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The Unseen Censer’s Favorite Perfumes of 2011

I’ve been adding up the damage of the fourth quarter in perfume acquisitions (a habit encouraged by Now Smell This’s quarterly poll) and oops, it isn’t good. It’s only my second quarter of tracking how much I buy (perhaps I should not have started?), but I’m starting to see where all my money goes. I . . . → Read More: The Unseen Censer’s Favorite Perfumes of 2011

Drowning in color: the joys of an exquisite extrait

Recently I acquired two violets with which to adorn my self in my spring, and they are two studies in delightful execution of two very different forms.

If you’re new to perfume blogs you might be wondering “What’s all the foaming at the mouth over extrait?” It’s very common to see a comment or a . . . → Read More: Drowning in color: the joys of an exquisite extrait

The long cold spring

What could be a more boring perfume observation than that I am exploring lighter, fresher fragrances for spring? But I am, and it’s surprising at least to me. I’m not really much of a light, fresh fragrance girl, though. Or at least I haven’t been for a long time.

There was a time when I . . . → Read More: The long cold spring

Pour some jasmine on me

As is often the case, when I think about something (at least something in the perfume line), I stumble across it. The universe brings me what I want – or, like Dorothy, I had it with me all the time.

Today I was able to go to the Caron master class hosted by Sniffapalooza in . . . → Read More: Pour some jasmine on me

Buying unsniffed

I don’t know what causes other people to want to sniff something new. I tend to want to sniff something lots of other people already report loving, which is reported to contain notes I know I like (vanilla, lily of the valley) or that I am currently exploring (violet, heliotrope).

If I strongly suspect I . . . → Read More: Buying unsniffed