Enabling the Enablers

As much as you all think we enable you, you have to know that you guys are seriously denting my budget with the things you tell me about in comments.  So it’s a mutually budget-busting relationship we have going on.

First, thanks to  my fellow Coloradan (maidenbliss?)  who suggested the Malelueca Renew lotion for hands.  Miraculous, seriously, and cheap.  If you want something that moisturizes your hands in the wintertime that lasts decently, isn’t too greasy or thick, this stuff is amazing.

Then for the person that suggested J.M.W. Turner as an artist I might like – brilliant, really.  I’ve ordered my canvas reproduction of Angel Standing in Storm, and there’s some others I need to get in prints as soon as I pay for this one.  That? Not so cheap.

I hope that makes y’all feel a wee bit better after all the things we send you off to find.

Krigler’s America One perfume?  Skankfest in a really nice way.  From their website : The First fragrance created by Krigler in New York in 1931. The eponymous fragrance, embodying the american spirit full of happiness! A Cedar vibrato with dry notes of black pepper and cumin. The energetic effect of Mandarin with voluptuous accord of Neroli and Vetiver. A mysterious, voluptuous and full of contrasts fragrance.”  Exactly, sweaty, yummy cuminy cedar all peppered over.

Time to share.  What is your favorite thing you have been “encouraged” to look into either on this blog or in comments that is your favorite purchase? Doesn’t need to be this blog, but any perfume blog.

  • Wordbird says:

    Having pondered this for a while, I’d say that between the blogs and Basenotes, I have gone from owning 4 bottles of perfume (which I thought at the time was a great extravagance) to having a dedicated shelf in the linen cupboard crammed to overflowing with full bottles, another major stash in my bedroom and more samples than I can count (got to be in the hundreds).
    All your (collective) fault.

    Thank you SOOOOOO much! :d

  • Wino says:

    Hi everyone,
    Long-time lurker, first-time poster. I have to credit the Posse and NST jointly for my obsessions with all things Lutens, Goutal, Ellena, Giacobetti, Menardo . . . well, you get the picture.

    However, the Posse alone gets credit for introducing me to Kenzo UFO, which I bought UNSNIFFED 😮 after reading the glowing reviews here. And I adore it! So thanks, guys, for enabling–keep up the good work!

  • Pimpinett says:

    Lots of things (I can lay a good half or more of my bottle count at the doors of perfume blogs, like many other commenters), but I really don’t think I would have tried (and bought) Youth Dew if I hadn’t read reviews. I have never known anyone who wears it and it wasn’t on my radar at all, some of those old mainstream classics are so easy to overlook.

    That recent, unsniffed Parfum Sacré purchase certainly wouldn’t have happened either, and I’m very glad it did.

    • maidenbliss says:

      After reading a review on Tom Ford/EL Youth Dew Amber Nude I stopped at a department store to ask if they had a sample-the SA rolled her eyes and handed me 2 FB’s and said something to the effect they couldn’t give it away! 2 free 4 me! I’ve bought the Youth Dew Body Cream after smelling it on a woman at a wedding-on her divine, not so for me.

      • Pimpinett says:

        Wow, congratulations! Have to love it when that happens! I tried to buy a bottle of Shaal Nur on sale from a shop that was closing once, but they were out and the clerk just looked over his shoulder, put a full tester bottle in a bag and handed it to me.

        I’ve never tried YD Amber Nude, but I love the original. It’s glorious.

  • helenviolette says:

    La Trezieme Heure. sigh. thank you March. picked up a 5ml decant at TPC and was about to order a second but decided to do the “smart” thing and order a bottle shipped to Texas.

  • Sheryl says:

    Hi everyone,

    ….besides ALL the perfume beyond the drug and department store ones (my favorites are Fracas, Carnal Flower, Chergui, etc.), my latest Perfume Posse blog find was Bobbi Brown cream eyeliner.

    I never tried the “cream” eyeliner before – but love it! It’s more vibrant and doesn’t smear (after I get it on)… although I’m still struggling to get it on just right some mornings.


    • March says:

      That eyeliner is excellent. Just remember to cap it tightly because it dries out. The teenagers are unable to recall this. /:)

  • Dante's Bra says:

    Parfums de Nicolai. I’m so in love with Sacrebleu it’s embarrassing. And I’ve been trying lots more florals because of you guys even though I thought I hated them; Temps d’un Fete is such the perfect, spring-is-coming, hope-bringing thing! Also Serge, Mitsouko (still working on it…) and Songes.

    I found the Playdough and Fresh Tampax accord descriptions very helpful, ’cause I thought it was just me!

    Thanks for the guidance and making me laugh!

  • Heidi says:

    I think I found Ava Luxe through you guys, which was excellent.

    But in general, your blog supported most of my perfume endeavors. Whenever I’m curious about a new scent, I google “Name of scent+Posse”, and your review or info (if there is any) and all kinds of other perfume blogs who have linked to you come up. You’re an incredible resource.

  • janh says:

    Incense rose and midnight fantasy.

  • It’s been a long time since I was susceptible to enabling — it goes back four or five years with Bois de Jasmin, who nudged me into trying Bulgari Black, among other things.

    One thing I’m particularly proud of as an enabler is “selling” at least four of five bottles of Isabelle Doyen’s Turtle Vetiver after reviewing it — René Shifferlé wrote to me saying he’d been wondering why there was such a surge in sales all of a sudden, before Isabelle told him about my post.

    • Shelley says:

      Ha! Denyse, your hands were behind my trip toward Un Matin d’Orage. If y’all start commenting here, I’m happy to out you and your nudges. 😉

      • Shelley, I’ve been commenting regularly for years, and you’re welcome to out me whenever you like!

        • Shelley says:

          Oh, Denyse, I know you’ve been commenting…always enjoy your input…just meant in terms of today’s discussion. 🙂 So, yeah, CC, just saying…I hold you to task for some of the “damage.” (Knowing that in the end, nobody pulls the trigger but moi.) :>

    • carter says:

      You sure sold me, and I’m so glad you did ^:)^

    • Maggie says:

      Oh Denyse, I admit I was one of the Turtle Vetiver purchasers and it is indeed a wonderful fragrance.

      You have been my biggest prompter of purchases since I discovered your blog and realised that we seem to have similar tastes. I discovered vintage Le Galion Tubereuse through you and have several precious mls, but my biggest newly discovered love thanks to Grain de Musc is Habanita.

      For some reason, I have never smelled this, as it was not among the (many) perfumes I wore in the 70s & 80s. Perhaps it simply wasn’t available in Australia in those days (it certainly isn’t available now). So I went ahead and bought a bottle of special edition EDP from the Molinard website and “Oh My” —-it is lovely. I am tempted to say that this is my “desert island” fragrance, but–but–, there are at least 3 more vying for this title at the moment.

      In any case, thank for your insight, knowledge and excellent writing.

  • Gretchen says:

    I thank the perfumista blogs (and TPC!)for my discovery of every scent beyond the available-at-Macy’s stuff– to name the first few that come to mind: Chanel no22 and Parfums Delrae Bois de Paradis and Eau Illuminee.

    Also, Patty and everyone who took an interest in the recent discussion of how much one invests in the maintenance of one’s appearance: you all ought to read a book entitled “Survival of the Prettiest”, by Nancy Etcoff, which is completely fascinating. Standards of beauty for both men and women are not as culturally dependent as we often suppose. . .

  • Aparatchick says:

    I would never have found Andy Tauer if it weren’t for all the blogs that have blogged on his wonderful scents. And Mals, I’m pretty sure it was you who kept talking about Tabac Aurea until I finally bought some. And darned if you weren’t right – it IS fabulous! I love it and get compliments on it every time I wear it. :d

    Outside of perfume, I have to say I’d probably never have spent two weeks watching wildlife in South Africa if it hadn’t been for an online travel forum. I read a few trip reports and saw lots of pictures, and suddenly, there I was on a plane.

  • Suzy Q says:

    As a relative newbie I have to say between this blog and NST I have learned tons both from the reviewers and the wonderful people who write comments. I fell in love with No. 5 Eau Premiere after hearing it mentioned repeatedly in comments–and going out to try it. I just bought Bill Blass Nude unsniffed thanks to Angela’s review in NST. Now that was the kind of enabling I can live with: it was only $14 and I love it!

  • Kim says:

    The Posse is completely responsible for my Guerlain addiction. And although I had discovered the wonder of Chanel prior to the Posse, you all have expanded my horizons significantly. Serge, Roja Dove, L’Artisan, Commes des Garcons……..
    And all I can say is thank you…

  • maggiecat says:

    Oh, I could blame all of you for so much…the Van Cleef samples I ordered today, the Le labo Jasmin 17 from a couple of weeks ago, most of my niche scents, virtually all of my samples and decants…I can’t tell you what a pleasure it has been to find people like me out there, people obsessed with Things That Smell Pretty. I wish you all lived near Dallas so we could go out sniffing and shopping together!

  • dleep says:

    Worth Courtesan which I couldn’t find anywhere but Scotland but I bought it and love it and I also caved on the Dahlia lipstick which I love and wear often.

    • March says:

      Hey, that’s where I first smelled it! In Edinburgh! At … that fancy dept. store, forgot the name. Love eeeeeeet. Also Dahlia.

      • Bradamante says:

        Jenners… and I blame you all for my Guerlain fetish ESPECIALLY making me try Mitsouko again and again and again until, just last week after 12 months, I finally succumbed.

  • loledinburgh5 says:

    Thanks to this blog and some others(N.S.T. and Grain de Musc)I’ve discovered an incredible number of beautiful fragrances and “nasal” happiness”…I love this place as the people who comment and post here are very nice ,very funny,polite and ready to share tips and secrets about most everything(cleaning,child issues,make up,books,etc…).
    I can’t remember any particular line or perfume as there are so many I’ve had to try after reading reviews here,so thanks again dear enablers,xxLorena.

    • gwyneth says:

      I have the Posse to thank for many, many wonderful things. Because of comments here, I have discovered some fanastic nailpolishes, lipsticks, my Holy Grail Make-up/Foundation (THANKS!),sunscreen, moisturizers, cleansers, handbags,fashion tips and more fragrances than I can possibly enumerate…

      And…. some wonderful new terms and phrases that have been used in reviews:
      Canned peach syrup and ladyparts. Fresh Tampax Accord. Eau de Hamster Cage — to mention only a few.
      Love the discussions here! I visit every day.

  • Leslie says:

    I have acquired a good dose of Convenient Memory Loss. Thus, I cannot begin to list items that I *could* blame the Posse for, although I believe there are more than a few. However, even though I can’t come up with a list, I AM grateful to all of you, for whatever those items were that you nudged me towards! (**ponders state of hands, wonders about Malelueca Renew lotion**)

  • Ruanne says:

    CB I Hate Perfumes. I never would have even looked into it, if not for you all- the name poked at the chip on my shoulder (for some reason, I am really annoyed by friends who say “Oh, I just don’t like perfume.”) and I though they would be Demeter by a different name, and I’m kind of over that. I read something here that made me order samples, and Black March + Burning Leaves smells exactly like our Blue ridge farm in the autumn- to the extent that it almost makes me cry. Genius.

    • March says:

      CB in fact WAS Demeter (the man behind it) back in the day. And I’m always happy to hear someone’s trying his stuff. Black March and Burning Leaves are two of my favorites. As you probably know, I joke that he named Black March for me. But he didn’t.

  • maidenbliss says:

    Patty, I’m so happy that you like the Melaleuca-it’s works its magic for me everyday-the only body moisturizer I use. I’ve learned so much from this blog and and some others, of course. I crown you the big sisters of scent! I’ve fallen in love with, among many, Amouage, SL, Santal Noble, HV, 10 CC, Diptyque, CB, Killian, Chanel, and rediscovered old loves as well. Enlightening to find out I’m not alone in scent questing and that I’m not a freak for being addicted to smells, any and all smells, that there are others who ‘get it’, sniffing saddles, sweat or someone next to me in line or putting on a sweater that is radiating yesterday’s perfume…not to mention reading a review and being able to order from TPC -nearly instant gratification. I also googled for more info on rolfing-from a perfume blog? Awesome!
    I was wondering if you’re going to get into kitchen wall tiles-my next project:)

  • Astra says:

    Amouage Lyric Woman. And soon, I fear, Dia and Epic. I don’t think the ruling house of Oman really needs my money but they’re going to get a good bit of it anyway. 🙂

  • Thanna says:

    Another newbie here who not that long ago owned a whopping one bottle of perfume. I went online to look for something new and discovered a whole world of smells out there! Thanks to this blog and others I’ve learned to order samples, not to fear the snooty SA’s at NM and Barney’s, and that I don’t really like the safe, boring, clean scents as much as I thought I did. Like Shelley said – you’ve helped me feel more comfortable liking what I like. I’ll add that you’ve helped me be more open to the possibility that something best described as Eau de Hamster Cage might actually be worth wearing!

  • Shelley says:

    Ha. Ha ha. Ha ha, ha ha ha ha, ha ha.
    ***I blame you for PERFUME. Period.***

    Well, okay, I poked my head into the opening of the rabbit hole, {starts whimpering} but I was just trying to research Norell {turns into moderate wail} and I ended up poking my nose into all kinds of perfume!!! {Pause, brightens} I like it. {All out grins} I really like the people I’ve met… >:d< Aw, I'll paint you as the >:), but the beast must’ve been in me all along. Of course, there are a bunch of scents I ended up grooving on thanks to your nudge…I remember long ago reading a dreamy review of Apres L’Ondee, which eventually resulted in me finding the way to En Passant. Because of you, I learned patience…you first referred to Ormonde Jayne Woman long ago (still see the image of Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara) and I had to wait a year–a YEAR, I tell you–before I got my nose on a sample. You + Marina at PST led me to Chergui, oh happy day. Oh, OH, OH! and the joy, the JOY, of finding hay in a bottle thanks to you (Bois Blond and Fleur de Narcisse now being personal faves).

    There are variations on enabling, of course…you helped me feel more comfortable liking what I liked. And, you challenge me to keep on exploring why I don’t feel the earth move with certain Monoliths Which Shall Not Be Named (But Have Nicknames Like Certain Dancing Film Stars).

    And the fun I’ve been having along the way in conversation has allowed me to have an easy path to learning to appreciated the stinky cheese. Metaphorically speaking, of course. No allusions to Big Cheese…just an acknowledgement that when I started this whole thing, I might have been ready to appreciate a sharp cheddar at best.


    • Winifreida says:

      Oh yes, I had never seen Vol de Nuit and Apres L’Ondee at the Guerlain counters in Australia in the last -ahem- several decades I’ve been getting Mits and LhBleue (all that happened was a sadly declining interest in Guerlain after all those things that came out in the intervening years – although I vaguely remember a bottle of Champs Elyses that may have been a de-purfumista-ing experience)…
      The gaining of knowledge from the blogs, finding out about these two (and take note LVMH, BUYING THEM ON EBAY, one from England, one from U.S.) was a delight!

    • March says:

      The Big Cheese can be stinky.

  • Mrs.Honey says:

    Most things you hear about all kinds of places. Generally, I want to try something after several reviews/comments on the boards and blogs. That said, I would never have tried Bebe without March’s review, because you can bet that one did not show up on the other blogs.

    • March says:

      Bebe. How did it go? I feel a little funny walking into that store. 🙂

      • Mrs.Honey says:

        I liked it a lot. The SA noticed I looked determined and so I did not have to nose around. She nicely gave me two of those single-size samples. You can now avoid the embarrassment of going into Bebe to buy it: I spotted it at Dillards recently, so it must have been a big seller.

  • DinaC says:

    Since I’m a newbie, and very suggestible ;), I’m constantly buying things because of wonderful reviews I read here at the Posse and elsewhere. Today I’m sampling VC&A Bois d’Iris for the first time. (Love the woody, warm iris. Thanks Patty and TPC!) Yesterday, I bought NARS “HotWired” magenta lip gloss, which was mentioned in one of March’s blogs, and I’m enjoying that, too. It’s not that I’m a spineless wimp who can’t think for herself. I like having “tour guides” who can point in the right direction toward products that are proven winners.

  • Tiara says:

    While blogs are responsible for my discovery of perfume beyond department stores, this group is certainly responsible for my finding L’Artisan. Have tried much of the line with favorites including Tea for Two, Songes, Timbuktu, and Havana Vanille. Next full bottle purchase, however, will be L’Eau d’Ambre.

    Nice to know this enabling works both ways!

  • Olfacta says:


    (Except for the five or six bottles I already had.)

    Not going to say how many I have now.

  • Fernando says:

    I’ve certainly tried dozens of things because of what i read here and elsewhere. Andy Tauer told be to get Kiki and Field Notes from Paris, and I half obeyed. The Non-Blonde convinced me to try Iris Bleu Gris, and one of the blogs got me on to Fumerie Turque. And the Posse got me interested in Muscs Kublai Khan and Ambre Sultan, both of which are on my regular rotation list now.

    And those are just mine… My wife is in love with Lys Carmin, which is still on our “to buy” list, and I’ve gotten her several small bottles inspired by the Posse and other blogs.

    Looking over what I just wrote, I guess I conclude I had better slow down, eh?

  • Bunny says:

    It was Lolita Lempicka Si Lolita reviewed by Nava. I went right out to the Bay to try it, went home, and drove back the next day for a bottle of it. Good thing it’s only a couple of minutes away! 8-|

    I have poor impulse control anyway… I’m eating birthday cake at 7am :d

    • Musette says:

      happy birthday!

      • Bunny says:

        Thanks! My birthday was on Sunday and it’s a really big cake!

      • Shelley says:

        See, you were logical and thought to say “Happy Birthday.” I read Bunny’s comment and simply wondered who had had a birthday…(knocking, knocking on the brain…). To me, eating birthday cake at 7am might be unusual, but far from irregular. Just a happy thing, like cold pizza. I refuse to think of it as an impulse control issue; it’s a “cake first attitude.” 🙂

        (Said she of many perfumes… 😉 )

        Happy Birthday to whoever the cake is/was in honor of, Bunny! <:-p

  • rockrose says:

    The same thing the first person said! I finally took the plunge and ordered from London! I felt so grownup! hey i’m 59! Ormonde Woman, I love it! Then i got my mother to give me Tolu for my birthday! She was thrilled too to order from overseas!

  • Louise says:

    Mitsouko…my life is changed 😡

  • Fiordiligi says:

    Oh, I can’t even begin to tell you how much you and other bloggers have led me astray – er, encouraged me (not that I’ve ever needed much encouragement). The more obscure things that come to mind are Sonoma Scent Studios and Vero Kern, but I’ve also been comforted to learn that it is PERFECTLY NORMAL to call Guerlain in Las Vegas to buy something unavailable in Paris and have them ship said item to a friend in the US who could then ship to me. Also, I’ve learned that anything under £100 doesn’t count (note that because I deal in pounds sterling this translates from the American $100)!

    Thank you, everyone!

  • Eva says:

    OMG over the last 2 years – EVERYTHING in my perfume drawer (only a drawer still but bulging!!) is due to the Posse. And more specifically Ormonde Woman, nearly every Serge, nearly every Amouage, all of Andy Tauer, By Killian’s Pure Oud (Patty), Chaos (Nava), Guerlain Attrape Coeur (Winnifrieda) more red lippie (March), B/Brown eyeliner (March) and numerous reviews from posse folk – Nu, Theorama, Alahine, Tihota, Wazamba etc etc – and of-course Carter’s wonderful comments on style. <:-p

  • mariekel says:

    You are NOT enablers — you are leaders, talent scouts, advisers. Spirit guides even. And you are always there for me when I need someone to blame for my frequent need to torment myself with searching for another long-discontinued or impossible-to-find-in-the-States scent.

    You led me oh-so-capably to the divine Andy Tauer, then coaxed me toward re-examining some Chanels I thought I didn’t much care for (particularly nos. 19 and 22), sidelined me down the CB and PG alleyways and then got me going off on a few detours of my own into nicheland. I now have a fabulous if smallish collection of wildly different perfumes that intrigues and baffles most of my friends.

    I lurve you guys.

  • aotearoa says:

    I don’t like to think of it as ‘enabling’. I prefer ‘educating’ – it just sounds better…!

  • Mary says:

    Feminite du Bois–I visited the Serge counter in Barney’s, Union Square, SF, and spent probably 3 hours smelling everything. I drove them, and myself, nuts. All the Posse’s fault, really. It took a little while, but I am loving FdB so, I think I will spray some on right now. :d

  • Carolyn says:

    Bottle of Worth Courtesan. I’m pretty sure it was one of the Posse reviews that made me do it.

    • Wordbird says:

      Yup, Worth Courtesan for me too. Though there have been a lot of trips to the perfume shop to smell things (some of which I may have purchased…), so you’ve definitely contributed to the train company’s profitability as well.
      Thanks, Posse!

    • March says:

      Yeesssssssssssssss!!!! HIGH FIVE FOR THE COURTESAN!

      That’s me no doubt. I love that stuff.

  • Karen says:

    As i said, i love the Krigler collection, my favourite is English Promenade 19, Audrey Hepburn got it when she was filming Roman Holiday!

  • Karen says:

    J’aime la collection La Krigler, mon préféré est l’anglais Promenade 19! Audrey Hepburn got it, quand elle a filmé Roman Holiday!
    : X
    : D

  • Musette says:

    Everything is YOUR FAULT!:((


    #:-s>:d< @};- Cartier Brilliante. You. ^:)^ Everything else. March Vintage: You. March. Shelley, whom I wouldn't know were it not for the Posse. I think I can blame Liz Zorn on you guys, too. I'm almost positive. Anyway, it's too late now - I'm hooked. BLAMIN' THE POSSE! xoxo >-)

  • carter says:

    I think it might have been March’s post on Dahlia lipstick by Dolce & Gabbana .>:d<

  • Winifreida says:

    Sorry. This is serious.
    What NOT have I bought under the influence of The Enablers?! UMMM…

    I think I would never have discovered Lutens non-export. Amongst which are great works of art, already found by the perfumistes. I sometimes think I should just go to Paris, buy every bell jar, and then just leave off this – this – whatever it is….’

    Then I could go on with L’Artisan, oh don’t get me started! The blogosphere must be having a massive effect on the good fortunes and great things happening in the ‘niche’ sector.

  • k-scott says:

    For me, it was Kevin at NST’s review of Ineke Field Notes from Paris. I had never even heard of Ineke before. Now I can’t get enough of that stuff!! Mmmmmmmm…

  • Nina Z. says:

    Ormonde Jayne Woman, from your top six, Patty. I bought a bottle. My best friend bought a bottle. You are to blame. But thank you. Really.

    • aotearoa says:

      I love this and really want a FB too.
      Tricky on the other side of the world –
      exchange rate + shipping = lots of longing…