Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Parfumerie Generale Musc Maori EDP Review

I love, no, adore chocolate and I do have a liking for musk perfumes. When Surrender to Chance was having a pretty good deal, I have gotten a musk sampler set. After procrastinating on even beginning to test out this new sampler, this is the first that came to hand.

It's nothing but a Hershey's bar for skin and not in a good way. Chocolate is great for cooking and eating but not for perfume. Even after 5 hours of wear, I can smell chocolate and maybe a little musk. But after wearing this for 5 hours, this is petering out into almost nothing. This really isn't my deal at all. It's alright to get a vague impression of food in a perfume but not smell like a cheeseburger.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Feeling like a little bit of a freak

A couple years ago, I had downgraded from carrying a messenger bag/large purse due to the fact that I had started to accumulate too much stuff in there. I've lost count of how many times I had found broken decants,full bottles, and minis. Then I downgraded to a medium sized bag because one would think that I would get nervous with the sound of clinking glass coming from my purse. Turns out, I found Tocca Giulietta, a vintage no. 22 along with the current version of no. 22, and somehow, found my no. 19 extract unopened and in the box and wondered how it got there.

The reason that I feel like a freak is that I found a couple other things that I forgot that I had. I've mostly stopped wearing makeup because the only thing that take 30 seconds to apply is lipstick and once I decided on a perfume, it takes me a split second to apply it. I feel a little freakish because I cannot bear the thought of leaving the house, even to go to the grocery store, without perfume. I know that at the grocery store I shop at, there is a moderately large perfume counter. Not exactly what you would see at the mall, but for a grocery store, it's huge. Shalimar EDC, Estee Lauder Pleasures are just an example of what is sold. Yeah, they have testers but I'm not interested in trying out celebrity perfumes nor am I willing to test out Madonna's Truth or Dare. Tuberose and I don't exactly get along.

In the end, I do come down to the what if something happens to the house (fire, maybe)? Quite a bit of my collection is expensive and can be replaced but I still want to smell good.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Tommy Girl Review

A friend and I were talking today and she mentions that her hubby gotten her a bottle of Tommy Girl and it "smells so good" and not heavy or strange (she was talking about my perfumes). That reminded me that I had a decant of Tommy Girl sitting on my dresser at home (hey...it was dirt cheap).

Even though Tommy Girl was released in 1996, when I started high school, the hallways did not reek of Tommy Girl. They reeked of mainly of Clinique Happy and Bath and Body Works' Cucumber Melon. To a lesser degree, you could get a whiff of Estee Lauder Pleasures. Until about my junior or senior year, I wore all three of those scents. Then came my discovery of CK's Obsession. When I stumbled onto Obsession, I learned real quick that the tiniest bit goes a long way with Obsession.

It wasn't until I graduated from high school and went to school that was another perfume that was very popular with my age group. It was Tommy Girl. And since my friend said that it was her new signature scent, I took a closer look.

Tommy Girl is nice and not really what I would call a perfume. It smells a little like a perfume but it reminds me strongly of laundry detergent. I find that Tommy Girl is watery and I really dislike watery notes in perfume. Lasting power is about average with minimal projection. Not my deal.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

When Back Ups Attack.

Right now, I am sitting and gazing at my latest full bottle purchase while a family member is rolling their eyes at me. And it's Amouage Dia and the huge bottle. As much as I love Gold, I love Dia more and wear it more often, Last year was mostly marked by getting back up bottles or back up decants. This year is probably back to my 'normal' habit of trying new things. But still, I am gazing at my latest perfume purchase, blogging, thinking of all the back up bottles and decants that I already have and now onto trying new things.

The semi inadvertent Amouage full bottle bender has brought some more multiples into my house.I used to have 1 sample of Reflection, Memoir, and Interlude and now that's been doubled. But I did somewhat manage to score a sample of Interlude Man. Well, the multiples can be used for Valentine's Day and a birthday to stick on the cards or lose somewhere in the shuffle.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Good Lord...This Bottle is Huge!

For the past few years, I made it a rule of not buying the biggest bottle of any perfume. Buying the biggest bottle can be the economically sound thing to do if one is loyal to a couple of perfumes. But perfumistas are not loyal to one or two perfumes. We might have a small handful of perfumes that will always be in our collection.

I wrote about the mishap with getting a bottle of Amouage Lyric for women. Lyric had been on my full bottle list for about 3 years and decided the hell with it and ordered a bottle. After I was offered the 3.4 ounce because the 1.7 ounce was out of stock, I took Lady Ruth Perfumes up on getting the bigger bottle. My bottle of Lyric arrived yesterday and after unwrapping the package with glee, the size of the bottle stunned me after going who knows how long without getting the larger bottle. Chanel's Cuir de Russie, Sycomore don't really count. When I had gotten those, there was not the option on the getting the 2.5 ounce bottle. In the US, Chanel no. 19 in EDP form there isn't an option of getting a smaller the 3.4 ounces. So, I'm used to getting smaller bottles of perfume because I already have 20 some full bottles, 3 back up bottles and who knows how many decants. After my bottle of Amouage Gold for women arrives, I think that I am done with full bottles for a while.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Chanel Chance Review

I think the perfume gods are laughing at me along with torturing me. What I mean is that I am on pins and needles waiting for my bottle of Amouage Lyric for woman and during this time, testing Chanel's Chance.

After my panic about the possibility of Chanel no. 5 being reformulated or discontinued, I got around to trying the spray sample of Chance that they had sent me. Even though I knew I would regret this, I still tried Chance.

Boy, did I ever regret spraying Chance. I had gotten a huge blast of rancid citrus and laundry detergent. Laundry detergent is a perfume normally doesn't bother me unless it is up in your face like Chance is. To combine it with citrus is a mistake. Especially a citrus that smells like it had just gone bad and then to cover it all up, there is a butt load of flowers. Staying power is pretty good and what I expect out of Chanel. I wouldn't go out and buy myself a bottle or anyone else. If someone gave me a bottle, I would give it away because I detest it. I believe that Chance and all of it's spawns were created for those 16 to 20 year olds that want a Chanel that they mostly like and want to call their own.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

It's a New Year

It's a new year with the potential for many adventures or misadventures, especially when it comes to perfume. From a day or two before Thanksgiving until the day after Christmas, I usually do have a perfume misadventure. Sometimes it is me dropping a decant and breaking it or wearing something I like for a holiday and most everyone is making not always pleasant comments about.

This time, it's been a little over 2 years that I've had a full bottle misadventure. Shortly after Thanksgiving 2010, I ordered a full bottle of Frapin's 1270 and it had taken about a month for it to arrive at my doorstep. I initially thought that the Perfume Shoppe being located in Canada and it being around Thanksgiving here, it may take a little longer. About two weeks later, I received a phone call saying that there was a mix up. Eventually, it was worked out. On Christmas, Santa brought me a $100 Amazon gift card and I couldn't wait much longer. The day after Christmas, I took the plunge and used that $100 towards a full bottle of Amouage Lyric. What really pushed me was that the 3rd party seller (Lady Ruth Perfumes) was running a little bit of a sale on most of the Amouage line. I have ordered Amouage Memoir through Amazon from Lady Ruth Perfumes and had a great experience, so it I wasn't concerned about getting the wrong product or getting a fake product. Sometime on the 29th, I had gotten an email saying that Lyric had shipped but on the 31st, I had received a phone call. I was informed that they were out of the Lyric for women in the 1.7 ounce size but they were able to ship me a 3.4 ounce bottle for no additional cost. I was a little confused because I had the email from Amazon saying that it was shipped. I still don't know what to make of the whole situation even though I took up the offer of a larger bottle. I will wait for my package to show up before I make any final decision.