes and hot, dangerous breath. The first few minutes of Stoned is deliciously dirty. It´s a barnyard musk somewhere between JAR´s Ferme Tes Yeux and Miller Harris´ L’Air de Rien, cut with a generous dollop of Bal a Versailles´ black-hearted lollipop. If I had to guess the magic in this witches´ brew it would be labdanum; its resin-y ambergris/leather smell mimics the off-kilter sparkle and prickly heft of Azagury-Partridge´s anglerfish ring pictured here (which I would love, if Santa´s reading this. Or Satan, which is what I originally typed. There must be a soul around here somewhere I could sell…) The flowers gradually emerge, but they’re dark and dusky, adding a lover’s warmth to the scent rather than any overt sweetness. Once you get past the opening it’s a relatively linear fragrance; love it or hate it, there’s not a lot of middle ground. It doesn’t smell like Bal a Versailles (which in my opinion is the superior scent) but it’s got some of that inky allure, that sweet whiff of incense and decay you get in cold, dank stone rooms. The drydown eventually loses its magic and becomes a sensual, rather conventional musk; for something that comes on as hot to trot as Stoned does, it rolls over and goes to sleep faster than, say, vintage Femme or Bal. Am I going to pay $285 for this? Nope. But it sure was a fun roll in the hay.

Notes are: Italian bergamot, classic rose, jasmine absolute, labdanum, tree moss, musk and vanilla bourbon.

bottle image: luckyscent; ring from Azagury-Partridge’s website

  • Tara says:

    Hmm, the bottle doesn’t truly offend me, but neither do I find it particularly appealing. However, I love this scent. It’s powdery and musky and animalic and I think it smells fab. Wish I had $300 lying around so I could buy a whole bottle, for now I’m hoarding my 5ml decant.

    BTW, all of my Lutens export bottles are crammed up against each other in a bamboo box to prevent them tipping over and crashing to the floor. I hate tall thin bottles.

    And I can’t wait to check out that L roll-on! Thanks for the lemming….

    • March says:

      You are THE FIRST PERSON to share my love for this scent. So, thanks. Thanks for letting me know I am not alone in this.

      FYI that L bottle is way cuter in person, in my opinion. It looks like a little coral branch. I think it looks sort of homely in the online photos on Sephora.

      And thanks also for the Lutens report. It’s not me, it’s them.;)

  • Rita says:

    I haven’t smelled Stoned yet, and since Patty said it was all powder, I’m not in to big a hurry. I do like the bottle though, DH is a glassblower and red is my favorite, so red bottles always catch my eye. He has to keep red glass around just to make things for me! This is why I own the bottle of Samsara that I do not wear(I tried), but since I do not care for the scent it is one of the few that I actually display. Actually the bottles I display are all ones that I bought because I liked the bottle, but the scent, not so much. Of course I keep all my treasures properly tucked away.

    Ugh, March, those Lutens bottles. I knock mine over, my cats knock them over, my son knocks them over. I can’t keep any of them standing, I swear I’ve had them fall over when I’m not even near them! At least they’ve never leaked!

    • March says:

      No, DH is a glassblower?!??! How great is that? Does he make you special things on request? Is it a hobby or a vocation?

      We used to live near a glass blowing studio and I was always weirdly fascinated by it, I think it’s the coolest thing.

      Thanks for the update about the Lutens bottles. I swear they’re just throwing themselves suicidally off the shelf. Maybe they’re objecting to the adjacent fragrances.:d

      • Rita says:

        It is his vocation, and yes, I make special requests all the time. Maybe I should keep this a surprise, but I made a request for something just yesterday that will be included in the package I’m sending you. Your interest in glass makes me feel a lot better about the package!

        I have also recently suggested to the man that he should figure out how to make perfume bottles. The shape and decoration would be a breeze for him, but getting a nice, tight seal could take a little trial and error. I have faith in him though, and I will keep bugging him until he tries!

        • Rita says:

          And Robin, I asked him if there was a name for the raised glass, and he said not that he was aware of, and he has been doing it, reading about it, and doing the glassblowers forums for years. I then asked him what he calls personally them, and his reply was “I just put dots on it.” Now I am curious to know what other glassblowers call them.

          • March says:

            Teri (glass geek) up there says it’s hobnail glass, a subset of depression glass. Although I do wonder whether that term only applies to old glass and not new stuff.

            Glass fits in nicely with my magpie tendencies. Although seaglass too… I have cups and plates and vases full of it, and shells, and pebbles, and wood, all over the house. As I said, glassblowing has always interested me. Stained glass, and windows. My parents of course had random pieces of odd glassware, which interested me.

            I’m excited about my pkg!

          • Rita says:

            We have actually been thinking about learning to do stained glass, and when we do I promise you’ll be one of the first to see what we end up with!

  • Robin says:

    I like the bottle, and it reminded me that we don’t see enough raised glass (I’m sure there is a real word for that, but don’t know what it is). Way better than her new Cosmic bottle. Hated the juice anyhow — ditto everything Patty said. Meh.

    • March says:

      Milk glass? Depression glass? Hobnail glass? There is definitely a name for it. I miss the porch and bathroom lights that looked like that… well, I am in the clear, very small minority on liking this one.

  • Kim says:

    My favourite Chanel and Lutens come in nicely proportioned minimalist bottles that I love! Sadly, Chanel doesn’t have the full line of No 22 anymore but I sure love to see the white No 22 and black No 5’s clustered together – makes my modern Scandinavian design heart beat happily! So the Stoned bottle doesn’t appeal to me. And the price point is so crazy!! Makes the Chanel Les Exclusifs a bargain!

    • March says:

      I am still kicking myself I didn’t buy 22 when I still could, maybe they’ll bring it back in that bottle, though.

      The Chanel stoppered bottles are, in my opinion, one of the most wrenchingly elegant things you can gaze at.

      No argument from me about the Stoned price, but I’d say that about several new releases.

  • Dusan says:

    Not a bottle person either. Will I be forever banned from the Posse if I say I don’t like the Stoned bottle? Now if the juice is redeeming… My vote for bottle of the year goes to Chloe, have you seen it?
    Funny how in Serbian too magpie is associated with being attracted to all things shiny and glitzy! Wonder if that’s a cross-cultural thing? 🙂

    • March says:

      Dude, you’re in the vast majority here on that bottle. I think I have two other commenters who didn’t think it caused them pain just looking at it.

      Chloe, you mean the old Chloe? Original Chloe? I have my mother-in-law’s bottle, I have fond memories associated with it.

      • Dusan says:

        Um, I meant the new Chloé – the ribbed square bottle, quite a chunkster. The fume add is fronted by three lovelies: Chloe Sevigny, not a lovely for me until recently, looks gorgeously chic in the add (and like, most of the time), some super hot vixen model and a bee-yoo-diful (nod to Lee) young French actress dollita. Apparently the three of them each represent a facet of Chloe – sensual, something, something (when they’re not totally getting on my nerves, perfume adds actually crack me up sometimes) 🙂

        • March says:

          I had no idea. I have to go google it. I have been baffled for years by Chloe S. being held up (as she is over here, anyway) as some sort of style icon. I think she has a consistent style I admire in that she generally appears to have been dressed in the dark by an insane person holding some massive grudge. Really, I have seen better outfits on the thrift store manikins.

          Okay, taking of my GFY hat, though, I think she’s an interesting person, and I’d hope any fragrance she did would be interesting too.

          • Duxilian says:

            Now you don’t have to take it out on poor Chloe S. just b/c I don’t happen to like the Stoned bottle 😀 J/K She *does* put a lot of effort in putting herself across as different and eccentric, doesn’t she? Granted, with mixed results. Check out the Osmoz news archive for pics of the three girls and the bottle.
            Er, I’m a moron I know – GFY means what?!?

          • March says:

            Sorry. One of my guiltier pleasures.

            http://gofugyourself.typepad.com/

            two women mercilessly ragging the badly/scantily dressed. I believe Chloe merits her own section on their blog.:d

          • Dusan says:

            Just checked the blog out and whaddaya know: SHE DOES have a section devoted to her! :))

    • sweetlife says:

      It’s a biological thing! Magpies really do steal shiny things. They put them in their nests to make them into flashy bachelor pads, the better to woo a mate with…

  • tmp00 says:

    Well, I’ve not tried the juice but I do love the fat little pufferfish of a bottle.

    What’s up with the price points? Is $285 the new black?

    • Lee says:

      No, that’s still grey I think.

      $285’s the new £130… Bwahaha…

      • March says:

        yeah, yeah, neener neener neener I know.

        But we have you TOTALLY DOMINATED in the ICE department.

        Also, our toast is warm. [-(

        Hey, the dollar must be worth more than *something.* I think we’re still relatively strong against the florint…

        • Lee says:

          I NEVER eat cold toast. That’s just those sucky hotels and b&Bs who serve it in those daft toast racks. Stoopid.

          And i heard in Germany, once, that too much ice is bad for you and I’m stickin’ with it. Anyway, it’s cold out now.

          *Pass me the lukewarm smoothie, dear.*

          • March says:

            I chuckle every time I think about that. I wanted to just hand it back to the nice man and say, “honey…. this is just …. WRONG.” But I held firm against my inner ugly American.

          • Lee says:

            You should’ve done. He might’ve raised an eyebrow or three and humoured you.

            I’d like to play kiss chase with the inner ugly American. When I caught you, I’d forcefeed you Twiglets and Marmites, washed down by Ribena (diluted with almost cold tap water, natch), with nary a Hobnob in sight.

            You can’t pick and choose honey.;)

      • tmp00 says:

        Currencies fluctuate, pookie. When they sowing back the other way we’re going to be sooo poking at you:d

    • March says:

      Yesss!!!!! Another person who shares my exquisitely odd taste!:x

    • March says:

      PS $200 is my new $200, personally. Anything under $100 I consider, essentially, a screaming deal. Anything (including samps) less than $50 is free and does not count against any theoretical fragrance budget. (Cash purchases and purchases on eBay after 11pm also fall into that last category, particularly if I’ve been drinking.)

      Over $200, I really have to think about it.

      • March says:

        Er, $200 is my new $100. is what I meant.

      • ering says:

        Oooh March–you’re not the only one with the “Practically Free” purchase justification policy. Anything under $100 is Practically Free and must be purchased without question after the third wearing where I’m sniffing myself compulsively at the total disregard of my coworkers’ stares of disbelief. Practically Free is a sliding scale, too–if something makes me rapturous every time I wear it (damn your love, Aldehyde 44!), the Practically Free price point slides up accomodatingly.

        Does anyone else need a parental figure of the Sugar variety?

  • Louise says:

    Funny, I don’t remember it at all. Must have been uber-meh. Or more likely, I was sooo under your spell that the scent just faded away 😡

  • Lee says:

    I thought it was okay.

    I’m not a bottle person by and large (even if I’m not a decant person either), but there was one recently that seduced me. And, as I’m not a bottle person, I can’t for the life of me remember what it was…:-?

    • Lee says:

      Oh, I can. Those old/new Lubin bottles – Vetiver and the other one. I love em. Bee-yoo-tiful. Retro in all the right ways.

      Yes please for Christmas / Hanukah / (insert faith festival of choice)!:d

  • Gail S says:

    I haven’t tried Stoned because the notes didn’t appeal to me, but I just had to comment to say “I.Want.That.Ring!!!!!” If I say I’ve been really bad this year, maybe Satan (Santa) will bring it to me?

    I don’t seem to really care anymore what the bottle looks like (Angel cured me of that – loved the bottle, hated the juice!). I’m more concerned with ease of use. Can I hold it easily? Does it spray nicely? BTW, the Bois 1920 bottles have the nicest, easiest sprayers I’ve used in years!

    • March says:

      Well, thank goodness YOU showed up. I can’t believe nobody commented on that ring. I was beginning to wonder … does my taste just completely SUCK?!?! How can nobody else covet that ring? (And you know it has to be some completely insane price.)

      By the way, I got a really, really lovely package from you which I am going to blog on.>:d<

  • Joan says:

    I was seduced by the hype “beautiful goddess of femininity, her long hair covering her modesty…crimson ruby diety” “the most fun you can have stoned without being arrested” and boy was I “tres disappointed”. But if they would have said “heavy sweet candy-powdery boring in a tres-ugly bottle with red pustules -well they couldn’t justify the price then could they?? I agree – the Lolita Lempicka L bottle is stunning as is the scent, it’s a jewel in my collection (would you believe an “unsniffed purchase”) I wonder how much the georgeous bottle influenced by decision.

    • March says:

      Joan … so, I’m thinking … this wasn’t entirely love for you?:-? You’re saying boring and pustular in a bad way, right?;)

      Hey, you’re an L fan! So I’ve been dying to tell someone this, I was at Sephora last week and all the holiday stuff is out. They have this absolutely adorable L roll-on “extreme” applicator — I think the fragrance is more like an oil? It was stronger, but not scarily so. Anyway, the little bottle rests on its side and is shaped like a piece of coral, made of glass.

      • Joan says:

        OMG..How did you know how much I adore small roll-on bottles!! Just got back from pressing the “PUT IN MY BASKET” button at the Sephona site. It didn’t say oil or extreme, so I wonder if it is the same one you saw? I even keep the outside cardboard boxes from my Lolita Lempicka bottles and use them for assorted other schmegma that I can’t throw away.

        • Lee says:

          I don’t know if I’m enjoying the word schmegma or feeling a bit ill from it…:-?

          • March says:

            I am absolutely sure Joan reached in her brain and grabbed the wrong word accidentally, which happens to me too. I’m substituting tchotchkes./:)

          • Joan says:

            I was going to say junk, but then my son’s favorite word jumped onto the page – and it is very gross, sorry!!!

          • March says:

            A word from a boy – I should have guessed. My 5-year-old spends all his time substituting the word “peepee” into his conversation in random fashion, and then laughing heartily.

            I’m sure the humor gets more sophisticated as they grow up.

            Oh, wait…:-?

        • March says:

          I think it’s an oil (rolls better) and is allegedly the same concentration, but it smelled stronger to me. Oils in general, though, once they get going (which can take a few minutes) smell stronger on me. Glad you liked it! I like roll-ons too, I got the little Hilary Duff With Luv one last year.

  • Patty says:

    Stoned — meh on me or worse. All powder, no skank at all to even make it remotely interesting. Huge disappointment. I do like the bottle, though, just goofy enough to work for me.

    Bottle I’d most likely buy, regardless of the jus inside just because it suits me? Any of the By Kilians. It’s not just the bottle, it’s the darn box, which is truly great for people who love containers. Black lacquer w2ith etching on the side, a silver key with a tassel on it to unlock the box. I stuck my Nombr Noir extrait in there just because I thought it needed a better home than that stupid plastic thing they put it in.

    • March says:

      Auugh!! I saw those By Kilians in some luxe rag I get here (Vivre? “Products for the Criminally Wealthy” ?) and they had one of those bottles. Totally one of those things I could see your ol’ Visa just wafting itself out of your purse and dialing the phone… which, um, yours apparently did. :d I am still trying to get over the fact that SAs call your house just to see if you need anything.

  • Divalano says:

    I have nothing to say about Stoned, having never tried it. You did however make me ponder my favorite bottle & I realized I don’t have one. All my scents come in sensible bottles, nothing I’d want to leave out for show. How could that be?? L’A, Serge, Parfum D’Empire, even my snotty only sold in the boutique Dior Bois D’Argent comes in a plain boring bottle. However, I can tell you which bottle I hate … Barbara Bui. It’s actually even a little pretty in a very modern sort of way but it’s an awkward blocky thing & I hate holding it to spray. Not sure the Stoned bottle would move me, either. I agree w Sariah, it looks a bit flea market table to me.

    Trying to think of bottles so pretty they seduce me … think I saw a post on PerfumeSmellin about some Dior exclusives in very pretty bottles? Maybe that? Too over the top? Maybe. Maybe not.

    That’s it. It’s Monday. No sleep. That’s all I got.

    • March says:

      I have two bottles of the BBui, the 1.7 and the big one (I am assuming 3.3) The little one is easy and nice and adorable and very, very pretty IMHO. The big one falls prey to what I’ve classified mentally as the Third Hand Syndrome — unless you’re a pro basketball player, you’d need three hands, two to hold and one to spray. I just saw this at work the other day with … something, the SA had to prop the bottle on the counter so she could spray it. That mystifies me. Do the designers not think at all about utility? The really ginormous bottles, even the splash ones like the Marc Jacobs, are a pain.

      • Divalano says:

        Yes yes, that’s it exactly! It’s pretty but I need a third hand so it’s not the Perfect Bottle.

        And er, didn’t mean to slander your taste jumping in on the flea market thing. I think it’s that kind of textured red glass, reminds me of something from childhood. I’ll try to think what, if I can manage to stay awake.

        • March says:

          Slander away, hon. Given the stuff I say on here, I can’t be overly sensitive… I do agree it looks like old glass (depression glass? I know nothing about glass, that bubbled stuff). I like the effect, but I can appreciate its tacky vibe to some people. And I’m a huge flea market shopper, so you’re correct on that point anyway!:x

          Go to sleep already! Dream of Santa bringing you a Caron coffret!

        • Teri says:

          Because I’m an art glass geek, I can fill you in on the nubby glass. It’s called hobnail and was introduced by Fenton Art Glass in the 1930s, so it IS a form of Depression glass. Fenton made a range of utilitarian domestic glass objects in the ’30s, some high end and others cheap or even given away free as premiums with the purchase of consumables. Some of those 5 cent items from the ’30s are fetching big prices as collectibles these days.

          As you may have guessed – lol – I LOVE the bottle. 😉

          • Divalano says:

            cool. so, what I’m remembering is faux antique stuff that we used to see at the shlock markets. when I was a kid, much earlier, my folks used to buy carnival class, all kinds of stuff, at country fleas & auctions. but this reminds me of the faux stuff you’d see all over maybe 10 or 15 yrs ago. bad association, I guess. table after table after table of shlock on a wintery day, my ex-bf dragging me along …

  • Judith says:

    Hmmm. . you make it sound much more interesting than I remembered. Actually, although I tried it, I CAN’T remember it, except that it was “meh” on me.

    • March says:

      And *another* meh! I just went and put some more of this on. Maybe it’s my skin? This thing is barnyard on me — like that MH Rien (how is that on you, I can’t remember?)

      You know what else I retried for the 375th time and it’s such a dud on me? Idole. It just … dies right there on my arm. Deeply meh. I find it intensely annoying.

      • judith says:

        Idole is meh on me too. Rien–well, I love it on paper, but on my skin it turns to pure poo (and not in a good way

        • March says:

          Can I tell you how much I love you, and the fact that on *this* highfalutin’ blog we have to clarify: poo, not in a *good* way!!!;))

          b-)

  • sariah says:

    I like the bottle except the guy praying on top (I think?) – that part is a little too $1 box at the flea market. I don’t think I’ll seek this one out. My favorite bottle is for a Piguet parfums – the black cube with the clear crystal stopper – gorgeous and sleek.

    • March says:

      I bet if I were less fundamentally lazy I could dig around and find out that’s the goddess whosiwatsit up there. Seriously, dollar bin at the flea? My taste must all be in my mouth.

      I love those Piguet bottles. Even the cheaper sprays are a classy design. I kept my Fracas for a long time just because I liked the bottle so much. It would be fun to have Fracas, Bandit and Baghari lined up together.

  • chayaruchama says:

    Good mornin’, Patty !
    I’m glad you enjoyed your roll in the hay…
    Considering HOW much we love hay, and rolling, and……….

  • Elle says:

    I have to say I really love Stoned as a comfort scent, but original it’s not. My thoughts were that she was trying to distract attention from that fact w/ the bottle (which I sometimes enjoy, but sometimes it seems like a piece of diseased fruit or an organ…troubling). As an aside, on my skin Roja Dove’s Enslaved is remarkably similar to Stoned – w/ some Habanita added for good measure. And, like Stoned, I find it addictive. Hmmm. But now that I think about it, I really don’t wear either of them all that often, despite thinking of them as addictive.

    • March says:

      Ah, see my bottle comment above! I think it’s really interesting what appeals to people, bottle-wise. I find this kind of menacing in a cool way, but not frightening (it might scare my other, sweeter bottles next to it, though, if if ever wound up on my shelf. Which I don’t see happening.)

      I forgot to ask up there — if you were buying a fragrance based solely on the bottle or some other aspect (perfumer etc.), let’s say you had no info about the notes so you couldn’t guess that, what do you think you’d buy?

      • Elle says:

        If I didn’t have a list of the notes (panic!), I’d put my faith in the perfumer and buy accordingly (Pilkington, Giacobetti, Beaux, Sheldrake, Roudnitska, Kurkdjian, Daltroff, etc.). I have to say that I’m always wary of frou frou bottles and anything pink, blue or green – I’m definitely predisposed to not trust the new Diors because of those cutesy, colored Barbie doll bottles. I would have been seriously tempted to buy the Jalaines even if I didn’t like the scents just because I love the bottles so much – minimalist, clean lines win me over every time. Of course, I make a habit of stepping out of character and the inner infant diva in me adored the Pilar and Lucy bottles w/ their boas. Don’t like the scents, but those wonderfully fluffy boas just make me smile. 🙂

        • March says:

          I am laughing at the extremes of your desires. Those Jalaines, funny, I thought of those. The first time I ever saw one (at Aedes) I swooned. I like the Yoshes for the same reason, just very simple, heavy glass (though not as much as the Jalaines). Something else … Divine? … has really clean, beautiful bottles. I never see the bottles, I’m always surprised by how nice (or not) they can be.

          I can appreciate some tackfest like the Betsey Johnson, which to me was almost tongue in cheek. But the new Diors are too … froufrou for me? Gah, I don’t know.

    • Joan says:

      It would be fun to do a scent club based on the “noses” behind the perfumes. Maurice Roucel, Francis Kurkjian (he also did the new Juilette has a gun scents that I am anxious to try) Michael Roudnitska. I liked the Pilar and Lucy bottles also but the rewiews kind of scared me away.

      • Elle says:

        That’s a great idea. I think that they have sampler packs for perfumers at TPC. Forgot to mention Roucel – love him. The Pilar and Lucy scents are not at all to my taste…just couldn’t resist those happy/silly bottles.

  • Louise says:

    I’ve just assumed I wouldn’t like Stoned, because of the reviews, and…the bottle. I think I am anti-fancy in this one area. Most of the fragrances I love are encased in little boxy bottles (think Caron’s wee extraits, and my beloved mottley decant crew)or austere odd packaging (Montales). My one bottle that really represents the scent is Ceremony-austere, yes, but lovely lines. ‘Cept the damn thing loves to fall over and leak.

    I do like the name “stoned”, however, and would certainly try a spray-knowing I’d never fork out the $$$ for it.

    • March says:

      Bottles are such a personal thing, aren’t they? I am squarely in the magpie camp — “ooh, shiny!” Who knows — I thought that Betsey Johnson bottle was fabulous, cheapo plastic Little Kiddle cap and all. So it’s not like I can stake some claim to higher ground. But I think the Britney bottles are unspeakable, and they’re all blingy… I hate the Gwen Stefani L bottle (but lurve the Lolita Lempicka L bottle!)

      I wonder … if you were buying based solely on the bottle or what the line represented to you, what would you own? Caron? CdG?

    • Lee says:

      We sniffed this at Les Senteurs, Louise my love.

      (I rushed home from work just now, in hope of a package, but those uppity posties haven’t delivered yet)

  • vicuna1 says:

    That is exactly the same experience I had with my Stoned sample. I applied it w/trepidation, afraid I would love it and have to own it. Started cussing through the drydown because I was falling in love, then…snoozer. I also received Yosh Omniscent w/the Stoned, and went head over heels for it. Just ordered a bottle. The most exciting, changable scent I’ve had in ages, from first application, through all the stages to the end.

    • March says:

      My dang wireless mouse died, I’m doing this with the laptop touch pad, I wish you could see me. How can I find this so difficult? Watching Patty use the touchpad is like a work of art. I look like someone who’s never seen a computer before.

      Yeah, we dodged a bullet with that one, didn’t we? Although wouldn’t that bottle be great sitting in your front hallway (out of the sun, of course)?

      That’s a nice Yosh, BTW.

  • Gina says:

    Me no likey Stoned. I wanted to, because it’s the first bottle I’ve ever really cared about (mmmm lumpy, bumpy and red!), but I personally think it’s really blah.

    • March says:

      So you are *not* on board with my love it/hate it?!? Nobody else likes the bottle, either … harrumph. I lurve that lumpy, sort of poisonous-looking thing.

      The drydown is really nice, but not so interesting that I’m going to fork over that kind of dough for it.

      • Gina says:

        I do love the bottle, absolutely. Sorry if I gave you the impression I didn’t – I am a weirdo with words. I wanted to love the perfume because I love the bottle so much, but the perfume is kind of “blah” to me. Didn’t live up to the bottle, IMHO.

        • March says:

          Okay, a brief delay while I ran to the store and got some batteries, I cannot do this without my mouse! I need remedial touch-pad lessons or something …. no, hon, I was unclear 🙂 I understood. But I think we’re a fanclub of two here on that bottle.

  • N says:

    I see they’ve taken “diamond dust” off the list of notes…

    • March says:

      Heh. I noticed that too. I bet if we went and read on her website, though, they’d still be in there. Isn’t there some makeup that contains the fabulous healing power of diamonds as well? Certainly diamonds have a restorative effect on me, but they have to be considerably larger, and on my fingers.:-“

      • Chris Dodge says:

        March: Gmail blocked; i am growing old waiting for it. Maybe this will work. I love you.
        Guess who?
        Hint: The guy who could eat durian cheesecake in the lobby (if he wanted to)

        • March says:

          Huh, that’s weird. I wonder if the internet’s up?

        • March says:

          PS OMG I dare you. I totally dare you. That’s right up there with durian ice cream.:-&

          • Divalano says:

            hee

            durian ice cream

            they have that in SF, you know. I have an Asian friend who likes it & durian’s been the center of a long standing p**ssing contest btwn a couple of friends. oh, do I have durian stories ….

          • March says:

            I ate some durian ice cream in Cambodia (did you read that post?) It took hours to get the taste gone, and days for the memory to start to recede.:-ss

          • March says:

            PS But seriously, I wish someone would do a fragrance with durian. No. SERIOUSLY. Just a drop, like an indolic note. I think it would be amazing. I was sort of hooked on the smell by the time we left Thailand.

          • Jayne says:

            Oh, how I crave durian. While we lived in Malaysia, my husband got me acclimatised to the stuff in gentle stages. The first stage was the ice-cream. (It was not the first culture shock involving ice-cream – they have a sweetcorn variety!) Then it was time to buy a single fruit from a road-side stall – I took one piece and promptly spat it out. What was it with the man – had he just trebled the life insurance? He greedily wolfed down the rest of the fruit which, given its size, was a not inconsiderable feat. I was impressed. The third stage was a wonderful durian flavoured toffee-like substance called dodol. This was more like it, sweet, sticky and not too pungent. (I can find this in the UK in good Asian supermarkets.) The fourth stage involved a visit to a durian orchard, where the host split open his best fruit and explained why the ones with seeds that resembled sleeping kittens were the most prized. This high quality durian had a fabulous creamy, custardy texture and I managed to eat half of a basketball sized fruit. I burped durian for the next 3 days. The final stage involved a kids party with about 20 large, spiky fruits rolling about on my kitchen floor – before I had realised it, I was crouched down with the kids, sampling each fruit to see which was the best. Shortly afterwards, I experienced my first durian overindulgence headache. From then on, the first distant waft of durian as they came into season was like a siren call – I can see how it would attract orang-utans from miles arounds.

            The moral of this story is that some of the best things in life are an acquired taste. I do, however, worry about a durian perfume – it is a powerfully attractive scent but not necessarily to the right species.

          • March says:

            I never did quite work up to the actual fruit, having almost died trying to eat the ice cream.:”>

            I’m not kidding about the smell, though. After five weeks I was weirdly addicted to the smell. If I won some sort of odd fragrance contest and had a world-class perfumer to design for me, I’d ask for a note (just a wee note) of durian.

          • Jayne says:

            Your skank credentials have risen another 10 notches!^:)^