No SoTD yet.
Originally Posted by ExtremeK
Quarry, what's on your sniff list?
Well, since you asked ...
I thought I'd be ever so clever and, per usual, hyper organized
by printing my to-sniff items on heavy paper so as to efficiently spray and file what I hoped to find at Sephora
. However (and also "per usual") ...
Woe is Moi
Mois sojourn was très tragique, mon amis. Most of what I hoped to sniff wasnt in stock (no Volé
, no Stella Lily
, no Tocca Violet
, no Balenciaga Florabotanica
). Sephora has reduced their fragrance section by at least 50%. I suppose the profit-to-shelf-space ratio is better for cosmetics and nail polish. LOccitane had JUST sent out their last bottle of Pivoine Delicate,
Macy's had JUST shipped back their stock of Karan Woman
and Angel Cuir
, but I recognized the Angel Cuir bottle in the showcase and pointed it out to the SA. "Oh, that's just the tester, she said. Well, duh, I'd like to sample that. So, at least I got to note that the leather is, as others have said, puny in comparison to the usual Angel presence. While in Sephora, Philosophy Violet
was difficult to smell at all, as violet can have a tendency to do, but smelling the blotter today, it's pretty and fresh, and Philosophy Peony
Unplotted sampling produced pleasant impressions about the Caudalie Vigne
series and LOccitanes scents in general -- Eaux de Provence
, fresh herb and bergamot combos are all laudable for their quality. I have to try their Cherry Blossom
on skin some day as the paper sample remains charming today. Daughter was shopping for gifts and, while she resists being just like her mom, I was thrilled she chose L'Occitane's green tea concrete and lavender sachet to give to her pseudo-sister-in-law. Maybe I can drag her into this hobby a little deeper. Mwah-ha-ha-ha.
The success of the day was Miss Dior Le Parfum
and others have raved, so I saturated my blotter, and unless it got corrupted by the Angel sample in my purse, I notice some of Angel's patchouli presence in MDLP. It is restrained, though, by fresh notes--a successful teetering balance. Will put that on the test-on-skin list.
No "wowsers," but that's okay. It was just a reconnaissance mission. But I continue to feel pessimistic about Wisconsins ability to support the fragrance consumer. I predict that when Nordstrom
comes here in 2015, their fragrance department will start out stocked to the brim, but over time they'll scale way, way down, and I'll have to have an intimate relationship with their best SA in order to score "contraband" samples from Nordstrom HQ.Isn't it wonderful that this is all I have to cry about in life!?!
So I shan't need those tissues just now, Jon
, and I allot my share to cestrum nocturnum
and any others in need.
Pleasant travels, gandhajala
. How people country-hop on the other side of the Atlantic never fails to stun one who lives in the center of North America.