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Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 03:24 pm
I feel bad for not writing up every single thing I smell on paper, because thanks to generosity of Work Friend I'm smelling about ten things a week, but I'm now two full sets behind on my notes.


Does every single Le Labo scent smell like a fire? Specifically, a green wood fire? Because that is what I am getting from Santal and Patchouli and even Vetyver. I like it, but it seems like going the long way around to smell like woodsmoke.

ETA: Okay, I'm going to expound: Read more... )

The only other real find of the group was Jo Malone Vanilla and Anise. Read more... )
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Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 05:09 pm
Wow, talk about perfume nerdery and suddenly you realize everyone around you has just wanted to discuss the chypres this whole time. A coworker took me to lunch and brought a very well-curated sample set of citrusy summer colognes! I liked some of them, though I tried almost all of them on paper. My notes are not complex, though.

Annick Goutal Neroli )

Le Labo Bergamote 22 )

Tom Ford Neroli Portofino )

Atelier Cologne Trefle Pur )

Jo Malone Lime Basil Mandarin )

Jo Malone Grapefruit )

Malle Bigarade Concentree )

And a grab-bag of other stuff:

Jo Malone Dark Amber and Ginger Lily )

Prada Infusion d'Iris )

Puredistance Opardu )
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Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 11:01 am
So I've been trying to figure out rose perfumes, which generally smell nice in the bottle and morph immediately into cheap soap smell on my skin. I had passing success with Andy Tauer's Une Rose Chypree and Incense Rose, but it was pretty clear that my nose was fighting the urge to read everything as SOAP SOAP SOAPY SOAP again.

But today I deposited my tax return check and consequently was in Whole Foods buying a foam roller, because that's how I - roll, sorry, it was right there. Anyway, the yoga/massage stuff is right by the essential oils and on a whim I globbed some frankincense and then some rose otto from the testers onto my wrist.

Reader, I smell amazing. I suspect that frankincense would make me like anything, but this generic Auracacia dilute rose otto smells, on my skin, plant-y and foggy and rich, with that hint of mintiness or grape-ness that really redolent fresh roses have. It's not the rosa multiflora I grew up with and still love above all other rose smells - there's not that spicy cinnamon note, but I suspect the frankincense is filling in the gaps there. And I've had it on for an hour and a half, and it hasn't gone to soap yet.
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Monday, April 28th, 2014 05:35 pm
I always thought that I was sensitive to smells, but only since I started trying to make sense of perfume (a sad number of which are still stuck in the purgatory of "something in this makes my throat hurt") have I started noticing that other people wear perfume. I suppose until now I classified perfume smell as part of the general cloud of laundry detergent/shampoo/lotion/body funk that most people haul around, and not as a deliberate, extra thing. I am smelling a lot of fruity florals, recently, and the occasional wash of coconut - the route I take to get to the bus home takes me past a lot of people from greek life headed to formal dinners, so there are a lot of girls in strappy heels who smell like jasmine and plum. There is one very put-together student, though, who wears a Goddamn Chypre, and you can tell that she probably calls it a Goddamn Chypre when she puts it on.

It interests me that I had this whole sense just sitting around unused, and now that I'm paying attention it turns out that people were using it to do theater with this whole time.
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Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 04:35 pm
Ladies, gentlemen, honorables of the internet, I have learned an important lesson about skin chemistry. This perfume and perfume review are both TMI, probably. )
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Friday, March 28th, 2014 08:52 am
Andy Tauer Un Rose Chypree and Incense Rose )

Incidentally, I probably won't be able to last the day without testing L'Artisan Al Oudh, because I dabbed some on out of the vial yesterday and started giggling. Wow, that is spot-on.
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Thursday, March 27th, 2014 12:17 pm
The major revelation of this batch of smelling was that I am NOT INTO jasmine or lily of the valley. If I had to rank them, I have an easier time with jasmine: I'll drink it in tea and put up with it in soap. But overall: no to those! There is therefore some crankiness in this round, because I ran into a lot of both of them. However, I started with:

Tokyo Milk Dark Tainted Love )

Robert Piguet Fracas )

By Kilian Rose Oud )

L'Artisan Seville a l'arbe )

Bandit. OMG Bandit. )

Guerlain Samsara )

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess was clearly gonna be sunscreen so I left it alone.

Sonoma Scent Studio Winter Woods )

Prada Infusion d'Iris )

Christian Dior La Couturier Leather Oud )

Theirry Mugler Angel )

Atelier cologne trefle pur )

I tried on another two Atlier Cologne scents after this, though I got distracted by True Detective and didn't note them down, and a dark omen )

So mostly the winner of the night was Bandit. Man, Bandit. Well done, you.
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Sunday, March 23rd, 2014 11:11 am
So what I did not realize when the entirety of fandom seemed to start talking about perfume was that at least two people I know in real life are super huge perfumery nerds, the kind who have a million carefully-organized samples, and that I can therefore actually smell some of the things that Dreamwidth is talking about in real life instead of just standing in Whole Foods huffing essential oils in order to try to get some reference for all these wonderfully evocative essays that keep cropping up on my reading list.

But what I also did not realize is that it's hard to smell things accurately! My previous experience with smells is pretty much "Bath and Body Works body mist" or full-on patchouli oil, with very little in-between, and that Herbal Essences fruity-floral thing that happened in the late 90s was super not my bag; I kind of assumed all perfume smelled like that, so the explosion of perfume fandom onto my reading list has been good for exploding my prejudices! Still, I feel a little bit like my notes here are like a baby trying to describe sunlight: SOMETHING IS HAPPENING TO ONE OF MY FIVE SENSES. I DO NOT HAVE THE TOOLS TO TELL YOU WHAT, EXACTLY.

Do not expect any coherency from this list, but I did smell a lot of things and note down initial impressions. I'd like to go back and smell all of these in a more rigorous way with less of a crazed dash through the samples.

Eau Nomade Thirdman )

Jean Patou Sublime )

Hermessence Ambre Narguile )

Parfum d'Empire Ambre Russe )

Sonoma Scent Studio Champagne de Bois )

Sonoma Scent Studio Rose Volupte )

Chanel Coromandel )

Comme des Garcons Avignon, spoiler, the best smell I have ever smelled in my history of smelling. )

Aftelier Secret Garden )

Bvlgari Black )

Also I am still meddling with essential oils for my own amusement. )
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Thursday, March 6th, 2014 10:22 pm
Welp, you all made me do this and I have Smelt Perfumes now. One of my arms smells like a rich old lady and one smells like cotton candy. In fairness these are samples from a friend's Birchbox and one was made by Chanel and the other by Selena Gomez. I leave it to you to guess which.

(There are actually quite a few samples and I'm curious about some of them, but right now I am mostly caught up with the generational conflict happening on my arms.)
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Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 06:07 pm
I am trying to read Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter's Long Earth books and it isn't going very well (I'm on Book 2). )

Man, I am cranky about canons this week. At least I'm having fun with it.
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Monday, December 30th, 2013 12:53 pm
[personal profile] sdwolfpup wanted to know three things that I hope Sleepy Hollow does! Guys, I am not actually that great at Sleepy Hollow, because here are the three things I want: rampant shipping. )