Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Vero Kern ROZY

I am so so so looking forward to this one . You will be the first to know when I get my little decant .

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Names I Can't Remember.....

Is there a limit to the length of perfume names ?
Obviously not .
Why doesn't someone name a new release Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu ?
Wikipedia cites this as the longest place name on Earth . It means hill in Maori .
So be it .
An even longer version, Taumata-whakatangihanga-koauau-o-Tamatea-haumai-tawhiti-ure-haea-turi-pukaka-piki-maunga-horo-nuku-pokai-whenua-ki-tana-tahu, has 105 letters and means The hill of the flute playing by Tamatea — who was blown hither from afar, had a slit penis, grazed his knees climbing mountains, fell on the earth, and encircled the land — to his beloved .
ho-kay then .

Long Fragrance names , write these down...
A Lab on Fire L'Anonyme ou OP-1475-A
Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio for Men  Acqua for Life Edition
Lolita Lempicka Midnight Couture Black Eau de Minuit
Shiseido Majolica Majorca Majoromantica
Van Cleef & Arpels Precious Oud No. 04855AM

Thierry Mugler has released a limited edition collection and the names are quite long , although not THAT long , in comparison .

Collection Le Goût du Parfum:

Angel Eau de Parfum sublimée de Poudre de Cacao Amer

Alien Eau de Parfum sublimée de Caramel au Beurre Salé

Womanity Eau de Parfum sublimée de Chutney de Figues

A Men Eau de Parfum sublimée d'un Concentré de Piments Rouges

Got it ?

I respect Octavian over at 1000Fragrances , and if he raves about a fragrance - I SMELL IT , and he raves about the new Angel Eau de Parfum sublimée de Poudre de Cacao Amer . So I am on a mission to get ahold of some , I love good chocolate and have always wished to find a creamy , milky , gourmand chocolate scent that works . I'll keep you posted .

Any fragrance names that you can't remember ?

Friday, October 14, 2011

Aftelier Pink Lotus

UPDATE : The gorgeous aged sandalwood in this is so profound , I have been spoiled forever....earthy , chewy , yet sweet and smooth . Heartbreaking !!
This is a reprint from 2009 , but since I am giving away a mini bottle I wanted to include this short review . Pink Lotus has been discontinued , but I have 2 bottles for myself and joyfully want to share a little of what Mandy sent me !
There is a stillness on the edge of morning that is profound . It is not light , and yet it is not dark .
A ray of light splits the dawn and up from out of the stillness , and the mud , an unopened bud breaks the water's indigo surface....the earth is ripe and dirty . It cares not if you approve .
Slowly , the stem rises , unfurling its delicate pink petals to the sun....smiling a sweet serene smile . Graceful , translucent , with a little bit of mud on her skirt .
photo: my sandalwood bead mala

notes :
pink lotus , aged sandalwood

I have heard originally this was a custom scent made for Madonna .

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Aftelier Parfum de Maroc

image from flikr
One of the wonderful treasures I bought during Sniffa Fall Ball was a 4 ml mini of Mandy's creation Parfum de Maroc . To tell the truth , I really wanted Leather , but Bendels was sold out of it . Since I am striving to collect all of her fragrances and they did not have Candide , I " settled " for Maroc , and lucky me !

Spicy deliciousness unfolds when I apply Parfum de Maroc on skin . Rose ? Not at all - it is simply the pillow upon which all of this wonderfulness rests , not a star player . The quintessence of what a gourmand should be , not sweet but tangy , piquant , complex . There is just enough black pepper to balance the galangal and just enough saffron to balance the yummy cardamom . Ah Mandy , your genious shines again , and I want a bottle of EDP .
Santa are you listening ? I was a very good girl....

notes - Turkish rose, , saffron , galangal, nutmeg , black pepper, bitter orange , cardamom , myrrh

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Dawn Spencer Hurwitz December

In our recent e-mail conversations , I told Dawn that I have probably reviewed more of her fragrances than any other perfumer . I also told her I am her stalker ! Thank goodness she has a sense of humor , she took it as the complement it was meant to be . LOL.

Upon first sniff of her newest Holiday creation , December , I felt she had created December just for me !! She didn't of course . But she did send me a sample and OMG , it is the Holiday season all wrapped up and bottled .

Fresh and resin-y , a little gourmand , Christmas trees and cookies....

A candle scented with this ? WOULD BE KILLAH !

From Dawn's website -

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Dawn Spencer Hurwitz Halloween

I recieved a sample of Halloween from Dawn in our gift bag on Sunday at Barolo Restaurant . Citrus and licorice make a nice contrast in the opening , the heart is gourmand and sweet with some extra spice and a touch of pumpkin , just lovely !!
It is rich and warm , satisfying as a favorite slice of pie , with none of the calories !
Notes :
Top - bergamot , blood orange , licorice
Heart - carnation , pumpkin , spice
Base - Moss

Monday, September 27, 2010

La Via del Profumo Mecca Balsam

Tomorrow our special guest AbdesSalaam Attar , natural perfumer/composer from La Via del Profumo
will be here to answer your questions . He has offered three bottles of Balsamo della Mecca for give-away and I thought you might like to re-read this post from last January .


An exciting envelope arrived in the mail yesterday , with beautiful stamps on it and an Italian postmark....Mecca Balsam nestled inside a beautiful shimmery gold box...and a 16 ml sample bottle !! OMG...squeee !!!!
Labdanum is one of my favorite notes in perfumery . In the winter I crave it . Last year , my go to scent was Donna Karan Labdanum . This year I discovered DSH Vintage Patchouly ( not just patchouli , but resinous and powdery and YUM )....now Mecca Balsam crowds it's way to the top of my HG list with it's opening note of leathery labdanum . I tore open the package and sprayed and swooned . So did the Captain !!
The rich luscious labdanum is supported by tobacco and damascene rose , a touch of tuberose adds softeness and balance , though hardly discernable, enriched by sacred frankincense .
The tobacco is the star of the show to my nose , and I only wish there were more labdanum . The warmth and thrum of oud is mild , but over 12 hours later when I jump in the shower , suddenly the oud jumps out , aromatic and animalic , what a surprise !!
This is beautiful , rich , deep and dark . Imagine the throngs of worshippers on their pilgrimage to Mecca . The spirit of seeking palpable in the air around you . There is nothing timid about this scent , the heat of thousands of seekers moving in unison to reach the goal of enlightenment and spiritual nourishment . Mecca Balsam is the scent of yearning , striving for the unattainable....

I am so thrilled to have my little bottle ! The most special thing about Mecca Balsam ? It is certified 100% natural !!

Tomorrow , beginning at 6:00 AM EST our fun begins . Don't miss it !!