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  1. #1

    Default Fave frag scorned today

    I felt a bit under the weather this morning and probably spritzed a bit more liberally than usual , for comfort measures, you see. My NR for Her has garnered more than one compliment in the past. But today one doctor commented that my perfume smelled like the kind used to cover urine odors.
    Tact does not abound in an Emergency Dept.
    A dear friend told me I smelled like an old lady. Another said, "You can do better than this!"
    (those of us who are older, please I beg you not to be offended, I am trying to process this myself.)
    Then I escorted a 96 year old woman to her room and I swear she was wearing a twin scent to mine!
    It has been an odd day for me. Who knows? Maybe I needed my Grandma today. What's wrong with that? When they say old, I think they mean old fashioned.
    Nonetheless, tonight I came home, showered and immediately dabbed myself -lightly, mind you, with Tabac Blond.

    Is my skin chemistry changing? I have read other comments where basenoters have noticed their response to favorite scents to change after a while. Maybe this is happening to me.
    "Like a lobster with a pearl in its claw, the beet held the jasmine firmly without crushing or obscuring it. Beet lifted jasmine, the way a bullnecked partner lifts a ballerina, and the pair came on stage on citron's fluty cue. As if jasmine were a collection of beautiful paintings, beet hung it in the galleries of the nose, insured it against fire or theft, threw a party to celebrate it. Citron mailed the invitations." Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins p. 189

    What I am loving right now: Shalimar vintage extrait, Chanel Bois des Iles, Chanel no. 22, Le Labo Iris 39, Guerlain Iris Ganache

  2. #2
    nearfantastica
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    Default Re: Fave frag scorned today

    Sorry to hear about your day... yes, the lack of tact from the doctor was quite arresting... Skin chemistry "can" change over time..as you mentioned, but perhaps it was the more liberal spritzing.. chalk it up to a bad day.. and wear it with pride

    a.

  3. #3

    Cool Re: Fave frag scorned today

    Quote Originally Posted by nearfantastica
    Sorry to hear about your day... yes, the lack of tact from the doctor was quite arresting... Skin chemistry "can" change over time..as you mentioned, but perhaps it was the more liberal spritzing.. chalk it up to a bad day.. and wear it with pride

    a.
    Thank you... I will get them all back when my sample of Musc Ravageur arrives and I take it for a test run!!
    um, how does this smell on a woman, btw?
    "Like a lobster with a pearl in its claw, the beet held the jasmine firmly without crushing or obscuring it. Beet lifted jasmine, the way a bullnecked partner lifts a ballerina, and the pair came on stage on citron's fluty cue. As if jasmine were a collection of beautiful paintings, beet hung it in the galleries of the nose, insured it against fire or theft, threw a party to celebrate it. Citron mailed the invitations." Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins p. 189

    What I am loving right now: Shalimar vintage extrait, Chanel Bois des Iles, Chanel no. 22, Le Labo Iris 39, Guerlain Iris Ganache

  4. #4

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    It is funny how our tastes change over the years. My favorite sig scent was D&G red cap and Byblos. I can barely stomach either now. I wore Fendi and Cinnabar years, and years ago then grew tired and threw them out. Now I would like to try them again. Fickle...

    Today I kept smelling this icky, old lady perfume wafting through the office. I kept thinking yuck. Then I kept sniffing my wrist and my sweater and was horrified that it could possibly be my own perfume. Dear Lord, am I one of those? I shudder to think that my perfume would offend or would be found stinky to someone else. "My" perfume smells good. Ugh...

  5. #5

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    I think that she said NR for Her, meaning Narciso Rodriguez's Musc for Her.

    IMHO, both NR and Musc Ravageur smell heavenly on women. That sucks that people were saying stuff like that!



  6. #6
    nearfantastica
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    Quote Originally Posted by rtamara41
    Thank you... I will get them all back when my sample of Musc Ravageur arrives and I take it for a test run!!
    um, how does this smell on a woman, btw?
    Musc Ravageur smells a little like "come here.. closer.. please?" Enjoy!

    a.

  7. #7

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    Sorry that happened to you! NR is lovely, so it was probably a spritz or two too many rather than the scent itself that got to people. But then, I love the classics and heavier scents: Mitsouko, L'Heure Bleue, Tabac Blond and the like are my favorites. So when someone tells me I smell like their grandmother, I usually thank them and say they must have had a classy grandmother. A little blunt, but they keep their opinions to themselves after that.

  8. #8

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    Quote Originally Posted by unstableisotope
    Sorry that happened to you! NR is lovely, so it was probably a spritz or two too many rather than the scent itself that got to people. But then, I love the classics and heavier scents: Mitsouko, L'Heure Bleue, Tabac Blond and the like are my favorites. So when someone tells me I smell like their grandmother, I usually thank them and say they must have had a classy grandmother. A little blunt, but they keep their opinions to themselves after that.
    HEE! That is a super-cute comeback. I love it! I don't think it's blunt at all. In fact, I bet that Judith Martin, AKA Miss Manners, would approve!



  9. #9

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    Hello rtamara,

    I'm sorry to hear about your bad day... on to a better one tomorrow .

    Perhaps it was you liberal over-application that shocked the masses, but I should be the one to talk ! I never can control my trigger finger when it comes to application, especially when it comes to my favorites. I love NR but for some reason still have not added it to my wardrobe, I guess SJP Lovely has filled the gap where I would love NR to fit in. So, until I'm out of Lovely, NR will have to wait. I would most definitely suggest to you to re-try NR in the amount you normally wear, and if it still disagrees with your chemistry then perhaps give SJP Lovely a try.

    Best wishes
    "Of the five senses, the sense of smell is incontestably the one that best conveys a sense of immortality."

    Salvador Dali

  10. #10

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    rtamara41 i hope tomorrow will be a better day.


    it really used to hurt me when colleagues comment that i smell like their godmothers , grandmothers, old maid aunt. specially when i wear classics. but now i've learned to just shrug it off because i know better, bout this this scent that i'm wearing than they do. And i make sure that when i wear the classics i don't over spray.
    "Where should one use perfume?" a young woman asked. "Wherever one wants to be kissed," I said. - Coco Chanel

  11. #11

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    Quote Originally Posted by rtamara41
    Thank you... I will get them all back when my sample of Musc Ravageur arrives and I take it for a test run!!...
    You need to get a sample of MPG Or des Indes! Boooooootiful!

  12. #12

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    see how nice you folks are? aw shucks.
    today will be a better day. I have accepted the fact I work with a lot of roughies...the nature of the beast.
    "Like a lobster with a pearl in its claw, the beet held the jasmine firmly without crushing or obscuring it. Beet lifted jasmine, the way a bullnecked partner lifts a ballerina, and the pair came on stage on citron's fluty cue. As if jasmine were a collection of beautiful paintings, beet hung it in the galleries of the nose, insured it against fire or theft, threw a party to celebrate it. Citron mailed the invitations." Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins p. 189

    What I am loving right now: Shalimar vintage extrait, Chanel Bois des Iles, Chanel no. 22, Le Labo Iris 39, Guerlain Iris Ganache

  13. #13

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    Quote Originally Posted by rtamara41
    Thank you... I will get them all back when my sample of Musc Ravageur arrives and I take it for a test run!!
    um, how does this smell on a woman, btw?
    MR smells wonderful on a woman. I bought 2 10 ml bottles and am halfway through the second one. My husband ( who never notices my scents ) actually told me I smelled very nice when i wore it a few days ago. I have never smelled it on others though.

  14. #14

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    Quote Originally Posted by lille_my
    MR smells wonderful on a woman. I bought 2 10 ml bottles and am halfway through the second one. My husband ( who never notices my scents ) actually told me I smelled very nice when i wore it a few days ago. I have never smelled it on others though.
    Is it similar at all to Musc Koublai Kahn from SL? MKK doesn't seem to work any magic on me at all...I am hoping MR is a different animal.
    I used to wear musk as a staple years ago...
    "Like a lobster with a pearl in its claw, the beet held the jasmine firmly without crushing or obscuring it. Beet lifted jasmine, the way a bullnecked partner lifts a ballerina, and the pair came on stage on citron's fluty cue. As if jasmine were a collection of beautiful paintings, beet hung it in the galleries of the nose, insured it against fire or theft, threw a party to celebrate it. Citron mailed the invitations." Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins p. 189

    What I am loving right now: Shalimar vintage extrait, Chanel Bois des Iles, Chanel no. 22, Le Labo Iris 39, Guerlain Iris Ganache

  15. #15

    Default Ah, old ladies

    Fabulous, wonderful old ladies. LOL's or Lollies we used to call them. Bluehairs. When I was very young, and for many years, I lived with an art collector who specialized in 20th century design. I wore vintage clothes, rode around in vintage cars, had cocktails in vintage bars, listened to old jazz, bowled in authentic bowling alleys, watched film noir. The sighting of a chic, time-warped Lollie cruising around in a gorgeous classic automobile, crowned with a teased hairstyle, perhaps sporting an old Chanel suit, wearing gloves, flashing rhinestones, this was cherished!

    I developed my "world's youngest old lady" look: I double-process bleached my hair and toned it pale blue or peach or lavendar, wore great old coats with fur collars and heels and purses. Sometimes the old men would do a double take when I turned around, mistaking me perhaps for a long lost love.

    Of course I wore vintage perfume, bought at garage sales. I rumaged through old letters, I plundered the secret drawers and dusty closets of those who had "passed away" and rescued treasures... those were good times.

    I say, celebrate your inner old lady! She's coming out anyway, nothing you can do to stop her. The question is, what kind of old lady will you be? Plan on becoming a great old lady, a crone, a remarkable creature endowed with the gossamer aura of something no youngling can fathom: your own myterious Past.
    "No outfit is complete without cat hair."

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    Quote Originally Posted by no7
    I say, celebrate your inner old lady! She's coming out anyway, nothing you can do to stop her. The question is, what kind of old lady will you be? Plan on becoming a great old lady, a crone, a remarkable creature endowed with the gossamer aura of something no youngling can fathom: your own myterious Past.
    Very well written, no7! Wear your years with pride!

    Hugs to rtamara41 from another grandmother - in june my secound grandchild will come, if everything goes well!
    Faves right now: Chanel No 19, Stella Rose Absolute, L´Heure Bleu, Elixir de Merveilles, Samsara.

  17. #17

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    Quote Originally Posted by rtamara41
    Is it similar at all to Musc Koublai Kahn from SL? MKK doesn't seem to work any magic on me at all...I am hoping MR is a different animal.
    I used to wear musk as a staple years ago...
    I don´t find it similar to MKK. It took me quite a few testdrives to "learn" to love MKK, but suddenly I got it.. and have loved it since then. MR I loved at first snuff ( bought it unsniffed actually ). It is a very "raw" and daring scent, and I find it a bit unpolished - it never fails to take my breath away

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    Would like to join Margareta and say that was heart-warming, No7! I can only hope that one day I will be a woman perceived like this! But I want to very much, and I still got time, I think!

  19. #19

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    Quote Originally Posted by no7
    I say, celebrate your inner old lady! She's coming out anyway, nothing you can do to stop her. The question is, what kind of old lady will you be? Plan on becoming a great old lady, a crone, a remarkable creature endowed with the gossamer aura of something no youngling can fathom: your own myterious Past.
    That was great. Fabulous concept.

  20. #20

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    Well, I think you smell amazingly beautiful.

    My husband thinks NR is one of the sexiest fragrances ever, and he's only 33...(which may be old to you...don't know your age)...

    No7 - I love your post!

  21. #21

    Default thanks ladies

    Thanks for the kind responses to my "old ladies" post. The "you smell like an old lady" comment on a perfume, or the fear of smelling like an old lady people express, has been bugging me for a while, and I finally had to rant a bit. What does it mean when people say this after all?
    "No outfit is complete without cat hair."

  22. #22

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    I think it has to do with the fact that our grandmothers most likely wore the classics...Youth Dew, Shalimar, Chanel No. 5, etc...so some people naturally associate those scents with 'old people'. It's something even I've been guilty of in the past. Now of course, I know to seperate the two, lol. Sort of like some younger women wouldn't want to wear a cardigan twinset and a string of pearls for fear it would make them look 'matronly', when in fact, that's just a classic look, yk?
    ~*Christy*~

  23. #23

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChristyR
    I think it has to do with the fact that our grandmothers most likely wore the classics...Youth Dew, Shalimar, Chanel No. 5, etc...so some people naturally associate those scents with 'old people'. It's something even I've been guilty of in the past. Now of course, I know to seperate the two, lol. Sort of like some younger women wouldn't want to wear a cardigan twinset and a string of pearls for fear it would make them look 'matronly', when in fact, that's just a classic look, yk?
    Great post about letting your Inner Grandma out, no 7! I never thought of it quite like that. Feeling much better today about all my frags. (Thank you Tovah, I see that NR for Her is one of your most meaningful scents. It has been holding steady on my top five list)

    And what Christy says is true about the classics. Tonight I tested Coco Chanel and Shalimar , each on a different wrist. Sat next to my 86 year old Dad and he said, "Mmmm... you are going to get ME addicted to these perfumes, too!" He loved them, I bet because they are classics. He is a very worldly and genteel old Chinaman.

    I am 44 btw.
    "Like a lobster with a pearl in its claw, the beet held the jasmine firmly without crushing or obscuring it. Beet lifted jasmine, the way a bullnecked partner lifts a ballerina, and the pair came on stage on citron's fluty cue. As if jasmine were a collection of beautiful paintings, beet hung it in the galleries of the nose, insured it against fire or theft, threw a party to celebrate it. Citron mailed the invitations." Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins p. 189

    What I am loving right now: Shalimar vintage extrait, Chanel Bois des Iles, Chanel no. 22, Le Labo Iris 39, Guerlain Iris Ganache

  24. #24

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    Quote Originally Posted by rtamara41
    Sat next to my 86 year old Dad and he said, "Mmmm... you are going to get ME addicted to these perfumes, too!" He loved them, I bet because they are classics. He is a very worldly and genteel old Chinama.
    What a wonderful compliment, right from the heart. Sounds like you have a wonderful Dad

  25. #25

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    Quote Originally Posted by lille_my
    What a wonderful compliment, right from the heart. Sounds like you have a wonderful Dad
    Thank you, lille. He is my own personal national treasure, though I am not always appreciative of this.
    "Like a lobster with a pearl in its claw, the beet held the jasmine firmly without crushing or obscuring it. Beet lifted jasmine, the way a bullnecked partner lifts a ballerina, and the pair came on stage on citron's fluty cue. As if jasmine were a collection of beautiful paintings, beet hung it in the galleries of the nose, insured it against fire or theft, threw a party to celebrate it. Citron mailed the invitations." Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins p. 189

    What I am loving right now: Shalimar vintage extrait, Chanel Bois des Iles, Chanel no. 22, Le Labo Iris 39, Guerlain Iris Ganache

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