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  1. Samples from Nordstroms

    by , 18th August 2012 at 09:05 AM (Scented Thoughts and Experiences)

    Well, for some time now, i have been attempting to extract samples from the overly protective girls in Nordstroms, Anchorage. It has become a pet peeve, and often the subject of a major rant, that they are totally stingy, and don't hand samples out liberally, despite the fact, that it's not costing them a thing. It usually goes a little something like this:
    I get dolled up, make up (a pretty rare sight in Alaska) high heels, designer high heels mind, a Coach bag, that's ...
  2. Victor Hugo, hélas!

    by , 18th August 2012 at 12:48 AM (Krak des Chevaliers)
    At Sephora this morning I put on some Azzaro (the original yellow stuff). I had been interested in Azzaro because of its conceptual descent from Aramis, which I love, but the experience was a difficult one. With Aramis, I am brought to mind of some majestic jungle cat pissing on whatever it is they piss on to mark their territory: The smell is pure alpha male, no sentimentality and no apologies. Azzaro gives me the same cat relieving himself on my grandmother's jewelry case. That is to say, ...
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  3. A box of Provence, France

    My wife supports my hobby/passion for fragrance, and she wants to purchase a cologne from Creed for me as a birthday and a wedding anniversary gift. I declined, knowing fully that I could get a bottle of Creed for a cheaper price. Besides, I do not really want her to spend that much for a gift.

    So I just let her know about Eau De Baux Pour Homme by L'Occitane -- a nice, quality fragrance that doesn't slash a wallet thin -- when she asked me what I want for my special day.
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  4. Work, To wear or not to wear fragrance?

    As I sit at my desk and wonder about the scents that surround me, I ask. Do we all even bother to think about what our work space smell like. We spend most of our week at work and yet, it is one of those areas that we never think about when it comes to fragrance. Unfortunately, in a world were so many people are allergic to scents and a “fragrance free” work place is the norm. It’s almost quite depressing to think that the place where we spend so much of our daily life, lacks the personality, the ...
  5. Suggestions, please

    by , 13th August 2012 at 04:04 PM (Krak des Chevaliers)
    I have been nosing around for something that I might call a "fall urban pastoral," thus far without success.

    What I want is the unexpected cold snap, distant chimney smoke, the strange way that visual distances seem to elongate and darken in autumn in the city. The high, fast-moving clouds. Early twilight; the distinctive smell of asphalt as it cools.

    My problem with most of the "fall" fragrances I have tried is that they're too nature-y, too ...
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