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  1. This is why I love perfume

    by , 7th July 2008 at 03:41 PM (De Fragrante Delectatio)
    [EDIT: It turns out that the perfume that I tried was not actually Chinatown. The vial must have been mislabelled. Maybe it actually was SDV. Will have to do a side-by-side comparison to be sure. However, I will leave this entry here, because it still applies to whatever perfume it was that I tried.]

    Because, every so often, you try something that absolutely blows you away. Something absurdly gorgeous. Something that smells "so immediately, overwhelmingly, irresistibly great ...

    Updated 19th July 2008 at 05:25 PM by kopah

  2. Am I the hunter or the hunted? (Thinking about EDCs of some of my favorites.)

    by , 7th July 2008 at 02:53 AM (The Adventures of a Canadian Fragonaut)
    Summer can be an odd time for me fragrance-wise. Sure, there are some fragrances in my wardrobe that only show their best in the heat of summer. While they are certainly nice and enjoyable - Creed Original Vetiver, Monsieur Balmain, and Paco Rabanne XS come to mind - there's something I miss from the stronger "cold weather" fragrances. I want something animalic at times. I want something musky on some days. I want something spicy for some occasions.

    I think if I wore ...

    Updated 7th July 2008 at 03:15 AM by echerub

    Fragrant Musings
  3. The Novice Nose: Samples Month Part II

    For the month of June I decided to wear nothing but samples. As there were a couple of days off for SSD’s I decided to extend it until July 5th so there would be 29 scents sampled in all. In Part I the first 13 scents were discussed and now in Part II the remaining 16.
    Guerlain Jicky---Made for a man but loved by women especially the women of Basenotes. I’ve been dying to try this since noticing that this is the ladies’ equivalent to Terre D’Hermes as far as how many of them wear it. ScentMother ...
    The Novice Nose
  4. Mini review: Comme des Garçons 2 Man

    by , 7th July 2008 at 01:50 AM (De Fragrante Delectatio)
    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

  5. Advice to newbie perfumistas

    by , 6th July 2008 at 03:52 AM (De Fragrante Delectatio)
    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

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