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  1. Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab: Magdalene

    In the bottle, what first strikes my nose is Magdalene's wonderful rose scent, one of my favorite notes. BPAL roses are really unpredictable, though- they can range from absurdly stuffy to hysterically shrill to utterly deranged. This is an unexpected BPAL rose, with a pleasant, rather "normal" floral roundness, a reasonable, refreshing greenness, and an unusual depth.

    On first application, Magdalene has a sharp burnt note that reminds me of the off top notes of my vintage ...
  2. Thoughts on Badgley Mischka EdP

    Impulsively and regrettably, I swapped a full bottle of Hypnotic Poison for a full bottle of Badgley Mischka, unsniffed. It was spring, and I wanted a change. I already had a bottle of Hypnotic Poison parfum, and felt the EDT was going unused. I wanted to shed my heavy, gothy, rosey, tuberose, and decadent notes for something just as sophisticated but sweet, fresh, fun, different. The review in Perfumes: the A-Z Guide made Badgley Mischka sound like the perfect fit- a gorgeous and sophisticated ...
  3. SOTD Tuesday, April17, 2012

    John Singer Sargent
    Serge Lutens-
    Vetiver Oriental

    Spring rushes forth in this cascade of moss and gold.
    A brisk, sparkling tingle brightens the afternoon.
    Lazing in the grass with a good book, some fine wine and
    charming companions, it might be a perfect day to fly a kite.
    Creamy and unisex, this delightful blend is as sensual as it is poetic.
    Men and women appreciate one another ; yin and yang.

    Updated 17th April 2012 at 07:12 PM by kumquat

  4. Surviving the wind

    So I was wearing L'Homme by YSL yesterday. Knowing it is a light, clean, and inoffensive scent, I sprayed twice on each spot to cover its longevity issues: twice on the chest, twice on each side of the neck, twice on the back. Twice on my shirt. Smellin' good, feelin' good.

    It was my dentist day, and as soon as I opened the front door of my apartment to go to my parked car 30 feet away, a strong gust of wind greeted me. Slapped me in the face actually, and it probably erased half of ...
    Tags: spring, summer, wind
  5. pear

    can anyone please suggest a perfume that smells like pear?

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