Happy New Year!

baby-new-year2008 was quite an interesting year. We’ll leave out all the real-world stuff, like the economy and the election etc and think about all the things I’ve managed to learn in teh hectic year of the toddler. 

2008, I surprised myself by embracing a perfume genre I previously shunned.  Before I drank the green koolaide, I detested anything in the green catagory, thinking of it as sporty or fresh, boring, for tomboys or women who prefer pantsuits and no-nonsense accessories and beauty routines.  No more.  I fell in love with the womanly animalic green and white wonder of Miss Dior.  I swooned then sought out a vintage bottle on ebay and swore allegiance to her.  I also found Cristalle to be a delightful spring and summer perfume for sunny days and find myself craving it from time to time.  To think I thought it would be hairspray and cut grass horror.  And Djedi…I remember the first time I applied the tiniest drop to my wrist and writhing in olfactory pain.  It was too strong, too smothering, too much for a novice two years ago.  But then, one stormy day after re-reading Wuthering Heights I GOT IT and desperately need to find my own stash.  After I win the lottery.  Fortunately Onda is a delicious ode to awesomeness.  Then there was Bandit, much respect, ma’am.

Other nasal realignments- Rose and Iris.  I feared the rose, thanks to Mom’s tearose perfume (sorry mom, but GACK!) and Iris-violets seemed too powdery, rooty etc.  Apres L’Ondee, Iris Poudre, Divine and various Amouage concoctions changed my tune. 

Great loves were a plenty!  Almost too many to mention.  But oddly, and this must be the pregnant hormones, I would try on a former infatuation and wonder what was I so jazzed about?  A few things that never failed were some of the above mentions, plus Delrae’s Amoureuse  and Neil Morris’ Swoon.  Lately I have been Loving Ormonde Jayne’s Tolu and Ta’if (rose again!) in parfum, which is the only way to go to get the full effect of her creations. 

Where there were great loves, there were also great disappointments.  What is up with the new wood obsession??? Granted, it’s better than the uber fruit and florals of recent days, but for heaven’s sake, if you are going to pretend to be edgy, do it right and shock some people!!! Magnifique and Sensuous, I am staring you down. 

What I am looking forward to in 2009:

Delrae’s Emotionelle is due here in the spring.  Divine has a new scent out that’s on my list to try, and there’s always a new Guerlain release around the corner.  Squee!  Plus, all the decants backed up in the candy jar …oh, and the new baby. 

How did I ring in the new year?  Last night was just the three of us at home, cooking a lobster, playing around and going to bed pretty early.  I wore Divine by Divine lovng the rose-tuberose gorgeousness and wishing I was doing something a bit more glamourous.  But ya know, glamour usually means a ball gown and champagne, both of which outr for me for awhile.  Today, we travel to my mom’s for Christmas part 4 and mom’s birthday as well.  What shall I wear? I’m debating EdM by Hermes (Eau de Merveilles for those unfamiliar) for it’s salty, subtle comfort or possibly a random draw. 

After the holiday madness settles down, I’ll be finishing the CB reviews I promised earlier, interrupted by the christmas craziness in Buffalo.  Possibly, I might work on some Comme des Garcon’s Incense impressions.  Totally dependant on the weather, as Winter refuses to stay here in Houston. 

Happy New Years, everyone.  Thanks for reading me, the sporadic, lazy poster.  I do wish to try to bring back my blogging goodness of posts pasts.  Seems to be a matter of energy lately and the fickle pregnant nose. 

PS Read The Chimes by Charles Dickens today.  and wear something reflective!

Published in: on January 1, 2009 at 10:50 pm  Comments (1)  

Poll – –

Alrighty folks, on the third of September we are loading up the gypsy vardo to take a trip to Buffalo, NY to see family. 

What perfumes would you bring to match the mood/weather/whatever?  All thoughtful commentors will be entered into a drawing for a sample grab bag! Drawing to occur on the 2nd of September and mailed on the way to the airport!

Published in: on August 18, 2008 at 11:49 pm  Comments (6)  

Rainy Days

After all the heat of the summer I love our rainy days.  Houston summer weather usually involves a good rain storm in the afternoons to soak the parched earth and peoples, paving the way for the water cycle to prepare for another shower the next day.  It’s wonderful.  And it also means I can wear more autumnal things in the summer, satisfying some of my cravings.

My choices — 

Serious Thunderstorms- the kind with lots of lightening and loud booming thunder claps deserve Onda or Djedi.  Either are particularily good if you walk around in the storm.  You can pretend to be Catharine exploring the moors, waiting for a wet-shirted Colin Firth to ride up on his magnificent steed…. you know where this is going.  The dark almost oppressive nature of these perfumes matches the romantic (as in gothic-romantic, not valentine romantic)  mood of the storm perfectly.  Unfortunately I am down to my very last drop of Djedi and not quite ready to part with 60.00 for a decant…yet.  Soon though, after I get over some buyers guilt from the last perfumed court spree.

Heavy rains without the natural theatrics — Serge Lutens Vetiver Oriental is a great perfume for this kind of rain.  It opens slightly bright and then delves quickly into soilish roots, chocolate and ends with musky woods and mosses.  A cousin to my other favorite Le Labo Patchouli, it’s almost comfortable, yet exotically dark.  Both perfumes welcome snuggling, but also usher a mysterious aura and spurts of creativity too. 

Light rains — Apres L’Ondee for the almost clean, thoughtful muskiness and florals.  Refreshing, cleansing and perfect for light rains. 


What are your favorites for rainy days?


cool picture, huh?

Published in: on August 18, 2008 at 8:21 pm  Comments (4)  

Time for a Spring List!

Sometimes we bloggers jones to make a list.  Spurred by the spring time lists at Fragrancebouquet and Fortheloveofperfume, I think I’ll add my two cents, which I’ve been considering ever since that groundhog popped his head above ground.  So here it is, my official top perfumes for spring, which by the way is a fleeting season here in Houston.  We get about 4 weeks of temperatures between the upper 50’s an mid 70’s then BOOM it’s summertime.   

In seasonal order

Fredric Malle Iris Poudre

I have the feeling it will be the year I discover the magic of Iris.  Last year I turned my nose up at this gem and though “meh.  too classy-powdery blah”  This year is another story.  I had reached in the candy jar to get Carnal Flower and got this one out by mistake, applying before I knew I had erred.  It must have been fate.  Remininscent of Chanel number five, it is elegant, sophisticated beauty.  It begins with a little citrus and carnation spice, then some wet smelling florals that give an aura of purple powder and leaves a trail of musk and woods tinged with vanilla.  Aldehydes in this composition are rounded and soft, contrasting the sharper edges of no 5’s soapy aldehydes.  The perfume is the chill of winter turning into the chill of spring.  You still wear sweaters, cashmere in this case, but they are more pastel colored and you feel the hint of sun warming through them.  I love this for the very begining of spring and evenings, or just whenever I want to smell elegant while keeping boys at an arm’s length. This perfume says you must work to get to know me.  Twilight hues/  It also reminds me a  bit of Feminite du Bois, which is no surprise since the nose, Pierre Bourdon was also behind FdB.  That man knows his way around purple perfume.  notes bergamot, rosewood, ylang ylang, carnation, magnolia, jasmine, lily of the valley, violet, rose, aldehydes, iris, musk, amber, vanilla, sandalwood, and ebony

As the seaon’s weather gets warmer, it rains copiously.  On those rainy days, nothing is quite as perfect as Apres L’Ondee, with its warm, soapy, clean baby, powder, skin and breezy vanilla.  It is the rain, it is the white curtains in the cool breeze and the sleepy baby between white sheets.  Unfortunately I just ran out of this and may have to remedy the situation.  notes: bergamot, neroli, aniseed, hawthorn, violet, heliotrope, iris and musk

The cold rains followed by warmer weather then another cold snap ultimately mean one thing. Catching Cold.  When I am the sick one, I usually wear one of my go-to’s depending on situation.  But when I’m the nurse, I lean towards lavander scents, like Encense et Lavande by Serge Lutens Herbs- rosemary and clary sage set the stage for heavy lavendar.  It’s soothing, reflective and un intrusive.  Those who take it in are not jarred by florals or heavy nast or obnoxious fruits.  However, it isn’t “joyous, ” just comforting like a cup of tea clean sheets and a cool wash cloth on the forehead.  Eventually it becomes Serge-sweet with a hint of ambery syrup leading into a drier incense.  notes: bergamot, neroli, aniseed, hawthorn, violet, heliotrope, iris and musk

As the weather warms and the trees begin to display green baby buds, I like to wear Parfum di Nicolai UnTemps de Une Fete.  I reviewed it in greater detail here.  It’s soft and pale green then blooms into lovely spring flowers.  Before it’s too innocent the skank comes out to begin the season’s fertility rights before running ino the newly awakened woods.  Lovely for the out doors as it doesn’t compete with natural settings and lovely for any occasion you want to be beautiful with a slight mischevious edge.  I’ve already used an eigth of my bottle, and for a girl with a serious habit, that’s alot!  galbanum, mastic, opoponax, narcissus, hyacinth, daffodil, styrax, oakmoss, sandalwood

Spring is almost at it’s peak.  Everything is in full bloom and it’s almost perfect weather.  It’s time for Annick Goutal Songes, a gorgeous flroal with hints of summery coconut and vanilla.  It’s the girliest, most feminine thing I have ever smelled.  It’s like femininty on a pedestal, up there to be admired and adored, not so much for touching.  No dirtiness in the composition (to my nose) unlike in Fracas, Carnal Flower or others we could name. It says, I am a really gorgeous woman, but you can only look, maybe snuggle and kiss my feet.  I am an untouchable goddess.  notes jasmine, ylang-ylang, vanilla, frangapini

Now the weather turns warmer and you are spending long days outside in the sun and fields.  Nature is in full bloom and everyone feels a bit more romantic.  It is the perfect time to bring out the full force florals. The kind that take no prisoners and leave others feeling stunned and smitten in your wake. 

It’s time for

CB i hate perfume Cradle of Light — Big sexy white floral that smell INSANELY heady and sexy, a few bits of green for balance and the big bad CB Musk that alone smells like, well, butt crack, but combined with the floral cocktail here smells like it’s time to haul the honey in and procreate.  DO NOT wear this perfume unless you intend to follow through on your flirtatious promises.  Intense, and nearly narcotic a tiny drop is all you need to make people fall to the floor and worship you.  It is the actual RITE of spring, in a bottle.   notes jasmine, jonquil, narcissus, tuberose, white lotus, sumac, tomato and violet leaves, galbanum, sandalwood and CB MUSK

DelRae Amoureuse Is another floral come-hither I’ve mentioned many a time on the blog.  However the additon of citrus, spice and honey usher in the much warmer weather that heralds the coming of summer.  Simply put, it’s sex in a sun baked field of daisies.  One of my alltime favorites and greatest discoveries thus far.   notes Tangerine, cardamom, French tuberose, French jasmine, Tahitian ginger lily, cedar, moss, sandalwood, honey

Neil Morris Swoon is another sunny, skin scent of seduction.  I’ve mentioned it elsewhere, but let me reiterate it’s fine points — fresh grapefruit, loads of civiety skin with some delicious florals mixed in there.  I’ve got a little bit left, but am holding out on a bottle until he  puts the rest of the vault creations on line so I can consider those as well.  Have you stopped by there yet? notes (as left my Neil morris on the wrap-up post) Top: Orange, Fruit Note
Heart: Tomato Leaf, Philodendron, Dossinia, Jasmine Sambac, Peony, Honeysuckle, Narcissus, Black Tea
Base: Oakmoss, Agarwood, Civette, Musk, Patchouli

Well, I could go on about rebirth and nature and stuff, but that gets kind of trite.  What are your spring picks?

BTW thank you to Carol, who is off at Sniffa having a ball and I am so very jealous of, I just got your box and have been spraying like a mad woman! 

Published in: on April 11, 2008 at 8:13 am  Comments (6)  

Happy Easter!

What I wore

egg hunt at the church with family – – Miss Dior, for it’s sophisitcated green springiness and indolic fertile florals.  All the things spring is about

Rat Pack broadwayshow and fancy dinner out — CoCo Chanel was perfectly big floral bombshell that made my super bombshell-a-rific dress and fur a complete experience.  Good show if you can catch it.  I looked and felt totally Sophia Loren

Easter Sunday— I’m feeling rather tired and allergic today, and it was SUPPOSED to be rainy and cloudy, so I chose Bal a Versaille for the warm animalic,leathery comfort-skank factor.  I also brought along Songes for it’s sexy springy florals if my mood changes, which it hasn’t yet. 

 What did everyone end up actually wearing?  Coming this week: Djedi review, maybe another green review and of course candy jar friday featuring Feminite du Bois sister, Dior’s Dolce Vita. 

Enjoy your friends and family this holiday. If I find a  good picture out of the batch I might be posting one of me and the Princess this week.

Published in: on March 24, 2008 at 2:07 am  Comments (1)