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  1. the sick underworld of perfume crime

    This is another "go ahead and laugh at the n00b" story.

    This entry is also dedicated to my new friend Alicka61!


    So I've been spending more time here at BN. What a great place! Learning about the wonderful world of fragrances, meeting new and interesting folk (that's a shout-out to you, RedneckPerfumisto! ). Ah, the sweet innocent bliss of the early days.

    Little did I know I was being set up. I was going to be dragged down into ...

    Updated 4th August 2009 at 08:52 PM by Bastetcat

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  2. wearing perfume to work

    WARNING! The story below contains what I would call "earthy humor" and what non-medical people would call "barf humor". Do not read if you are easily grossed out!


    Two months ago I was very ill. Out of work for a full 2 weeks, on bed rest for the second week. This is a big deal in the nursing world, where the typical sick call might go something like:

    me: "I'm going to have emergency appendectomy surgery today"

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  3. I need to smell alone

    Okay this may sound snarky but I have to rant a little bit. Sometimes I really just want to shop in peace...especially with fragrances. Usually when I'm in a fragrance department I'm on a mission and if I need help I will totally ask for it. I am always polite, but when someone asks me if I need help and I say "I'm just smelling" I really want at least a few minutes before being accosted or sprayed at again. I know this may sound bad, but I try to convey that I've smelled everything ...
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  4. Training My Nose


    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 ...
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  5. Losing my fraggin mind ...

    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 ...
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