Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Man: "I've been thinking...I'm the MAN of this house, so starting tomorrow I want you to have a hot, delicious meal ready for me the second I walk thru that door...Afterwards, while watching ESPN and relaxing in my chair, you'll bring me my slippers and then run my bath...And when I'm done with my bath, guess who's going to dress me and comb my hair?"
Woman: "The funeral director."
Friday, October 26, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
I know I'm falling madly in love with many perfumes a mile a minute now, but I think I've found another holy grail in the new Nina by Nina Ricci (by "new", I mean it's different from the original Nina, a classic from the '80s). This is a delicate apple blend with underlying sweet Gourmand elements, making it a fresh and airy candied apple-type of aroma. At first application, it goes on very candy-sweet, like a fruity Escada scent or literally like fruit punch. It quickly mellows into the most delightfully clean fruity floral accord with a pale cotton candy-ish toffee-patchouli base (actually, I don't get any patchouli from it at all, even though it's listed). As it dries down, it takes on a somewhat ozonic-musky vibe. Right now, I'm also getting a good deal of lilac or lily-like floralcy in the latter stages, a departure from its sugary beginnings.
(Edited to add) After a few hours, I find it a bit musky in a "clean" accord type of way, but it's not overwhelmingly so. To clarify, it has a candylike clean accord like Miss Dior Cherie but cleaner, not so Chypre, and to me, better balanced. I thought it would be too musky for me but I'm so glad I got it and I'll enjoy it this Fall. In fact, Nina has become my holy grail fresh Fruity Floral this year, and I may upgrade to a bigger bottle. I love this perfume so much, it's become my signature everyday scent, which is really something considering I've gone through hundreds of others to finally discover this one. It gets load of compliments from everyone everywhere I go.
(Image Source: www.prodejparfemu.cz)
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Marlen Harrison's Perfume Critic blog presents a new feature starting this Fall called "Perfume Pix by Rocker Chix". Sali Oguri will be the first Guest Contributor. Please stay tuned!
Click on the Perfume Critic banner to visit the international on-line magazine dedicated to olfaction & scent.
On 10/24/07, Sali writes: "Both music and perfume are architectural forms in space built with notes (pitch, or high and low) and time (in music, time is measured and we have rhythm--in perfume, there's the evaporation rate)..."
Click HERE to link directly to Sali's article.
As I'd expected, this is my favorite fragrance by Bond No.9 so far. I liked Chelsea Flowers (which is similar to Fresh Pink Jasmine to me, a light, aqueous rose) and Chinatown (a beautiful spicy-woody tuberose, like a higher-end Victoria's Secret Secret 33) but this new launch is right up my alley being a sensuous, bombshelly white floral cornucopia with beachy aspects. It's got a big personality and smells both classic and urbane to me. It's definitely a tuberose (gardenia) fragrance that leans towards being sweet but it's Floral (to the max), not too Gourmand even with a vanillic base. At first, it reminded me very strongly of Fracas (I believe I smell the jasmine in them both, and is there peach? It's a bit fruity-creamy) mixed with Carnal Flower because of the coconut note. It dries down very much like Estee Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia and Jo Malone Vintage Gardenia, a somewhat punchy and heady, aqueous (as opposed to powdery) and slightly candylike (like Versace Blonde or Jo Malone Tuberose) gardenia. I find it a bit too strong close up but I think the sillage it leaves is beautiful. I have quite a few samples to play with for awhile, but I might end up loving this scent enough to invest in one day.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Top Notes: Ruby Red Grapefruit, Bergamot, West Indian Mandarin Tree Blossom, High Altitude Laurel
Heart Notes: Boysenberry Bush Flower, Morning Dew Orchid, Melati Blossom
Base Notes: Hawaiian Wedding Flower, White Crinium Lily, Chinese Golden Magnolia, Spring Mimosa Blossoms
Saturday, October 20, 2007
What can I say about Dolce & Gabbana The One except I would crown it "mall scent of the decade"? I'm not kidding--I think it's a sexier, more distinctive fragrance than many top sellers such as Juicy Couture and Light Blue. Then again, you'd have to be into full-on florals with a voluptuous level of richness and a good deal of peach. This is the stuff I wish I had discovered before the launch of Pink Manhattan or I might not have bothered making a peach-vanilla-floral scent. It's *almost* that good ;-). The only difference between this and my concoction of dreams is that The One smells to me like it has a fair amount of rose in it (but maybe it's lily I smell), making it just slightly more flowery and for lack of a better word, perfumey to my nose. It also has a plum note which to me makes it smell slightly retro but in a good way--a dressy, glam way.
The One is a fabulous Fruity Floral with a white floral (jasmine) heart, some sweet Gourmand-Oriental elements (mainly vanilla), and a creamy richness without a lot of overwhelming musk. If I could take the most scrumptious parts of Isabey Gardenia and combine some Salvatore Ferragamo Incanto Charms and Lacoste Inspiration to it, I might come close. If Sicily was too heavy for you, The One is about as heavy. The peach note is a bit powdery, not really juicy and fresh but a bit like the peach I find in Etat Libre d'Orange Encens et Bubblegum. There's some fresh fruits in there, too, and oranginess making it sort of an easier-to-wear Chanel Allure, though another one that comes to mind is Adrienne Vittadini. Peaches-and-cream with a touch of mandarin orange and a traditional floral heart is how I'd describe it overall, and I think I may want a bottle before the year's out. Although my heart still belongs to Carnal Flower, The One might allow me to forget Isabey Gardenia for awhile.
Dolce & Gabbana The One (2006)
Top notes: mandarin, peach, bergamot, lychee
Heart notes: jasmine, muguet, madonna lily
Base notes: vanilla, amber, musk, vetiver, plum
Friday, October 19, 2007
The body lotion is also very nice if you prefer the scent in a slightly less concentrated formula.
(Image: Monyette Paris pure perfume oil, www.your-cosmetics.com)
It's 2 weeks till the gig and I'm rehearsing a new song, an emotional ballad-type rock tune I might unveil.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
The initial spritz quickly settled down to a nice texture: semi-powdery but dry, still sweet but not more than when it started, not too cloyingly heavy (for me, anyway) and not overly sporty fresh or detergentlike. Some online reviews have said it smelled musty and musky but I thought it smelled more clean (but not insipid) than like a dirty musk. Then again, it might be significantly more floral than some people had anticipated it to be. I'd say it smelled a bit on the romantic side, which often translates to being old-fashioned. There's nothing wrong with that, though, if you want your perfume to exude a little class and not smell like a simple fruity body spray. I'll have to test it again so I'll report back after my sample arrives.
(Edited to add) Well, I've had the chance to sample it again at Macy's and yes, it's very musky! I didn't notice it before, but tonight after I spritzed my hand more liberally with the tester, the musk kept getting stronger as the night wore on. It reminds me of being at an oil shop--I'd say it's a little bit headshoppy. (Edited to add again) My sample vial is here. The musk now reminds me of Etat Libre d'Orange Divin'enfant. Is it ambrette I smell? I can see how the musk can be too much because it's a deep, pervasive note and it carries. I still think it's one of the nicer new launches, so do give it a try.
...has top notes of red currant, pink freesia and apple blossom; a heart of frangipani, apricot nectar, blooming jasmine and passion rose, and a drydown of amber wood, sensual musk, cashmere wood, vanilla orchid and incense.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Isabey Gardenia was created in 1924. It smells like an Aldehydic Floral to me, with its characteristic creamy-powdery quality, topped by slightly soapy-peachy notes. It was born just a few years after Chanel No.5 (1921), the first Aldehydic Floral which became the epitome of a style all others would emulate. Soon after No.5 came Caron Nuit de Noel (1922), Lanvin Arpege (1927) and this reissued classic by Isabey (Panouge). At first, I didn't like it because it instantly reminded me of Balenciaga Le Dix, Van Cleef & Arpels First and other violetty Aldehydic Florals, but today as I'm testing a generous sample sent to me by a friend, I'm getting a much more contemporary feel from it, very much in my mind like Jill Stuart Vanilla Lust crossed with Bill Blass Nude. All in all, I've grown to love the soft, easy-to-approach, comforting caramelly sweetness of this white floral blend.
To me, Gardenia doesn't smell so much like gardenia as it does frangipani or tiare (Tahitian gardenia) mixed with rose, vanilla and woody violets or perhaps apricots, though it is more floral than straight Gourmand. It boldly traces the outline of an austere classical scent like Madame Rochas or White Linen without fully going there (I do get some moss). I wonder if I layered Guerlain Metallica with Comptoir Sud Pacifique Tiare or my latest passion, Frederic Malle Carnal Flower, whether that might capture the essence of Isabey Gardenia. Maybe I'd need to cross it with a touch of Donna Karan Cashmere Mist or Chanel Allure to be exact. The original mouth-blown pearl bottle with handmade box must have been something to behold.
(Image: Isabey Gardenia bottle, circa 1920s, www.ragoarts.com)
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Today, I tested Guerlain My Insolence from a peel-off sample and all I could think is, "They've finally sent Insolence off to electroshock therapy like they did in the 1940s and 1950s, so she could fit in with her peers, Very Irresistible, Miss Dior Cherie and all the rest of her parents' friends' children." It has no audacity left in it whatsoever and I have to wonder about the name, with the word "My" in that Dior-like dainty script font--all in that retro New Look way. The insolence of My Insolence is like the loudest voice one can muster being a barely audible yelp. It's well-mannered in a youthful, upscale mall scent way. On me it dries down caramelly-rich and flowery sweet, a bit fussy and thick, and not as au naturel a skin scent as the model in the ad might imply.
I really liked the opening notes. Whereas the original Insolence was a punchy violet, the tamed one is a soft, vanillic, fruity-floral blend (I'm getting rose), a sweet, pretty scent that somehow reminds me of my own Pink Manhattan (my version of pink and pop)...that is, until the patchouli shows up mingling with almond and it smells almost spot-on like Cacharel Gloria. I'll have to properly test this again from a bottle, but to me, it's so close to Gloria that my Gloria mini is gonna keep me happy when I feel like a soft and powdery, patchouli-based, vanillic-marzipan sweet fruity floral. Given the choice, I prefer Gloria.
It's worth a sniff so do give it a try. Just remember to give Gloria a spin on the ole pink cadillac, too.
Sunday, October 07, 2007
I'm getting myself ready for my gig on Sat., Nov. 3 at R Bar on Bowery, NYC and getting through these unusually warm October days wearing Amoureuse and Carnal Flower. I love them both so much right now, and I know I'll eventually have to own more than samples and decants of both. Meanwhile, I'm incredibly grateful for what I've got. I've also been toying around with layering experiments which I generally don't get into but now and then, it's fun. I thought Hermes Rouge and Lavanila Pure Vanilla was a pretty inspired combination (kind of reminded me of Chamade) until I detected too much white musk in the Lavanila--not sure what to make of that since it shouldn't have any white musk in it, right? I tested them both separately and got the musky note from the Lavanila alone, so go figure. My wonderful online pals totally hooked me up (!!) and I've got more exquisite samples that take my breath away and whisk me off on journeys to the ends of the Earth while I shut out much of the real world trying to find peace of mind as the day approaches. I'm very grateful to everyone who's given of their precious time to care about me, all in their different ways.
Aside from that, I'm interested these days in finding out my Myers Briggs type (I often come up INTJ which I can relate to but I sometimes FEEL like ESFP). (Edited to add: I wrote more on the topic of Myers-Briggs here). I'm happily wearing Amoureuse tonight and it might take me all the way to the gig date. The Fred Kimmel Show is at 7pm and Sali Oguri Female-Fronted Rocktronica Show at 8pm--any radio promotions, website, blog or word-of-mouth promo through friends would be greatly appreciated. Why couldn't the world be smaller so we could all meet in NY? I hope to meet some new faces and look forward to seeing familiar ones!
(Image: R Bar interior, www.goingout101.com)
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
I think I'm dreading the coming of cold weather here in NY!
Parfums DelRae - Amoureuse (2002)
Notes on Beautyhabit.com:
A sublime and femininely romantic floral scent, inspired by the wonderfully seductive and fragrant Victorian Box trees that line so many streets in San Francisco. This is the classic duality of floral and green.
Notes: tangerine, cardamom, tuberose, jasmine, cedar moss and honey.
(There's no mention of pittosporum but that's what I smell.)