Thursday, July 24, 2008

Speziali Fiorentini Vaniglia


Speziali Fiorentini Vaniglia is the lightest, airiest sweet vanilla fragrance I've ever worn. I love how easy it is to wear. If you like vanillas such as Lavanila Vanilla, Demeter Angel Food, Molinard Vanille or the Comptoir Sud Pacifique and La Maison de la Vanille series, you might want to give this one a try. It's lighter and sheerer than the others but just as delish. There may be a trace of musk in here but it's not overwhelming at all, hardly detectable to my sensitive nose. I'm also thinking there may be a touch of heliotrope or some other smooth, elegant white floral note to give it a velvety finish. Overall, it's more gourmand than floral, and a simple, wonderful blend. To me, it's the olfactive equivalent of a vanilla soft cone - pure and simple happiness!

Vaniglia comes in EDP (eau de parfum) and oil perfume.



(Image: shoplondons.com)

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Michael Savage

Conservative radio talk show host Michael Savage should go play in traffic after he's fired from media altogether. As far as I'm concerned, he has no right to speak before a microphone. He doesn't understand what autism is, yet he has opinions about people with this heartbreaking disorder. Autism is a disorder that can often make people wander off (as with Alzheimer's), often into dangerous places such as bodies of water (drowning is a leading cause of death for people with autism) or traffic, but people who need help aren't idiots. What makes a person an idiot is acting like Michael Savage, a know-it-all who's only out to prove his own political convictions regardless of how many people he can hurt in the process.

Savage on autism: www.mediamatters.org
AN OPEN LETTER TO ADVERTISERS ON “SAVAGE NATION” , Injecting Sense blog
Michael Savage picks on my daughter, Greg's Take blog
Michael Savage defends autism remarks: I’m just “defending the defenseless!”, Crooks and Liars blog
Michael Savage Blames Parents for Autism, Social Skills for Kids, www.blog.patriciarobinsonmft.com
Michael Savage - Ignorant Conservative Radio Jackass Extraordinaire, Slams Autistic Kids, Capitol Street blog

"I found it ironic that Savage called for parents to chide a child with autistic tendencies to "act like a man," given that many leading researchers consider autism to be an extreme manifestation of the male brain. In fact, one theory that's attracting attention is that fetuses that produce high levels of testosterone in the womb have a tendency to exhibit autistic behavior in young children" - Read more: Michael Savage, at Odds With the Science, July 25, 2008 03:24 PM ET | Adam Voiland, US News

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Rochas Tocade

From Guerlain Nahema to Chanel Allure, there are beautiful vanillic roses out there, but Rochas Tocade is among the most fun to wear. The funky bottle it comes in is indicative of all the zany fun that comes from within. Created by Maurice Roucel who's a master of the sultry vanillic (vanilla-ambery) fragrances such as Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur, L by Lolita Lempicka, Le Labo Jasmin 17 and Hermes 24, Faubourg, Tocade is a delicious vanillic-ambery rose with a brazen heart of Turkish rose. Overall, it comes across with a fruity softness, a luscious sweetness freshened up with a slightly green magnolia top note. It's a youthful, friendly and happy perfume which, even with traditional notes, somehow always manages to smell airy and brand new. It's been compared to Flowerbomb because of its full-bodied, sweet, semi-traditional character. The benzoin in Tocade gives the vanilla a semi-chocolatey depth, giving it a richly sweet base. In essence, Tocade effortlessly crosses over to the modern Gourmand even while being a frou-frou Floral Oriental. It's another great classic by Rochas, the house that brought us Byzance and Femme.

Notes on Perfumemart:
Rochas Tocde (1994 Floral - Oriental)
Top Notes: Magnolia, rose, mandarin, bergamot
Heart Notes: Rose
Base Notes: Vanilla, amber, cedarwood

Other note listings I've seen have mentioned geranium and iris.

Ava Luxe Palisander

I came across this fabulous Brazilian rosewood blend today while rummaging through my sample collection. It's a soliflore type of blend (focused on one note even if it's a blend of many notes) and the rosewood (palisander) comes across clearly. Alone, rosewood essential oil tends to smell simultaneously sweet and rich as well as flowery and fresh with a slightly medicinal tone, hitting the midrange and top range as if a string was struck carrying overtones in its sound; in this case, the high notes tend to smell almost like neroli to me--a bit citrusy even though it's not really citrus. In Ava Luxe Palisander, this rosewood note is beautifully rounded out and perfected with other notes, bringing out the best of the resinous and elegant rosewood character and tempering some of its wild, herbaceous hippie New Age shop smell. Compared to Comme des Garçons Palisander, I'd say Ava Luxe's version is less incensey and more like pure wood. Although this is only the second fragrance I've smelled from this extensive line (I've tried Film Noir - would love to try Venus Sands), I'm glad to have found this one and look forward to discovering more.

Notes on Ava Luxe's site on Etsy.com:
Palisander wood (from renewable sources), Japanese Hiba wood, Amber, Incense, Musk, Pink Pepper, Cinnamon, Vetiver

Friday, July 18, 2008

Christian Dior - Dior Addict


"Admit it" suggests the somewhat risque (and slightly tacky) yet subversive, clever advertisement for Christian Dior Dior Addict fragrance. While I can't admit to an addiction I don't have (and no, it's not denial talking - I'm addicted to many other fragrances besides Addict :-p), I can testify that this is a great perfume: distinctive, easily recognizable (which to me is a hallmark of a great perfume, and Dior has created many perfumes with strong characters (classics)) and above all, pleasant-smelling, albeit strong. Dior Addict is one of those scents I can smell across the room even from one spritz. It's dense and heavy but at the same time streamlined and modern; imagine taking the intricately vanillic-ambery modern Floral Oriental Guerlain L'Instant, losing the frilly flowers but keeping the bread-y flour, then crossing it with Armani Sensi or Burberry Brit with their South East Asian cuisine-like sharp, spicy limey-woody attack and you've got it. I've been wearing it for two days in a row, so I'm in the mood for it right now. It's still among my favorite fragrances; I love its empowered, confidently sexy scent. I get a rosy heart and some fruits and orange blossom as it dries down; it's just sweet and powdery enough without being fuddy duddy. The one major gripe I have is that the Mysore sandalwood seems a bit on the artificially enhanced side, but on the other hand, the bourbon vanilla base is scrumptious, well worth the wait. Plus, this scent lasts forever and a day on my skin, which may be good news for those of you who need lasting power in a perfume. It's a winner of a choice when I want a stylish blend of fresh and Oriental-sweet, with a great deal of boldness - the kind it takes to actually admit to a weakness or personal fault and make those brave new changes to make life - my own and others' - better than ever before.

(Edited to add) OK, I'm loving this scent for 4 consecutive days, turning my admiration into an addiction. It doesn't hurt that I get raves wearing it!

Bois de Jasmin lists these notes:
Dior Addict (2002) - mandarin leaf, silk tree flower, Queen of the Night flower, rose, jasmine, orange blossom, absolute of bourbon vanilla, sandalwood from Mysore, tonka bean

(Iage: www.parfumeriazet.sk)

Monday, July 14, 2008

Meant to Live - Switchfoot






Christian Rock

I hope you're enjoying your summer!



Saturday, July 12, 2008

Cruel Intentions by Kilian

Cruel Intentions (2007) is one of the fragrances in By Kilian's L'Oeuvre Noir (the Black Masterpiece) collection (an interesting concept if it's taken from The Abyss (L'Oeuvre au noir), a French novel centered around the life of an alchemist). Could it be that the castoreum absolute that's listed in the notes is real castoreum? If so, the name of the perfume, Cruel Intentions, would be fitting. I'm going to assume that Kilian Hennessy is kind to animals and uses a synthetic substitute for the "absolute". As for the scent, this is a heavy one that gets more intense upon wear (so start with just a little bit on skin). At first, there's something about it that vaguely reminds me of my own creation, Persephone perfume: a deep, almost leathery note mixed with the sandalwood, a brooding blend. The notes also list agarwood aka oud (or aoud), a note often found in Middle Eastern perfumes (and in Montale perfumes such as Rose Petals), a heavy and resinous yet slightly astringent, dry incense-y note. I like the scent but I can see how many people would find it too "dirty" and "headshop" to wear. It might be an acquired taste. For me, it's a mood scent, as in I'm not always in the mood for it but I admire it and find it fascinating. I always like to smell it, not necessarily wear it if that makes sense. The warm, honeylike sweetness I initially find in Cruel Intentions pulls back and mellows as it dries down and leaves an impression that's very reminiscent of Robert Piguet Bandit, a bitter, rich and powdery, intricate and aldehydic-animalic perfume leaning towards green (in Cruel Intentions, violet sharpens it in that regard). Although I'd say this is a thoroughly animalic retro-type of composition, there's something uniquely modern about it as well. I like this Kilian fragrance very much - it's the extreme polar opposite of my other favorite, Love by Kilian, and to me, it has just as much character.

Notes on Luckyscent:
Bergamot calabria oil, orange blossom oil, violet accord, centifolia rose absolute, agarwood, Indian papyrus oil, gaiacwood oil, Haiti vetiver oil, sandalwood, styrax absolute, castoreum absolute, vanilla absolute, musk

Read more about By Kilian here: All in a stink about perfume - Dung, sweat and druggy sex are the next new scents by Derek McCormack, Canwest News Service - Published: Saturday, March 15, 2008.

(Image: www.bykilian.com, www.beautynewsnyc.com)

A Jewish-Catholic Joke (Forward)

Happy Sabbath. This is from a good friend:

"A Jewish man moves into a Catholic neighborhood. Every Friday the Catholics go crazy because, while they're morosely eating fish, the Jew is outside barbecuing steaks. So the Catholics work on the Jew to convert him.

"Finally, by threats and pleading, the Catholics succeed. They take the Jew to a priest who sprinkles holy water on the Jew and intones: ....."Born a Jew ......Raised a Jew ......Now a Catholic."

"The Catholics are ecstatic. No more delicious, but maddening smells every Friday evening. But the next Friday evening, the scent of barbecue wafts through the neighborhood. The Catholics all rush to the Jew's house to remind him of his new diet. They see him standing over the cooking steak. He is sprinkling water on the meat and saying: ....."Born a cow ......Raised a cow ......Now a fish."



Friday, July 11, 2008

Guerlain Iris Ganache

This is my third testing of Guerlain Iris Ganache, and I think it's finally grown on me. It's not exactly passion but more like admiration from afar, in the way I might think about Chanel No.5 - it'll turn my head, not with true desire but with respect and recognition of its worldly status. It's a superficial kind of love but it occupies my mind for the time being. I still think of Iris Ganache as a cross between Comptoir Sud Pacifique Amour de Cacao and Estée Lauder Pleasures (that's roughly Cocoa Puffs + carrots) and ladylike face powder (make up or maquillage smell), but I'm smelling more chocolate now in the summer heat. The combination of iris and chocolate is a very unique one, and I appreciate the artistry of the concept. Something about the scent of Iris Ganache reminds me of Japan, or my Japanese upbringing generally speaking; perhaps I'm remembering some candy-like powdery scent I associate with Hello Kitty erasers or something. However, Iris Ganache has an overall perfumey elegance I can compare to Hermès Kelly Caleche or Dior Homme more than children's stationery goods--if Hello Kitty ever really grew up, her signature perfume just might be Iris Ganache.

(Edited to add) Although I wouldn't say it's as aldehydic as Chanel No.5, I think of it as an Aldehydic Floral-Gourmand--does that make sense? Right now, I'm loving it more and more as I find it elegantly chocolatey, light and dry. To compare it to a couple of other perfumes in a similar vein, it's less powdery, more chocolatey and floral than Annick Goutal Eau de Charlotte, and more "rooty" than Jo Malone Blue Agava & Cacao. Finally, I'd say Iris Ganache is to me like a summer version of Frédéric Malle Iris Poudre. (Edited) OK, here's another update: I thought I might want this fragrance but it turns out it reminds me of Chantecaille Frangipane which I already have.

Notes on Bois de Jasmin:
Guerlain Iris Ganache (2007) - bergamot, iris butter, white chocolate, floral notes, cinnamon, patchouli, white musks, cedarwood and vanilla
(Image: Le Critique de Parfum)

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Carolina Herrera 212

I don't wear 212 anymore but when it launched back in 1997, it became a favorite of mine and I wore it exclusively for awhile. Sometimes, I still miss the fresh, herbaceous marine-woody scent with accents of light florals and barely perceptible fruits in the backdrop. It's simultaneously musky and a bit clean; I could compare the scent to Shiseido Relaxing Fragrance (1997) and Elizabeth Arden Splendor (1998), all transparent-powdery-musky scents with wooded bases. The musky woodiness packs a big sillage (at least as much as Calvin Klein Eternity or Dior Pure Poison) and carries well across a room, so I wouldn't recommend it for the office, but I think light musky-floral scents like this can smell terrific in warm weather, so pack 212 for casual beach getaways. Spritz it once or twice at night for a subtly sexy aura.

212 is one of New York City's (telephone) area codes. Carolina Herrera dedicated this fragrance to her daughter who lives in the city.


Notes from www.perfume4u.co.uk:
Carolina Herrera 212 for Women is a herbaceous fragrance, packed full of green notes and herbs but with the addition of fruits and marine notes, for a refreshing an unique fragrance for women.

Carolina Herrera 212 For Women (1997): gardenia, queen of the night cactus flower, lily, lace flower, bergamot, satinwood, sandalwood, musk

(Image: www.perfumeforless.com)

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Truth



The truth only hurts for those of us who believe in it and hold truth as the greatest value, who believe truth is good and therefore valuable, but for those who either don't care or are too illogical to comprehend, truth is meaningless and/or non-existent. The world can say truth is an illusion, all with one common voice, but I know there is truth because it makes sense to me, just as much as I know logic exists. We can't show love except in deeds but I know it exists because it also lives in me, and that love in me says people need truth to feel safe, and to feel safe is to know love. If the world believed heinous crimes were acceptable now because so many people commit them, and we have become desensitized, I still know right from wrong, because my sense of justice doesn't come from "common sense" but from logic which breaks down when truth doesn't compute, and emotion which cries out when logic isn't allowed to function. I know everything is not grey, that some things are plainly black and white, because there must be absolute truth and good or we would have no sense of justice. What would be just or unjust otherwise? What would be the value of mercy if there was nothing to forgive?

Monday, July 07, 2008

Tanabata



Tanabata, the Festival of Stars, is a Japanese holiday based on a Chinese legend (see Qi Xi) that on the 7th day of the 7th month, the two stars, Altair and Vega, are able to meet across the Milky Way just once a year. Each year, on the evening of July 7th, the Japanese, particularly children, celebrate Tanabata by decorating bamboo twigs with colorful pieces of paper (Tanzaku) on which they would write wishes, sometimes in the form of poetry, and send out a prayer. Some people think of it as Japanese Christmas because of the decorative trees and because it's the time of the year to ask for wishes to be granted, except there is no exchanging of gifts. :-) There is, however, lots of merrymaking and festivals throughout the country of Japan, complete with fireworks. Some cities such as Sendai celebrate on August 7th due to the time difference in the lunisolar calendar, used in Japan until 1873.

Another interesting feature to note: "The custom of decorating a bamboo arose from the belief that if you wrote poems or proverbs on strips of paper and offered them to the stars, you would acquire good penmanship skills."--from Heart of Sword, Get Real About Japan

Happy Tanabata. May your wishes come true!

Read more about Tanabata Festival, www.astronomy.pomona.edu

The Festival of Weaver Star (Tanabata) by Dr. Carmelita C. Corpuz Professor, De La Salle University, Rotary Japan

(Image: www.rotary.or.jp)

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Intuition

Read more at: Science News - Intuition Can Be Explained, ScienceDaily (July 2, 2008) “A few years ago neuroscientists discovered that the human brain has dual systems for receiving and analyzing sensory impressions, one conscious and one unconscious. In the unconscious, that is the non-declarative system, our sensory impressions are compared with previously stored images. We all have an inner picture book of stored experiences based on what has happened to us previously in life. We also remember the outcome -¬ did it end well or badly? With the aid of these stored sensory impressions, we unconsciously assess the situation at hand and can predict the outcome. This capacity is especially helpful in complex and information-rich situations with a great deal of noise.

"The more variations of a situation we have experienced, the richer our picture book will be and the more probable it will be that we recognize the situation at hand. It can be a matter of smells, gestures, an ineffable combination of impressions that makes what we call intuition tell us something,” says Lars-Erik Björklund. “We have a memory that needs to be filled up with sensory impressions.”

Friday, July 04, 2008

Sali Oguri Persephone Reviewed On Basenotes



I'm thrilled to present the newest article on Basenotes: New in Niche - Van Cleef, Ajne, Riva, Sali Oguri, Beth Terry, Filles des Iles, Vero Kern, Nyakio Kamoche Grieco...by Michelyn Camen, 03 July 2008

Michelyn Camen is a New York-based writer and is the former Editorial Director/Fragrance Editor for Beauty News NY and LA, as well as contributor to Access Magazine and Sniffapalooza magazine.

Camen is a multi award winning marketing executive and the Founder and President of BrandWidth Consulting Co., which specializes in brand development and positioning for niche and emerging brands. Email: fifthsensenyc@aol.com.

Happy Independence Day




Blurry - Puddle of Mudd





I wish the last chord at the end of the song didn't cut off, but it's a You Tube video--Get the album or buy the single on iTunes to hear it in full. It's worth it!

Alabama - John Coltrane




John Coltrane's response to the 1963 bombing of a Southern Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama

Only One - Yellowcard




Thursday, July 03, 2008

On Censorship



So where do I stand on censorship? I remember debating this with a friend who believes nothing should ever be censored, not even from children. I had to disagree with that because I see no good coming from showing young children very explicit images that could scare them or instill prejudice against others (they should listen to good music, though, not just silly, dumbed down children's music). He says this is a very American mentality. However, I also believe people need to know what our past or present look like, and we need to grow from knowledge. I don't believe in censorship to the point where people's lives can be threatened, and things that offend shouldn't be wiped out from the history books, either. I just think we can be more evolved in how we handle these kinds of things today without people feeling the need to jump to one side. Can't we take each case as it comes, you know, as in "all things in context"? This is a case where relativism might be the wisest way. Why does everything have to be so black and white, dualist or reductionist, either for or against or one-size-fits-all? Why do we try to apply one theory to fit every single case? Is there ever an exception to the rule, and can it depend on the rule?

Related topic: A New 'Lolita' Stalls in Europe; Hollywood Snubs Remake of the Tale of an Adolescent Siren By CELESTINE BOHLEN Published: September 23, 1997

Censorship and Self-censorship on Wikipedia

(Image: www.alchemist.excessivelydangerousthing.com)

Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido Serge Lutens Fleurs d'Oranger



Even though Serge Lutens and Shiseido are so on my s**t list for putting out that racist blurb for their newest perfume, I also take into consideration Shiseido is, after all, the company that makes skin whitening creams for the Japanese and Asian markets. I also speak and read Japanese, so I know the newest Shiseido Serge offering isn't the only thing being sold with "white skin" as a selling point. Many white people around the world still don't understand what non-whites in the same world see in this marketing tactic as being morally deficient not to mention old, particularly if they think the beauty industry reserves the right to be "creative" as if it's the most important virtue. To me, a product that doesn't come from a loving, higher place has nothing truly meaningful to offer, but that's the beauty industry for you--as superficial as ever. Maybe it's silly to expect art from fashion and beauty. You can be artistic in the field, but true art transcends the physical. If you need to focus on skin color to sell your product, that's materialistic in and of itself and turns me off. Art comes from a much deeper place and you can't fake it by being elitist and exclusive.

Anyway, seeing as my opinion on the matter has caused major havoc in blogosphere enough to be ridiculed as "PC" and banned from the Serge Noire threads, and how the racism I see is continually harped on as being all in my head by the ignorant, I thought I'd educate my audience before every Serge Lutens post from now on, until someone there actually starts giving a crap. I'm Japanese, too, but obviously, we're not a monolithic group that wants to stay exclusive as a people, and I don't see how Shiseido can afford not to be more "politically correct" which, by the way, is a term trendily used as an anti-American pejorative around the world, not to mention to discredit a legitimate argument against racism in the industry. Guess where I live and feel blessed, especially as July 4th is coming up? It'll be a cold day in hell before anyone on the outside can stop me from caring about the plight of the minority that affects this country, and through it all, I STILL would rather be here than there. I'm glad I live where the majority of people are "PC" (by choice). Today, there's a PC view that all men are equal; this is undoubtedly biologically correct as well.

Serge Lutens Fleurs d'Oranger is no ordinary fleur d'oranger perfume. The white flowers in this composition are orange blossoms backed by white jasmine and heady tuberose. It smells very similar to A la Nuit to me, actually. The effect on me is a densely powdery, heavy, sweet floral. It also has a pungent wooded base with cumin giving it a musky tone. All in all, it's not a refreshing fleur d'oranger, but it might be something you'd like if you prefer a rich and spicy, perfumey fleur d'oranger over a light, citrusy one. You could say it's the queen bee of fleur d'orangers, assertive and attention-loving. It's very floral and heady--reminds me of Giorgio, but in the best way (and the all-American Giorgio isn't as bad as perfume people make it sound, either).


Vogue Italia's All Black July Issue

Vogue Italia has issued an all-black model July issue as a statement against the current trend of using predominantly white models in magazines (this phenomenon was reported on The Glamorous Bee on Friday, April 27, 2007 in "The World's Next Top Models?"). I noticed the trend, too, and put two and two together that it was all part of the Classics trend I've been writing about for some time. It's bad enough the fashion industry is as racist as it is, but if the new trend is to bring more awareness to black beauty while highlighting our DIFFERENCES, it would be a continuation of the on-going racism, not a gesture of good will as it might seem. Why wait for the July issue to make a statement (why not a big month like October?)? Regarding the industry and all who censor thoughts like mine in blogosphere, I have to applaud their tenacious will to believe we will stand by and let the industry control us so gullibly in the 21st century. No, I will not be so easily assimilated to racist thinking as they would like, even under the warm and fuzzy guise of globalization.

Although I can appreciate the attempt by Vogue to bring more attention to dark-skinned beauty, I feel it's better to have different models in each issue rather than feature all in one issue in segregated fashion, thereby bringing to consciousness "ethnic VS standard" beauty, a dangerous, even fascistic, propagation of ideas. Remember how the Nazis propagated the "ideal" beauty through photography and "art"? Displaying images of people in hierarchical format sends out the message of proper order of rank and importance by racial groups (see this link: Who Is Leni Riefenstahl?). We've seen the tactic employed through perfume, subversively dividing us by "class" which is equated with "taste"--now, it's easy to see this is how it's done everywhere else. It would be interesting to see how Vogue and other magazines will follow-up this "special" July issue.

Color awareness is a form of racism while color blindedness sets us free.

Here's a discussion on the topic here: www.thefashionspot.com

And here: www.theimagist.com

(Image: Beauty and the Salamander blog)



Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Summer '08 Top 10 List


Is it hot enough where you are yet? Are you enjoying your Summer '08 so far? What about your Winter '08 for those of you faithful readers in the Southern hemisphere logging onto Pink Manhattan tonight? Yes, globalization is on my mind and so is our environment, changing climate, all those things that affect our shared world. In a time of rapid change and uncertainty, peculiar trends, strange rumors and legends coming from many sides, I'm still inspired and moving on with my passion which is songwriting, looking forward to announcing new songs and an album to come sometime in Fall 2008. It's been a long time coming, so I hope it will be worth the wait. Thanks for your warm support and patience. Lots more exciting news to come from WUJ Productions, so stay tuned.

Here's my tentative Top 10 list of Summer Favorites. With July 4th coming up, it's time now to enjoy the simple pleasures life has to offer, kick back and relax with my loved ones, beloved orange blossom spritzers and lively summer fruits.

1. Le Labo Fleur d'Oranger 27
2. Armani Code
3. Annick Goutal Néroli
4. Chanel Les Exclusifs Eau de Cologne
5. Marc Jacobs Blush
6. Guerlain Cuir Beluga
7. Cacharel Noa
8. Loree Rodkin Gothic II
9. Nina Ricci Nina
10. Paco Rabanne Calandre

I wear the first 5 most often, and I also have on hand Frederic Malle Une Fleur de Cassie, Iris Poudre, Serge Lutens Fumerie Turque, Lauren by Ralph Lauren, Kate by Kate Moss, Kylie Minogue Darling and Marc Jacobs Daisy. Oh, let me not forget good ol' 4711 Kölnisch Wasser (Mülhens) and my favorite Creed fragrances: Silver Mountain Water, Imperial Millesime and Spring Flower--still great after all these years. I can't wait for the new one, Floralie, to be released this year.

Here are some stats for Pink Manhattan blog as of 7/1/08:

Most visited post: Sexism in the Fragrance Industry

Top 5 perfume searches:
1. Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche
2. Nina by Nina Ricci
3. Weil Zibeline Secret de Venus
4. Victoria's Secret Very Sexy Hot
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