Friday, June 22, 2018


Let's get this straight, I have tons of bottles like any good perfumista. This means back up bottles. I have back ups for discontinued perfumes and a whole lot more back ups in vintage perfumes. The vintages that I do have are mostly in splash or dabber bottles. But I always seem to run into the same problem. The dreaded evaporation.

The older the vintage is, the less likely the dabber seems to hold the perfume. A lot of the vintage bottles I have date from the 1950's to the 1990's. I love my vintage Guerlain's but find that the ones that are earlier than the 1970's don't seem to have plastic over the glass part of the stopper that goes into the bottle. My newer ones do. This means that I have to start wearing some of these and use the bottles up. Truth be told, I don't mind it so much when the vintage splash bottles are screw top and wither EDT or EDC concentration. I mind the most when the vintage extraits are doing this. Vintage extrait is fairly expensive and I have less of vintage extrait. I don't wear my vintage L'Heure Bleue too often but noticed that one of the bottles did have some noticeable evaporation. It isn't a huge amount but it was noticeable and the other one, I'm not totally sure. It looks like I have to get some snack sized Zip lock bags to prevent some of the evaporation and start wearing them more often.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Perfumes That Have Grown on Me

Every time Surrender to Chance or The Perfumed Court has some sort of sale, I am taking a look and most likely buying a decant or two. It just happens, I could ignore it but I don't. There is always something that I read that puts a certain perfume on my radar or back on my radar. I have rediscovered my copy of The Guide by Luca Turin and was looking through it. I came across his review of Ubar and suddenly, I had a craving to try it again.

Even though I hated Ubar but tried to find something good to say about it, I hadn't smelled it in years. But I had to try it again. Why? I knew that when I tried Ubar, I was still pretty new to the scene with niche. Now since I am not so new, I wanted to give Ubar another look. I have lost the whole bug spray thing that I smelled years ago and now I am rocking it. So now I am thinking that a full bottle is on my list.

Do I have a couple others that I that are growing on me? Yep but I am having trouble remembering what they are. And that is what happens with a large collection of perfume, things getting lost in the shuffle.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Tom Ford Private Blend Vanille Fatale

I haven't been much of a fan of Tom Ford's campaign ads for anything. His pornographic images to buy his stuff just turns me off. I don't need naked people shown in a crude manner to try something of his out. I've only really spent time with Tobacco Vanille, so I can't say much about the rest of his perfume line. When I heard that Tom Ford was releasing another vanilla perfume, I had to roll my eyes. Think about it, he already had Tobacco Vanille that seemed to be universally well liked or loved. I've always been pretty iffy on vanilla centric perfumes. Most fall into the too sweet and too edible to be a perfume.

I was bored and decided to test this one out just to see what the difference was between Tobacco Vanille and Vanille Fatale. There is a definite difference. Vanille Fatale starts off with a huge blast of vanilla that smells a little plastic like and something else that I couldn't place. I started to smell a sunscreen note. The sunscreen note has a huge coconut element to it. Yes, coconut and vanilla that's trying to take me to the tropics where the smell of coconuts and vanilla reign supreme. After a while, I do get a little bit of coffee in the background but it gets smothered with vanilla and coconuts.

Vanille Fatale has the lasting power of nuclear waste and has a fairly loud projection. It can be enjoyable for me in the right circumstances but not something I'd wear on a regular basis. I'd rather spend the money on another bottle of Amouage Memior or Lyric for what I would spend of a bottle of Vanille Fatale. It's not really worth $230 in my book.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Summer Perfume

It's that time of year. The time of grilling, mosquitoes and mosquito bites, bees and most of all hot weather. That muggy type of hot, that insufferable type of hot. I got to thinking about perfumes that can work when the heat is insufferable.

A few of my picks are from the Commes des Garcones incense line, specifically Kyoto and Zagorsk. Summer heats doesn't make anything really stick around all that much, maybe 3 or 4 hours at best. Kyoto and Zagorsk are not heavy perfumes and in heat, they are great. Dry but not bone dry, airy but not really. They just seem to work in summer.

Another favorite in summer in Chanel no 19 in EDT form. It's bitey, it's light, slightly bitter but it works in summer. The extrait and EDP don't do the trick in summer, early spring, maybe but not summer. The extrait and EDP just get annoying and seem to be too much in summer. Worth Courtesan is another good one to. It's cheerful, relativity cheap and it's fun. That slightly sweaty pineapple and the barest hint of musk make it a wonderful perfume for the summer.

The last perfume that seems to suit in my collection is En Passant. The lilac, cucumber, wheat and the watery aspect just work in heat, if you use a light hand. Spray with a heavy hand, it might not work.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Amouage Gold for Men

I've been struggling with Amouage's offerings for men. None of what I had tried didn't wow me, let alone impress me. They were light, thin and weak things. I couldn't understand nor see the correlation between the men's version and the women's version of any of them. Then came Gold for men.

I have always found Gold for women a little difficult to wear. Too big, too dense, and way too much civet that got really fecal. As difficult as the women's version is, I do wear it from time to time.

Gold for men starts out as almost a dead ringer for the women's version. I noticed that everything is toned down and drier. The floral aspect is still prominant but doesn't smell overwhelming to my nose. What made me really happy is the civet note wasn't huge and fecal. There was just enough to give it a bit of a growl. Gold Woman has a civet note was huge to the point of crass and was very poopy. I loved how the frankincense was very prominant and didn't allow anything to get out of hand. Gold Man has the lasting power of nuclear waste of my perfume eating skin.

I'm in love with Gold Man because I see how it ties into Gold Woman. Could I see a man wearing this? It would take a very confidant man to wear it but I would gladly take a bottle. So I have to save my pennies and get it for my birthday, or Christmas or when I get my next tax refund.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Spring is here to stay

It looks like spring is here to stay. I have been pretty busy. With the new puppy and many changes at work, I don't have much of a motivation to blog or try anything new. But since the weather is much warmer, almost unseasonably warm, it's difficult with my perfume collection.

A few days ago, while having the new puppy outside to use the bathroom, I end up getting stung on the top of my head by a hornet. I don't know why but I remember wearing vintage Bal that day. That's the little dickens to the left. I have forgotten many things with having a puppy in the house. How often I need to take them out to go to the bathroom, playing, chewing everything, even hands and much more. Right now, she is napping on the couch downstairs, so I have a little bit of time to blog.

But back to the hornet sting and vintage Bal, I had to take a look at my collection. Most of my collection is on the oriental side or kind of on the sweet side. I don't have much in the way of stuff that will keep the bees away or be overwhelming. I have Chanel no 19, Mitsouko on cooler days, Deneuve might be a little sketchy and LADDM. So I have just four perfumes that probably would bet me through spring and summer but I'm not counting on it. I am looking for another spring/summer perfume that won't attract bugs and things that sting but coming up short with what would be good.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Don't Have Much of Anything

I have this huge pile of perfumes to wear and review and I was going to review Andy Tauer's Veviter Dance. But I promptly forgot what it smelled like and I do remember that I did enjoy it. Since I mostly stopped buying perfume except the occasional decant, I haven't really started to start going crazy with the reviewing thing. Let's just say that in many ways, I am a lazy bum in that department. I honestly think that I am trying to use up what I have full bottle wise and the decants that I have already reviewed.

Going through my little news feed of just random news that catches my eye, I was Amazon. There was some stuff about Amazon releasing their numbers of last quarter and how many Prime members that Amazon has. Then I noticed that Amazon is raising the price of 1 year of Prime. I remember when Prime was only $79 then $99. Now the cost is going to be raised to $119. I have always loved Amazon and have been a Prime member for years and now I might have to reassess my Prime membership when it comes up for renewal. I renewed my membership for a year last month, so I have a while to decide. Amazon did send me a blurb about what I saved in shipping, video watching and music listening. Prime paid for itself almost 3 times over. It was enough for me to keep Prime for another year at $99. The excuse is that Prime is expensive to have for Amazon.

On Monday, the breeder had called and said that our puppy will be ready on Sunday. We will be driving around two hours to get the puppy. I had gotten the crate, some toys, some pee pads and I am waiting on the doggie bed to go into the crate. Yes, I have a Bark Box subscription but I don't know how my other dog will react to the puppy playing with the toys that he already has, so the puppy will have a couple toys of her own. All that's left to do besides getting the puppy is getting puppy food and a collar and a leash for her.