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  1. Things I have learned, or not

    by , 3rd August 2012 at 11:05 PM (Krak des Chevaliers)
    Wearing perfumes has clued me in to a few of my own physical peculiarities (no embarrassing content to follow). One, which I already knew, is that I don't have an especially good sense of smell. Being male (in later middle age moreover, and with a history of sinus complaints) is no doubt part of the problem. Still, I'm far from anosmic--it's more that my nose's sensitivity is fitful, unpredictable. Some days--some hours, even--are good, others bad.

    Secondly, it seems that my skin ...
  2. "The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel."

    by , 2nd August 2012 at 10:08 PM (Krak des Chevaliers)
    For those old enough to remember broadcast TV, the opening sentence of William Gibson's Neuromancer gives some idea of what I had hoped would be the opening of Narciso Rodriguez for Him. But instead of being launched into a moody noir experience, à la Gibson, what I got was more like actually watching TV static--an opaque and inert sensory subject suggestive of nothing. Having read of this frag's now-famous "wet concrete" accord I expected a really compelling abstract/inorganic threnody. ...
  3. No Great Expectations, but ... A Statement of Bloggy Intent

    by , 2nd August 2012 at 11:37 AM (Anomie's Bonhomie: Un salon littéraire de parfums or THE REAL IN THE LIBRARY)
    My first real contemplation of perfume beyond "ooh, pretty smell, mommy" was born of reading Audrey Hepburn's biography at age ten. I wanted so badly to experience her signature Givenchy L'Interdit that I spent several diary entries trying to imagine the perfume. I was quite disappointed with the re-release in the 2000s of course. But the original! I need to smell that.

    Once again via books I came back to scents: chancing upon the much-hyped or much-hated Guide (to which ...

    Updated 2nd August 2012 at 08:48 PM by anomie et ivoire

  4. Welcome to Just Starting Out...

    Quote Originally Posted by Wee Scottish Scent Lover View Post
    Hello Cindy
    What an exciting world you've yet to discover! I find fragrance just so exciting, and I get a real thrill every time I buy a new one. As for the snooty perfume counter assistants, there is a simple solution. You subtley lean across the counter and whisper, "Listen, love, you're a shop assistant. Get over yourself." Works a treat ;-)

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    Hi PB
    Do you wait absolutely ages for people to reply?
  5. Scent and Narcissism; Cool Wave

    by , 31st July 2012 at 06:34 PM (Krak des Chevaliers)
    When I was young, in my teens and twenties, I wore fragrances in the expectation that they would change the way people perceived me. I had no idea what I was doing, really--that is to say that I had little notion or aesthetic sense of how one scent might differ from another. My father smelled like Vitalis and Lectric Shave, my mother like No. 5: anything else was without particular meaning or association.

    The first bottle I owned was Calvin, the original one from 1981. I lack ...

    Updated 31st July 2012 at 09:00 PM by Hojji77

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