Cheap buttery thrill: Adam Levine for Her

Are we supposed to be too strong for shopping therapy now? Is the phrase anti-feminist? I can’t remember.

However you slice it, I needed some shopping therapy last night, and TJ Maxx really delivered.

I found a remaindered bottle of Aniston (I’d always liked it enough as a beachy type summer fragrance but figured I’d . . . → Read More: Cheap buttery thrill: Adam Levine for Her

The Chanel Project: Cuir de Russie

I don’t want to lie to you. To me Cuir de Russie smells exactly like vintage Chanel No. 5, with no aldehydes and with the woods amped up and with some leather added.

Sorry. Short review.

Part of Les Exclusifs collection of Chanel, Cuir de Russie is not easy to get one’s hands on. If . . . → Read More: The Chanel Project: Cuir de Russie

Flavors of lavender

A positive review of Burberry Brit Rhythm for Her (which sadly I cannot locate) sent me off into one of those spirals of must-have, must-have, must-have. I love the idea of lavender oil, I like the calming effects of smelling it and I like its clean freshness, and it sounded as though I might enjoy . . . → Read More: Flavors of lavender

The Chanel Project: No. 5 Eau Première

New “poser” bottle.

For a lot of people Chanel is synonymous with perfume. I often think I should be reviewing more Chanel – after all, I want to give the public what it wants! – but then I find myself thinking “Yeah, like 24, Faubourg… oh yeah, that’s Hermès.” Truly I love classic-style perfumes . . . → Read More: The Chanel Project: No. 5 Eau Première

Bulgari Omnia: a modern classic

Let’s kick off the new year with a review of a modern classic.

Bulgari Omnia gets mentioned a lot on perfume boards. I bought some years ago, a cheap blind buy, didn’t get excited about it, and tossed it in my drawer of Bottles without Boxes I Don’t Much Give A Damn About.

There’s . . . → Read More: Bulgari Omnia: a modern classic

2014 in Perfume for the Unseen Censer

What do you remember most from your year in perfume?

I think mostly this year I surprised myself. Never heard of Pierre de Velay (nor, probably, have you, since it’s a line Roja Dove keeps exclusive to his Harrods parfumerie); nonetheless, when I managed to stop in on my way through London perfume shopping . . . → Read More: 2014 in Perfume for the Unseen Censer

Wrapping up 2014: Personal

It’s been an odd year for me in a lot of ways, and it’s affected my relationship with perfume.

We moved. I was so careful to bring all my precious small glass bottles with me, hand-carrying them in separate boxes before I moved anything else, stacking them in protected space in one of the . . . → Read More: Wrapping up 2014: Personal

Sniffa Fall Ball ’14 day 2 – the final reckoning

I’m always surprised that so many people come to day 1 of Sniffapalooza and don’t do day 2. There are likewise some people who only do day 2. Day 2 is completely different. Day 2 is downtown, indie, discovery and insidery. If you really love perfume, I don’t know why you’d want to miss it.

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Sniffa fall ball ’14 – rest of day 1

Usually lunch on day 1 includes small speeches from a series of people who have something to do with the perfume industry. Past ones that come to mind have some sort of a multimedia component – the time a Hayari dress was modeled in the room to introduce Hayari perfumes (which I quite like), for . . . → Read More: Sniffa fall ball ’14 – rest of day 1

Sniffapalooza fall 2014 – Saturday

As usual after a Sniffa, I have almost too much I want to write about. I am SOAKED in perfume, y’all. And of course there’s always a lead-up; I got super excited and bought (among other things) the COOLEST Linari sample set…

But just to get started on the perfumes themselves (though there were lots . . . → Read More: Sniffapalooza fall 2014 – Saturday