Eye Candy

Okay, your assignment for next Monday – hey, why should I do all the work?!?No, seriously, I like to read your responses.So – the assignment, suggested by Maria last week (and with a nod to Now Smell This, who just did something similar on Friday):it has come to our attention in the blogosphere that many of you have made sniffing expeditions and/or unsniffed purchases based on The Guide.Also, Patty says anecdotal evidence suggests that people are sampling highly-rated fragrances.I´d like a report next Monday on how your sniffage/blind buys worked out for you.Alternately, tell me about your latest foray or unsniffed purchase prompted by a review that I or another blogger did.Next Monday, don´t forget!

Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Figue Iris – I love that bottle.I love Guerlain.I love fig.I´m fond of iris.This would seem tailor-made for me, and yet it´s a disappointment.Notes are bergamot, grapefruit, iris, fig, violet, milky notes, woods, vetiver and vanilla.The light milky fig (along the lines of BBW Brown Sugar and Fig) meets the Guerlain powdery heliotrope and then the fig mostly disappears after ten minutes. I drenched it on the second and third times – I´m talking my whole arm, wet – and still it didn´t stick around long. What´s left is like “An Impression of” the Guerlain powdery-heliotrope base.An Impression of Guerlain Meteorites, I guess?The drydown, once the powder fades, is kind of woody and interesting, like Kenzo Tokyo in the first 90 seconds before it implodes into a crappy fresh scent.If we´d skipped some of the powder, I´d be happy, but this is just too much powder and not enough interest for me.

Aqua Allegoria Laurier Reglisse– and this one surprised me in the opposite way – by pleasing me quite a bit.I´m not wild for anise, but this one is refreshing – notes of bergamot, orange blossom, licorice, bay laurel, woods, violet, galbanum and amber.The licorice is bright rather than candied and is pretty much gone after the first three minutes on me, leaving a not-particularly-sweet, leafy green woody smell that I think would be just the ticket in the summer heat.Nice – I might buy this on discount.Lasting power is so-so, and if I´m saying that, me of the scent-grabbing skin, I wonder what normal people get – five minutes?

Let me say again: I love Sephora.In addition to an increasing number of small bottles for less than $50, this last visit yielded a $50 four-bottle gift set containing Prada regular, Intense, Tendre and Homme.How great is that?

Moschino Cheap & Chic I Love Love (in the orange and blue Olive Oyl bottle) is sort of like D&G Light Blue, only more floral and even more appealing to me, and I like Light Blue.It´s Light Blue´s more gracious older sister.If you like Light Blue in theory, but after two hours its pervasive Light-Blue-ness starts to work your last nerve, you might want to consider trying this.Notes are grapefruit, orange, lemon, redcurrant, tea rose, muguet, cinnamon leaves, musk, cedar, tonka wood, created by Olivier Cresp in 2004.Every time I sniff it I wonder, why don´t I own this thing?And then I remember why an hour later, because my only complaint is it gets a little sweeter than I like in the drydown, although it´s not so sweet by mainstream standards.I am crazy for that bottle, though, and if I run across some cheap I´ll probably buy it.In the meantime, I sniffed the new one, Hippy Fizz, and come on – look at that bottle — based solely on appearances, I don´t even care what it smells like, I want it.Notes are: raspberry, rose, violet leaves, magnolia, lotus, cedar and oakmoss. I´ll take their word for the cedar and oakmoss – on me it is the sweet, fruity floral you´d expect from the first five notes. In terms of artistic merit, Hippy Fizz is the fragrance equivalent of Pez, or Sour Patch Kids candy – and be honest, don´t you ever want a mouthful of Pez instead of a mouthful of, I don´t know, organic, fair-trade shade-grown artisanal dark chocolate?I know I do.I couldn´t pick it out of a lineup, it could just as easily be one of the Escada summer LEs, it´s a little fresh on me.

Finally, there was Oscar Fresh Vanilla for Women, which I tried at Bloomie´s and which she assured me was a special Limited Addition and Very Rare and I better buy it now or I´ll never see it again! Notes are: bergamot, blackcurrant, rose, marshmallow, orange blossom, vanilla,Peru balsam, musk.When I looked online I realized there have been a whole series of these Oscar things I´ve never seen – bamboo, pink lily, citrus, mocha chip, etc.Okay, not mocha chip.

Marshmallow.Marshmallow, for Pete´s sake.Honestly, though?It was kind of fun – it smells like a marshmallow you´ve toasted on a stick until it´s nicely browned, so it loses some sweetness and has a bit of that burnt smell – with a musky finish.It’s like Demeter did a scent called Toasted Marshmallow (you could layer it with Bonfire!), or CdG added it to their Sweet series. I know, I know.I must be losing my marbles.Off to apply Kolnisch Juchten to regain my senses.

PS For Mother´s Day my darling children gave me various items they made lovingly by hand in their art classes.I gave myself that Stuart Weitzman purse in the photo up there.I´ve coveted their shoes in that particular, iconic color – Red Quasar, a pearlized lipstick red – for years, but the shoes are usually either flats or 4-inch heels, and I want something in between.Then I saw the purse and knew:It Was Destiny.

  • Rachel says:

    Hey, Perfume Posse newby here–the first time posting here! I was reading about your incredulity over marshmallow being included in the list of notes for the Fresh Vanilla, and I just wanted to add my two cents: isn’t marshmallow a plant that’s been around a lot longe than the sweet? I googled “marshmallow plant” and yep, up popped the hits. I have no idea what the flowers of this thing smell like, and I don’t know which Oscar intended, but…still. Benefit of the doubt?

  • zara says:

    i absolutely love people who buy themselves presents on each getting-a-present-worthy occasion. and i totally agree! the purse is smashing, loovely color, too. what about a new matching pair of shoes? 😉

    • March says:

      I would love the matching shoes! They refuse to make one I want to wear, though. [-( The high heel peep toe ones are stunning, but I can’t even stand up in them. The flats are … well, flat. I want something in the middle.

  • mimmimmim says:

    I bought a 100ml bottle of Jolie Madame from a discounter after reading so many good comments about it online. I adore Mitsouko, one of the most famous chypres, so expected to like JM too.

    I hated it.

    I’ve grown to like it a little better by finding the violet note I adore in French CanCan in it, but really, it needs to go to the charity shop.

    • March says:

      Well, probably for what you paid for it, it’s not too much pain, right? Here, let me whisper this to you: I bought it unsniffed and got rid of it too. :d The vintage is better, though. Isn’t it always? Sigh.

  • Solander says:

    =:) (that’s not an alien, that’s me being green with envy…) I want that Prada set too! But the nearest Sephora is in, like, Spain or Poland or something… It would be perfect – I like both Prada and Prada man but not quite enough to buy full bottles, especially not of both…

    • March says:

      Well, you have been doing a lot of travel. They must have Sephora in France, surely? Maybe they have them there!

      • Olfacta says:

        Are the Sephoras different in different markets? I recently visited ours (Atlanta) and was disappointed. They had every mass-market crap product, the J-los, the Paris Hiltons — but only the best-selling or most well-publicized of the others, with their shelf-hogging flankers. Do perfume companies pay “slotting allowances” the way grocery vendors pay supermarket chains for shelf space?

        Also, the SA’s at our Sephora seemed more like guards than helpers. They were lined up against the shelves, arms crossed, as if afraid the customers were there to steal the testers. There was no way I was going any of them for ask for a free sample; I don’t have to tell you that they didn’t know much of anything, either, even if the store carried a particular fragrance or not.

        I used to haunt the Perfumania in West L.A., fifteen or so years ago. They had all the good stuff then. Such a shame; Thank God for TPC TJ Maxx and the online retailers!

  • tmp00 says:

    I looove that Moschino bottle and I think I need one; that Takashi Murakami meets Alessi vibe is just too much to pass up..

    • March says:

      You do need one! And online there are a bunch of different colors. I think another cool one is the white one with a black top, and then there’s one that’s orange and green, if you can imagine…

  • carmencanada says:

    I feel the same way you do about the new Aqua Allegoria… Sadly, I was given the Iris Figue at the book festival I attended (the one co-sponsored by Guerlain) and not the Laurier-Réglisse, which I found quite fetching with its green notes. Not sure I’d spring on it, and there are never any discounts here in France, but it does seem like a perfect idea for summer.

    • March says:

      “A book festival sponsored by Guerlain?!?” You kill me. Over here it’d be a comic book festival sponsored by Tommy Hilfiger. 🙁

      • carmencanada says:

        Well, it’s really a book and wine festival. And Jean-Paul Guerlain has a château in that region. He’s the president of a jury (one of several)which gives out prizes for books on perfumes or flavours, so he’s there evere year.

  • sariah says:

    Oops, that was supposed to be a response to Kim’s post above.

  • sariah says:

    I got a set of 4 7ml AA’s at an airport duty free. 1 of them (grosselina) I find unwearable, but I like the others.

  • Jennifer says:

    I’m not a purse person, but that is one gorgeous purse!
    Couldn’t agree with you more on Fig Iris, very light and I got a lot of grapefruit.

    • March says:

      Wow, I would have been THRILLED with a lot of grapefruit. I got a lot of … dusting powder. Guerlain dusting powder, but still. :-ss

  • violetnoir says:

    Girl, I love that purse! What a great Mother’s Day gift, lol!

    And, I agree with Patty–get back into the heels, woman! And the flats. I love them both. 😡

    Hugs!

  • Patty says:

    I want that purse…. *drrrroool* tomorrow’s post will include my latest foray into shoes and getting back into high heels, which is harder and easier than you might think.

    • March says:

      How DO I get back into high heels! I want to! I wish I could do something about this stupid right heel, I totally get why women do freaky stuff like have their little toes removed. The pain is making me nuts.

      • Musette says:

        can you slip one of those little gel thingies into the shoe? Also, if you really do want to get back into them you might try the get thingy plus a 1hr on/2 hrs off break. You know, like we all do when we’re breaking our feet back into those thongs and strappy jobs for summer!

        Women cut off their little toes? Huh? why? Wouldn’t that make them walk funny?

        • March says:

          I’ve got those little thingies in my shoes, but they don’t work as well in my rockin’ sandals. It’s getting better though.

  • pitbull friend says:

    Guilty as charged… I finally did a huge order to TPC because I just couldn’t live without trying Yohji Homme, Rochas Tocade, Lolita Lempicka, etc. I’m pretty sure that my taste/skin/associations differ strongly from those of LT & TS, but it’s a moth-to-a-flame thing, you know?

  • Robin says:

    It is so wonderful that Sephora has talked so many brands into doing 30 ml & smaller bottles — the new Bvlgari travel sizes are great. Now if they could just convince Guerlain! A 15 ml bottle of the Laurier would be perfect.

    • March says:

      Hey, there you are! You would know better than I — do you think manufacturers are doing these things FOR Sephora? I never see them anywhere else regular retail (just resale on eBay). And the sizes are getting even smaller and more varied, I am thrilled. I wonder whether any of the other mainstream stores will start to feel the pressure and follow the trend?

      Guerlain *does* make those inky-dinky cute bee-bottle minis, maybe 5 – 7 ml? That’s what I have my Winter Delice in. They are adorable.

      • Kim says:

        Really? They sound great. Where do you get them?

        • March says:

          You saw Sariah’s response — I’ll add I got mine on eBay, where I think they pop up, and there are a lot of online discounters that sell miniatures. If you googled Guerlain allegoria miniature or something similar you might have some luck.

      • Robin says:

        Late reply, but yes — read somewhere (long time ago) that Sephora was negotiating w/ a bunch of brands to do 30 ml sizes in view of their “younger” demographic, later, they started showing up, and as you say, we’re not seeing them anywhere else. Only very recently they seem to be selling some even smaller travel sizes that in the past you would only have seen in coffrets.

        I do have 2 Guerlain bee bottle minis, they’re cute too! But I’d rather have a 10-15 ml spray. Those Bvlgari 10 ml travel things are brilliant, even though they’ve considerably upped the price per ml. I’d buy the Aqua Allegorias that way in a second, even at full price.

  • Victoria says:

    I am not allowed any eye candy! I went to a Derek Lam sample sale on Friday. Well… sample sales are dangerous.

    • March says:

      oh oh oh!!! I wonder what you got!?!? Gorgeous, I would imagine. Do you have a secret clothing addiction? Shoes? Lovely jackets?

      • Victoria says:

        I got two jackets (a long white one and a short black one) and a dress (silk in brown and white squares.) They are right in that dressy/casual zone, which makes them easy to wear and accessorize. Plus, the office dress code can be interpreted in a variety of ways. After all, we are not called the “creative center” for nothing. 🙂

        • March says:

          Oh, I bet they are fetching! I wonder if you worry about getting things dry cleaned from fragrance? Do you get perfume all over your clothes? Do you end up considering sleeveless dresses with jackets and cardigans? 🙂

          • Victoria says:

            Yes, that is an issue. I have to dry clean everything after 1-2 wears, so I try to keep a large wardrobe in rotation. Or else, everything would be in tatters before long. Of course, if I am wearing something even remotely delicate, I will say that I have “no skin” and leave it at that. There are days when one simply does not want to smell anything on oneself. Jackets are a must for me, because it is like Siberia in my office, especially in the summer.

          • March says:

            Oh, the freezing offices of summer. 🙁 I hate that. It did not bother me as much in Santa Fe, where it wasn’t generally so hot outside to start with. But here, to go from the frigid indoor air to the searing outdoor air, ugh.

  • Flor says:

    OMG! That purse is amazing!! I tried the blue Cheap & Chic I Love Love and I liked it too. I didn’t think I would as in general I don’t have much love for Moschino fragrances, but that one was good, not out-of-this-world or anything like that, but pleasant. Oscar Fresh Vanilla sounds like something that would send me running. :-&

    • March says:

      That purse glows. It makes me absurdly happy. I am looking at it right now.

      Oscar Fresh Vanilla is definitely for people who like sweet scents, and like vanilla scents. And it’s a weird, fakey vanilla, not some vanilla-bean thing. You should probably avoid it. :d

  • Pia says:

    HA, I can sort of do next week’s homework on this week’s post, since my last unsniffed purchase was Guerlain’s Figue Iris! Bought it for my mother actually, for Mother’s day. She loves Premier Figuier and Iris Poudre, so I thought it might be an interesting summer blend for her. But I had the same reaction you did (both of us did actually)…too much powder. She thought it was ‘old fashioned’ and sweetly asked if she could give it to her 93 year old friend. 🙂 I’m all for that, think it will be perfect for her, and now we get to go hunt for a summer perfume for my mother–am thinking to go explore the new Jo Malones and also Annick Goutal’s Chevrefeuille, since I’ve read such good things about it.

    Congratulations on your stunning purse! That color makes me endlessly happy (I succumbed to the peep toe shoes when I found them on Bluefly). I am sure you will enjoy every minute of your purchase! 😉

    • March says:

      Gah, I wanted those peep-toes so bad I could TASTE it. And I actually tried them on several times. But I have feetal issues (plantar fasciitis) and back issues, and 3″ is about it for me, and it has to be padded. I wear a lot of wedges.

      Her 93YO friend! That would be a perfect scent. No likey too much powder.

      This is a great time to look at the AGs (putting in a plug here) because I notice, I assume for Mother’s day, they have all the soliflores out they don’t usually have. Lys, Chevrefeuille, Violette, etc. So look quick, I think they go away again. /:)

  • Marina says:

    Yep, people are coming to the stores (or at least one particular store) clutching the Guide and asking for certain 5-star rated scents. 🙂

  • Silvia says:

    Same here: disappointed by the Figue-Iris and pleasantly surprised by Laurier Reglisse. I am going through a herby phase.

    My perfume buying has gone out of hand a bit lately (or more than usual), so need to recaliber and enjoy what I already have, at least for a while.

    Look forward to next Monday !

    • March says:

      Yeah, what is that with the buying of bottles? Montana just me may have cured me temporarily. :d That Laurier Reglisse, though — I hear they show up at the discounters, I’m going to try to exercise some patience. Not my strong suit.

      • Louise says:

        March-adding a decant of LR to my list…Yatagan is on there, too…some cat pee, perhaps?8-|

        • Pat Borow says:

          Purchases inspired by The Guide — Yatagan, OMG and WTF? Opens with menthol and closes with…let’s just say it…uh, dried bodily fluids. Seriously! Now, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Actually, Etat d’Libre’s Eloge du Traitre smells an awful lot like Yatagan, and the sample I got in an intro package from TPC so impressed hubby that I bought some for him (a decant.)

          Cat pee? You bet. From an uneutered male cat, natch.

          I read a post on BN from some guy who said it made him feel powerful, like a silver-haired CEO. Perhaps he misinterpreted the steering-clear behavior of co-workers. Power? Or could it have been…the Yatagan?

          • March says:

            No no no — you have to save your horror stories for NEXT Monday! Then we can all laugh together! Yatagan is an acquired taste, and probably, um, not a scent I’d recommend for an unsniffed purchase. But I think it smells sexy. :d

          • Kim says:

            Okay, I must have weird skin! Yatagan is wonderful on me – maybe 5 seconds of weirdness and then… num! Smokey leather with a touch of wood and a bit of pine/artemesia under there. Wow! So far the only Caron I like. Now lily of the valley or violet? That is what is :-& on my skin !
            Will have to try the Laurier Reglisse – usually I love anything with licorice/fennel/aniseed notes. Perfumed Court here I come 😡

          • March says:

            Yatagan IS wonderful. And I think your description is perfect. I do think many people find it, uh, quite strongly masculine in a non-Cool-Water way. And that artemisia, which I love, is pretty offputting for some. I think that’s where the pee comes from, although maybe it’s part of the filthy base. :d

        • March says:

          Maybe we can skip the cat pee … i would love the rest though. 😡

  • sariah says:

    I love those Olive Oyl bottles too, inparticular the original black, red and white one. I have been on the lookout for the perfect red bag for a few months, but find the price of nice purses shocking, so am holding out for something I really love. Yours is a beauty – congratulations.

    • March says:

      Well, thank GOD you showed up. I was beginning to think everyone on here was too highfalutin’ for my bottle tastes. I never see the original anywhere, it’s a deeper floral, right? I wish I could remember. There’s a black and white one too that’s cool looking.

      Um, yeah. I have held out several times for something I really love, and beyond a certain price point a purse just isn’t worth it to me. That bag was the accessory equivalent of the perfume splash-out for a rare opportunity. 😉 When I saw it, I knew: that is *exactly* what I want.

      • sariah says:

        I’ve only smelled the older one once, on my aunt’s vanity, the scent didn’t leave much of an impression, but I’m thinking fresh floral. I just remember being excited about the bottle.

  • MattS says:

    I’ve never really paid close attention to the Aqua Allegoria line, never really seemed like my cup of tea. Except Pampelune. Isn’t that the one everyone says smells like pee? I’d probably love that. I’ve almost bought that one blind several times, but it’s always sold out.

    Nice bag.

    • Louise says:

      Hi Matt-I have an extra bottle of AA pee, if you’d like-just ask the PP for my email, and I’ll get it to you :d/

    • March says:

      It very well might be your cup of p– tea, and look, Louise is offering it to you! I’ll hook you two up.

      It smells like pee on me, but on a lot of people it smells fabulous, like it is supposed to.

  • Louise says:

    I’m still holding out on my no-guide rule for awhile, but will cerrrtainly have things to say about what I’ve bought under your tutelage (can I mention the Bad Orris incident?):)

    I am really adoring my AA Laurier Reglisse-and oddly, with enough spritzes, and a little sprayed on my clothes-I could smell light wafts of the stuff for hours during a long work day last week. The Figgy-meh, not even bad like some of the AAs (Herba Fresca goes ghastly on me :-& ). But LR will certainly get a lot of play this spring-when the deluge here stops :-b

    Don’t know anything ’bout the Marichinos or Oscar, but maybe I ought to give them a little whirl.

    So-you know that the bag was destiny ? No need for deliberation, opinions, slight hesitation? You deserve it :d

    • Louise says:

      Hey, doesn’t Kute Killian have an I Love Marchmellow 😡 scent?

    • March says:

      Of course you can discuss the Orris Incident! It worked out rather nicely for us both in the end. And I have done similar things on my own… now that I know the Laurier lasts on you, I want it even more. Do you ever see it around here at TJ Maxx? I feel like they never have any good stuff, am I looking at the wrong stores?

      That purse. Thanks for enabling me. I did hesitate for two days as you know. 😉 That’s more than I generally spend on a purse. But I’m glad I got it, they were all gone a few days later, according to the SA who’d been teasing me about my repeated visits.

      That By Kilian (Beyond Love?) yes with the marshmallow. Tried it at the Sniffa. Thought I would *die.* Ended up scrubbing with alcohol and burying it under something else. :-ss

  • sallycantdance says:

    What a coincidence. I was shopping on Friday and stumbled across that Oscar. Never had heard of it, but then again, I don’t suppose I’m paying much attention to the Oeuvre of Oscar anyway. The name brought to mind something from Jovan, and the scent reminded me of Trouble (or Armani Code), and don’t you know I buzzed eBay for it when I got home. I’m still not sure why, and I didn’t scout out the notes. Now that you have, I will say that I didn’t get either black currant or rose. Your description of the marshmallow is right on: It is on its way to marshmallow brulé. Marshmallow with a tan.

    After two years of disappointment, I forgot about (and failed to sniff) the new AA scents. Last year’s gummy Angelique Lilas was the last straw, and I’ve never cared for basil and oranges in tandem. My fave AA is Ylang & Vanille, which smells to me a lot like Chantecaille Frangipane, but with happily cut corners. Now I’ll have to go try the new ones, even as I am thrilled to find another card-carrying member of the ”might buy it on discount” club.

    That bag is le chic. Chicer than red shoes, at the moment. I like how the handles/straps have body. This is a bag that stands at and demands attention. Good choice!

    • March says:

      Marshmallow brulee — a perfect description, thank you! Seriously, I was all primed to stand there and laugh at it. Bottle’s kind of cute too, in that Little Kiddle way — you are possibly too young to remember 🙂

      FWIW the only other AA I like/bought was Winter Delice and that’s a wonderful Christmas tree scent, from years ago. You might want to try the Laurier if it sounds appealing. And if it lasts on Louise (and it does, apparently) it must have some lasting power.

      The purse is PERFECT. 😡 It’s not too big, which is the usual problem (I’m not too big either, and large bags look silly on me.) And the straps are long enough I can carry it over my shoulder, it tucks under my arm nicely.

    • Musette says:

      Sally, I agree on the bag v. shoes comment (and I agree with your comments on the excellent construction of that bag). Red patent shoes are tough to pull off – so easy to channel Dorothy.

  • Gail S says:

    Dude. I want that purse!!!!!

    LOL! Actually, my dearest, darling daughter got me a purse for Mother’s Day and it’s pretty awesome too 🙂

    I bought I Love Love unsniffed because I saw it really cheap and the bottle was so cute. But I swapped it away because it smelled too bitter on me. I’m obviously going to have to revisit the Oscar vanilla. I spritzed it on and don’t remember a thing about it. And I’ll definitely be on the lookout for the Laurier Reglisse!

    • March says:

      Yay your daughter! Did she pick it out? What’s it look like?

      That’s interesting about I Love Love. And I was specifically thinking of you with the Oscar, there’s that sweet/brown note that reminds me of Lann-Ael. You might like it. It’s really strong, though.

      • Gail S says:

        It’s pretty sweet 🙂 I’m trying to find a picture of it online (because I’m too darn lazy right now to get up and take a picture, upload, re-size,blah,blah,blah)but I’m not having any luck. So…. it’s a bright apple-green leather Kate Landry tote with interesting details on the handles. Not quite in the same level of the stratosphere as yours but I’m totally impressed that my 21-yr old DD bought this with her own hard-earned money and I’ll treasure it for years to come =d> She also got me these really cool knit fingerless gloves to keep my hands warm while I type or read. Please attribute my typing errors to these :d

        • March says:

          Wow, that sounds gorgeous!!! I would love an apple green purse, that’s probably next on my color list now that I have red and orange 🙂 and the great thing about those colors is they go with everything, really, since they “match” nothing. What a sweet gift from your daughter, you should be proud.

          And I burst out laughing at the gloves — I am wearing them too! Right now! Will it ever warm up? I don’t feel like turning the heat on in May … I have these wretched gray chenille knit gloves I cut the fingers off of, but they work great.

          • Existentialist says:

            Don’t feel bad -I have the heat on here in Pennsylvania. Really ridiculous. But that beautiful red purse is making me feel warmer just looking at it. Enjoy!

          • March says:

            I caved. Turned the heat on. /:) Thinking of summer…

  • Shelley says:

    Umm…I think I might be an EBT (Evil Bottle Twin) here. To me, that Moschino bottle look like the child of Love’s Baby Soft + Dollar Store Baby Bottle graphics, with a touch of Olive Oyl in the lineage. What a nose! — on both Olive and that cap.

    The Oscar you describe inspires me: I’m thinking the next fancy pants send-off I serve (food, not perfume ): toasted marshmallow embedded with a single rose petal. Fire up the grill!

    I am, however, feeling the Sephora love when it comes to small servings of scent. Hooray!

    • March says:

      Well, I hear you on the bottle. I will admit to a certain amount of My-Little-Pony-level taste, and bottles are such a personal thing. It’s not like I don’t appreciate a fine crystal flacon; I do! But there’s something about the cheap, silly ones I love too. I think Betsy Johnson is great, and a bunch of people loathe that bottle. OTOH some of them are just plug-ugly, in my opinion — that Gwen Stefani, SJP Covet and the biggest disappointment, the Desperate Housewives bottle, which *could* have been so camp and hilarious, but was just an ugly, cheap looking stylized apple.

      Sephora now has a bunch in the $20 – $30 range, and I wonder if the manufacturers are doing those FOR Sephora? You never see them elsewhere. The pressure is on!

      • Shelley says:

        It’s not high-falutin’…it’s just a certain lack of inspired taste. Hey, the Betsy Johnson thingy is fun. I think I just get scared by anything baby-bottle…have loved my own two dearly, but do NOT wish to revisit, except as a grandparent…and that ONLY AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME. (We are entering teenage years–gulp–must get through college.)

        Remember the cleaning products that looked kind of like soda, and were consumed as such? Maybe that’s my other fear…can take me out of the house, but can’t take the mom out of me. No, wait; I’m probably afraid I’LL drink the darn stuff. /:)

        And now, I know what NEXT Monday means…waiting to confess….:-\”

  • Catherine says:

    Love Sunday nights…Perfume Posse is always there with a new post. You are the best, March!

    I know *nothing* about anything that you’re talking about. But I’ll say this: I recently saw one of the Moschino line at a local department store and sniffed it. How much fun! It’s not something I would wear, but I’d love to give my sister’s daughter a bottle for her birthday in September. It was just *great*. And the bottles are just too precious for words.

    Excellent MD present, by the way!

    • March says:

      Hey, you are welcome. I love those bottles, although not everybody does. And I did, in fact, try to talk my 13YO into the I Love Love, but she went for Light Blue instead, which I admit smells a little nicer on her. At least she doesn’t wear anything super sweet, which I appreciate. I think they’d make a great gift.

  • Musette says:

    That purse is KILLAH!

    The Cheap and Chic ILL visual is creepy, like doll parts! Ick.

    Marshmallow….sausage? Sausage?…….marshmallow….:-?

    caught between a rat and a raccoon, there!

    xo

    • March says:

      Yep, we are all over the place on the Posse this morning. And the purse *is* killah! I’m glad I bought the silly thing when I did with no waffling (Louise made me do it) b/c they sold out shortly afterward.

      No raccoons!