Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Sali Oguri Persephone Perfume--Red Hot Summer Sale

Red Hot Summer Sale! So Hot It Burned the Devil's Tail! From Tuesday, July 31 to Wednesday, August 8, take $10 off plus get free shipping on full (1/4 fl. oz.) and half size (1/8 fl/ oz.) bottles of Sali Oguri Unreleased Mix aka Persephone with code REDHOT. Get free shipping on sample purchases (1/32 fl. oz. half-filled due to concentration of oil, 2 per customer maximum) with code FREESHIP. Just type the code along with your email order to persephone@salioguri.com and enjoy the rest of Summer '07! Sali Oguri's second perfume, Unreleased Mix aka Persephone is a follow-up to her bestselling cult fragrance, Pink Manhattan. Persephone is a fresh and velvety warm, intoxicating Floral Oriental-Fruity blend of hyacinth, magnolia, blackberry, pomegranate, dark chocolate, amber and pure Mysore sandalwood to tantalize the senses. Let your devilish side unfurl. For more info, visit www.wujproductions.com Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

If hot, sleek and sexy isn't your style, go Boho chic: From Monday July 30 through to Tuesday August 7, take advantage of a 20% discount off everything at www.rich-hippie.com, including bottles of the brand new Groovy scent. Groovy, their newest addition to the unisex line, has notes of Madagascan Mandravasarota Leaf, Canadian Black Spruce, French Grand Fir, Croatian Juniper Berry, French Cypress Leaf and Croatian Lavender Bud. Rich Hippie says, "Just one spritz and it will be John and Yoko all over again as you leave everyone else trailing behind in the cool stakes". Proceed to check out and to ensure your discount type GROOVY (capped up) into the discount code box.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Sali Oguri "Private Dreams" From Pink Manhattan CD #1 Dance Song on Broadjam!

New York's hot new emerging recording artist, singer-songwriter Sali Oguri holds the #1 position in Electronic Dance on Broadjam! With this song, Sali has also re-entered the New York Top 10 chart today. "Private Dreams" is the track that's shaking up the world by storm. Due to popular demand, Sali will perform this song when she hits the stage again this Fall. Please stay tuned for updates!! Visit www.salioguri.comPhoto Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

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Délices de Cartier Eau Fruitée

Renowned jeweller and watchmaker Cartier has launched a new perfume, a follow-up to their luscious Délices de Cartier called Délices de Cartier Eau Fruitée. As you may have guessed from the name and packaging (a paler pink), it's a lighter, Fruity Floral version of the original Délices. The original Delices featured a cherry note; this time, the piece de resistance is rhubarb. I'm sampling it now and I can tell you that I don't detect as much white musk in it as I did in the original, which is a good thing in my book, but my musk perception could change depending on the day.

What I do smell in it is the new accord I like to call "Pez", or the candylike, powdery-tart flowery scent that "pops" off the skin in an unapologetically Juicy Couture-ish kind of way. This is the aspect of the scent that makes it smell very trendy but also linear; however, I also smell in it fresh spiciness which gives it spunk and a classic Cartier character, the sleek and sexy motif I became familiar with in perfumes that came long before it such as Must and Panthere (I especially adore the latter).

It's much more casual than those two which are formal, classic scents but I like that it seems like an urbane number, convertible enough to work within an active, varied lifestyle. Délices de Cartier Eau Fruitée is a meeting of many worlds: it's one part "clean" (like a detergent scent), another part "sweet" (fruits and flowers with a touch of vanilla) and it's got a whole lot of self-confidence brimming with energetic, straightforward attitude--plus this scent will travel from day-into-night because as mainstream as it is, Cartier is glamourous and never a wallflower. Once again, I applaude the lovely glass atomizer samples Cartier produces because glass is the loveliest way to showcase any beautiful, worthy perfume creation.

Caron Nocturnes

One of my earliest perfume memories is that I fell in love with Nocturnes bath gelee as a child. It came with one of my mother's perfume purchases and boy, am I glad I happened to be a little girl with a flair for the dramatic. I'd already had it in my heart to grow up to be a singer, and didn't every singer take luxurious perfumed baths? Before Nocturnes, I didn't really care about perfume but I have loved perfume ever since that day I believe my eyes were opened.

I found this description on FragranceWholesale.com:

...Nocturnes for Women was created by Caron in 1981. Nocturnes Perfume by Caron is a modernized version of Nuit de Noel blending jasmine, ylang-ylang, musk, and rose...

Jan Moran's notes:
Nocturnes de Caron (Floral - Aldehyde) 1981
Top: Aldehydes, bergamot, mandarin, greens
Heart: Rose, jasmine, ylang-ylang, tuberose, stephanotis, lily of the valley, orris, cyclamen
Base: Vanilla, amber, musk, sandalwood, vetiver, benzoin

I have seen it maligned as being too "soapy", or "old ladyish", but that's a mossy Aldehydic Floral for you. There is that pesky skin cream note (like Nivea or La Mer) that can turn me off, but with new obsessions in my life such as Une Fleur de Cassie and KenzoAmour, I'm in the mood for woodsy-creamy aldehydes. Nocturnes is a citrusy-powdery, white floral (stephanotis) blend, among the freshest, most alluring ways to wear sandalwood. I think it leans towards the orange spectrum and Alfred Sung Encore comes to mind. Nocturnes doesn't bear much resemblance to its mother perfume. Its predecessor, Nuit de Noel (1922), is comparatively richer, more densely powdery with mossy, chypratic nuances like Chanel No.5 (1921) except heavier, woodsier and less sweet. Nocturnes is an early '80s beauty, a semi-classical Floral Oriental (woody), a masterpiece as far as modern-classical, neither-here-nor-there fusion florals go: luminous (a little transparent), retro glam (a little mossy), and nicely, smoothly blended. As refreshing as it is, it never veers into sportiness; it retains its character: a fine French perfume.

One day, not long after I'd discovered Nocturnes bath gelee, I found an eau de toilette bottle of Nocturnes at a school fundraising bazaar. I was so ecstatic to see it there but I hadn't saved enough allowance to buy it, even though I really wanted it, so I spent it all on some other perfume, only to spritz it once and regret it. "Hmm", I thought, "both are French, yet they're so incredibly different!".

(Image: www.cyrielleparfums.site.voila.fr)

Monday, July 23, 2007

Lavanila Pure Vanilla

I like it. I'm sure I'll wear it more often than the Vanilla Grapefruit one. It's a sumptuous, densely powdery vanilla with some floralcy and possibly some patchouli--airy but rich, heavy and soft, almost like Fragonard Vanille but much lighter and sweeter. The list of ingredients on the box didn't match the fragrance notes listed on Sephora's site, but then I saw the one ingredient listed as "botanical fragrance blend" that pretty much covered them all. Pure Vanilla ends up smelling like a waffle cone on me, and the scent lasts almost for an entire day. I wish Lavanila would release all three scents as small roll-ons.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

État Libre d’Orange Divin'enfant

I am starting to love this, even though I think it's very ambrette-musky with concentrated sweetness in the vein of Rochas Byzance and Carolina Herrera 212 Sexy: a tad...no, a lot on the heavy side. It could also be perceived as being like Lolita Lempicka. However, Divin'enfant is unique to me in that it's also (somehow) airy and mischievous at once, like a cotton candy cloud carrying Cupid across the sky. Tobacco makes it dry and not too baby powdery. No; this is not the powdery scent of "talc for a baby's bum" at all (talc which we no longer use because we shouldn't breathe that stuff--try the A&D ointment hospitals use). Divin'enfant is a super-low-pitched yet wearable, not-too-perfumey, not-too-foody, not-too-boozy scent--a sophisticated Gourmand. I think it's an architectural masterpiece--albeit a modern Pop number--that lives up to the shock value hype of the new cutting edge niche line.

Notes on Basenotes.net
État Libre d’Orange Divin'enfant (2006): orange blossom, rose, amber, musk, leather, tobacco

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Comme des Garçons Series 3: Incense - Avignon

I thought I'd never find another incense to steal my heart but along comes Avignon. Redolent of Gothic atmosphere, it's similar to my other love, L'Artisan Parfumeur L'Humeur A Rien, but drier, more linear, a modern take on Old World incense. I get mostly frankincense and myrrh, and perhaps a touch of rose (?) mingling with patchouli to make one supremely pungent, smoky, earthy scent. Frankincense is a smell I associate with visiting Catholic churches, a scent I used to think was too strong to really enjoy, but it's different when I smell it in minute amounts as opposed to smelling it in massive amounts the way some churches I've visited fumigated the room with it. Avignon is still a very heavy scent and not how I want to smell all the time, but if incense is what I crave, I can't think of anything more gratifying for my perfume-loving soul. As it turns out, on days when I don't feel like wearing it on my skin, it makes one sublime room scent.

Comme des Garçons Avignon (2002)
Notes on Lucky Scent: Roman chamomile, cistus oil, elemi, incense, vanilla, patchouli, palisander, ambrette seeds

Friday, July 20, 2007

Documentary Film CAMPAIGN by Kazuhiro Soda To Premiere In New York

Independent filmmaker Kazuhiro Soda's feature documentary CAMPAIGN (SENKYO) will be premiered in New York tomorrow, Saturday July 21, 4:30PM at Asia Society Rose Hall (8th floor), 725 Park Ave. (70th St.). The director will be there for Q&A.

CAMPAIGN is now being released in 20 cities across Japan. CAMPAIGN will also be invited to Cinema Digital Seoul 2007 Film Festival (CinDi 2007): July 21(Sat) 11:00, July 26(Thur) 16:00 with Q&A.

Visit the CAMPAIGN website: (English) or (Japanese).

Kiehl's Musk Oil--A New York Aphrodisiac

I missed the Kiehl's Musk craze back when the word on the street was that Kate Moss favored this fragrance, but I recently had the chance to test the oil and I gotta say, it's one potent musk! I can't help but think of farm animals and toe cheese--it's definitely animalic (though synthetic) and a tiny bit goes a long way. However, I think the right chemistry can pull this off, and there certainly are die hard fans of this legendary fragrance. The type of musk I smell here reminds me of Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido Muscs Koublaï Khän, an intense, low-pitched, pungent musk with a heart of rose. If you're into MKK, you might find Kiehl's Musk an affordable replacement. Kiehl's Original Musk Oil was originally known as "Love Oil". Check out the website and read about its history so intertwined with New York's downtown scene. www.kiehls.com

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Les Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle Une Fleur de Cassie

What a wonderful perfume this is, although for me, it was an acquired taste. I find it very dry and sharp but the sweetness is just right for me, thanks to Dominique Ropion whose perfume creations have included powerflorals such as Givenchy Amarige and Carnal Flower. The overall composition of this scent keeps my interest as it reveals layer upon layer. It took more than a few tries for me to appreciate because it starts out punchy-sharp and watery, like a fresh vegetable being pulled out of the dirt. That's not what I desire smelling of, plus that kind of scent seems to pop off the top layer of my skin like a fauvist experiment, but it evolves into a sophisticated, powdery-sweet, musky woods scent that radiates off my skin with a slightly au naturale BO twist. I think it's a very well-balanced composition, although I probably will not upgrade from this sample because the final dry down on me is pretty much straight woods and it pulls back on sweetness (my verdict may of course change with further testing). Edited to add: I want a bottle now.

I would compare it to Iris Poudre but this is more delicate and more wearable for me, although it's still rich rather than a light and refreshing scent. I find it also shares similarities with Chanel Bois des Iles, a dry, powdery-woodsy Aldehydic Floral. To me, Une Fleur de Cassie has a honey-like muskiness, a bit strange and animalic like L'Artisan Parfumeur Orchidee Blanche. I also find it a bit spicy and stimulating, like an almond scent, but this I know is the effect of high quality sandalwood. The addition of cedar makes the woody base bolder, wearable by men and women. If you like fresh florals (mimosas in particular) and musky woods, I think Une Fleur de Cassie is an exceptional one to try.

Notes on www.editionsdeparfums.com
Une Fleur de Cassie (2000)
Bergamot orange, Rose, Violet, Cassie Absolute, Mimosa Absolute, Jasmine Absolute, Clove, Cumin, Apricot, Aldehydes, Salicylate, Musk Cetone, Cedar, Sandalwood

Notes from www.lamurefavorite.com
Bergamot, aldehydes, rose, violet, acacia absolute, sandalwood, cedar, musk, vanilla

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Monday, July 16, 2007


Guerlain Jicky: Created in 1889 by Aimé Guerlain, it's regarded as a pioneer scent in Western Perfumery being among the first to successfully incorporate synthetics to create a complex, modern perfume. However, as complex as this fragrance is, it smells simple and effortlessly chic to me. I've read many reviews that reflected and vindicated my thoughts about Jicky having a cold, stone-like character, but I also find a subtle gingerbread-like sweetness and warmth about it. It's often called an Oriental fragrance and it most certainly is if you tune into the tonka-infused, husky leathery animalic muskiness, but it's also a brisk Aromatic Fougere. Fougere is a fragrance family often reserved for men's fragrances (such as Brut). I wouldn't say Jicky smells like Brut but it certainly smells like it could suit anyone who favored a somewhat offbeat, clean-and-fuzzy yet substantial, refined and classic scent.

Today, I'm wearing Parfum de Toilette (EDP) from a generous decant from a lovely friend, which somehow I find more floral than the EDT and parfum. As much as I love all three versions, I might get the EDP before I shell out for parfum again. With all the leather perfumes being discontinued this year (Parure, Derby and Dzing (rumored only the small size will be)), I can't help but wonder if Jicky in any form will hang around to be discovered by another generation of devoted fans.

Speaking of Fougere, I'm eager to smell some of the newer Fougeres cropping up for women now, like the new Sarah Jessica Parker Covet which someone recently compared to Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche (which would make sense since Eau Fraiche smelled very aftershave-cool and herbaceous to me), but Jicky is the original archetype, an exceptional perfume with a great history to be experienced at least once. Sometimes I think of Jicky as being Shalimar broken down--Jicky is to Shalimar what a harp is to a piano, and if a harp is a piano in the nude, then Jicky is the essence of Shalimar, or the bombshell on an au naturale kind of day.

Celeb users: Brigitte Bardot, Sean Connery, Jackie O

Notes according to Basenotes:
Guerlain Jicky (1889)
Top Notes: Lemon, Mandarin, Bergamot, Rosewood
Middle Notes: Orris, Jasmin, Patchouli, Rose, Vetiver
Base Notes: Leather, Amber, Civet, Tonka, Incense, Benzoin

Notes on Guerlain.com
head notes : lavender, rosemary, bergamot
heart notes : rose, fern harmony (aromatic notes, earthy forest note and pelargonium), tonka bean
base notes : woody notes, vanilla, opoponax

Michael Edwards' notes:
Top Notes: Lavender, bergamot, rosemary, rosewood
Heart: Geranium, jasmine, rose
Base: Tonka bean, opopanax, vanilla, coumarin

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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Lavanila Vanilla Grapefruit

Lavanila makes simple scents of which there are 3; Vanilla Grapefruit is one of them, and aside from the large spray bottles, it comes in a small roll-on which is slim and rectangular, adorned with a hot pink fleur-de-lys and so very cute and convenient. My guess is that they're selling well out of Sephora and I've got one in my bag now, too. Vanilla Grapefruit isn't something I want to wear all the time because even though it's simple, it has that post-Angel mainstream "Pink Sugar'" vibe, but it's a fun change from the more serious perfumes I tend to wear. It has a sort of heavy, densely powdery vanilla base (reminds me of D&G Sicily) that feels sort of voluptuous like an '80s Floral Oriental but the top notes are a bit sharp and grapefruity (imagine a more vanillic Baby Doll or CK IN2U or a softer Brit Red). Apparently I'm not smelling any grapefruit in here as it's not listed but there's some kakadu plum fruit extract which I'm guessing lends the punchy sweetness. I'm eager to try more of these all-natural scents, and I will try their other two, Pure Vanilla and Vanilla Blossom next. Not all natural companies can make scents that smell this good but this is sweet enough to remind me of Molinard Vanille or Mure.

(Image: Spehora.com)

Friday, July 13, 2007

Sali Oguri Unreleased Mix aka Persephone Perfume--A New Look

New York's independent singer-songwriter Sali Oguri's Persephone perfume is a sensual composition balancing glamour and passion with modernity and freshness. A stunningly delicate Gourmand-Floral, Persephone is an olfactory jewel, a refined yet devilish melange of pomegranate, blackberry, Mysore sandalwood, amber, hyacinth and dark chocolate. Since its exclusive launch at Sali's musical performances at rock venues including the legendary CBGB in the Bowery and Siberia in Hell's Kitchen, Sali Oguri Unreleased Mix aka Persephone perfume oil has entered a new era in a darker hue. Persephone perfume is still the same captivating arrangement of notes that rocked the local scene, true to original form: an inspired luxury skin scent of dreams, mixed and decanted by hand into a glass teardrop bottle loosely bound by a gold cord. Visit WUJ Productions.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Guerlain Metallica Revisited

I know Guerlain Metallica in the iconic Napoleonic Bee bottle is all silver-foil glitziness but if I were to describe the color (s) of this fragrance, I'd say peachy pink like Nanadebary, but with more golden honey and cinnamon spice browns and creams weaving through. Don't get me wrong; I like the metallic tones very much, as I'm all for glamour. I'm wearing Metallica today and I'm glad this is still in production even if it's being produced under the name "Metalys" instead; the new bee bottle with a simple bow looks soft enough to be marketed as a Women's fragrance now. However, I prefer the more powerful gilded presentation for myself so I'll stick to my beloved Metallica for as long as I could find it.

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Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido Fumerie Turque

Fumerie Turque by Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido is intense yet cool and I love it. It's warm and ambery (vanillic-leathery, reminds me of Molinard Habanita but this is more chic), slightly heavy but smoky-sweet with a touch of dried fruit and honey like a hookah pipe aroma, though it's also controlled and modern at the same time. Fumerie Turque is everything I want in a scent: sweet, airy powdery with a dry, aloof character--it starts out strangely medicinal (which used to turn me off so much, I never thought I'd grow to like it) and ends a delectable (sweetly Gourmand), finely powdered, sublime ambery warm (with a cool, smooth, powdery top layer) skin scent. I've been asked if I was wearing Chanel No.5 while wearing this (and I love that about this scent!), which tells me it's very powdery on me. It has just the right amount of cinnamon & clove-type of spiciness, and the semi-dirty musky rose dry down is a bit boozy like Vivienne Westwood Boudoir but lighter and more wearable for me. It is a quintessential Oriental and my favorite Serge Lutens fragrance--it's also one of my top favorites of all time. There is a certain deep, meditative serenity about it as well.

Many thanks to Chris Sheldrake for creating such a divine perfume.

Friday, July 06, 2007

Laurence Dumont Tarte aux Myrtilles

I almost confused this heavenly scent with Laurence Dumont Vanille Blueberry (which I don't know if I've tested before or not), but the blueberry tart or pie, Tarte aux Myrtilles, is only sold online at Sephora France, and I don't know if that means it's an exclusive to France but will continue being produced and sold, or that it's being discontinued and what's left in stores will sell out. If the latter is true, I may need to stockpile! It's not a complex perfume; I smell exactly what's listed: Lemon, Blueberry, Caramel, Violet, Vanilla, Butter.

I actually don't get much lemon, but the combination of blueberry and violet reminds me of Guerlain Insolence but with less violet. It's quite sweet, but not as sweet as, say, Flowerbomb or Pink Sugar. It's like a combination of Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Peche with a whole lot of blueberry juice. The balance between cake and blueberries is perfect, very evocative of the traditional French dessert. I hope I could buy this in the US for a long time to come--it's really a great casual scent--soft, sweet, fresh and mellow, my Summer '07 favorite.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Peter Max

Meeting Peter Max was probably one of the greatest highlights of my life so far. I remember being at his studio, admiring Flag With a Heart among other heart motif paintings he was doing at the time, and what an intense, yet warm, presence he had. Aside from being tall, dark and handsome, he was also very nice. He'd shared a little bit about his memories of China where he had spent his formative years. One thing I won't forget is how he'd said he never knew the difference between himself and "his people", and how he still doesn't see such differences between humans in general. The great psychedelic artist famous for (correction: The Beatles Yellow Submarine is often attributed to him but was actually done by Heinz Edelmann) and a section of the Berlin Wall has always been ahead of his time. Visit Peter Max's official site at www.petermax.com

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Rich Hippie Psychedelic

Rich Hippie says: Sensual, lush, mysterious and romantic with extracts of organic Madagascan vanilla bean, organic Madagascan ginger root and organic sweet orange peel.

This is the Rich Hippie fragrance for Gourmand lovers--if you like sweet orange vanilla creamsicles. I can do the orange thing once in awhile, although I'll admit vanilla with orange has never been a personal favorite flavor-odor combination. However, I like the combination better than chocolate with orange, and if I were to pick another Rich Hippie scent to buy, Psychedelic would be it. The lasting power is so-so (the most tenacious one seems to be Marrakech so far, and it's a very musky honeyed rose, the "Schiaparelli Shocking!" of the line) but as far as creamsicles go, it is the Rolls Royce among them all. It's a perfectly balanced blend from top to bottom and the sweetness is just right, scrumptious and mild, overall a fragrance that's sunshiney bright without being brassy. It's nice to know that a natural perfumery was able to create something that reminds me of The Exact Friction of Stars. Psychedelic gets a resounding "yum"!

Monday, July 02, 2007

Have a Happy and Safe July 4th.

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Woodstock, Bohemian Wedding, Rich Hippie, Bliss

Woodstock is one of the Rich Hippie fragrances that reminds me of a few others in the line, namely the ones with citrus top notes and floral hearts on earthy bases. I think Woodstock smells like Bohemian Wedding, and they share similarities with Bliss and Rich Hippie. At first sniff, I would probably mistake them all as being the same, except each scent blooms with its own character when worn. I probably won't run out and buy any one of these, but that's only because I'm not huge on citrusy rose-based florals. Out of the four, Rich Hippie is the most rose-dominated and the heaviest, followed by Bliss, a sprightly combination of Tunisian citrus (which smells to me like yuzu) with rose that dries down musky. Woodstock and Bohemian Wedding are lighter, powdery candied citrus florals with less rose. Bohemian Wedding is earthier than Woodstock, and in that respect I think Bohemian Wedding resembles Rich Hippie very much. Woodstock is closer in feeling to the candied yuzu Floral that is Bliss to me, just not as sweet.

Rich Hippie Woodstock: Deep, earthy, romantic, spiritual and meditative featuring Frankincense Resin from Oman, Ethiopian Myrrh, Indian Sandalwood and light extracts of Madagascan Ylang Ylang, Rose Petal and Rose Geranium. www.rich-hippie.com