The Hunt

I’m always hesitant to post and I don’t know why. Everyone in the blogosphere, with the odd exception…ahem, is unbelievably kind, overlooking the occasional misspelled word, or stupid rant. And yet I hesitate. I hereby commend my latest few rants/reviews to all who would feign interest.

I have titled this, “the hunt,” because I want to reach out here. How many of us are after that perfect tuberose (or leather, or violet) and we truly know, I mean absolutely KNOW that it isn’t even the notion of finding the holy grail, but the quest for the ultimate perfume that enthralls? I confess I have obsessed about the new Diors (the “particulieres”) since I first saw mention on Now Smell This. I have no idea what they will smell like, but I have the collection on the way as soon as they hit the boutiques. Yes, I adore Galliano and all he has done for the magnificent house. But do I truly have any idea what his art will manifest in his scented world?….I know he is a mere collaborator, but I’m sure he was involved heavily in their creation. I saw “tuberose”, “exclusive” and “Dior” and that was all she wrote. Please, anyone out there relate?? What’s a hunter to do?

On to some raves and randoms. I have a fabulous new friend at the Prada Beverly Hills boutique and I’m going to shamelessly plug him. His name is Joa and he has been nothing but kind and generous with his time/attention. I live in the middle of the freakin’ midwest and of course have to do much shopping over the internet and phone. This gentleman has emailed pictures and spent so much time on the phone with me describing everything from jackets to, you guessed it, the single note scents. I must tell you the new ones (Myrrhe, Opoponex, and benjoin) will be mine as soon as they too hit the store! The Oeillet, et al (referred to as numbers 1-7) are magnificently minimalist and gorgeous. I have been layering the tubereuse and the narcisse with the iris for quite some time and have never failed to at least garner a “what are you wearing??!! from someone.

I have enjoyed Angel since it’s debut. I can appreciate the power of the scent/packaging/advertising. I don’t share Luca’s seeming obsession with the chemicals involved, but what do I know. I’ll tell you. The newest incarnation is “La part des Anges.” Everone knows this of course. The jus is drop dead gorgeous. Much more woodsy and rich, but not too sweet. I would buy more if I hadn’t already promised my bank account to Dior.

How about I send a fabulous little something (I promise it will go out right away!!) to a random two people. It will be a combination of the few things mentioned. I’ll tack on the winners’ names to one of my fabulous blogmates’ post…..Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless you and yours.

  • elve says:

    Someone said: The journey is the purpose. ‘Journey’ can be easily replaced with ‘hunt’ – and I couldn’t agree more.
    Please enter me in the drawing 🙂

  • Emotenote says:

    Whoa, I have not been paying attention! Dior has new ‘exlusives’? I admit it…I’ve become a Dior-ho. Bottles I ignored for years have suddenly become faves and wild searches have begun. Is it too late to throw my hat into the ring? I’ve been in China for a few weeks and it seems that new fragrances are popping up like, like…Kudzu!

  • lisa says:

    I think u mentioning Joa is awesome….believe me I was a product specialist at Neimans for Jo Malone and loved to go above and beyond…..and the store won’t acknowledge u….but when a client does it makes u feel great!!! I love angel as well….and your post was great!!

    • Bryan says:

      Thank you so much.
      I would kill for Neimans to come to Kansas City.
      You’re in the draw and Happy Thanksgiving.

  • Rita says:

    I’m not the only reluctant one? Every time I comment I reread and correct my mistakes before I post, but I always miss something, and I fear everyone is thinking, OMG it’s that hillbilly girl from Tennessee again. And what’s up with all the commas I use? I also have to work at keeping my exclamation marks to a minimum, and sometimes my comments seem almost as long as the post-I often wonder if anyone out there gets tired of my rambling.

    I love rose, jasmine, and musk (I’m sure this sounds really scary to some), and I am constantly seeking out scents that contain any or all of them. What I would really love to find is the perfect combination of rose and leather, but I’m beginning to think it’s impossible!

    • Bryan says:

      Keep on commenting, because no one believes what we fear anyways.
      And if they do, well, they will just have to get over it.
      You’re in the draw.
      As for the scent you describe, it sounds like you have exquisite taste.
      Good luck.

  • Abigail says:

    Sometimes just hunting for the next hunt is where it’s at. 🙂

    And oooh… Angel was my very first scrubber, and for that I am nostalgic.

    And hello, Prada lemmings. I will name you all George, and you will cost me lots of money.

    • Bryan says:

      LOL
      That’s hysterical. I have a lot of Georges myself….and I will love you and pet you…………………………..

  • Amarie says:

    Thank-you Bryan, I always enjoy reading your posts. 😡
    I think that the hunt gives as much thrill as the actual smelling…maybe. I am an addict to the hunt, the chase, but oh the glorious experience of smelling the ‘fume that makes you go all goosebumps and you pronounce “ohhhh YES”.
    Please enter me in your draw, I can’t help being a little covetous towards trying anything new.:”>

    • Bryan says:

      I couldn’t agree more. I love the hunt, and the anticipation of opeing the box.
      Wow, what a rush.
      You’re in the draw.

  • Stephanie says:

    Really enjoyed the post! Fortunately for my bank account, I’m not totally in the hunt, still just sniffing around (hehe). The new bottles from Dior do look gorgeous from the pictures I’ve seen. I’d love to also be entered in the drawing.

    • Bryan says:

      You’re in.
      The love of the hunt will come, I’m sure of it. But honestly, I wouldn’t want it any other way.

  • ering says:

    Bryan, you’re mad to not post more. You’re a dear and exceedingly generous man who is clearly full of love for your subject; why anyone would criticize you, I can’t imagine. I fear commenting because I’m usually so late reading the posts, but I’m learning to get over it. As for the HG, I’m not even sure I can grasp the concept. Maybe it’s just greed, but there would have to be one for every category: the perfect leather, the HG of dirty girls, the white floral Grail, the chypre Cup–the possibilities are endless. I find myself excessively intrigued by the Private Reserve Collection that Donna at NST has blogged on a couple of times in the last few months–have you ever tried those? It sounds as though the tuberose is a must-try. Also? The new Diors sound delish! You must post on them as soon as they come. And please put me in the drawing?

    Thanks again for sharing your passion! Best holiday wishes to you–your package should arrive after Thanksgiving!

    • Bryan says:

      Sweetie, Happy Thanksgiving to you as well.
      I hope you keep commenting, because you have a unique voice as well.
      Take care and you’re in the draw.

  • Dusan says:

    Kim, I swear there’s pure love and fuzzy kittens and pups in Chergui for me. 🙂

  • Lucy says:

    I agree with you completely about the QUEST. There is something compelling about discovering a note that excites (leathers and chypres for me) and then haring off — or going on the prowl, depending on your approach — to experience the most gorgeous examples of it your nose can stand. Of course what the pocketbook can tolerate is something else again, but. . . ah well. Thanks for the post!

    • Bryan says:

      Ay, there’s the rub….the pocketbook.
      Oh well, thank goodness for the perfumed court, right?
      You’re in the drawing.

  • Carol says:

    By now you know everyone wants you to keep writing and of course I agree – this is my very favorite perfume blog due to the great personalities and styles of all of you, so no leaving!

    And, here is a new twist on “the hunt” – taking on the hunt for someone else!! Now THERE is a challenge. After discovering this perfume blog world existed and decants could be bought, oh about 6 months ago, I am just now actually getting better at knowing what I am more likely to like based on notes, etc., and one of my sisters who thinks I am oh so knowledgeable now wants me to pick out decants for her for her X-mas present based on her description of the perfect scent – ha! Her taste is quite different than mine, but I just can’t wait to see if I can find a winner for her (and maybe get in touch with some light, pretty florals and give my skanky favorites a rest).

    Anyway, have a wonderful Thanksgiving (yikes, us midwesterners could actually get a tad of snow!) and throw my name in the draw pretty please!

    • Bryan says:

      You’re in the draw and good luck with the search for others. That actually frightens me, thinking about how far it could go…..I don’t think I have the energy, but I might just be selfish.

  • Jayne says:

    Posting hesitancy – tell me about it! You always have something thoughtful to say, though – no need to feign interest.

    I would love to arrive at the ‘hunting’ stage – I’m too inexperienced to know what I should be looking for. I feel more like the hare than the fox – starting to the left and the right. I do love violets and figs and iris and… but, as my latest sample parcel confirmed, there is stuff out there the beauty of which I’m not equipped even to imagine, never mind hunt down. Ohmigod, Black March, who could have known!

    • Bryan says:

      It will come, trust me. For me, it started with a little white flower named tuberose….that was it. Then the dirty muscs, now it’s ever evolving, though always tuberose inspired. I guess I’m just going to sit back and enjoy the ride.
      You’re in the drawing.

  • Jeanne says:

    Bryan,
    I understand completely about the thrill of the chase guess it’s the predetor in me. Although I find myself more looking for the perfect “scent” for the people in my life. I have to say the look of someone who isn’t a perfumista in absolutely ecstasy is much more satisfying for me. I know my love will fade and be lost in a week or day. However, when I do it for others it somehow feels more thrilling for me. Does that mean I have a god complex or does that just make me good person? I must admit MKK had me weak in the knees the first time I smelled it. And the new angel sounds just fabulous been looking for a spicy wood scent now I am in the Currier and Ives season. I am all a flitter just thinking about the new Dior’s. And being a fashion designer I have no choice but to bow at the glory that is Galliano. If there is a second coming he is my Jesus! But back to the point of the thrill of the hunt versus a quest for the “Holy Grail”. I must say for me being a Gemini I long ago gave up the illusion of finding one love in any arena. My infatuations come and go sometimes they come back but never w the initial vigor. I think a return to a comfort scent is really just more my need for nostalgia. And I love your posts actually all of the posts here… they seem to have more attitude and spunk than all the rest. And I like the intensity and zeal of the blogs here. And well always a slut for a scent (ok for nuts, too) I must beg to please be put in the running for the draw.
    XOXO

    • Bryan says:

      Wow, I’m blushing. Thank you so much. You must elaborate on the fashion design. I have always wished I had that talent, but alas I do not.
      You’re in the drawing and God Bless.

  • Jennifer S. S. says:

    Opoponax is a funny sounding and looking word.
    Just thought I’d mention that. Also, Happy
    Thanksgiving!

  • Bryan says:

    Thanks Louise. You are sooo in the drawing. And I love the Oeillet very much, but the tubereuse is my fave….and the Narcisse. And the…..

  • Bryan says:

    I couldn’t agree more…now I have to smell the next best thing…it’s silly, but I love it. I’m including you in the drawing, ’cause I assume everyone could use a couple new smells, right?

  • parisa says:

    Do post more often…it’s great to get as many perspectives on scents as possible. Have a fantastic Thanksgiving and out of curiosity, what did you end up wearing for this holiday?

  • Maria says:

    Bryan, it’s so nice to hear from you again! You must be one of the best dressed people in the Midwest, having so many communications with the Prada boutique.

    Good for you for standing up for Angel!!! Now you’ve made me wonder intensely about La Part des Anges. Darn. :d

    Have a golden Thanksgiving.

  • pantera lilly says:

    Oh, Bryan Bryan, why has thoust done this to me? Ok, enough of the thees and thous. I called Joa after reading your post, I work in Beverly Hills don’t you know. I immediately told him of your plug and he was so flustered and happy I didn’t understand much of what he said!! But I am going by there as soon as the cash flow is there and have him give me a tour!! I was not gauche (is that a word?) enough to ask the price, because if you have to ask the price in Beverly Hills you should not be shopping there. I have no business going there myself, but try to stop me. I am so upset that I didn’t even know about these scents, I keep up with all the blogs and I missed these? Where was I? I must have been in a coma or something. Anyway, I would love to be in your give away, and when I see Joa I will again remind him of you, it’s always good to get in good with the perfume people!! Thanks again for your lovely post, I have not read to much from you lately and would love to do so again.

    • Bryan says:

      You truly are a sweet person. I think these Pradas kind of fly under the radar, because she puts out some more main stream scents and then practically hides the single notes. I am so impressed with Joa and I can’t wait to get out there and meet him. He is a true gentleman and a gifted man. Count me loyal.
      You’re in the draw.

  • tmp00 says:

    Don’t you dare stop posting! :d

    I must sniff those Pradas, but in the interest of my bank account I am ignoring the Diors until well into the new year. Of course if nice Mr. Shew can bring in the repair to my car at under $500..

  • noyna says:

    I can’t currently be on a quest for the perfect such-and-such, as the sniffing is a bit limited here in Bangkok. But I’m adding to my wish list — I suspect my nose will be worn out within a week of arriving in the States.

    Please don’t be self-conscious about posting, Bryan, I always so enjoy your writing — and your enthusiasm for all things tuberose.

    Would love to be entered into the drawing. Thanks very much!

  • Gina says:

    I LOVE the hunt! I very much understand what you’re saying about that. Don’t hesitate to blog here, Bryan. I really enjoy reading your posts – each of the Perfume Posse writers has their own unique voice. It’s great to read about how the perfume obsession manifests itself differently in each of you.

    And of course, I’d love to get goodies mailed to me.:d

    • Bryan says:

      Thank you. I truly enjoy posting, but it seems I keep picking the busiest times of the year…..I’ll have to work on my commenting/replying skills.

      Happy Thanksgiving.

  • Divina says:

    Prada is making an opoponax scent?! I wants it!

  • Teri says:

    Post away, Bryan! This is a wonderful group of people chatting about what they love. You love what they love, so how can they not respond to you in a postive way? :x:)

    And you never know where it might take you. I started timidly responding to postings on bulletin boards some 7 years or so ago, and I’ve progressed into becoming a regular contributor on a blog, through having my own blog, through being paid for my articles as a free lance blog writer. And as of January 1st, I’ll be the proud co-owner of a for-profit .com site with investors and corporate sponsorship and the whole shebang.

    Keep writing. It gets easier as you get more and more articles under your belt, I promise.

    I’d be thrilled if you’d enter me in your draw. It is such a great pleasure to sit, vial in hand, anticipating the exquisite pleasure of acquiring a new scent memory.

    And a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving to you and yours, as [email protected]};-

    • Bryan says:

      Congratulations! I’m impressed and if your kind words are any indication, it could not have happened to a sweeter person.
      Your’e in the drawing and Happy Thanksgiving to you too.

  • JuliaForsberg says:

    I think any dedicated collector understand the thrill of the hunt you so well describe. I’m in Swedens second largest city but the selection of perfumes here are devastatingly booooring:-b, I spend most of my free time online hunting for things I need. Right now I ‘need’ Andy Warhol Silver Factory and I will chop off an arm or leg to get it.

    • Bryan says:

      That one has my interest as well. I don’t know what I’d do without the blogs. Tell me, where do you hunt on line?

  • Kim says:

    The hunt? Hmm, not sure about that yet. I am still new at this and just exploring, enjoying the process of learning about new scents, figuring out what I like. Would love to be in the draw and would love to read more of your posts!

  • rachael says:

    I wish there were more people posting/writing about perfume than there already is. I love finding new writers, so by all means, post as much as you like. And please enter me in the drawing, thanks!

  • Sakura says:

    I totally get what you’re saying about the hunt. For me, it’s not really about finding that one “Holy Grail” scent, it’s about the thrill of the hunt.

    If I did somehow find a scent that was an end-all for me, that would kinda ruin one of my favorite hobbies. :d

    • Joan says:

      I still love the thrill of the hunt – the anticipation of the mail truck – the first sniff, even after finding Musc Ravageur my BIG HG!!…so don’t worry. Although some of my past favorites are feeling a bit unloved, neglected, ignored, dusty, pale in comparison…the journey continues…

    • Bryan says:

      It will always be about the hunt, I think, because it’s the way we’re hardwired. I don’t think that there is a true “end all” for any of us. On with the hunt.

  • denise l. says:

    …agreeing with Anne, it’s about the journey, except- Christmas is coming! I have a list to compose for Santa. The new Pradas sound fabulous. Cuir Ambre- want!

    (naively),) is there really a Perfume Obsessors Anonymous?

    Please enter me in the drawing!

  • Lee says:

    I’m trying to tame the hunter-gatherer within and become more of a communitarian farmer type. It is only partially working.

    Anyone want some wheat? Barley? I do a nice line in winter cabbage….

    No?:d

  • Lena says:

    Although I haven’t read your posts before, I did quite enjoy this ‘hunt’ one because I think everyone here can identify with it to a certain degree. My current obsession is leather and so far Tabac Blond is as good as it gets, any other ideas? Please enter me in the draw!

    • Bryan says:

      For leather, I must truly defer to Columbina of Perfume Smellin’ Things.
      I enjoy Cuir de Russie by Chanel, Doblis by Hermes and Cuir Mauresque by Serge.
      Happy Thanksgiving

  • Christine says:

    Oh, silly man, you never need to be nervous about posting. I haven’t smelled the newest addition to the Angels yet, but it seems I have to. I wasn’t a huge fan of the original, but we shall see.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours as well, and please do enter me in the drawing!

  • Judith says:

    Oooo–I love the Prada single notes I have already tried (esp. Cuir Ambre–Oeillet, too); I can’t believe there are going to be more! WANT! And yes, the hunt is a lot of the fun (I am trying to stop that a bit). Always enjoy your posts! Would love to be in the drawing. . .

  • Joan says:

    I was so delighted to see your post. Totally enjoyed your views on “the hunt”. I was just thinking the other day that I need to join POA (Perfume Obsessors Anonymous)…but then there’s La Part des Anges…mellow candied fruits & sumnptious amber aged 23 weeks in a cherry wood barrel – the hunt is on!!! Happy Thanksgiving and please post again real soon.

  • Dusan says:

    Was asking March just the other day where the heck you were. Bry, Bry, please don’t be bashful and post more often, we’re not sticklers for grammar and spelling. Yeah and as far as I’m concerned, you could go on blogging about tuberose ad infinitum and I’d still be interested since I’ve only smelled, like, 5.67 % of tube scents. Plus (I think I speak for all of us) the appeal of your posts lies in the passion involved, which we all can relate to.
    I’ve been on a Serge quest ever since smelling my very first one, Ambre Sultan (wonder if “Your First Serge” would be an amusing post). These days violets are the object of my affection, having warmed, after the initial ‘uh-uh’, to YSL L’Homme. OTOH, I’ve fallen hard for Santal de Mysore (hugs to Lee) and am currently contemplating bank robbery to finance a shopping spree in Paris. Hmm… what perfume does one wear for heists? 🙂
    Be well ma boy, hope the new Diors live up to your expectations.

    • Dusan says:

      P.S. Angel will forever be in my top 3 women’s frags. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to duck for cover from all the rotten tomatoes…

    • Divalano says:

      Perfume for heists: I’m tempted to say Tabac Blond (ravishing, daring & eminently capable) but I think the better bet would be something mass market fruity vanilla so that no one would ever know it was you 😉

    • Kim says:

      Ooh – a series on “my first Serge” – that would be great! Would love to hear more from Bryan and the others on that.
      I love Ambre Sultan too – it was my fist Serge love and just discovered Chergui and Cuir Mauresque this week. Sigh!

    • Maria says:

      Dusan, “my first Serge” would indeed be a great topic. Mine was…tadaa!…Arabie. And I kept going back for more.

    • Bryan says:

      Ok, at the risk of truly humiliating myself, I think I have a crush on you. You are the kindest and funniest commenter…not bad for a straight guy. I am half kidding, but a boy can dream, right? My first Serge was Iris Silver Mist, and MKK back in 99. I smelled them at the boutique in Paris and was practically sobbing when I had to leave….but it only hurts the first time, right?

  • Divalano says:

    Nice to see a post from you, thanks for taking the plunge again. I understand the hesitation; I always get a bit nervous about committing my opinions to print in a public space with my name attached.
    I adore leather scents & have found a few great ones that work beautifully for me: Cuir Ottoman, Cuir Mauresque, Oud D’Arabie, all fit different moods. But my “quest” note is jasmine, & I’ve yet to find the perfect one.
    The Dior tuberose sounds seductive. And I’m glad to see the Prada 1-7 series is getting wider distribution instead of being killed off as seemed likely this past summer. I *almost* liked the Cuir but something in it (carnation?) hit me wrong. I’d like to retry now that the heat of Aug is passed since many scents just don’t work for me in that weather. And yes, the single notes sound interesting too. But … my bank account doesn’t have much wiggle room so I’ll have to wait & see if I can sniff at a shop or find decants. So many pretty pretty poisons to play with, isn’t it lovely? 🙂

    • Bryan says:

      Have you tried the Annick Goutal Le Jasmin eau de parfum strength? I bet you’d love it….Jasmine is as tough as Tuberose to hunt…I think because so many try it and so many are just ok. I do love Armani Privee’s Eclat de Tubereuse, though….just enough skank for me. Let me know what you love and I’ll include you of course in the drawing.

      • Divalano says:

        I’ve tried the AG & it’s close but … not quite. At some point it loses its chutzpah & becomes a very lovely soliflore. I’m thinking of a jasmine that could seduce you from a sound sleep & have its way with you in the night garden by moonlight. You know? A La Nuit doesn’t do that (I haven’t tried the Sarrasins yet but don’t have high hopes.) And neither does Le Labo. I did sort of hit it with Memoire Liquid’s Jasmine Tea. After dabbing I visited the hat dept & actually made the SA blush. Just by standing where she could smell me. But, it fades too fast. Next!!! (And thank you for entering me in the draw)

  • Silvia says:

    I seem to alternate (brief) spells of enjoying what I own with (long) phases of hunting for one thing or another. All it takes is a word I read, I sniff I catch and after a little inner brewing, the Hunt is full on. Currently my quest is for the Perfect Dirty Scent.
    As to hesitation, I know what you mean; why are we all so much harder on ourselves than we are on others ? Am sending you a Virtual Perfect Tuberose in exchange for your lovely posts.

    • Bryan says:

      Silvia,
      That is soo soo sweet. That’s another thing…I’m probably the most sensitive person (gay, straight or otherwise) on the planet. I love me some skank in scent. I believe March is the Miss Thang of dirty perfumes. I love Bal a Versailles, and of course Muscs Kublai Kahn….what else should I be hunting here??

      • Silvia says:

        Think it’s civet I am after, may be I am coming round to Jicky ? I recently tried an obscure (and grossly overpriced) fragrance called “The Party in Manhattan” and that started the obsession.

  • ReneeM says:

    I am always on The Hunt too. I am thinking of that Lynyrd Skynard song right now! Good tune. Many ‘fumes that ya’ll, Now Smell This, Perfume Smelling Things write about …. I crave. Like food. The descriptions are mouth-watering and more tempting to me than dessert. The new Diors DO sound fabulous! Let us know how they are! So I can Hunt those too! Have a great Thanksgiving. Oh and I would love to be in the drawing.

  • Patty says:

    Okay, now you have me lemming those new Pradas. 🙂 And what IS taking those Diors so long. An SA at a Dior boutique had training on them Monday morning, she says they’re gorgeous, but I didn’t spend enough time figuring out what else she thinks is gorgeous to know how educated an opinion that was.

    How many single note things is Prada doing? I knew about a couple, but had no idea they were doing more.

    • Bryan says:

      I thought that they were in danger of being discontinued, but I guess not…YAY! I was about to start hording. I think they are up to 10 or 11 now. I hope they keep going….and going…and…

  • Anne says:

    Bryan, since you have an “in” regarding info on the new Pradas do you know when they will be released?

    Amber, ambra or ambre has been my newest hunt. After searching and smelling I have found the ultimate… Ambergris Ambre & Diamant Noir! Comfort and joy!

    I used to think it was all about a Holy Grail. Then I found it, and another and another and I am having the time of my life! So, for me, it is all about the journey. And more importantly the major unexpected bonus of finding so many kindred souls out there in the blogsphere who don’t care about misspellings and who smell great!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Bryan says:

      Anne,
      I believe they are shipping now…meaning the boutiques should be getting them this week or early next. I spoke to Joa and he was surprised they didn’t have them yet.

      Happy Thanksgiving

  • chayaruchama says:

    Oh, Bryan-
    You shouldn’t be shy !
    We understand the Quest, Parsifal…

    I adore the Prada Oeillet and Cuir Ambre, along with their Fleur d’Oranger-
    I can’t imagine how insane I will be over the new ones.
    Lord help us both.

    May you and your have a loving Thanksgiving, dear man.

    • Bryan says:

      C,
      Wagner, right? Yeah, Lord help us both. Is the fleur d’oranger complex or simple would you say? I think that one is on the way, but I’m not positive. I will include you in the drawing….naturally.

  • Elle says:

    Myrhh? Opoponax? Can’t wait!! Madly love their Oeillet. And I’m so w/ you on the hunt. I just read about Bobo on PST and realized it’s been years since I wore it, but I truly used to adore it. However, I’ve moved on. I’m always moving on. Don’t actually regret it. I continue wearing a few HGs and have a larger semi-HG rotation going, but I love change and I live for the hunt. In another century I’d have been the first person on ships heading off to explore new worlds. I’m also commitment phobic. A perfume sl*t w/out doubt – and shameless. But Bobo is there waiting for me when I want it and later today I’ll go put some on.
    Also, I always love your posts and I look forward to many more.

    • Bryan says:

      I’m a perfume whore, no doubt. I think my Bobo is Carnal Flower…I always come back to it. I love your humore…you must email me some time.
      😉

  • Louise says:

    Bryan-I always enjoy your posts-thanks. I guess my particular hunt category is funky roses right now, and always, that special leather. I very much like the “other” Pradas-especially Oeillet, and will love smelling the newer ones, I’m sure. Please toss my name in the hat for whatever you decide to draw, and have a great holiday!

    • Maria says:

      Hi, Louise. Have you tried Parfum d’Empire Eau Suave? It’s a rose scent with chypresque qualities. I tried it yesterday for the first time. I like it. Now I have to figure out which stunning rose “chypre” I prefer, SL Rose de Nuit or Eau Suave. (I’ve become a stickler about chypre. Since I’m not sure what’s in it, I only provisionally call it “chypre.”) @};-

      • Louise says:

        Hi Maria! Now why do you have to choose-just love the rose chypres both…and any others that come your way. I need to try the Eau Suave-I am a big fan of other PdEs. Happy holiday!

    • Bryan says:

      Thanks Louise. You are sooo in the drawing. And I love the Oeillet very much, but the tubereuse is my fave….and the Narcisse. And the…..

  • MattS says:

    I understand your reluctance to post; I’m always reluctant to comment. I feel that others will always have more interesting, knowledgeable things to say in much more clever ways. I can overcome that hesitancy however when there’s a drawing for wonderful things to sniff. Everyone is so kind here anyway; it’s all about the scents…or the hunt. Every week I declare a no-buy, then read a review of something I feel certain could change my life. I can’t decide if it’s the thrill of the hunt or just compulsive behavior. Regardless, I’ll smell great every step of the way. Keep posting and consider me in the drawing please.

    Also, I’m a closet A*Men fan. It was my first scent that was Out There and I’ve gotten a number of compliments from non-perfumistas when I wear it. It just seems to get so much flak, I’m always a little reluctant to do so. I think I’ll say to hell with it and wear it today. Thanks.

    • Louise says:

      Oooh-even for us Angel on-the-fencers, A-Men is a whole different and lovely tune-I bet you smell wonderful today!

    • Bryan says:

      Please continue to comment. Your words echo a deep appreciation of all things scented. And who cares whether someone disagrees with your loves. That’s the whole point right? By the way, I love A*Men too.

  • Gail S says:

    I totally understand about the quest being the important thing. Years ago, I was content with just a very few perfumes and adored them all. Now, I want to sniff everything! I don’t necessarily have to have it, I just want to know what it smells like! Also, I’m with you on the new Diors – really must smell them :d

    • Bryan says:

      It’s all about the search. I believe Lee mentioned the need for the bottles, which I can kind of understand, but I do love the search. I think that’s why my closet if full of perfume. I am including you in the drawing, I hope that’s ok.

  • hausvonstone says:

    oooooohhh, the indi Pradas sound excellent (esp Opo and Benz). sorry – it’s early morning and I can’t type too much. please enter me in the drawing – enjoyed the post! i fear Angel (wore it in high school) but with more woods and less candy, it could be perfect.