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  1. Penhaligon's testing

    Well if it will namedrop Bertrand Duchafour on the packaging, it's going to get tested first, isn't it...

    How curious. First on, roses, sandalwood, then - *something*. I think it's the saffron. This doesn't have quite the character I was expecting; currently it's on the masculine side of unisex for me, and honestly not all that unusual to my nose. I've seen reviewers comment that Penhaligons scents don't have great longevity, especially in tester spray volumes, and this ...
  2. Penhaligons raid

    My new favourite place! Shop assistants who actually know about perfume! Atomiser samples!


    Skin tested. Wow - not only a perfume with woods I actually enjoy, but an incense that doesn't give me a headache! THe opening is glorious and I could wear it all day, but later on it becomes a dry, wood-and-incense blend which says room scent more than personal fragrance to me. It's reminiscent of my uncle's house - an old Victorian cottage with open fires, maintained ...

    Updated 28th November 2014 at 01:52 PM by philistine

  3. Serendipity!

    I often bemoan the outrageous middle-classness of the town I live in, and I laughed like a drain when I discovered what must be *the* poshest charity shop I've ever seen just down the road from me - 150 vintage lace wedding dress and a nice green woolen fedora for the point-to-point, anyone? - but having tripped over a sample-sized set of Bvlgari Eau Parfumee au The Rouge for a fiver today, and seen a bottle of Acqua Allegoria Herba Fresca sitting in a cabinet (which I will be going back for tomorrow, ...
    Tags: bvlgari, novice
  4. Philistine's Love Hate List

    A place to keep notes of which perfumery notes I like and dislike.


    Amber - this has to be my biggest love. If a fragrance has amber in it, it will have to work very hard to offend me.
    Orientals - no surprise there.
    Jasmine (though my skin tends to amplify it)
    Sweet orange (eg. Dune)
    White florals


    Updated 15th September 2015 at 04:59 PM by philistine

  5. Dog at a fair day!

    Had a lovely afternoon lolloping round my local Boots sniffing everything the mainstream has to offer. They've got all their Christmas fragrances in, so it's celeb scent and designer flanker season like whoa. I originally went in to poke round after some of the Topman ones, which I remember liking when I found testers on the shop counter, but since they had precisely none of those, I ended up creating a small novel out of paper test strips instead

    Beyonce - Heat - raspberryade. ...
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