If you had called us that in 2006 when we started reviewing perfume, we would have laughed. Now? Well, yeah, probably. Perfume Posse is a perfume review website dedicated to reviewing perfume, making fun of perfume, laughing at our obsession with perfume – and YOURS – and pretty much talking about it about every day.
We have been featured in:
- New York Times
- The Financial Times
- Daily Mail Online
- Top Beauty Blog at BlogRank
- Best Perfume Blog at Huffington Post
- Nominated and voted in the Top Three at Basenotes Best Perfume Blog for several years
- Alyssa Harad’s book “Coming to My Senses” talked about us as if we were some kind of rowdy perfume saloon out of the Wild, Wild West. Well, we can be!
- There have been a few other features that we forgot to save somewhere on our computers
We put perfume in the context of life. It has no vocabulary because there is no language for the sense of smell. Smell is emotion and memory, connected in the very base of your brain where you first feel. When you smell something, you will ‘feel’ it before you will think anything.
For us to understand a perfume, we have to see if it brings up a memory, a wish, a dream, a desire, an emotion. Without a narrative, it either smells good or smells bad or smells okay. If you came in Googling a perfume you read about or used to love, look around, see if there are others that might resonate.
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Make sure you check out Perfume 101 and Perfume 201 and the other great reference articles on the right under Perfume Education, Posse Style. As much perfume as we have smelled over the years, we haven’t forgotten what it is like to be new to perfume, maybe new to niche perfume, or wanting to get to know all the classic perfumes, many of which are discontinued. We’re here to help!
What we want you to know most of all is that we think Perfume is Fun! Whether you are exploring perfume for the first time, trying to find the best perfume for romance, the best fragrance for work, the best cologne for your dad or your son, we can help you navigate what can be really confusing fragrance waters without going over the cliff. Well, you know, we can’t promise that. We’ve all tumbled over the obsessive cliff from time to time. We also know that obsession passes, and then a long-term love affair with fragrance can begin.
We hope you’ll settle in and make yourself at home. Please jump in and comment on any article you see that interests you – ask questions, let us know your favorites, what is causing you the most difficulty in perfume. Our Perfume Posse community can seem a little, um, opinionated and vocal at first, but we are very welcoming, and we love the Posse People who gather here every day.
How do you know if you’re a Posse person?
- You don’t mind the
occasionalmore often than our moms would like swear word
- Referring to a perfume as skanky, even if you don’t know quite what that means, sounds like fun.
- You think arguing with us about the perfumes we like and don’t like is entertaining. We think it is too!
- You don’t take this too seriously. There’s a lot of things in life we need to take seriously – poverty, hunger, sex slavery, war, global warming. Perfume? Not one of them. Don’t misunderstand! We love perfume. We also have perspective on how frivolous it is when so many in the world have nothing.
- You don’t get terribly excited if we every now and then use a big font or a different font than Times New Roman… and sometimes in the same sentence. I know, it’s a radical concept on the internets, but we found out that Google Fonts lets us reach out beyond the 6 fonts we’ve been allowed for the last 8 years we’ve been writing this blog. We promise, the new will wear off and we’ll probably —- naw, fonts help express a feeling, and we are feeeeeeeeeling people. I’m lying, I have no idea when we’ll get over it or if we will.
- You don’t get offended if one of us talks about travel, makeup, something we bought or ! gasp ! a cosmetic procedure we had. Don’t ask, I had no idea people actually find something like that offensive, but apparently they do. If you do, this blog may not be the right fit for you. Doesn’t mean you aren’t welcome – you are – but don’t expect us to change. We ‘yam what we yam’!
- You have your own opinion about fragrance and what you like. If you love Pink Sugar or Old Spice? You don’t give a fig if we diss it, you just keep on loving it and tell us we are perfume neanderthals with no appreciation for fragrance classics and should try it again. And you know what? We just might!
Patty White owns and is Managing Editor of Perfume Posse and lives in the Rocky Mountains. She was born and raised in Kansas and works for a company involved in the television industry. Her perfume exploits stretch around the world, looking for the next niche product (which she frequently gets her hands on before almost anyone else!) as well as exploring fragrances that are locally available. She is also a founding partner in Surrender to Chance, a perfume sample and decant business (formerly a partner in The Perfumed Court). Surrender to Chance and Patty’s personal, huge perfume collection is the source of almost all of the fabulous giveaways we do, and we do try to note that in the posts as full disclosure for readers.
March Moore lives in the Washington, D.C. area, and her perfume interests are pretty broad — from downmarket stuff (check out our Drugstore Cowgirls post!) to impossible-to-find vintage extraits. She smells it so you don’t have to. If you don’t want to. But if you want to, honey, just get your credit card out and get busy, because what’s a better waste of time than perfume?
Anita Berlanga is really a benevolent despot from Jupiter, though she now exists as the owner of a Midwestern manufacturing company as well as continuing her marketing/event planning business for the luxury goods industries. She has a heart and attitude as big as an ocean to match her love of vintage Guerlain Mitsouko and Dior Diorling. Equal parts siren and earth mother, starting your day talking about perfume (or handbags – she loves handbags) with Anita is a treat.
Tom Pease writes about cars and perfume and lives in the “industrial triangle” area of Beverly Hills, CA.
Ann is a former newspaper editor and fashion writer who has been a fragrance lover since she was young, but stumbled into the rabbithole in a big
way in 2007 and has been happily falling farther down ever since. Tea and lipstick are her other passions. She loves chatting and connecting with other fragrance fans because perfume people are simply the best: smart, funny, kind and generous.
Portia Turbo is the Australian born and bred Hostess and Producer of AustralianPerfumeJunkies with no perfume credibility except a deep obsession and years of collecting, aside from some” squirt bitch work in my youth”. Fragrance writer for GayExpressNZ and Guest Poster on Perfume Posse. Just quietly she’s a filthy great Drag Queen and loving it. You can also Catch Portia in –
“Priscilla Queen of the Desert”
Free Stuff Disclosure
Hey, we like stuff!! We’re happy to have you send us stuff in the hopes we’ll review it.
In support of the FTC ruling on disclosures about free product, this is our policy on free stuff – We get some perfume samples sent to us by perfume companies and their public relations departments. We promise no review – either good or bad, if any at all – no matter how we came by product.
We do try to remember to disclose the provenance of a sample if we can remember where it came from. Usually we have had a perfume for a while because we bought a bottle of it, or we swapped with someone else to get it, or we bought the sample or begged a friend to send us something. Mostly we want disclose if we got the sample from the manufacturer or their public relations company.
If you are a perfume company, we are happy to have you send us samples, but the above policy is ironclad. Just click on the Drop Us a Note to get information on where to send things.
We also have the occasional link in our text (usually Amazon) that includes referral fees paid to us if you wind up buying something after clicking on the link, which is normally about 4-6% of the sale.
We also run some advertising on the right side of the blog that also only gives us any money if you click on them and then later buy something. We always appreciate our readers hitting those links to Amazon and other online perfume stores when you are already planning to buy something because it helps support our website.
If you are an advertiser, we do take advertising if space is available and your ad is a good fit for our blog – beauty, perfume or luxury goods related. Please click on the Drop Us a Line on the Navigation bar (up there) to get a rate card. Our daily readership numbers in the thousands, is highly educated and dedicated to perfume and beauty.
We do not accept sponsored posts, but we will consider original content guest posts from other perfume, beauty or fashion bloggers with established blogs.