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Top 20 Project: J’adore by Dior

The effervescent sniffer The Scents of Self has launched a project to review the top 20 bestselling women’s fragrances of the U.S. Naturally, the Unseen Censer wants a piece of that. I’m fascinated with what sells and why, and love to think about it relationship to perfume as much as anything else that circulates.

In . . . → Read More: Top 20 Project: J’adore by Dior

Sampling down the street for the diary

I needed a pick-me-up yesterday, and found it by rifling through the shelves of a local Sephora looking for scents I didn’t already “know”. Turned out there were a lot. I covered quite a bit of testing ground by spritzing some strips and walking around for the next few hours with them clutched in my . . . → Read More: Sampling down the street for the diary

When the night calls for zebra

Fuck off.

Dioressence by Dior needs me to write a quick review of it, because I don’t know when, or if, I will ever wear this again. I do not have the sort of lifestyle that calls for Dioressence, nor do I enjoy wearing it as if I did.

In this case I will also . . . → Read More: When the night calls for zebra

Who are you?

Along with reorganizing the fume collection in the new year, there seems to be something going through the air of the blogosphere, with bloggers asking who they are and how a perfume expresses it.

The Non-Blonde blogged about “Perfume that’s just not you”. She mentions often that a perfume is or isn’t her. I am . . . → Read More: Who are you?

Enter: the diary

So in my head, I made the same semi-resolution a lot of perfumistas did, both in the blogs and I’m sure everywhere else: to wear what we have, to acquire less and less quickly, and to try the samples in our possession that we haven’t tried yet.

In this vein I’m going to try to . . . → Read More: Enter: the diary

Do you have Kate Middleton in a bottle?

It doesn’t really work like the old joke, does it? Because of course it isn’t Kate Middleton herself; it’s her perfume.

I’ve managed to get my hands on a bit of Illuminum, White Gardenia Petals, which is widely reported to be the perfume Catherine Middleton wore to get married in (and become the Duchess of . . . → Read More: Do you have Kate Middleton in a bottle?