Friday, August 31, 2007

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Sali Oguri Unreleased Mix a.k.a. Persephone Reviewed On Noteworthy Fragrances

Sali Oguri Unreleased Mix aka Persephone perfume is featured today on Noteworthy Fragrances! "All Dressed Up With No Place To Go", a ballad of mine on Sali Oguri Pink Manhattan CD has also received rave reviews! Many thanks to Joyce for her heartfelt perspective on all that I do in music and perfume. Click here to read the review.

Cacharel Amor Amor & Gloria: A Comparative Review

I'd had a whirlwind relationship with Amor Amor when I first discovered it. Sweet, fresh, upbeat and warm, it was like I couldn't wear enough of it. Then, in a matter of days, the passion ended. What was it about the sexy and mysterious blend that got to me? I blame the white musk which dries down on me like a sweaty BO note mixed with ozonic laundry detergent smell. Something about this type of musk reminds me of the headiness of lilies, only the floralcy is missing. I still love everything else about it: the spicy breadlike aroma mixed with a touch of orange, vanilla and white florals, maybe a little rose but not enough to annoy me. I'm sensitive to rose these days--almost as much as I'm sensitive to white musk and ozone.

I long to find a substitute for Amor Amor. I've tried popular suggestions such as Deep Red which was OK until it turned too ozonic on me; Chopard Madness I thought was also OK but it didn't leave much impact, and Ghost was a total no-go because I found it too medicinal. Finally, I found some reviews that said Gloria in the same Cacharel line is similar, so I bought a mini on the net and here I am trying to figure out whether I love it or like it or what.

Gloria is definitely similar, but rosier, richer and more flowery or "perfumey" compared to Amor Amor to me. The first impression I got was that of a candylike floral, bringing to mind Juicy Couture and Chanel Chance. Then, it got very sweet and thick, a bit reminiscent of Brit Red, Lavanila Vanilla and Sicily, and I started detecting almond (Amaretto) and honey mingling with a soft, caramelly note. I smell cedar in it, and I could swear I smell patchouli but it's not listed. It's quite peppery sharp and gives me a jolt like Brit, Nu, Frapin 1270 or Pasteum Rose. I'm also getting a dryness, like tobacco. All in all, I'd say it resembles Amor Amor, except it's not as fresh and fruity. To me, Amor Amor is more Gourmand than Floral Oriental but fresh and citrusy with florals as supporting roles. Gloria seems to be more of a rose-focused, peppery-woody, densely sweet and powdery Floral Oriental. I think it's sweeter than Amor Amor overall; maybe the additional sweetness I perceive is due to its density.

The best part of Gloria is that it has none of the sporty-ozonic, and very little of the white musk character of Amor Amor. I might be making the switch soon; however, it's going to be a temporary love affair anyway because Gloria, like Amor Amor, is discontinued.


Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Persephone Perfume Is On Vacation

Well, it's actually I who will be on vacay for just a week, but I won't be able to take orders for Persephone till I'm back on Tuesday, August 28th. Thank you for your patience! ;-)

Monday, August 20, 2007

Last Minute Summer Picks

Summer's almost over, but there's still time to enjoy what's left of it! Here are a couple of great finds that might inspire unforgettable moments on the beach or at the club, or wherever you may find yourself before September rolls in...

Creative Scentualization Perfect Kiss: I love discovering indie lines such as this one that offer unique and nice-smelling blends I can relate to. This is a stunning new chocolate blend that's light and floral, simple and easy to wear. It reminds me of a cross between Kate Spade EDP and Comme des Garçons Spicy Cocoa. It's a bit like Jo Malone Blue Agava & Cacao, too, but it features white florals (honeysuckle). If you're still looking for that perfect crisp Floral with a twist, try this--I highly recommend it! Available in pure perfume oil and EDP (eau de parfum).

CB I Hate Perfume--Secret History--At the Beach 1966: There are different versions of this scent. I've tried the water-based one and the pure parfum oil. Both are good, but I get more musk from the concentrated oil version. You may prefer that; I think I like the lighter, less musky water version better. Anyway, this is a "still life" type of scent in that it really smells like the beach atmosphere. I close my eyes and imagine what Coppertone suntan oil mixed with the warm sun in the sand and salty air might have smelled like in the Summer of '66.


Marc Jacobs Daisy Sample

Many thanks to a very sweet and thoughtful member on Makeupalley who posted this: Click Here for a free Marc Jacobs Daisy sample! (Edited to add: Sorry it's only valid in the USA :-( ) (Edited to add) Update: Someone who signed up for one got hers today and says it's a scented piece of paper. :-/

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Frapin 1270

What a love affair I've had with the woods this summer! I might be at the end of this phase now, but I couldn't move on without discovering Frapin 1270, a gorgeous woody Gourmand Oriental by the cognac company. The actual juice isn't as red as it appears in the pic I posted, but a golden (orange-tinged) blond shade. The notes listed on Lucky Scent's website are as follows: exotic woods, spice, raisin, vine flowers, pepper, candied orange, nut, hazelnut, prune, cocoa, coffee, leather, woods, white honey, vanilla. In my experience, cedar dominates, backed by white musk which, honestly, tends to turn me off, but in this scent, I find it bearable for a time. This is a sharp, peppery scent, and sometimes I think it gives me a headache it's so sharp, yet I can't stay away from the warm, boozy, sexy and sensuous mix that it is. This is nighttime stuff, so keep it away from the toddlers. It really is like cognac as perfume: rich, bodacious, sophisticated and flavorful.

The cocoa notes fade fairly quickly and the sweetness pulls back upon approaching dry down. The honey in it isn't too much--I don't think it ever gets sweet enough to cloy, but then again, I tend to prefer sweet scents. For example, Botrytis, which it's often compared to, is too sweet for me, but this isn't. I can also find it similar to my own Persephone blend, except my blend isn't as boldly wooded or spicy. At times, I think I'm smelling Messe de Minuit or Sushi Imperiale (!) but Frapin 1270 is a sweeter, more contemporary mixture. Frapin 1270 is the kind of scent I could relax into as the air gets cooler and I start thinking about hot apple cider or mulled wine and browsing at the Farmer's Market--it's autumn in New York right around the corner. Of course, there's nothing wrong with enjoying it right now.


Thursday, August 16, 2007

The Romance Commandos Will Perform Tomorrow!

The Romance Commandos
Friday, August 17th
Back Room at The Goldhawk
936 Park Ave (corner of 10th Street)
Hoboken, NJ
no cover

Directions from Manhattan: Click Here

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Sali Joins The Romance Commandos

Many thanks to The Romance Commandos for letting me join the most beautiful train wreck of a band! Come check out The Romance Commandos this Friday in Hoboken, NJ. Sali will sing backgrounds with a groovy lil' bippity-boppity voice section for the legendary singer-leader Tom Vincent, who will be performing such obscure numbers as Testify, Little Italy Rag, L.A. Freeway and more! Now, a word from our great leader himself:

Potential Commando audience:

Remember how I said last time that I’d send out a reminder about the Romance Commando show this Friday? I almost forgot.

Surprisingly, the lineup of players hasn’t changed one bit since the last notice. A good omen.

Also, as most of you are certainly aware, the Romance Commandos usually play on Thursday nights for reasons I’d rather not go into right now, but even restraining orders expire eventually and we’ve made our peace with Friday night again.

So come join the party that, in some ways, began at rehearsal last night.

Just between you and me, I’m terrified that everyone will be on vacation or en route to some lovely beach house I can’t afford to even look at out the car window, which is why I’ve arranged to have a couple of sun lamps set up and the floor covered with sand. It’ll be just like being on the beach on some planet in a multi-sun solar system. Hopefully the trompe l’oeil of Wakiki Beach will be finished for show time.

Here's the lineup:
Tom Vincent - ersatz leader
Annalee Van Kleeck - Vocals
Bianca bob Miller - Vocals
Sali Oguri - Vocals
James MacMillan - Bass
Paul Moschella - Drums
Rob Focht - Keyboards
Neal Pawley - Trombone
Andy Goessling - Reeds 'n' Things
Larry Capoli - Guitar

And here's the poop all in one place:
The Romance Commandos
Friday, August 17th
8:30pm to 11-ish
Back Room at The Goldhawk
936 Park Ave (corner of 10th Street)
Hoboken, NJ
no cover
Hope you can make it,

Tom Vincent has been doing one thing or another on stage for about 30 years that he is aware of. His band, The Romance Commandos, is a loose association of musicians with an even looser approach to performing. The result has been occasionally delighting and mystifying dozens of fans in the intimate back room at the Goldhawk Lounge in Hoboken for the past couple of years.

(Image sources: No Fire Cuts City Coalition (FDNY), Bianca Bob Bbob Films, Portrait of Tom Vincent by Annalee Van Kleeck

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Serge Lutens Vétiver Oriental

How could I describe this bizarre perfume except to say it reminds me of Fumerie Turque without heat? I'm getting sweet and deep but cool with a hint of rubber. I don't get a lot of vetiver from it but that makes it easier for me to wear. Overall, I'd say Vetiver Oriental smells like it would suit a man, but a woman who likes thoroughly urban scents, who doesn't care for anything too flowery could definitely pull it off. If vetiver ever became my favorite note, I think this would be my pick. It's earthy and green but sweet enough to appeal to Gourmand lovers. Now I'm in the mood for kusamochi--that's what it reminds me of--one eaten at a tire shop.


Tuesday, August 07, 2007

A Jewish Actor

This was a forward from a friend. It's a joke I particularly liked...

Moishe, a Jewish actor is so down and out, he's ready to take any acting gig that he can find. Finally, he gets a lead, a classified ad that says, "Actor needed to play an ape." "I could do that," says Moishe.

To his surprise, the employer turns out to be the Central Park Zoo in New York. Owing to mismanagement, the zoo has spent so much money renovating the grounds and improving the habitat, they can no longer afford to import the ape to replace the recently deceased one, so, until they can, they'll put an actor in an ape suit.

Out of desperation, Moishe takes the offer. At first, his conscience keeps nagging him, that he is being dishonest by fooling the zoo-goers. Moishe also feels undignified in the ape suit, stared at by the crowds who watch his every move. But after a few days on the job, he begins to enjoy all the attention and starts to put on a show for all the zoo-goers. Moishe hangs upside down from the branches by his legs, swinging about on the vines, climbing up the cage walls and roaring with all his might, while beating on his chest. Soon, he's drawing a sizable crowd.

One day, when Moishe is swinging on the vines to show off to a group of school kids, his hand slips and he goes flying over the fence into the neighboring cage, the lion's den.

Terrified, Moishe backs up as far from the approaching lion as he can, covers his eyes with his paws and prays at the top of his lungs, "Shama Yisroel Adonoi Elah einu, Adonoi Achud!"

The lion opens his powerful jaws and roars the response, "Baruch Shem K'vod Malchuso L'olam Va'ed"

From a nearby cage, a panda yells, "Shut up you schmucks, you'll get us all fired."

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Fred Kimmel "Jazz Bad" Enters Production - Female Vocals Top 10 at Broadjam!

Rock Electronica & Soundtrack Producer-Artist Fred Kimmel's Drum 'N Bass phenomenon "Jazz Bad" featuring Sali Oguri's dexterous scat vocals is back on the indie charts today.

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"Jazz Bad" has entered the Production - Female Vocals Top 10 at Broadjam!
"Jazz Bad" has entered the Production - Up Tempo Top 10 at Broadjam!
"Jazz Bad" has entered the Electronic Top 10 at Broadjam!
"Jazz Bad" has entered the Northeast Top 10 at Broadjam!
"Jazz Bad" has entered the New York Top 10 at Broadjam!

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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Guerlain Chamade

Chamade roughly means "the beating of the drum" (as a call to retreat or surrender), and to me, that's exactly what this grand perfume feels like to wear, thanks to a copious amount of sandalwood that lends a subtly stimulating effect. Each time I wear Chamade, especially in pure parfum, I feel the velvety, sumptuous, luxuriously dense character of this composition, the "thumpity thump" that must surely be the sign of excitement brought upon by a true, otherworldly love--perfume love, that is. All in all, Chamade is a very retro scent: florid and green (hyacinth, galbanum, blackcurrant bud) and aldehydic (powdery and skin cream-smooth), voluptuous, soapy yet heavy, not something I like to wear all the time, but it has surprising, spicy accents and a traditional floral heart that gives way to a delicately smouldering, warm and soft, suggestive and slightly pungent, naughty dry down. It's yet another Jean-Paul Guerlain creation I couldn't live without. If you could imagine bits and pieces of Chanel No.5, Pierre Balmain Ivoire, Guerlain Samsara, Estee Lauder Private Collection and Vivienne Westwood Boudoir or Parfums DelRae Amoureuse rolled into one, that might come close to how I perceive Chamade but it is absolutely unique. It's also been compared to Hermes Rouge which I can see.

What can we expect but the most progressive, on-the-upbeat, awesome scent to have been born in the golden year of Rock, 1969? Chamade took the "no vulgarity", conservative Classical green (nature-motif) scents of the '40s, '50s and '60s and gave it some much needed sex appeal (Oriental accents such as vanilla and spices), although it stays very much implied, never fully given away. As it turns out, Chamade is a class act like all of its Guerlain ancestors, but it doesn't take itself too seriously. I'm sure white-gloved Chamade went to Woodstock and hung out with patchouli and Nag Champa and found its true peers.

I've seen Chamade categorized as Floral Woody-Ambery and as Aldehydic Floral.

Basenotes says: Created to symbolise a complete surrender to love. The bottle features a heart which has flipped upside-down.

Michael Edwards' notes:
Guerlain Chamade (1969)
Top Notes: Hyacinth, Jasmine
Middle Notes: Ylang-Ylang, Blackcurrant bud, Galbanum
Base Notes: Vanilla, Woody notes, Balsamic notes

Bois de Jasmin blog says: The official notes are Turkish rose, ylang ylang, jasmine, lilac, blackcurrant bud, lily of the valley, hyacinth, cassis, galbanum, sandalwood, vetiver, vanilla, musk, amber, iris, tonka bean.

(Edited to add) The newly reformulated version of parfum I've tried is just a thin, soapy disappointment compared to the glorious vintage.