Friday, October 17, 2014

Sali @ PINK MANHATTAN Asks: What's My Socionics / MBTI Type?

This video was made for Olga Tangemann and her School of Associative Socionics to discuss my personality type. Please visit her site at and her Facebook group, Socionics International. Feel free to visually type me!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Socionics Associative Test

Take the Associative Test on Olga Tangemann's School of Associative Socionics web site! Although I was initially typed as an LII INTj, I took this test and came out an EII INFj. Olga says the reason I'm unclear about my type could be because I have a Superid subtype which might turn up as my typing as an LII, IEI or ILI. Maybe now, finally, I can be certain about being an EII type--even if whether that translates to my being an MBTI INFJ or INFP is still up in the air.

Bath & Body Works Coconut Lime Breeze

I wanted to try this because I had gotten wind of online reviews that compared it to Creed Virgin Island Water, my fragrance obsession of the moment. I have to say while it is no replacement for the Creed, it hits the spot when I want a coconut scent. Bath & Body Works Coconut Lime Breeze is a light combination of fizzy citric notes and the same coconut note I remember finding in Ralph Hot perfume, then subsequently in lots of fragrances following it. I've described it as a sort of suntan oil-like coconut scent, a note that's not quite sweet but creamy/oily/heavy nonetheless, ubiquitous these days as a compositional base from Versace Crystal Noir to perfumes by Benefit. The coconut note I find in Creed Virgin Island Water is a purer coconut note, devoid of suntan oil references in my mind but tropical and beachy, tastier as a gourmand note and yet crystal light and clear, a bit more along the lines of the one in Parfums de Nicolai Cococabana, only sheerer mixed with musks and lime. I have sampled a number of coconut scents, and I know now how variable this note can be. I like this BBW scent, though, and I have been enjoying alternating between this and the Creed this month.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Friday, October 10, 2014

Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar

Here's another one that has coconut in its name and smells more like something else. That doesn't mean someone out there won't love it, but for me, it's a waste of time since I specifically wanted coconut and not much else. This scent smells like spicy almond with a backdrop of vanilla frosting. There are many good etailers that offer similar gourmand blends. If I look for an obscure coconut note in this, I can find it, but it's still more coconut pie than coconut milk or the flesh of the coconut. As Jebidiah Atkinson of SNL would put it, "Next!".

Edited to add: OK, maybe my initial reaction was harsh. The dry down is a rich, sweet vanilla, not too different from Lavanila Coconut. I think there's a banana note in this, too, sort of like coconut banana cream pie. It's long-lasting and a good bang for the buck. Will revisit.

FCUK Friction for Her

When I saw coconut listed in the notes and read the online reviews claiming it to be a piña colada scent, I jumped on it right away. It's inexpensive and comes in a pretty bottle; I like French Connection's aesthetic; what could go wrong? Well I like this scent, but the blind buy turned out just short of perfection. It's just not as piña colada-like as expected; I don't get any coconut or even pineapple, and instead get a sweet, milky-woody, somewhat vanillic, musky perfume scent. Whoever said it's reminiscent of a Diesel fragrance was right; it also reminds me of one by Jil Sander. I'm still glad I had the chance to try it. It's sort of unusual, not one I would normally come across.

The notes according to Fragrantica are as follows: "The notes: pink honeysuckle, apple blossom, red berries, creamy coconut, spun sugar, vanilla absolute, pink jasmine, white vetiver, blonde woods, sandalwood, amber, magnetic musk. FCUK Friction for Her was launched in 2012."

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Once a Villain, Coconut Oil Charms the Health Food World

Once a Villain, Coconut Oil Charms the Health Food World by Melissa Clark, March 1, 2011 The New York Times

Victoria's Secret Coconut Passion

I got this body mist hoping it would smell like coconut but it's more like a creme brulee type of caramelly vanilla, similar to Sephora Vanilla body spray or Laura Mercier products. I suppose it's a good inexpensive alternative to Comptoir Sud Pacifique Caramel Sunset. It's not as heavy as the aforementioned, but for me, it's still a bit on the heavy and sweet side (perhaps the ambery color of the fragrance should have been an indication of it being a warm, definitively Oriental type of scent, along the lines of Chopard Casmir), strong for a body mist and not wearable on most days when I want something less ambery-creamy. I could get in the mood for this type of thing, although I prefer a cooler, somehow fluffier (thinking "Angel Food"), more ice cream-type of vanilla, but based on the name, a hint of coconut would've been nice.

Lili Bermuda South Water

A few months (or more) ago, I wanted to find a fresh laundry / linen scent that had a bit of citrus and something like vanilla in the mix, a seemingly cacophonic mixture of notes yet one that sounded wearable in a clean and unobtrusive way. I had forgotten about that desire, and moved onto other desires, my latest obsession with coconut being my strongest desire since. Well, when I received this sample, I didn't smell the coconut milk listed in the notes, but a musky, ozonic scent with something citric in it, with a sheer heart of white florals. It doesn't fulfill my lust for coconuts, but it's what I had hoped Bath and Body Works Sea Island Cotton would be, in fact being somewhere between that and the more properly perfumey and powdery Lise Watier Neiges.

According to the web site, "South Water is a blend of sun-drenched tangerine with ozone breeze, coconut milk, juicy guava, gardenia petals, cactus sap, sea salt and white musk."

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Demeter Kahala Piña Colada

If you're looking for the most true-to-life pina colada scent, look no further than this offering by Demeter; just make sure you get the Kahala Pina Colada and not the other one called Demeter Pina Colada which smells soapy and not nearly as true or sweet (unless you prefer a more abstract pina colada like that). I can really smell the pineapple most prominently in the Kahala Pina Colada, but the milky coconut note is also sufficiently there. Summer, come back, and stay with me all year long!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Lavanila Coconut

I think I've found the perfect gourmand coconut with just the right amount of sweet vanilla in the mix. Some reviewers have compared it to Christian Dior Hypnotic Poison, and I can see the resemblance, but I need to smell coconut right now more than intense tropical white flowers. I also read that some people smell powdery heliotrope in it, but I mainly pick up the perfectly choreographed duo between coconut (not the toasted kind, nor the watery kind, not suntan oil but the delicious "snowballs" kind) and rich vanilla. I see a rollerball in my near future, and a huge bottle of it to last a lifetime over the long haul; I can legit live on this stuff.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Old Spice Swagger, Wolfthorn, Sport

Procter & Gamble is having a love affair with Aristotle in putting out these scents and marketing blurbs for men's fragrance brand giant Old Spice.

"Swagger body wash from Old Spice is for the man who holds the complete works of Aristotle in one hand, and a delicious sandwich in the other. Swagger’s subtle scent transforms your skin to feel like a smooth and hydrated playing field where confidence scores the winning touchdown." (Source: National Review Online)

This flanker scent to the original Old Spice has a traditionally masculine woody Chypre type of scent. It's a bit spicy like the original, and the heaviest/strongest of the 3.

"Who knew the wild scent of Wolfthorn Deodorant could help to battle stinky body problems? Maybe Aristotle or talking owls knew, but definitely not regular people or dumb owls. For a scent experience as rich and complex as a gilded Rube Goldberg machine, try the Wolfthorn collection in its entirety: Invisible Solid Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant, Deodorant, Body Wash, Body Spray, and Cologne Spray."

The notes I was able to find online for Old Spice Wolfthorn are: Citrus, passion fruit and mango, vanilla and musk

Yes, these are wolves that live in the tropics. I like this scent, very shared gender-like. I smelled the passion fruit and mango right away.

Ok, this one I haven't found being sold with Aristotle references, and I can't find the notes, but it smells like a fresh and pleasant Fruity Floral with citrus and a dry, cedary base (just my guess). It's also definitely very shared gender-like, reminiscent of a fragrance by Benefit (Laugh with Me, LeeLee?).

A 16th century woodcut of Archimedes' eureka moment, Eureka effect, Wikipedia

Saturday, September 20, 2014

September 2014 Top 7 Favorite Fragrance List

It's hard to believe summer is over and the fall season is officially here again. Gone are the sundrenched afternoons picnicking in gauzy outfits, and baring our legs in short dresses and heels through romantic city nights. It's been a long while since I posted a list of favorite fragrances, so I thought I'd share what my perfuming habits have been like these days. Firstly, there's the issue of my unreleased perfumes, neither of which I have been able to launch due to unforeseen circumstances, but I have been wearing one of these quite often. It is a vanilla and gardenia blend like my original PINK MANHATTAN Purrfume but a variation of it, without peach as the main motif. I had announced one of the other notes being lavender. I won't give all its secrets away (unless I already have in a previous post and I just don't remember anymore), but suffice it to say it's a comforting and delicious, yet soothingly fresh type of scent, ever more summery than even the original PINK MANHATTAN. Not only to wistfully reminisce about the short-lived summer but, at the risk of blatant self-promotion and flattery, in appreciation of the actual scent combination which I stumbled upon by chance whilst unwittingly playing around with notes in my limited but individually suited and therefore at the very least still functional perfume organ, I can smell it every day and not get tired of it, a feat for any scent in the life of a perfumista.

Besides my private blend, I have been wearing fragrance sporadically, and only a handful of those among my collection. Over the summer, my favorites were Creed Spring Flower (of course), Marc Jacobs Oh Lola, Rihanna Reb'l Fleur in minute dabs because it's so strong, and a mild coconut-scented mist by Urban Decay called Sweet Cream. In September, I wore Guerlain L'Instant and Comptoir Sud Pacifique Tiare once each. I might dig out the fun and flighty Britney Spears Fantasy for a day, but I am not terribly in the mood for patchouli anything except the occasional coconutty Chypre Reb'l Fleur. I am waiting for several new-to-me coconut-scented samples to arrive soon, so I should be able to post some reviews again.

Early summer, my go-to was Yves Saint Laurent Cinema, but I have not worn anything too perfumey in awhile, not even Yves Saint Laurent Manifesto which is decidedly less in-your-face dramatic. I have not gone near the vintages since the spring when I had a fascination with Guerlain Chamade parfum and Givenchy III for a brief couple of days. I am firmly in the gourmand mindset right now, with coconut and an age-tested love, vanilla, being at the center of my attention. One of these days, I might flirt with L'Artisan Parfumeur La Chasse aux Papillons again for a healthy dose of tuberose, but the thrill of fleshy white florals seems to be gone, shockingly. Although Molinard Vanille is a longstanding favorite, I also might go on a search for yet another holiest grail vanilla; that would be a fun project for the fall. However, most of all, I have fallen in love with Creed Virgin Island Water, the most well-mannered coconut blend I have had the pleasure of encountering. Come holiday time, surely I can gift myself just once more with a terribly wasteful indulgence to get lost in, even on those days and nights I spend by myself just looking out a window with all its changing skies. My September Top 7:

1. Creed Virgin Island Water
2. Guerlain L'Instant
3. Rihanna Reb'l Fleur
4. Creed Spring Flower
5. My private blend #1 (TBA)
6. Molinard Vanille
7. Urban Decay Sweet Cream

Monday, September 15, 2014

Star Wars MBTI

I finally saw The Return of the Jedi, and was able to get the gist of INTJ Palpatine's character apart from having seen a clip of him on You Tube (which, I must admit, made me laugh the first time I saw it). I'm not sure he is an INTJ character. Granted, personality isn't the same thing as character, since any personality type can be of a good or bad character. Emperor Palpatine is unequivocally evil in this film. His downfall was overconfidence, stereotypical of an INTJ archetype. However, his cold and calculated ways of manipulating those around him to win them over to his views seemed more NF, or perhaps E, to me. Perhaps I'm also influenced by the fact that he looks so much like Pope Benedict, complete with a slight German-like accent of sorts.