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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

PetronasTwinTowersIs 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 smell like lighter weight versions of their siblings.

One is Angel Aqua Chic, the summer flanker for Angel. Look, I’m not gonna lie: I’m wearing the hell out of that thing. I often like special editions or flankers of the Mugler scents; I wasn’t expecting to like this one this much. The Candy Boy was right to point out that there’s something a bit marshmallowy about it; but it is (weirdly, oddly, and I didn’t expect this) also sufficiently light and clean that it is absolutely HEAVEN to wear this in hotter, muggier weather. I’ve been sleeping in this. A musk marshmallow? If you can imagine a clean, light, fresh… marshmallow, with just a touch of Angel’s patchouli, well, you’ve got it. Angel Aqua Chic (If that sounds awful to you… well, I’d probably agree with you. But I bought the stupid thing anyway and, as I say, I’ve been wearing the hell out of it. I even love its ridiculous ombre frosted light blue bottle.) If I can’t think of anything else to put on these days, I put on this.

When if you’d asked me, I’d’ve said that my summer love affair would be with La Petite Robe Noire Eau Fraîche, or as the Europeans style it, Petales. (I really like that name better and I wish they were using it here.) This is the lighter version of a different candied guilty pleasure of mine, La Petite Robe Noire. Yes, I have the EDP, I have the Couture, but I wanted this green Tinker Bell bottle and I got it for my birthday this spring. It hasn’t had as much love as it should – I presume because they put some sort of brain-altering chemical in the Muglers. (Really. They are SO addictive.) But it will get more.

marobepetale1These, with my also summer bottle of DSH Scent of Hope, Gucci Guilty, Adam Levine for Her, 4160Tuesdays Say Alice, Jul et Mad Amour de Palazzo, and some perennial favorites like the By Kilian In the City of Sin, constitute my go-tos these days. Interestingly affordable collection, isn’t it? With some interesting exceptions. (Why AdP and not Aqua Sextius, which I also have and which would be more season-appropriate? Why not any of the irises I geeked out over all last year, aside from Scent of Hope? I have no idea.)

ANYway. Flankers. See, the thing is I could tell you that these flankers are NOT the original juice. But I can’t really pick out what lightens them up. They still fire my brain along the original cylinders, though, and that’s partly why I like them, unlike flankers that bear NO relationship to the original. Balenciaga B Skin is very pretty, for instance, but totally different from B; and as much as everyone is raving about Bottega Veneta Knot on the boards, I don’t smell any relationship between it and Bottega Veneta proper, which is what I originally fell for. I’m not even going to SMELL the Prada Candy flankers; I don’t have the interest in being disappointed.

(There are a few flankers that are related but very different – I’m thinking of some of the Shalimar relatives here. Soufflé – just no. But really, they are in general very closely related. I couldn’t tell all the Ode a la Vanille flankers apart if you paid me, despite expressing preferences from time to time – and the hallowed, storied Légère, which I do own, does indeed strike me as something in the Shalimar category but, you guessed it, lighter.)

I suspect flankers exist for the unadventurous shopper. Top niche brands of course don’t do flankers. (There’s no “Amouage Memoir Légère” or “Diptyque Tam Dao Summer Chic”.) Flankers are meant to build on an existing market – and they do. There are only a few of them where I love the original enough to love their twin Johnny-come-lately sibling too. But when I do – whew, I have so little restraint.


Top image is Petronas Twin Towers by Daniel Hoherd, via Flickr; used under Creative Commons license, some rights reserved. Others are promo images swiped from the web.

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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!

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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.

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Collection Frustration

When does your collection give you more annoyance than pleasure? Right now I’m in a slightly unhappy moment in the relationship. I own both the EDP and the parfum of Mahora and can’t find either one; and as I search I uncover samples and tiny decants that have dried up. (In two cases larger 10 . . . → Read More: Collection Frustration