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  1. I Smell. . . Anonymity

    Someone recently gave me the gift of a sample of something I'd never have been able to buy anywhere I live. It has no name. I don't even know what's really in it! ('Kinda dangerous actually, like accepting candy from strangers.) It's so lovely, and it's frustrating to like it so much, and to not be able to describe what it is so that someone else can say, "Ooh! I like that too!"

    It's kinda like seeing a community production of "Camelot," and knowing the actors ...
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  2. Mini Review: YSL Paris

    A bright, peppy, fresh rose, with a hint of greenery and soapy musk, and a slightly sweet woody drydown. Blows your granny's roses right out of the water. A new contender (closely following Sa Majesté La Rose) for the title of my favourite rose fragrance.

    Updated 21st November 2009 at 04:09 AM by kopah

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  3. Guerlain Week, Day 7: Cherry Blossom and Mitsouko

    Weird pairing, I know. But they're what's left!

    Cherry Blossom (Parfum) – This is a remarkably sheer, refreshing, faintly sweet floral fragrance that seems tailor-made for summer. Apparently this is the kind of scent that’s a big hit in the Asian market (particularly Japan), since they prefer much lighter scents; I guess this explains Osmanthe Yunnan (Hermès is incredibly popular with Japanese women). Personally I can’t see how this would even be detectable by anyone other than trained ...

    Updated 21st November 2009 at 04:10 AM by kopah

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  4. Guerlain Week, Day 6: Nahéma, Vol de Nuit, and L’Heure Bleue

    Nahéma (Parfum) – A rose-scented boot stamping on a human face; or, what Armageddon would smell like if nuclear bombs were fuelled with roses instead of plutonium. This is no kind of delicate or discreet. This is the Attack of the 50-Foot Rose Chypre. Miranda Priestly might have found it a bit overbearing.

    Vol de Nuit (Parfum) – I can definitely see how people consider this a unisex fragrance. It’s woodier than I remember it being from ...

    Updated 21st November 2009 at 04:10 AM by kopah

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  5. Guerlain Week, Day 5: Shalimar, EDC Impériale, plus 5 more

    I’m feeling laconic today, and testing these mid-to-late 20th-century Guerlains is tiresome. Tomorrow is going to be L’Heure Bleue and Vol de Nuit, just because I need to love again.

    Chamade (EDT) – Unless I’m mistaken, it’s another rose chypre. It smells rather like Nahéma, except less powdery. Would make a decent Rose Barbare substitute for the budget-conscious.

    [Sidebar: Could someone please explain to me why bloggers ...

    Updated 21st November 2009 at 04:11 AM by kopah

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