Decants–updated April1

In efforts to replete the treasury, I am now offering decants of vintage perfumes, hard to find perfumes and  anything I find interesting and shareworthy.  I’ve based cost on what I got the bottle for plus the expense of the vials/bottles etc.  Shipping is 6.00 which includes insurance and confirmation.  Leave a comment and we will arrange details of the transaction.  Paypal preferrred, though other forms of payment, i.e. checks and cash accepted if arranged. 

    all decants available in 1 ml, 1.5 ml 5 ml and 10 ml containers.  I have also gotten prettier packaging 🙂 

VINTAGE FEMME – – one of the listed bombshell perfumes, this classic is sultry, slightly sweet and all curves.  see review notes: peach, plum, bergamot/lemon, cinnamon,cloves, jasmine, ylang-ylang, sandalwood, amber, vanilla, musk 12/ml

PARFUM DELRAE AMOUREUSE — this is one of my favorites.  It’s warm, seductive and perfect all year, Wearing it is like making love in a field of daisies under a perfectly blue sky.  Application to drydown changes from bright to floral to warm woodiness.  Harder to find, but a real treasure.  notes:  Tangerine, cardamom, French tuberose, French jasmine, Tahitian ginger lily, cedar, moss, sandalwood, honey.  see review $4/ml

PARFUM DELRAE BOIS DE PARADIS — Luca Turin went nuts over this composition.  Some gt jammy berries and spice, however I compare it to mulled wine and a bit of pumpkin pie somedays, and spices with warm florals other days.  Stunning a great pick for the cooler months though summer heats up the spice and florals for a surprisingly delightful warm weather wear.  notes: citrus, french rose, blackberry, fig, spices, woods, and amber $4/ml

Del Rae Body Creams in Bois de Paradis and Amoureuse 5/ml

Gucci EDP I — see my review of Gucci’s Coochie.  It is slightly sweet, cuminy musky goodness.  Vanilla Absolute, Heliotrope, Citrus, Orris, Thyme, Orange Blossom, Cumin, Musk. see review 3.5o/ml

Gucci EDP II — A bit more fruit in the update, but still plenty of musk and sweet sexiness.  Plus, it’s pink!  Mandarin, Bitter Orange, Black Currant, Violet, Blackberry, Jasmine, Heliotrope, Cedarwood, Musk  3.50/ml

WORTH COURTESAN — a really incredible perfume (google some reviews, and I’m working on one too)  It’s very hard to find, and technically only available in Europe. However it’s my good fortune the King travels and bought two bottles.  cinnamon, cardamom, clove, pineapple, red berries, bergamot, orange blossom, egyptian jasmine, Turkish rose, woody notes, sandalwood, peach, caramel, raspberry, chocolate, cocoa beans, amber, vanilla and musk.
$3.00 a ml

FEMME by ROCHAS EDP see review, amazing amazing stuff.  cumin, plum, bergamot, spices, Bulgarian rose, immortelle, ylang ylang, jasmin, ambergris, musk, oakmoss and sandalwood see review 2.00 a ml

CHANEL COCO MADAMEMOISELLE EDP — gateway Chanel, lighter version of Coco.  something of a really elegant chypre.  citrus, jasmine,rose, patchouli and vetiver. see review  2.00 a ml

PATOU JOY EDP — one of the most classic and beautiful perfumes to be had Bulgarian rose, ylang-ylang, tuberose, jasmine from Grasse and May rose  2.25 a ml

VINTAGE FRACAS — SOOO hard to find.  Imagine the modern Fracas amplified and sexified.  there’s a saltier, more womanly bit to this stunner.  This was HARD to come by, so it’s quite expensive.  However, it’s an olfactory experience everyone should have before they die.  bergamot, orange blossom, greens, peach, tuberose, jasmine, violet, iris, lily of the valley, carnation, sandalwood, musk, oakmoss, and cedar.  I have a very limited supply, only 5 ml left.  16.00 a ml

BOIS DES ILES  – – Chanel perfection!  There is much controvery whether or not it is to be discontinued in parfum strength, so for those of you who cannot track down a Chanel boutique, get a decant.  It’s too wonderful to pass up.  jasmine, damask rose, ylang-ylang, bitter almond, gingerbread, vanilla, tonka bean, sandalwood, vetiver.  see review 24/ml

Cuir de Russie  – – This is one of my personal favorites.  I have this in heavy rotation, the ylang-ylang is to die for in this composition.  It can be a little naughty, a little nice, but very sophisticated and simply beautiful. Bergamot, Balsams, Spice Bush, Incense, Cade Wood, Rose, Jasmine, and Ylang-Ylang.  20/ml

** Parfum Sacre EXTRAIT **  I JUST got this in, after much searching and much self flagellating at the cost.  But it IS WORTH every penny.  google some reviews… I almost do not have words for this… it’s rose incense myrrh musk, It surrounds the wearer in a mysterious veil, yet is has been referred to as a comfort scent.    Must try before you die if you even just kinda sorta like the other strengths of the perfume, the extrait will blow your mind.  vanilla, myrrh, civet, cedarwood, lemon, pepper, mace, cardamom, orange blossom, rose, jasmine, and rosewood   I only have a little to spare….see review 30/ml

Vintage Vent Vert — an interesting composition, see review next week.  12/ml

Molinard Cloches de Noel Xmas Bells vintage extrait—  extremely rare and hard to find, it’s like a Caron light.  haunting and melancholy, though a must try. notes :carnation, clove rose, leather, woods and a little musk.  a few unidentifiables.  see review 10/ml

CHANEL CRISTALLE EDT — lovely, green floral chypr, perfect for spring and summer spraying.  It’s elegant, cool and sparkly some people get a little leather and cumin out of  this spring green chypre. A perfume wardrobe must. notes: lemon, bergamot, rosewood, jasmine honeysuckle, hyacinth, oakmoss, vetvier.  see review 3/ml

MISS DIOR VINTAGE EXTRAIT —  oooohh DIVINE GORGEOUS green womanly chypre perfection.  I reviewed this recently, and it’s a favorite of Luca Turin too.  My bottles were practically never breathed on and are in what I think is pristine state of juice.  it’s green, a little leather, some animalic, some floral elegance and all kinds of goodness. should not be passed up.  notes Sage, Gardenia, Galbanum, Rose, Neroli, Jasmine, Oakmoss, Patchouli, Cistus and Labdanum  13/ml, limited supply

Published in: on October 28, 2007 at 4:20 am  Comments (5)  

Parfumerie Generale Un Crime Exotique, a review


     It’s the mid to late week in October, which usually means one thing for me.  Fruitcake.  Every year at this time, I get my supplies together and make fruitcake for friend and family christmas presents.  Before you fruitcake haters start, I can have many reformed haters attest that this is the best fruitcake ever.  EVER.  I have people beg for a spot on my gift list, it’s that good.  Anyhow, I digress. (and brag a bit)

So, as I’ve mentioned it’s toasty in my south-of-the-mason-dixon clime, and often it’s hard to get in the mood to do anything ahead for the holidays.  Thus I spin my Johnny Mathis and reach for a holiday inspired scent to get me a going.  Oh, and a nip of the fruitcake brandy helps too.  This year, a heavenly sample of Un Crime Exotique came in my mailbox, just in time to life me out of the preholiday doldrums and into baking mode. 

This compostion begins as the very embodiment of Christmas.  It’s an inviting plate of fresh Gingerbread, complete with a drizzle of honey and cream.  Then you get a nice, warm draught of wassail –and not the wimpy plain cider with a few spices, but the full bodied wassail, with the egg base, cider cinnamon, cloves, orange and a wee bit of rum or cognac to ward off the cold.  It wears on in this pomander-esque mode for a little while until it morphs into a more complex tea (to my nose) This transition into the complex tea, and later vanila/sandlewood incense-y thing saves this stunning gourmand masterpiece from being demoted to a simple room spray, a la Bath and Body Works.  Though, while mentioning the mall stores The Body Shop has a Vanilla-Spice holdiay set that I did succumb to, which compliments my high doll-ah perfume.  There seriously are not enough coordinating body creams in the perfume world.  Those of us with dry skin are so unloved by our niche perfumers.

I can see myself wearing this to a holiday “fun” party, christmas shopping or anytime I need to ward off the holiday frustration-frenzy.  I might even carry a few decants to throw at the angry mobs at Nordie’s the day after Thanksgiving and consider it my play for the Nobel Peace Prize.   Definately not for seduction, unless mate is gluttonous.

Official Notes are

Chinese osmanthus, gingerbread, tea, cinnamon, star anise, mate absolute, vanilla, sandalwood

Luckyscent carries this amazing work for 105, which I might have to write off as a tax expense for next year. . .

If you leave a comment, I will draw a winner at random to receive a 1 ml. sample of Un Crime Exotique and a few other bits of candy from my perfume collection.  Announced November 7th

Picture and notes courtsey of

Published in: on October 28, 2007 at 2:58 am  Comments (8)  

Spiritueuse Double Vanille


A recent tired spending spree at the (free advertising ladies!) gave me so many samples I don’t know what to do with them.  Thus I drew one at random and decided to wear it a few days in a row, then give my opinion.  The lucky vial was Guerlain’s Spirituese Double Vanille, or, in English, boozy double vanilla.  Sounds like a great shot, but how does it smell?

The opening spray definately lives up to it’s name. It’s VERY boozy, almost medincal, with a blast of super vanillac vanilla.  You know when you get those flavored floride rinse treatments at the dentist?  If they made one in vanilla, this is exactly how it would smell.  Practically a scrubber, and very, very strong. 

Despite some stomach lurching, I persisted with wearing to see where it would go.  I’d really hate to find a guerlain I didn’t like esp. because this one is hyped as “Spiritueuse Double Vanille is “a carnal and aphrodisiac scent to be used without moderation” “The perfume is described as a liquor made for the skin offering a carnal and aphrodisiac wake, with facets of woods, resins, and spices. The vanilla bean core is accompanied by notes of benzoin, pink pepper, cedar, Bulgarian Rose, Ylang Ylang, a dry and elegant heart of incense”   How could that be bad?  I want to smell like that!! 30 minutes later, I get a bit more vanilla-y rum (like bacardi , not captain morgans or meyers).  slightly spicy, but still very boozy.  At this point I worry that if I got pulled over, I’d get a breathalizer and lose.   But, Finally, in the end, we reach the dry down.  Here we find the familiar Guerlainade, plus an undertone of musky.  This tiny bit of skank livens up the vanilla overload and whispers the “take me drunk, I’m home” you’ve been waiting for.  Unfortunately, in this case, it comes from the very last bar patron, and he ain’t all that pretty.

Verdict:  It pains me, but this one is a give away.  Some people LOVE this one, but I just can’t get it after repeated tries.  This composition is intended for a dude, but I don’t think MY nose would like it, even on a dog.  It’s up for swaps!

Mr. Yuck courtesy of

Published in: on October 15, 2007 at 7:56 pm  Leave a Comment  

Home at Long Last

Oh faithful reader, I am home at last.  I’ve been in Buffalo and Akron and have experienced some real fall like conditions which I so sorely lack in my tropical climate at home.  Here’s some quick stuff to tide you over until I get a quiet moment to finish a post and write a few new ones.

First and Foremost, Pappy’s surgey has been pushed back a month.  He’s doing ok for now, but chances still do not look too good.

Second and most Joyous, Princess turned ONE last Friday.  It’s been a wonderful and exciting year for me, and I’m so pleased we both lived through it.  Pictures to come soon!  I alternated between Modern Femme, since it exemplifies my womanliness and CB’s Cradle of Light – – one of the Happiest smells I have smelled with the white flowers and the bit of humaness in the musk at the end.  Just like the feeling of a new life I think.  There was much cake, which Princess hated, but she did love my pumpkin pie on her third party.  I think she’s beeen traumatized with dessert.

We also did lots of Fall-sy things, like hikes and pumpkin patches.  I found myself wearing LEZNEZ Let Me Play the Lion.  A bit of bright florals with a nice scent of Bonfire. Perfect for outside Fall things!

Well, it’s been a whirlwind, so once I stop spinning I’ll sit down and write something of substance.


Published in: on October 8, 2007 at 1:05 pm  Comments (1)