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  1. Ballad of the Ladies of Times Past

    Nostalgia is a big deal. It's almost an industry. People spend a lot of time reliving imagined ideal times, searching for reminiscences of things that exist now no longer in the external world, but only in memory.

    Even on Basenotes, one reads laments on the disappearance of Gucci Nobile, deep grief and mourning over the passing of Patou pour Homme, wild enthusiasm over hints and rumors of the revival of Houbigant Fougère Royale. Are these our "ladies of
    times past"?

    Updated 4th May 2010 at 05:13 AM by JaimeB

    The Art of Perfumery , Personal Reflections
  2. Absence of Memory

    Okay, the days go much faster as we grow older. Or so it seems.
    Lately I have been pondering about the earliest 'Scents' that I can remember.
    Was it the smell of ozone after my first childhood thunderstorm?
    The salt air blowing through the windows of my Father's car when we were approaching the Jersey shore?
    My mother's perfume?
    The absence of my memory in this area has troubled me greatly.

    After weeks of mind sieves and tainted memories, the ...
  3. FB Challenge

    I've been trying so many different samples lately! While it's nice, I'd like to give my FBs the same amount of love and keep educating my senses not only in terms of breadth but in terms of depth as well.

    So, dispersed with the sample trying, I'd like to institute a 3 Day FB challenge: unless I'm traveling, once a week I'll wear one of my FB for three days in a row. Still leaves me with four days for sampling

    I wonder what it would feel like. I usually change ...
  4. SotD Wednesday 28 April

    Here, two days in a row I'm wearing male fragrances. Paul Smith yesterday and Aquaba today. I think I wear it gracefully! It's very nice. I'm not sure about cognac in the top notes, but lemon I can definitely go for, in fact, sometimes there's a hint of pineapple. Sandalwood gets sweet on both me and my husband, with a nice hint from leather. I haven't tried many fragrances with leather, but this one is nice and I think I wear it with grace.

    Quote Originally Posted by Warum View Post
    I'm in Aquaba for men today. My husband
    Tags: aqaba, note-pad
  5. SotD Wednesday 28 April

    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post

    Merry-Joseph Blondel, 1830

    Chanel - No. 19

    Proud green galbanum charges ahead
    to meet subtle iris and husky leather.
    A gentle musk is not far behind.
    Elegant emerald tones of glorious green
    and bright sunny days, waft as in a dream.

    Chanel No. 19 includes notes of galbanum,
    hyacinth, neroli, bergamot, jasmine, rose, lily of the valley,
    iris, vetiver, sandalwood,