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Paris and a garden on the roof; quick tries

Balenciaga Paris – opens with a blast of orris – not a good start, iris is not my favorite thing. Dries down quickly to something with faint white flowers and a touch of the least bitter citrus I’ve ever smelled – to compare it to Tang would be belittling and it shouldn’t be belittled, it’s . . . → Read More: Paris and a garden on the roof; quick tries

Never give perfume

I haven’t been blogging much because I have been on vacation, and, you know, relaxing.

I like to shop (OH BOY I LIKE TO SHOP) and I like to shop in Columbus, OH, where I like to visit my brother, and I did do some shopping while I was there. I went to Nordstrom to . . . → Read More: Never give perfume

Heresy and oil

I sent a friend of mine a set of samples recently, because she’s one of the few people I know who’s also interested in smelling perfumes. I sent a Top Hits according to me: Moroccan Mint Tea from Ava Luxe Tihota from Indult 24, Faubourg from Hermes Tocca’s Cleopatra and The Different Company’s Sel de . . . → Read More: Heresy and oil

Just be natural

There’s a project afoot to create “banned” perfumes from all-natural ingredients banned by IFRA, the international group of perfume. Gaia at The Non-Blonde describes it best, and has described it already, so there, I don’t have to.

I am developing kind of a fraught relationship with natural perfumes (or “naturals”). I eat organic food, I . . . → Read More: Just be natural

I wanted light; got more than I bargained for

Last night I stopped in at the local L’Occitane and sniffed their Peony EDT. It was light, uncomplicated, linear, and definitely peony. Sometimes that’s all you want, isn’t it? I didn’t buy it – I need another bottle to deal with right now like that proverbial fish needs a bicycle and besides, I’m trying not . . . → Read More: I wanted light; got more than I bargained for