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Roja Dove published a book called The Essence of Perfume (London: Black Dog Publishing, 2008). In it, he gives wonderful descriptions and evaluations about all things perfume-related; but especially enlightening are his descriptions of some of the natural raw materials that go into making scents. In all, he details 94 separate natural raw materials. He deals with 24 synthetic materials also; in my opinion he deals with synthetics much better and much more fully than almost any non-technical book
Updated 22nd August 2009 at 05:52 AM by JaimeB
My nose isn't picking much up on this today, and I applied a lot. However, my loved ones can smell me from yards away. So far this is soft, warm, and sweet. At the same time I'm getting sharpness or tartness from the florals. I could appreciate this on someone else, but I don't expect to fall in love with this myself. It seems too dainty and serious to me. Just in case my nose isn't working today, I will try it again sometime. But until then, I feel lukewarm about
Way, way back in 1968 I went to Spain for the first time and, to this day, have never identified a cologne/perfume that seemed then almost all-pervasive. It was SO distinctive - you could even smell it in certain shops. Mostly I noticed it on men as they walked past but then I thought I was smelling it on women. It was so different, lovely and unlike anything I'd ever encountered at home. It was pure 'Spain/Med'. I have tried Eau de Rochas (which is popular in Spain), Agua Lavanda, Alvarez Gomez,
especially sucks 'cause your sense of smell is decreased.
And I'm tired of being sick! Will go back to drinking daily green tea - not even sure why I stopped!
Today I'm trying a sample of Champs Elysees and so far it smells great on me. Made in 1904 though I'm guessing it's reformulated, this is the oldest scent I've tried. I was struck right away with its crisp cheery edge. Not what I normally would think of as old fashioned.
(I think many older frags I've tried have gone bad and so really I should few expectations for "oldies." )
But this is good stuff! Clean, fun, polite, bright, sweet, sparkling,
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