Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Mazzolari Musk EDT Review

I am always on the prowl for new (to me) perfumes loaded with skank and a while back, I had ordered from Surrender to Chance a musk sampler set. I had forgotten that I did order it and really need to get going on trying this out.

Last night, I was trying to figure out if I should wear Montale's Ginger Musk or Mazzolari's Musk and I picked Mazzolri Musk. At first, I couldn't make out what was going on because Musk us a little spicy and maybe a little acrid to my nose. Then it's just straight up musk and maybe some spices to keep from being really boring. But in a sense, it is boring. Musk is laundry musk trying to be that girl who is trying to hint around that she my be an animal in bed. But it doesn't work out that way because it's cuddly and pleasant. I would like to keep a small decant around but not a 100ml full bottle of it.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Travels and Events

It seems like every time I turn around, I am planning another trip. And with planning a trip, means packing. picking out and packing clothes is pretty easy for me. For me, it's the making sure I have a car charger for everything. And I mean everything, the cellphone, tablet, and now my Kindle "needs" one.

But since I always seem to travel in the fall, I have to take a new look at my perfume collection. Fall can be a goofy time of year for perfume. It's the transition from the fruity and floral stuff to the heavier oriental perfumes. I honestly don't have  lot of transition perfumes in my collection or the floral/fruity stuff, it's the heavy orientals or the aldehydes. Sometimes I wonder if I should just stick to taking Jicky and no 5 and leaving the rest. Or maybe take Theorema just in case. I'm thinking L'air du Desert Marocain due to the fact that it seems to be evaporating in front of my eyes. Not having all of my collection sends me into a panic attack because I am always afraid that I may want something that I didn't pack.

Now for a little change of pace, funerals and perfume. Yes, funerals and perfume since I have to attend one tomorrow and I am at a loss on what to wear. It's for a relative that I may have met once or twice in my life and I am about to search my closet for cloths that might be appropriate but perfume is always tricky when we are dealing with funerals. Cuir de Russie? The trusty no 5? Vintage Mitsouko? I have no idea at this point, knowing that skank is out along with anything loud.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Ormonde Jayne Woman Review

Yesterday was a day where I had to say screw it and just try something new. And I pulled out my large decant of Ormonde Jayne Woman to wear. And I am not sure what to make of it.

At first, there was something familiar about it, something that I already own in my collection. The something familiar came to me early this morning and it was Chanel Sycomore and looking around, there are lots of woods like cedar and vetiver. Then something else struck me as kind of familiar, Fracas. Even though tuberose isn't listed as one of the notes, I smell it. Looking around the internet, I'm seeing jasmine. I've never been a fan of tuberose even though I do like jasmine and many big white florals. At the end of the day, Woman just doesn't suit me because I find it to be harsh. I don't know which note it is making it harsh to my nose, but I can't stand it. Hopefully, my other unsniffed decants will be winners.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Random Sniffage

After having a week away from my job, it's now time to recap on what kind of happened perfume wise during my vacation. Did it involve perfume buying? Yes, but who really wants to her that? It did involve a lot of general being out and about. I really wasn't interested in the whole going to the mall or beauty supply places but it happened anyway.

In my area, where my local Borders used to be, an Ulta beauty supply store moved in. Yes, it happened a couple of years ago but I still miss Borders and haven't gotten used to the sight of Borders being gone. Wednesday was the first time that I actually set foot in Ulta and I have never been inside. I was curious to see what was inside. I wasn't expecting Ulta to sell perfume but they do. Let's just say that the perfume selection is pretty similar to Sephora but in some respects maybe a little better. Ulta is trying to be like a cross between what would be the normal drugstore fare of make up and hair care and Sephora. The reason that I say that it is like Sephora is that it offers higher end perfume not the general stuff like CK Obsession and the like. To tell you the truth, I was surprised to see Chanel offerings (no 5, Mademoiselle, Noir) and some Guerlains. Mind you that a lot of these perfumes are sold at Macy's but Ulta is not Macy's where I can find a whole lot more than just the best sellers. And best sellers is pretty much what is sold in Ulta. I didn't expect the whole Chanel line and all of the variations of no 5 but that is somewhat impressive.

I was at my local mall briefly while getting a couple blouses and noticed that they had a little baby Sephora in my local Macy's. Naturally, I poked around and didn't see too much that interested me in terms of perfume. Mostly because the baby Sephora was that tiny. On the upside of going into Sephora, I did find the Kat von D lipstick in Hellbent. For the longest time, I couldn't even find it on the Sephora website.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Back Up Bottles

Sometimes I love just random thoughts that can just pop into my head and this current random thought is back up bottles of perfume. It came into the question of can ordering back up bottles of any perfume be fun? To me, the answer is yes and no.

Take the recent rumor that Chanel no 5 was going to have to be reformulated due to materials either being banned or used in minuscule amounts caused me to panic. That's when I had ordered the largest sized back up bottles of the EDT and EDP. Or when I find out that Fendi does have the tendency to discontinue perfumes after a couple years, I went on the hunt to get two bottles of Theorema. But this was also a time when I was scouting E-bay for bottles of reasonably priced bottles of Deneuve and vintage Shalimar. Or when I panicked when I heard that Nuda was going to be discontinued, I had bought that second bottle.

In my mind, getting the second bottle of any perfume can be fun. Especially when it's ordered online and you anxiously wait for the package, hoping that the bottle isn't broken. But when the 3rd bottle is ordered or you went into the store and got it, it's pretty much like running in to the grocery store for milk, eggs and bread. That's what it was like when I had chickened out with getting my 3rd bottle (2nd back up) of Mitsouko and not chose L'Heure Bleue. I don't know why that happened but I probably was worried about the 1st couple weeks of wearing L'Heure Bleue a lot I would be very sick of it and wished I had just gotten a large decant.

Sometimes I do think that I should stop at maybe 1 bottle of any given scent.