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  1. Recent Purchases with Some Background: The Greater Arcana

    Went to Bloomie's today, because a friend had a discount card he wasn't going to use and gave it to me. I used it to pay for part of:

    Miller Harris
    Fleurs de Bois
    Notes: Galbanum, Green Mandarin, Rose, Jasmine, Iris, Oakmoss, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Birch.
    This is a very nice green floral that borders on the chypre theme, although it substitutes mandarin in the top note for the usual bergamot, but the galbanum in the top makes the citrus resemble bergamot ...

    Updated 27th July 2009 at 11:22 PM by JaimeB

    Scent Reviews , The Art of Perfumery
  2. The "Scent of Peace" - Methyl Nonyl Ketone

    The "Scent of Peace" - Methyl Nonyl Ketone

    Those who loose the Dogs of War
    Shall rue the day for evermore.
    But bearing rue, the Herb of Grace,
    The Scent of Peace doth war erase.

    Today we ponder the Scent of Peace and the Dogs of War. But not necessarily in that order.

    One of the joys of marriage is playing Cassandra. Spouses ...
  3. The Smell of Leather

    Leather was one of the single notes in my first order from The Perfumerís Apprentice. I like the way it smells and it also seemed like something I might use in a Do It Yourself mix someday. And itís a fragrance everyone recognizes, right? Iíll come back to that. Meanwhile Iíve learned that it can be a self-effacing team player, contributing to an overall scent without dominating. ...
  4. Elf's Compendium of Notes 10- Vanilla vs. Vanillin

    I finally decided to splurge and buy a small bottle of real vanilla absolute from India (via Liberty Naturals). I grew up with vanillin, the synthetic version of a compound that exists in actual vanilla, and its cousins, ethyl vanillin and methyl vanillin. I didn't realize that actual vanilla pods have hundreds of aromatic compounds in addition to vanillin!
    The waxy absolute surprised me with it's complicated, rich, and woody scent. It isn't particularly sweet, though vanillin is a dominant ...
  5. I like a Creed. Very much Indeed.

    Virgin Island Water. The citrus opening was everything that I've been looking for - bright and fizzy, and I loved the tropical follow-through and the sugary drydown. I couldn't stop sniffing my wrist, and annoying Mr Hebe by waving it under his nose too (which was tired out from sniffing Eucris).

    I think that Daisy may have to be rehomed to make room for this fun one, she is taking up valuable drawer space for little return.

    Updated 25th July 2009 at 10:06 PM by Hebe


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