Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Lavanila Coconut

I think I've found the perfect gourmand coconut with just the right amount of sweet vanilla in the mix. Some reviewers have compared it to Christian Dior Hypnotic Poison, and I can see the resemblance, but I need to smell coconut right now more than intense tropical white flowers. I also read that some people smell powdery heliotrope in it, but I mainly pick up the perfectly choreographed duo between coconut (not the toasted kind, nor the watery kind, not suntan oil but the delicious "snowballs" kind) and rich vanilla. I see a rollerball in my near future, and a huge bottle of it to last a lifetime over the long haul; I can legit live on this stuff.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Old Spice Swagger, Wolfthorn, Sport

Procter & Gamble is having a love affair with Aristotle in putting out these scents and marketing blurbs for men's fragrance brand giant Old Spice.

"Swagger body wash from Old Spice is for the man who holds the complete works of Aristotle in one hand, and a delicious sandwich in the other. Swagger’s subtle scent transforms your skin to feel like a smooth and hydrated playing field where confidence scores the winning touchdown." (Source: National Review Online)

This flanker scent to the original Old Spice has a traditionally masculine woody Chypre type of scent. It's a bit spicy like the original, and the heaviest/strongest of the 3.

"Who knew the wild scent of Wolfthorn Deodorant could help to battle stinky body problems? Maybe Aristotle or talking owls knew, but definitely not regular people or dumb owls. For a scent experience as rich and complex as a gilded Rube Goldberg machine, try the Wolfthorn collection in its entirety: Invisible Solid Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant, Deodorant, Body Wash, Body Spray, and Cologne Spray."

The notes I was able to find online for Old Spice Wolfthorn are: Citrus, passion fruit and mango, vanilla and musk

Yes, these are wolves that live in the tropics. I like this scent, very shared gender-like. I smelled the passion fruit and mango right away.

Ok, this one I haven't found being sold with Aristotle references, and I can't find the notes, but it smells like a fresh and pleasant Fruity Floral with citrus and a dry, cedary base (just my guess). It's also definitely very shared gender-like, reminiscent of a fragrance by Benefit (Laugh with Me, LeeLee?).

A 16th century woodcut of Archimedes' eureka moment, Eureka effect, Wikipedia

Saturday, September 20, 2014

September 2014 Top 7 Favorite Fragrance List

It's hard to believe summer is over and the fall season is officially here again. Gone are the sundrenched afternoons picnicking in gauzy outfits, and baring our legs in short dresses and heels through romantic city nights. It's been a long while since I posted a list of favorite fragrances, so I thought I'd share what my perfuming habits have been like these days. Firstly, there's the issue of my unreleased perfumes, neither of which I have been able to launch due to unforeseen circumstances, but I have been wearing one of these quite often. It is a vanilla and gardenia blend like my original PINK MANHATTAN Purrfume but a variation of it, without peach as the main motif. I had announced one of the other notes being lavender. I won't give all its secrets away (unless I already have in a previous post and I just don't remember anymore), but suffice it to say it's a comforting and delicious, yet soothingly fresh type of scent, ever more summery than even the original PINK MANHATTAN. Not only to wistfully reminisce about the short-lived summer but, at the risk of blatant self-promotion and flattery, in appreciation of the actual scent combination which I stumbled upon by chance whilst unwittingly playing around with notes in my limited but individually suited and therefore at the very least still functional perfume organ, I can smell it every day and not get tired of it, a feat for any scent in the life of a perfumista.

Besides my private blend, I have been wearing fragrance sporadically, and only a handful of those among my collection. Over the summer, my favorites were Creed Spring Flower (of course), Marc Jacobs Oh Lola, Rihanna Reb'l Fleur in minute dabs because it's so strong, and a mild coconut-scented mist by Urban Decay called Sweet Cream. In September, I wore Guerlain L'Instant and Comptoir Sud Pacifique Tiare once each. I might dig out the fun and flighty Britney Spears Fantasy for a day, but I am not terribly in the mood for patchouli anything except the occasional coconutty Chypre Reb'l Fleur. I am waiting for several new-to-me coconut-scented samples to arrive soon, so I should be able to post some reviews again.

Early summer, my go-to was Yves Saint Laurent Cinema, but I have not worn anything too perfumey in awhile, not even Yves Saint Laurent Manifesto which is decidedly less in-your-face dramatic. I have not gone near the vintages since the spring when I had a fascination with Guerlain Chamade parfum and Givenchy III for a brief couple of days. I am firmly in the gourmand mindset right now, with coconut and an age-tested love, vanilla, being at the center of my attention. One of these days, I might flirt with L'Artisan Parfumeur La Chasse aux Papillons again for a healthy dose of tuberose, but the thrill of fleshy white florals seems to be gone, shockingly. Although Molinard Vanille is a longstanding favorite, I also might go on a search for yet another holiest grail vanilla; that would be a fun project for the fall. However, most of all, I have fallen in love with Creed Virgin Island Water, the most well-mannered coconut blend I have had the pleasure of encountering. Come holiday time, surely I can gift myself just once more with a terribly wasteful indulgence to get lost in, even on those days and nights I spend by myself just looking out a window with all its changing skies. My September Top 7:

1. Creed Virgin Island Water
2. Guerlain L'Instant
3. Rihanna Reb'l Fleur
4. Creed Spring Flower
5. My private blend #1 (TBA)
6. Molinard Vanille
7. Urban Decay Sweet Cream

Monday, September 15, 2014

Star Wars MBTI

I finally saw The Return of the Jedi, and was able to get the gist of INTJ Palpatine's character apart from having seen a clip of him on You Tube (which, I must admit, made me laugh the first time I saw it). I'm not sure he is an INTJ character. Granted, personality isn't the same thing as character, since any personality type can be of a good or bad character. Emperor Palpatine is unequivocally evil in this film. His downfall was overconfidence, stereotypical of an INTJ archetype. However, his cold and calculated ways of manipulating those around him to win them over to his views seemed more NF, or perhaps E, to me. Perhaps I'm also influenced by the fact that he looks so much like Pope Benedict, complete with a slight German-like accent of sorts.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The secrets of Andy Warhol's time capsules

Well, I agree that boxes are aesthetically pleasing and useful... The secrets of Andy Warhol's time capsules By Simon Elmes, BBC September 9, 2014

Monday, September 01, 2014

Green Jalapeño Pepper Sauce

I hope you had a nice Labor Day weekend. Did you do any grilling, or partake in the eating of grilled foods? Next year, I'm putting this stuff on everything in sight. I think jalapeño sauce is my favorite condiment, ever.