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  1. Mini review: Comme des Garçons 2 Man

    Have you ever used sealing wax? The kind that comes in a stick with a wick on it, and you light the wick, hold the stick sideways over the page, and let it drip onto the paper? And then you blow out the wick and it smokes like a birthday candle? That's CDG 2 Man. That exact smell, of sealing wax and smoke. Crucially, it's not snuffed-candle smoke - it's snuffed sealing-wax smoke. Bizarre, no? Mind-blowing artistically, but not terrifically wearable. I must try Avignon next. ...

    Updated 21st November 2009 at 04:12 AM by kopah

  2. Advice to newbie perfumistas

    This was posted by VanillaGirl on a thread at NowSmellThis, and I found it so succinct and insightful that I wanted to record it here.

    I wish I hadn't splurged on so many 'likes' or 'It's a-cult-favourite-and-I'm-sure-I'll-grow-into-it' bottles back at the start. I feel embarrassed to see so many pristine boxes on my dresser, where I take the bottles out every few weeks and sniff and think 'very nice' and put it back in the box because I don't want to waste a day's sillage on something
  3. Of Fragrance, Personal History, and The Burgeoning Amateur Critic

    by , 5th July 2008 at 03:19 AM (The Ol' Factory - One Guy's Scent Journey)
    How scent and fragrance affects us, how a scent can transport us back in time, and the critiquing of fragrance all seem to share some commonality. I feel it explains in some part our possessive, protective, and personal approach to fragrance.

    For nearly 15 years I did not buy or use perfume/cologne and, in fact, had very little experience with it other than the stuff that other people wore. Or, occasionally, whiffs of some horrible chemical concoction pasted between the pages of some ...

    Updated 5th July 2008 at 03:21 AM by Hoos

    The Journey
  4. Fougère: the perfumer’s fairy tale

    The name fougère comes from French “fougère” that means “fern”. It’s obviously that there are no doubts about the content of the main compound any fougère – it’s the mythic and rare fern flower responsible for the unique scent of the fougère perfume. Unfortunately it’s not so easy to obtain that flower that is known to blossom just once a year on John the Baptist day on June 24. The flower is opening just for several minutes at the midnight to make seeds. Understanding that it’s very clear that ...

    Updated 8th July 2008 at 12:48 PM by AromaX

    Magic of perfume
  5. Testing Update 7-1-08

    I've decided to split up the samples into three categories after each one is tested. There is the "I love it" bag..... the "I would wear it again" bag....and the "absolutely never again" bag.

    Fleurs De Rocaille
    Narcisse Noir
    En Avion (I tried this one for about three days consecutively I like it. It comes on a bit strong at first and then settles into a nice soft powdery, jasmine, carnation? ...