Thoughts, observations and miscellaneous musings about the world of fragrances and experiences with it.
It's been almost 2 years now since my first foray into fragrance. I've gone from my initial, minimalist aspirations ("I just need 1 or 2") to selection-induced mania ("I gotta have 'em all!") and now to a more steady-state equilibrium ("I know what I like. That's all I need."). It's been an interesting journey so far, and I sense that my interest and knowledge is settling into a new phase.
When I bought my first bottle of fragrance, I thought to myself
Updated 4th December 2008 at 03:40 AM by echerub
We always say that it's not all about the topnotes, and that it's a shame that the general public tends to evaluate fragrances based only on the initial notes they smell at retail counters. It isn't just with fragrances that something like this happens, though. I recently noticed that it also happened when I was on a daytrip and shared my music collection with one of my travel companions.
Some of my absolute favorite tracks are a little more involved. They don't always open with
Updated 13th July 2008 at 11:18 PM by echerub
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 04:15 AM by echerub
The past month has been an interesting experience in terms of fragrances because I've changed to a new day-job with a completely different environment, feel, and in some sense, culture. For the past month, in addition to learning what I need to learn in order to do well with work-related matters, I've also had to try to figure out what the unstated limits are with regards to my choice of fragrances at work.
Things began on a worrisome note. On my first day, I saw on the pixelboard
I checked the forecast for today, and it says it'll be a high of 20*C (68*F). That's decently warm, I think. Not sweltering summer heat by any stretch, but considering we're just rolling through Spring now, I was looking forward to decently warm weather. Unfortunately, it was not to be. It's actually chilly outside. But I should have known something was up. One of my favorite summer fragrances, much like the famed groundhog of Groundhog Day, refused to come out today.
Warm weather plus
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