Various musings about various things, mainly fragrance.
Just like I had been a long-time fan of Serge Lutens's make-up artistry, I had also been a big fan of Comme des Garçons clothes and couldn't wait to try the CdG scents. In 2003 it was still impossibly difficult to get samples of them, so I did my first CdG buys blind. CdG is the biggest house in my scent collection, but the first one I tried and got remains my favourite: the original Comme des Garçons EdP. I love the way the house has explored various themes in their several series and produced
In the beginning of 2003 two important things happened: I got my first credit card and started the Great Chypre Quest.
Many fragrance forum fellows kindly made recommendations and generously provided samples, and I soon learned that the Chypres that were most me were either leather Chypres like Bandit or Jolie Madame or fruit Chypres like Femme, Mitsouko or Y, but I didn't get along with green Chypres like No 19 or Eau de Soir. Not surprisingly, one of my greatest Chypre loves, Le
The biggest turning point of my journey came in 2002 when I wanted to learn more about fragrances. When looking for information on the internet I ran into several fragrance forums (of which Basenotes is the only one I still frequent). It was mind-blowing to find people all over the world sharing the same obsession with scents. I learned about fragrances and houses I had never heard of before, but wanted to tackle the Classics first.
Since I still had no credit card, I had to settle
While I was studying, I didn't get any new fragrances, but wore what I had. I got married during this period, and the man who's now my husband liked Égoïste so much on me that he started to wear it himself, too. We both wore it at our wedding, and more than a decade later it's still "our scent".
When I spent a semester in St.Petersburg as an exchange student, the ruble crashed, and I could allow myself the luxury of a new scent. Still not a full-size bottle, but two minis:
I have no idea when and where I got started with perfumes, probably by sniffing interesting looking bottles on the vanity tables (at homes of relatives and family friends), which were my favourite hang-outs as a kid. Mirrors, lippies, jars, bottles... couldn't get enough. I also started to read about scents very early from my mother's and aunt's beauty & fashion mags.
But the definite starting point of my perfume collecting was when I wished Anaïs Anaïs or Rive Gauche for Christmas
Updated 4th June 2008 at 08:14 AM by tigrushka
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