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What do you do in the heat?

Twerehavingaheatwavehere are a lot of tricks people pull out of their perfume hats when it gets hot. There’s the keeping it in the fridge trick, for instance.

I own a lot of light, sheer perfumes. I own several of the huge Marc Jacobs splashes (yes, they all dry down the same, but the initial impression of ginger, ivy, or cucumber is beautiful). I own several Tocca scents. And I own several bottles of Jo Malones, only one of which is one of the dark series (Dark Amber & Ginger Lily).

So when it got hot this week, what did I do?

Pulled out my vintage N’Aimez que Moi eau de toilette in the original Baccarat bottle, that’s what.

I have a hard time thinning my collection. If I have it, I wanted it for some reason. The idea of NOT having it at the particular moment I want it is unbearable to me. It’s less like hoarding and more like librarianship. (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.) No, I don’t have a thousand cherry blossom scents; I have the original L’Occitane one that was part of me going down the rabbit hole of fragrance, and I have the Jo Malone Sakura scent that I got a bit overexcited about because it was supposedly never going to come out in the U.S. That’s all. The problem isn’t overfilling one category.

Well, or mostly that isn’t the problem. I probably have too many patchoulis, too many vanillas, and various other things; but I can still tell and recall a difference between them, and they fill different needs.

Even tougher, for me, to thin out are the ones that smell exactly like themselves and nothing else. Dune, 31 Rue Cambon, Eau de Merveilles? If I got rid of them I’d just have to get them again.

Even perfumes that have almost nothing to recommend them: if I take them out and put them on, invariably I find I enjoy something about them. Things don’t stay in my collection if I don’t enjoy them. Today’s attempt at thinning out the herd is Absolument Absinthe. It is not a standout perfume in many ways (though its folding box is delightful). But it has a green and a mint note over a pretty floral base that is very wearable, very cooling, and I enjoy it. If I could get rid of it just because it isn’t memorable enough for me to reach for it, I would, but I can’t. If I could get rid of it just because I wear it rarely, I would have already gotten rid of that vintage N’Aimez que Moi.

And you’ll pry that baby out of my cold, dead hands.

What about you, do you switch up perfumes in the heat? Or just muddle around in your overfull collection? #firstworldproblems #I’mashamed

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Image is “We’re Having a Heat Wave” by Gerald Brazell, via Flickr; used under Creative Commons license, some rights reserved.

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Fun with research

surveymarker***EDITED TO ADD: THANK YOU, THE DRAFT SURVEY IS NOW CLOSED! Stay tuned for more news on this project! ***

Do you like Undina’s posts about perfume stats of various sorts!? Of course you do! We’re perfume nerds and we love data about perfume.

As it happens some buddies and I are studying survey design and stats over the summer, and I would like to do a “real” exercise. What better to use as a sample research topic than perfume?

One of the steps we’re learning is to TRY OUT your questions first and see how they do with a small group. You should see where people abandoned answering, if you worded anything incorrectly, etc.

Well, there’s only a small group of you, my peeps, reading this blog – so let’s try it! I’ve drafted up a research survey (hopefully according to the guidelines of good research design). Please try it out, and feel free to post comments to me about it below. DO NOT SHARE at this time – if it works out well, I WILL ask you to share a future draft, and then we should be able to get some good data for analysis (if my stats homework pays off!).

The Unseen Censer’s Hopefully Scientific Survey DRAFT (should take 5 minutes or less)

And thanks for your assistance in my nerd-fun!

***EDITED TO ADD: THANK YOU, THE DRAFT SURVEY IS NOW CLOSED! Stay tuned for more news on this project! ***

Image is “Survey marker 135920” by melanie cook, via Flicker; used under Creative Commons license, some rights reserved.

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Telling twins apart

Is it just me or is it sometimes hard to tell a flanker apart from its original? I guess if it smelled exactly like the original, I wouldn’t buy it. But I’ve bought two flankers recently that other perfume reviewers (with much better noses) reported as having all these different notes; to me they just . . . → Read More: Telling twins apart

To prevent being ingested

I am delicious, and the way that I know that I am delicious is that outdoor creatures dine upon me every chance they get. When I was younger every bug bite would swell up into a little mountain of horribleness, and I would scratch like you couldn’t believe. I tried everything to get them to . . . → Read More: To prevent being ingested

Sniffapalooza report! Spring Fling 2015

Sniffapalooza last weekend was some much needed fun time for me. I haven’t posted much lately, have I? Well, I have a lot to show for this year, but it has been ridiculously busy. Not-busy fun time is important, and for me that’s perfume time!

The finest of 1998 web graphics – glitter text! . . . → Read More: Sniffapalooza report! Spring Fling 2015

Shop girl

I feel like my own snobbery is coming back to bite me in the ass. Sitting here amongst all my Amouages and exclusives and vintage whatnots, I realize that what I am mostly wearing this spring are department store juices.

Gucci Guilty and I are having a real thing. I fell for this lilac amber . . . → Read More: Shop girl