I surrender…it’s spring

77 degrees as the high, sunny skies and lovely breezes.  I had a tough time choosing between Apres L’ondee and Iris Poudre, which finally won.  It’s slightly sweet, a little cashmere and a lavender in color beauty.  What are you guys wearing today?


Off to find my spring box of perfume!

Published in: on January 22, 2009 at 8:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

I’m having a boy!

it’s official

Published in: on January 15, 2009 at 1:47 am  Comments (1)  

Items for Sale

I will periodically repost this …

For Sale

DelRae Bois de Paradis EDP and Body Creme  125.00  — EDP is 90% full and lotion about 2/3.  Lotion was used with a sterile spatula each application (yes, I am THAT OCD) It is a gorgeous jammy rose that I just don’t wear as often as I should.  New the EDP is 125 and lotion is 85 , so price is a real steal. notes: Citrus, French rose, blackberry, fig, spices, woods, and amber


Annick Goutal Duel: EDT 15 ml, dabbed twice 25.00 musky tea and violets notes:wild orange, absinthe, heather, Paraguay seed, absolu maté tea leaves, iris root, leather, tobacco, musk

Worth Courtesan 90ml  75% full 80.00  warm and sexy gourmand.  goes for 3.75/ml at TPC and impossible to find stateside.  notes: 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

Estee Lauder Youth Dew EDP 90% full 10.00

Shiseido Feminite du Bois EDP 5 ml full 15.00  warm plummy woods.  Love it, but bought the parfum before I received the EDP

Let’s call shipping 10.00, mostly to pay for a box and packing… but if you buy the Boid de Paradis, it’s free

Published in: on January 14, 2009 at 4:32 am  Comments (2)  

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)  

Haven’t we met before?

PQ is STILL in Buffalo, thanks to governmental inefficeincy.  So, I haven’t been too keen on sitting down to post.

That being said, how many times do you pick up a sample, or worse a FB of a “niche” perfume to find it smells almost exactly like something else?  I recently tried a sample of Beihl Parfumkunstwerke eoO1 and was immediately hit by its familiarairty.  It opens like Feminite du Bois,all cedar and fruit;  middles like a member of the Luten clan with more fruit and armpit and finishes with a Attrape Coeur- Organza Indecence vanilla sweetness. 

Actually, I quite liked it.   You get about three or four interpretations of popular hard to find or afford scents in one 100 ml bottle for 140 bucks, a bargin if you think about it.  Luckyscent outright admits eoO1 is a “holiday treat for fans of Femininte du Bois and Organza Indecence.” But doesn’t it bother people that the creativity to find something really different to offer the perfume crowd is drying up?  That there are so many odes to others?  That instead of Mona Lisa’s we are presented with a polaroid of the Mona Lisa? 


The sample is nifty, but definately not worth a FB purchase.  I wish to be a patroness of art, not imitation.

Published in: on December 29, 2008 at 9:02 pm  Comments (7)  

420 views?!?!?! what happened?

Oh, they we all searching for “julie newmar”  google search is a funny thing isn’t it??

Look for a surprise review tommorrow.  Maybe even two if I can hide away long enough.

Published in: on December 27, 2008 at 10:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

Merry Christmas, And to All a Goodnight!

Merry Christmas, dear readers!  Here I am in Buffalo, NY enjoying a white Christmas with my family.  Today was the Xmas Eve event- dinner at MIL’s with all the crazy kids around, plus Two christmas teas.  Perfume choice– Theorema — slightly gourmand, nice slice of orange elegant, and very low key. 

Tommorrow– Xmas presents at SIL’s.  Perfume of choice, what else but Nuit de Noel???

I hope everyone is celebrating with those they love.  I’m off to cuddle up with my yearly Dicken’s Christmas tale, The Chimes, and ready myself for the early, early awakening.

Cheers, Snowflakes and Sniffs

Perfume Queen


PS:  Upcoming review CB ihateperfume Walking in the Air.  WITA was inspired by the snowy Narnian forest and the last snowflake scene in the nutcracker. Does it live up to the inspiration?  Stay tuned!

Published in: on December 25, 2008 at 8:35 am  Leave a Comment  

chestnuts or Maria McElroy Untitled #5

Mapel-y nutty, tweed. It almost comes on like a strong room fragrance or BBW horror, but quiets down with in minutes to something nutty and sweet, definately an allusion to honeyed roasted chestnuts.  My nose can smell the tactile effect of the velvety nuts released warm from thier dark brown shells, and drizzled with warm, slightly spiced honey. Reminds me almost of a dark brown fur coat. The concotion gets warmer, I detect clove mixed with some flowers.  Someone moved the nut compote closer to the flowers on the dinner table.  But it’s still a pleasant candle lit dinner with good friends and good wine on a cold snowy evening  

Infact, as the perfume wears on, a nice hint of low burning fireplace mingles with the spicy honey nutiness.  A sense of mild happy drowsiness overcomes me as hints of tobacco and brandy mix with a little of my favortie basenote combination patch and vetiver.  It’s warm,  cozy and slightly sexy.  Perfect for a cold evening at home with a warm blanket, book and a bowl of roasted chestnuts and clementines.  Though occasionally, if worn in warmer wearther a weird metallic green rears up, Untitled #5 by maria McElroy is a great Christmas choice for the cold…



Luckyscent blurbage: “There are paintings that shift when seen from different angles – what you thought was a still life of a bowl of fruit becomes a portrait, a pod of dolphins becomes a scene from mythology, birds turn into lizards and impossible architecture seems possible, with mad stairways leading every direction. We visit and revisit these works, loving the illusion, fascinated with the enigma, and intrigued by the skill of the artist. Untitled #5 by Aroma M’s Maria McElroy fascinates us in a similar way. Initially it is all about the nuts – rich, roasted chestnuts drizzled with honey. For just a moment, there is a subtle chocolate feel and we are certain we are headed for something heavy and caramel in the dessert category…but…no, we’re not … the sweetness becomes lighter, the nuttiness less pronounced and there is the icy hot tingle of clove entwined with lilting orange blossom and honeysuckle. Ahh, we think, I know now – a spicy floriental … except the nuts are still there, so maybe…. hey, what’s that? Is that brandy? Is that tobacco? Are we having a party now? Fabulous. So where does this all end up? At a beautiful, elegant scent that is extremely hard to categorize. We’ve never smelled anything exactly like it – yet it reminds of all sorts of things. Maria was inspired by the seasonal treats of Japan, where sweet roasted chestnuts mean it’s fall, and this is definitely autumnal and delicious. But for something based on chestnuts and spiced brandy, it has a surprisingly delicate and classic feel. You could wear this to the opera. Two words we never thought we see together in a description: nutty and sophisticated. That’s Untitled #5”

notes :Brazil nut, chestnut, cassis, honey, clove, honeysuckle, orange blossom, brandy, patchouly, tobacco, vetiver

Published in: on December 22, 2008 at 12:51 am  Leave a Comment  

a shadow of her former self

Today, cause I was lazy, I dabbed on a Miss Dior from a new-er sample bottle.  Remember my gushing review with the picture of Maureen O Hara in the wearing O the green series?  maureeno27hara-lovelettersNew Miss Dior is a pale, powder, dusty green shadow of her former goddess of sex and womanhood glory.  The opening was sharper, more like lawn than before.  And the warm animalic white-flower green monster heart?  GONE POWDERY.  Green powdery.  If it were a dried spice, it would be tasteless, odorless Parsley flakes used by people who can’t cook.  green-powder

I am not so nasally profecient that I can pinpoint what they left out or watered down, but I will say SOMEONE at DIOR NEEDS to be HUNG in DIRTY DIRTY SHAME for the profanity they have performed on a great and glorious masterpiece. 

Ahem… I need to get my blood pressure down here.  Can you tell I am deeply upset by this travesty?  Am I crazy?  Has anyone else sniffed a major difference between the two ladies? (both in parfum in my case)

I’ve been craving the smell of Miss Dior since the Friday after Thanksgiving.  I had amazong box seats, and the woman in front of me had the most lovely aura about her.  I acertained it was Miss Dior and have needed to smell it since.  I wore the vintage almost two weeks straight, and then came across a little bottle of the new disaster version.

lynchSO am I nuts?  Or are you in on my Dior Lynch Mob???

Published in: on December 18, 2008 at 7:42 am  Comments (6)  


Last week, I recieved a real godsend in the mail–a PRO version of the Clarisonic facial brush.  And I love it.  Three speeds, as opposed to the version sold at sephora with only two speeds, the third high setting speed to be used for body exfoliation.  Let me tell you, it’s really changed my skin.  The last few months I’ve been suffering from some skin blemish issues and it has made me miserable.  After using my new friend for about a week, my skin has seriously started to clear out and heal up.  Fabulous!!!

Downside–kinda pricey– it ran me 171.00 after shipping and discount–but I’m justifying it with the fact I’m not going crazy buying new products to combat my problem, which turned out to be a cleansing issue, not a product issue. 

The thing about the Clarisonic is it gives you  a deeper clean than you can acheive with your hands plus product.  The spinning brush (think like the sonic care tooth brush) really gets the crap off your face while mildly exfoliating.  The result is a better cleansing and much softer skin as it removes dead skin too.  Thusly, I’ve needed much less moisturizer and serum than before and I have the lovliest glow.

So check these things out.


Perfume wise…weird weather and holiday pressures have gotten me too bust to think to much about what I am wearing.  As of this moment I smell of Jand J’s lavender baby oil.  Daughter has worst  knot ever in her hair and I’ve been trying everything to get it out. Next step is peanut butter.  Hopefully that will work …

Published in: on December 16, 2008 at 11:37 pm  Leave a Comment