For the last seven months Iíve been learning to recognize individual scents. Sometimes I can pick them out of fine fragrances - especially if I have a list of the notes. This is sort of how real perfumers are trained.
In What the Nose Knows, Avery Gilbert describes the Givaudan method of training, developed by Jean Charles. For about nine lessons the student smells one scent from each
It started today with Aimez Moi- a total 180! First (a few days ago), it was okay. Then I liked it. Then I loved it. Then - I hated it. I think the brief love stage may have been influenced by some killer reviews- I can be quite impressionable at times.
After deciding today for the fourth time in a row- most firmly this time- that I dislike L'Instant for its heavy candy sweetness- I decided that Aimez Moi has the same too sweet quality which I find unpleasant. Though Aimez Moi
Meh. Opening notes were nice, a not-too-sweet incense or woods greeting. Like a nice foyer in an expensive house. Then I was shown to the ladies room, where someone had just used loads of Aquanet hairspray. Yuck. Crikey. You'd think in a house this expensive they could afford better hairspray. I shan't be visiting here again.
Updated 2nd August 2009 at 02:42 PM by Bastetcat
So based on what I considered essentially a "teaser" of Black Orchid I got a small (expensive!) sampler.
Wow. Oh wow. My nose has entered heaven. Again.
My tester is a non aerosol vial. I didn't think it mattered except I saw a whole thread devoted to "how to apply from a vial" I tip the vial directly onto my skin. There's not enough there to worry about contamination. The tiniest drop practically brought tears of joy to my eyes. Walked
Off to New England for two weeks and after teeth-gnashing and anxiety about the heat and humidity (I can do heat; humidity not so much) have decided to take decants of a pair of vetivers (Encre Noire, Guerlain Vetiver), two citrus/greens (MetB Green, Jo Malone Lime), and what I fondly think of as fragrant tropical mud, Manoumalia, because for sure that one blooms beautifully in the heat.
Am wearing Daim Blond on the midnight flight, though. Hmm, cozy.
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