Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Penhaligon's Artemisia

This is a delightful new find. For anyone who's looking for a particularly soft and smooth fragrance, Penhaligon's Artemisia is a refined and subtle scent choice. Artemisia is one of the fragrances I got in my 10 piece Scent Library collection of fragrance samples. I find it familiar and classic but also unique, although it took me a few tries before I was able to understand and appreciate its delicate character. When I first tried Artemisia, I got a skin cream-like, mossy, creamy-powdery scent similar to Donna Karan Cashmere Mist and Estee Lauder White Linen, with a barely recognizable suggestion of peary-appley notes such as found in Yosh U4REAAH! perfume oil. Don't let the fruit notes fool you; this is much more like a powdery Aldehydic Floral scent than a Fruity one, and it has some contemporary "70s retro" feel. I wouldn't recommend it if you don't tolerate oakmoss well, but if you can imagine and find the appeal in an unsweet, foresty "coconut lotion" scent, Artemisia weaves two worlds--the woodsy and the beachy--abstractly--together with the charm of a warm and fuzzy purl knit.

Notes from Penhaligon's site:

Penhaligon's Artemisia (2002 Semi-Oriental)
Head Notes: Nectarine and Green Foliage
Heart Notes: Green Apple, Lily of the Valley, Jasmine Tea, Violet and Vanilla
Base Notes: Oakmoss, Sandalwood, Musk, Amber and Vanilla

Description from lamurefavorite.com:
An intense marriage of jasmine tea and vanilla for this feminine fragrance of the great English perfume maker.

(Image: www.penhaligons.co.uk)


Friday, November 23, 2007

DJ Blue's UK Euro Show Goes On Air Tonight!

My apologies if anyone tried tuning into DJ Blue's UK Show on Blue Radio last night. He, like many of us, were on Thanksgiving holiday, and the show was postponed till tonight. Tune in in just a few hours and you'll hear all the best Rock / Alt. Rock indie tunes from Fred Kimmel, Strange A and a whole bunch of cool folks--and yes, if DJ Blue would be so kind, he might play one of my tracks as well. Click on the banner below for DJ Blue's UK Euro Show, 10pm-1am in London, 5pm-8pm in NYC. Tune in every Thursday except tonight, a special Friday night show--don't miss it! Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

I hope everyone's having an awesome weekend. I'm chillin', doodlin', being grateful for the real men in my life who cook, still lovin' my bottle of Nina which is down to a few spritzes left, and most of all, looking forward to catching up with more family, new and old friends and all you loyal fans out there. Many thanks!!

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Listen To Sali On Blue Radio This Week!

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Boucheron

When I think of a "bombshell" perfume, Boucheron comes to mind. I love this dramatic fragrance for evening, or for those days when I just want a little more fabulousity. Boucheron is no wallflower--it is a huge '80s production, using some of the finest ingredients and it shows. There are so few potent white florals with heavy ambery-woody, incensey bases I find airy enough to want to wear, but Boucheron fits the bill. I know not many people can handle wearing such an intense, sweet Floral Oriental perfume, but I've loved this since I discovered it way back when all I could afford with my allowance was a miniature EDT in that little ring-shaped bottle with a cabochon "sapphire" cap. What I smell is a dazzling, well-rounded composition in which no single note takes center stage, and yet I can pick out the orange blossom, amber, vanilla and sandalwood very well. I can imagine there are many more notes in it than the list of notes can cover. I detect some spice in the sillage, and it's ever-so-slightly animalic.

Boucheron is a perfume that dazzles when you're in motion. Like its not-so-distant relative Caron Narcisse Noir, people will notice it, and wonder where the scent is wafting from. You might consider it loud for that reason, and there's no denying it's on the sweet and heavy side. Being well-constructed, it also happens to be effusive and carries well in a room. Do you think it takes a certain extroverted personality to carry such a scent off, or perhaps it's just one of those fragrances that can too easily be overdone? I think one spritz goes a very long way, and the eau de toilette (EDT) is strong enough for me, although the parfum is absolutely exquisite and the real way to go. As the weather (finally) turns colder here in NY, I find myself wanting to reach back to old favorites that have some voluptuous oomph as well as refined softness to wrap around me like a cashmere cardigan, but ultimately give me bombshell appeal like a pair of satin gloves or a decadent floor-length stole. Boucheron is a beautiful, multifaceted olfactive jewel for those who aren't afraid of its power but can use it judiciously for the right effect. Happy Holidays and Party On!

Notes on Perfumania.com:
Boucheron For Women (1988)
Top Notes: Sicilain tangerine, Calabrian bitter orange, apricot, Persian galbanum, African tagetes, Spanish basilica
Heart Notes: Moroccan orange blossom, Grasse tuberose, Madagascar ylang-ylang, Moroccan jasmine, Auvergne narcissus, British broom
Base Notes: Mysore sandalwood, amber, Indian Ocean vanilla, South American tonka bean.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Shiseido White Rose Natural


I'd heard so much about Shiseido's White Rose Natural (1954), so I'm elated to finally know what it smells like. I'd been curious about this perfume ever since I read the glowing review by Chandler Burr in the Times, and I have to agree this is one luminous, delicate rose. It's also very well-rounded, soft, and "layered" as Chandler Burr put it, opening with a crisp white alba rose, then shyly revealing jasmine and other florals subtly woven into the balanced composition. Qualitywise, this is right up there with Caron for me. What's more, it's even better on--never astringent or losing the fresh, dewy character till it finishes as legato and with controlled diminuendo as a well-rehearsed and perfectly executed classical orchestral performance. Actually, it's not as stuffy-smelling as I make it sound. It's just a very beautiful, elegant, simple rose soliflore with a little more complexity, depth and charm than your average rose soliflore. Best of all--it's not perfumey or animalic in any way, and lives up to its name.

At first sniff, it reminded me of Floris White Rose which I have in lotion form. Although I doubt the Floris has the same natural white alba rose oil I smell in the Shiseido, I think both are clean and lovely roses that hold back on sweetness in the way Chanel No.22 does: No.22, a Floral Aldehyde with white rose mingling with tuberose and other fragrant, heady flowers, that somehow maintains a cool and collected vibe. While Floris White Rose is sopaier and much more focused on rose, Shiseido's parfum is delicately sweet and has the whisper of jasmine that makes it something like a superlight Jean Patou Joy. Stylistically, it might be closer to Estee Lauder White Linen without aldehydes. What I'd compare it to most of all is Caron Rose parfum, but without peppery notes, lighter and more translucent without any sweet vanillic tones, yet it's still sumptuous, and never, ever watery, but dewy. Something about the base reminds me of the scent of refined (tea ceremony grade) green tea. The sillage is so pretty and if I could, I'd bathe in the stuff. This is the first time in weeks I've wanted to wear something other than Nina for an extended period of time. I also hadn't been in the mood to wear any rose perfume till now. This is the stuff I imagine the Princess of Japan wearing.

I only have a small vial sample, so I'm nursing it little by little. This perfume is exclusive to Japan and very hard-to-find. I don't have a bottle here I could comment on in detail, but based on the photos, the visual presentation, handmade bottle with the box and all, is also beautiful. I'm really so grateful for the opportunity to smell it, and if you're interested in experiencing it, www.theperfumedcourt.com currently has samples and decants for sale.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Momoberry by Sanrio

All right, so I'm a big, overgrown kid sometimes, and I like this Momoberry, created for Hello Kitty by the indie perfumer who brought us Monyette and Coquette Tropique. Like the first two, this is a roll-on oil perfume, but it's very different. I'd say Momoberry is much more tropical fruity on a musk base (I get intensely sweet red fruits--think Escada Summer LE or Rimmel London Glam) while the other two were more tropical floral (gardenia) and vanilla-based. I can also find similarities between Momoberry and the strawberry scent by Lily Lambert (No.44, I think), except Momoberry is less musky. Guess what's on my personal holiday wish list? Haha!! Then again, I'd probably be just as happy being reacquainted with London Glam, my tried-and-true hypersweet drugstore fave.

Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Caitlin by Caitlin O'Heaney

I don't want to be a stereotype but I'll admit I have a thing for apple scents, like the fragrance industry says the Japanese do. From my longest standing favorite, Creed Spring Flower (created for Audrey Hepburn) to my current favorite, Nina by Nina Ricci, I'd traveled through the apple orchard and stumbled upon a little-known indie perfume named Caitlin.

Caitlin was created by actor Caitlin O'Heaney whose movies I'm not familiar with, but whose work of olfactive art is in my opinion one to be reckoned with. The story behind the scent is that Caitlin mixed this for herself in her kitchen and her friends started going ga-ga over it, so she decided to release it as an indie launch. I remember when I'd discovered it a few years ago, I was one of the few perfumistas who loved it enough to buy. Then, slowly it gained some momentum and Caitlin went from a small online niche brand to having a spot in a posh department store in New York, only to disappear from the public eye rather quickly. The sweet and fresh blend of apple, gardenia and patchouli (among other notes) was housed in a clear, cut-glass flacon (parfum) or a softly ovoid clear bottle (EDP) and protected in a beautiful, sturdy yet delicately laced Irish linen bag. The scent has a vintage floral feel to it, bringing to mind Golden Autumn or Apple Blossom, but with a contemporary Gourmand twist.

I feel this perfume has gone underrated and underappreciated for its compositional (artistic) and material (artisan) quality. I can't imagine we'd have this new Nina without there being Caitlin, since they are similar to me in more ways than one. If I'm to compare, Caitlin is heavier on all levels, with a stronger, lower-pitched "mulled apple" character, while Nina is fresh and airy (ozonic) with a bright and citrusy, upbeat character. Now, if I'm to compare Caitlin to Spring Flower, Caitlin is a country apple with an endearingly down-to-earth, spectacular honeyed dry down, and Spring Flower a cosmopolitan one: sprightly to fit the gamine beauty it was created for, with a sophisticated green quality and a bold, cedary base. In my collection, I need all three, and Caitlin always feels comforting to come home to. Unfortunately, this gorgeous scent has already been discontinued, so if you can find a bottle of it left anywhere, get it while you can.

Caitlin by Caitlin O'Heaney (1997)
Notes from ¡Ombligo! blog:
Top: Apple and gardenia
Middle: Rose, jasmine, ylang ylang, vanilla and lily of the valley
Base: Sandalwood and patchouli

(Image: www.caitlinperfume.com)

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Sali's Take On Celebrity Perfumes

From high end to low end, here are some of my brief thoughts on the following celebrity perfumes not yet covered on Pink Manhattan:

L (L.A.M.B.) by Gwen Stefani--I was surprised it smelled so much like Antonia's Flowers Floret, a sweet and innocent, girly peachy-peary white floral fit for weddings and summer picnics, but then again, Gwen is "just a girl". Also, Floret was associated with Eve as being the perfume she never leaves home without, and the two recording artists often work together. Maybe the scent of Floret unites them in the public eye all the more. Compared to Floret, L is slightly powdery and incensey, like the peach you'll find in Dolce & Gabbana The One. It smells OK, but there are other peachy florals I'd rather wear.

J Lo Still--The celebrity fragrance pop queen needs no introduction; Jennifer Lopez's first perfume by Coty, Glow, had broken numerous records in sales, and her subsequent fragrances (many which are, and smell like, variations of Glow, a musky floral based on China Rain, her favorite) have also sold well across the globe. Although I think Glow and the variations are made well (J Lo is Coty's Prestige line), this type of soapy, lily-like musk is not my cuppa, so my favorite perfume that bears her name is Still ("I'm still Jenny from the block"), a romantic rose floral for the Latin beauty.

Cumming by Alan Cumming--The Broadway actor's commercial video for the scent was funny and endearing, but the scent which I tested at Sephora awhile ago smelled awful to me, like a garage: exhaust fumes, rubber and other synthetic, unpleasant notes. It was extremely bold and strong to boot. I think this is the perfume industry's version of Mozart's A Musical Joke. Then again, there are fans of this scent out there, so to each his/her own. One thing's for sure: it's very unique! However, I could not spritz this on my skin.


Covet by Sarah Jessica Parker--The ad is cute but tell me this doesn't smell like the "Money" scent you can get at fragrance oil shops. It has that neon green color and smells like lemon lime cleanser. Let's see...covet: "I just had to have it", as in, greed? Is this how we want to present the Jewish beauty or her association with New York? Her first scent was a lovely, albeit slightly boring, well-mannered Egyptian musk floral-lavender, like a less obviously come-hither Narciso Rodriguez or an upscale Skin Musk (an SJP fave). Covet by contrast is a sharp, aggressive green synthetic smell. I didn't get the chocolate note, but the sharpness briefly reminded me of Jo Malone Blue Agava & Cacao.

That's So Raven--Disney Channel's talented actor-singer, teen star Raven Symoné from her own TV series, "That's So Raven", has a fragrance marketed to young people that's a great bargain for what you get: a hypersweet vanillic-musky scent comparable to the popular niche French Gourmand line, Comptoir Sud Pacifique's Vanille Tiare--no kidding! Granted it's not my holy grail vanilla but it's very wearable and has a nice touch of berry note, giving it an extra girlish edge. If you're a Gourmand lover of any age, you need to check it out. I hate age-casting because it weeds out possibilities of things that work in the long run.

Stunning by Jordan--You're not going to hear me say this too often but G-d Bless America only because we do not have to put up with the page 3 naked girl photo in our daily newspapers. Screw that; I'll have to live without the paper! Anyway, Jordan isn't known here, so most of us won't smell this mass appeal, or drugstore, UK best-seller, but I recently tested this and what a shocker: I kid you not, it smells identical to Miss Dior Cherie! You've got to smell these strawberry florals side by side! They both resemble Victoria's Secret Strawberries & Champagne and have patchouli bases.


Naomi Campbell--Naomi's first fragrance (1999) is a sweet, powdery, creamy and somewhat spicy concoction with fig, woods and to my nose, vanilla. I just remember reading the word "exotic" in the description and thinking, you know, that there just aren't enough stereotypes in the perfume business. This is a nice scent, by the way, and if you're not into very flowery scents, this one is more of a skin scent Woody Oriental, and if I recall, it's slightly green due to the fig (leaves). Her favorites are notoriously green and classic: Christian Dior Diorissimo and Creed Green Irish Tweed.

Christina Aguilera--I don't have much more to say about the new Christina Aguilera scent aside from my tangent in the Kate Moss review (link below) because it smelled a bit tinny to me, like Victoria's Secret Supermodel. I still think it's compositionally very similar to Red Door Revealed, a creamy Fruity Floral Woody Oriental which you can now get at discount stores for a song.

Sean John Unforgivable--I despise the ad because in it, he looks too forceful upon the woman, so I'm not moved to buy, but I tried this at Sephora (and I completely blame my perfume addiction), and it smelled like Usher She. It shares the headshoppy muskiness with a cool, aqueous fruity top note lingering through. Were these made by the same company, I wonder? Are they supposed to be the African Musks of the celeb scent genre?

So, that's all for now, but I'll write again when I try some more of these celeb perfumes which are sure to come my way again soon. How about one for Madonna already, or Oprah, or Michael Moore? Do you think they'll challenge themselves by designing one for Devon Aoki sometime?

Read my posts on more celeb scents:
Usher She
M by Mariah Carey, Hilary Duff With Love
Fantasy Britney Spears
Kate by Kate Moss
Deneuve by Catherine Deneuve

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Monday, November 12, 2007

Fantasy Britney Spears

Fantasy Britney Spears followed the successful launch of Elizabeth Arden's first fragrance for Britney Spears, Curious, a floral musk built on a magnolia motif. Fantasy was marketed as a higher priced, more sophisticated fragrance than the first. I would describe Fantasy as a fruity, patchouli-based Gourmand Oriental. At first, I found it a bit too patchouli-heavy, and I didn't think I would grow to like it, but nowadays, I find it very easy to wear. It's a bit spicy but on the whole, it's a soft, sweet, creamy and warm fragrance with a vanillic character more so than a woody one. I thought Curious was nice but a bit too musky, simple and transparent for me, and Fantasy suits me better somehow. Truth be told, I really like this scent and wear it often.

If you found Aquolina Pink Sugar or Thierry Mugler Angel too strong, Fantasy might be a gentler alternative within the same sweet, dessert-scented genre. It's actually a well-balanced, complex composition as well as full-bodied and rich. Like a good dessert, it's fluffy but satisfying. The effect on skin isn't overly perfumey, or synthetic and fussy with unnecessary notes--it's pleasant and not too avant garde or shocking. It does what a modern perfume should do: to smell good on, and add an aura of subtle mystery. It's not a light and fresh scent, and if you prefer Florals, I'd pass on it. If you like a bit of sweetness, oomph and lighthearted fun in an evening scent, I think this is perfect. If ever a pop icon had a scent designed for her, this one is it--the only gripe I have is that aside from plastic being unsightly compared to glass, I'm not sure if the perfume will keep well in the heat of plastic...unless this bottle is plastic-coated glass. Is that possible?

Notes on Basenotes:
Top Notes: Fantasy by Britney Spears (2005)
Heart Notes: Red Lychee, Golden Quince, Exotic Kiwi
Base Notes: Cupcakes, White Chocolate Orchid, Jasmine Petals
Creamy Musk, Orris Root, Sensual Woods

Sunday, November 11, 2007

M by Mariah Carey, Hilary Duff With Love

I present these two perfumes together because as soon as I smelled M by Mariah Carey, I knew with my eyes closed that it had to have been made by Elizabeth Arden, the Prestige fragrance company that made Hilary Duff With Love. At first, they're quite different: M is basically a sweet but spicy almondy Gourmand scent to me. Maybe it's the Moroccan incense but it's really spicy. M starts out milky-sweet but it gets spicier over time, leaving me a little breathless to be honest. The sharp, cinnamon-like notes, even though they're compositionally well-balanced with soft white floral and vanillic-ambery "marshmallow" notes, mingle with these sharp, woody basenotes, and the overall mix feels intense and makes my heart beat faster. I think if you can wear it, it's a very pleasant, lovely fragrance, one of the best celeb scents to have launched. It's a little too much fire for me, though. I'm glad the great pop diva got the Prestige treatment which was well-deserved. Here's the part that reminds me of Hilary Duff's With Love: it has a coconutty undertone that seems to be a popular ingredient in mainstream perfumes these days. Considering only a handful of companies are in the business of actually creating aroma chemicals used in modern perfumery, it's not surprising that many perfumes smell similar.

Hilary Duff With Love is a milder take on the coconutty theme, starting with a lively and tart but still soft and smooth, citrusy fruitiness (mangosteen); then, a semi-floral creamy middle stage builds on a Gourmand theme and ends on a stronger, bolder, slightly dusty woodiness compared to M, reminiscent perhaps of vintage perfumes circa 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, to appeal to both mothers and daughters according to the promotional blurb. Woody, base-heavy scents were the style back then (Some say Woodhue is an example of this woody style of perfume--I think Lady Stetson smells bottom-heavy in a similar woody-Aldehydic style), and even from looking at the ad and bottle design, it's obvious they're appealing to the vintage lovers with this one. However, with all its vintage feel, it's a Fruity-Floral Oriental-Gourmand in keeping with current trends, and once again, the final dry down is all about coconut to me. On dry down, these two are almost uncanny. I like this scent, too, and although I like M, I find With Love easier to wear. Total honesty would be to admit I doubt I would ever buy either scent for myself, but I would recommend them to people who prefer their scents both sweet and woody, substantial and voluptuous but still modern, with a tropical flavor that isn't too upfront. I like this Hilary Duff ad but could she really play that piano in the background? Now, that would impress me above all else.

I add the following commentary as food for thought, since I've posted about classicism and racial hierarchy being pushed in perfumery: do you feel there is too much stereotyping going here, that both smell tropical but only M is marketed as being such, and that the one for Mariah is as spicy as it is? I was hoping Mariah's would smell more like marshmallows--mild and sweet, not so hot-cha-cha. We can say the scent was created to match the so-called persona, but it could also be seen as the perfume industry using the celebs to make a statement, too. I hope the industry will create some scents for celebs that break, not perpetuate, stereotypes.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Kate by Kate Moss

Kate Moss's fragrance is finally here after much speculation within the perfume community about when it would actually be released and how it would smell. The hot new celebrity fragrance by Coty is shaking up the UK by outselling a popular drugstore scent by another, yet lesser-known, celebrity named Katie "Jordan" Price called Stunning. In all truth, my expectations were low when I'd heard Kate would be made by Coty--not because they haven't made some amazing (at least really nice) scents for their Prestige lines like Marc Jacobs or Lovely for Sarah Jessica Parker (even though it smelled like a Narciso Rodriguez clone), but Coty perfumes often smell like Coty perfumes, often associated with drugstore quality (remember Emeraude?), as they make most of the low end celeb scents such as Celine Dion, Shania Twain and Beckham (visit www.coty.com for a list). Incidentally, the ones that aren't made by Coty are made by companies such as Firmenich (Usher), Elizabeth Arden (Britney Spears) and Tommy Hilfiger (True Star (Beyonce)). Christina Aguilera's scent was created by Proctor and Gamble, and I think it smells like a creamy-woody Elizabeth Arden perfume called Red Door Revealed. We may never again see the integrity of focusing on the actual essence that made Catherine Deneuve's Deneuve great, nor could we expect truly personalized scents such as Cailtin by Caitlin O'Heaney, a lovely apple-patchouli-gardenia created by the actress herself and sold as a niche indie brand, but if anything, the celeb fragrance trend is turning more people towards wearing and experimenting with, hopefully learning about, perfume in some way, shape or form.

Now, without further ado, my take on Kate Moss's fragrance is that it's not Prestige like I'd hoped. It's a soapy floral with underlying coconutty elements reminiscent of Hilary Duff With Love (Elizabeth Arden) and one of Coty's creations, Desperate Housewives (but thankfully, it's not as strong as that). At first, Kate resembles Stella by Stella McCartney (which smells like Narciso Rodriguez once again) because of the prominent rose note combined with ambery-woody musk, but it quickly turns into that soapy, sharp mish mash of floral notes I try to avoid in my perfumes. It doesn't at all resemble its muse's inspirations, Guerlain L'Heure Bleue and Penhaligon's Bluebell, because for one thing, the quality isn't as delicate as those. If I'm to compare it to another floral, Ralph Lauren Glamorous comes to mind--it's that sort of floral soapiness to me. I thought perhaps it would morph into an interesting rose musk along the lines of Kiehl's Musk, another notorious Kate Moss favorite, but alas, Kate remained a coconutty soapy floral till the rosy end. The body lotion is actually nicer to me, because the texture of the lotion cuts down on the sharpness of the scent and the dry down smells more rosy and sweet, even a touch fruity, like Stella.

If the perfume industry is trying to market soapy rose florals as elegant, cutting edge, and perhaps even blue-blooded and aristocratic, I think they still could have made it a bit less harsh, like clobbering us over the head with class. My last word on Kate is that I'm glad her scent is selling well, and as much as I complain about it not being Prestige, that it's in the price range that's most accessible to fans around the world. Do try it--there are many low end scents I love and wear.

Notes on Now Smell This blog:
Kate by Kate Moss (2007): orange blossom absolute, forget-me-not, pink pepper, lily of the valley, heliotrope, magnolia, peony, rose, patchouli, sandalwood, musk, vetiver and ambrette.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Myers-Briggs

I have an account on Facebook where I keep in touch with brilliant and wonderful friends, some of whom I know well, some whom I've met but I'm still getting to know, and some whom I have been corresponding with online, mostly within the music, media and perfume world. I started a thread on the topic of Myers-Briggs using the "My Questions" application, and many of these friends took the time to answer what personality type they are. It's very fulfilling for me to have this connection with my friends, to hopefully get to know them better through Myers-Briggs. If you'd like to join in on the thread, please add me as a friend on Facebook and jump in! I'd love to hear from you.

I've tested myself online many times, and although I'd come up as several different types in the past (INTJ, INTP, INFJ), today I believe I've found my true type, INFJ or "the Mystic" (I took the short test here). One of my friends explained in length what all of the functions mean, and the more the system made sense to me, the more I felt I knew where on the spectrum I might fit in. Of course, this is in no way an exact science nor should it be a way to pigeonhole anyone, since everyone has all of the functions (thinking, feeling, sensing, intuiting, etc) within. I think the types just help us understand where we might be at in life so-to-speak, in terms of the tasks at a given time and also what our preferences might be in how we deal with people. No two people of the same type are exactly or sometimes remotely alike. We're all still individuals. I wrote to my friend today that I take it like psychology-meets-I Ching, or a reading of personality based on archetypes by using simplified dichotomies. If anything, I place more value on the system than many other types of "readings" of our personality (not our character--I think character has to do with something deeper than personality or preferences), but my faith is still in actual people.

So here I am, after identifying with being INTJ, feeling pretty content in identifying with being INFJ, a type inclined towards the arts such as poetry and music, having a genuine interest in people (though perhaps from a global point of view) and being able to grasp the big picture. It's not too different from being an INTJ as far as the grasp of the big picture is concerned, but I think the F (extroverted feeling) function says I'm currently more attuned to creating harmony--in relationships and in my private life in general--more than being focused purely on competence and excellence. Maybe I'm becoming less disciplined, or I'm relaxing a bit more now that the show is done and I'm loving the idea of cocooning myself in the studio to write and record and staying close to loved ones. Whatever the reason, I'm feeling good about the new assessment, wondering where to steer my life next.

One of my friends feels I'm an INTP, so there's still room for more analyses of where I might be on the spectrum. Please feel free to share your opinion, and if you think I come across as another type, I'm open to your thoughts.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Nina Ricci Nina 2006 - Le Nouveau Parfum Magique



There are different types of bottles and packaging designs for this beautiful eau de toilette scent described as "le nouveau parfum magique", or "the new magical perfume". I did some research online to see if I could find out why some 1 fl oz. (30 ml) bottles come with a silver chain with leaves while others did not. I still don't know why, but I found some 1 fl. oz. Nina being sold on a Japanese site and read that the additional leaves on those special 30 ml bottles are "magical leaves". That could either be the shop's own interpretation or Nina Ricci's way of getting people to buy more than one bottle to try to get the "special" one--who knows? The lucky charms aspect could go over well in Japan, based on the way YSL Baby Doll gift sets with miniature bottles were popularized as symbolic gifts for brides who are planning to start a family.

Anyway, I'd love to get one of those special 1 ounce bottles, but I think I'm going to get a big 2.7 fl. oz. with the pretty silver cap next, since I'm already half way finished with the plastic-capped 1 ounce I just bought a little while ago. Part of it is that I've been wearing it every day, and the other is that the concentration is so light, I'm spritzing myself with it constantly. I'm surprised this isn't called a cologne spray. I wish Nina Ricci would produce Nina as parfum, or at least EDP (eau de parfum) strength. I also got some advice online to try layering the EDT with the matching body lotion, although the idea of putting more stuff on my body doesn't appeal to me. I'd rather have a potent juice that packs some sillage, so I could use less product on my skin for better results. Still, I love Nina enough to invest in every formula there is out there to get. I'm a true fan.

All in all, this is the nicest, freshest, most upbeat and refined, urbane, polite, pleasantly sweet and *clean* Fruity Floral-Gourmand I've ever smelled (Firmenich perfumers Oliver Cresp and Jacques Cavallier made this modern masterpiece). It's easy to wear for all occasions and settings from the office to you-name-it--Nina has real versatility and a gentle lightness of being without sacrificing sweet Oriental elements in the basenotes (but subtly done), which make it my dream of a daily signature scent. The clean linen musk is still slightly annoying but I'm living with it. Now, I can smell more patchouli in it, but it's so well-balanced in this composition that it doesn't take over.

Notes on Imagination Perfumery:

Nina by Nina Ricci (2006)

Nina is a Fresh, Floral, Fruity Fragrance.

Notes: Lime Caipirinha, Calabrese Lemon, Red Toffee Apple, Moonflower, Peony petals, White Cedar, Apple tree wood, Cotton musk


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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

A Heartfelt "Thank You" To Our Friends

Many of our closest friends and family members, some from out-of-town, showed up to the R Bar gig to show us their love, and we just wanted to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for your undying support. The shows were a a great success, and we are so pleased with the way everything turned out. I hope to have something to post from the shows soon, so please stay tuned. We're currently back in recording and planning to finish the promised 2nd album. I don't have a definite date set for when it'll be finished but I'll keep everyone posted as things progress. On behalf of Fred Kimmel, Mark Abishai Brooks, Patrick Carmichael and myself, we thank you all for blessing us with your presence.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Sali Oguri 8PM, Fred Kimmel 7PM @ R Bar, NYC Tonight!!



R Bar presents: Sat. Nov. 3, 2007 8PM Sali Oguri Female-Fronted Rocktronica R BAR 218 Bowery bet. Prince & Spring Sts. New York, NY 10012 8PM Sali Oguri: Vocals and Keyboards, Fred Kimmel: Guitar

7PM Fred Kimmel Show, www.fredkimmel.com with Abishai: Bass and Patrick Carmichael: Drums
$10 Cover, 18+ with ID, (212) 334-0484

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Hot Radio Spots For Sali Oguri All Week!





Sali Oguri's hot tracks from Pink Manhattan CD are on regular rotation on NAB (North American Broadcasting) Radio. Tune in every week to DJ Eyebee, DJ Kathy and DJ Russ. Click on the banner and get more Sali!




Click on the banner (for Windows Media Player and iTunes only--For Winamp and RealPlayer, click HERE) and tune into DJ Blue's Blue Radio. New York based Modern Pop Rock singer-songwriter Sali Oguri is on regular rotation on the hot new show that's shaking up the internet, Urban Sounds Show, every Friday from 10pm-1am EST--don't miss it!