SorceressSorceress' Perfume Blog

So I landed in the hospital this week via ambulance. I've been here a few days already, and started jonesing for a perfume. At the least, I needed a scent to lull me to sleep.

So when my aon said he was coming to visit, I asked him to stop by my home to pick up some needed items. Then I told him to go the perfume area.....

I had him on the phone, and since they are all in order, it was pretty easy for him to locate the one I wanted. .He even pronounced the name correctly. I was so proud.

So I can now relax easier, sniffing my wrists, inhaling Dolce & Gabbanna's Intense. I don't have to smell medicinal anymore.

What we perfumistas will do for our passionate hobby....



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My weather finally hit the 60's and 70's this week-end. I mean, the temperature stayed over 50 degrees. It's not in the 30's anymore. Doesn't mean it still won't dip to the 30's, tho. I finally had to start thinking about switching perfumes. And that's difficult for me.

I love my heavy orientals. And my chypres. My smoky scents. My thick powerful perfumes. And now Spring has sprung. I wore Miss Dior Cherie today and it almost gave me a headache. No, this isn't happening.

I am not a floral person. Nor, do I like citrus scents. I like to smell my perfume, but then again, I'm old-school where we inhaled heavily. I wore Tabu as a teen-ager along with musk oil and patchouli oil straight out of the bottle.

I've been moving my perfumes around and bringing the lighter scents to the forefront for the warmer seasons to come. I'll miss my heavy scents, my Anne Klein 2, my Habanita, my Must de Cartier, my Uninhibited, my Nicole Miller, my Ambre.

At least until I can turn my air-conditioning on high enough and pretend it's cold outside.

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6 years ago

I love reading reviews here. And I always save the reviews at Parfumo for last when I'm using them for my research in a purchase. Why? Because the reviews here are the most poignant and honest reviews that delve into a perfume.

When I'm researching perfumes to buy, I first read the notes (obviously), then I'll read reviews about the perfume. I'll be honest. I go to different sites. At another site, I have to scroll through ( a lot) of reviews to find the worthwhile ones that have relevant material. That's ok. I'm a fast reader.

And some of them do make me smile. Or laugh. Or guffaw. I try not to drink anything while reading them at the other site.

I'm a patch lover. Not everyone is. Again, that's ok. Sometimes, a reviewer will comment that a perfume would have been great if only patchouli wasn't in the mix, because the patchouli ruined it. Well, here's my thought on that. Why'd you try that perfume if you knew patchouli was in it, and you knew you hated patchouli? Of course you're going to hate it. Duh. The perfumer didn't ask for your opinion. Did you bother to read the notes beforehand? Guess not..

Or this type of comment opens my eyes all the time. And I see it often enough. A reviewer will comment about patchouli in a good way, saying that it's not a patchouli that dirty hippies would wear, or a patch that reminds them of smelly hippies. Passive-aggressive shot at hippies. So then I'll look at the reviewer to check their age. And bingo! They're a youngin, far too young to have been rollin' in the mud at Woodstock. So I wonder. Were their parents traumatized by some hippies? Were their parents hippie-wannabes? Did hippies kidnap them at an early age and try to help them evolve into peaceful people? What happened in their early development stages that they dislike an entire generation of people that they know nothing about? Did these people grow up hearing about hippies in such a negative way that they must always associate hippies with patchouli, dirtiness and some type of disgusting odor? Who influenced them to speak so negatively and become haters of hippies? They weren't there, and that type of comment doesn't belong in a review, just as the "old lady smelling perfume" comment doesn't belong in a review, either.

Thank goodness I don't see it here at Parfumo. Because it doesn't belong in a critique. And for the record? I don't remember a dirty, hippie smell from back in the day. I do remember a lot of smiles, peace signs, hugs and camaraderie. Oh yeah-and people smelling of patch, musk oil, cannabis and hashish. There were bad times (the war) and good times back then. No need to dismiss and become haters of a generation of people that attempted to make changes for the future.

I wish folks would keep their dismissive tones of society out of reviews. It just shows their ignorance.

Of course, marketing always comes into play. I've added pictures of current perfumes from fragrances of patchouli/patchouli types of today. Note the marketing hype. Is it any wonder where the phrases Dirty Hippie come from? Granted, there will always be sociological implications, we know this. Those are ingrained. But to implement ad campaigns directed at a group of people and market perfumes using these words is just wrong. And this is called creativity.

Frankly, I wouldn't put my money down to any company that markets anything like this that isn't creative and dismisses a group of people in a hateful way. It's slanderous.



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Reading reviews on another site this morning, another writer had posted about a particular perfume and I quote: "just Awful do people even wear perfumes like these anymore Dana and Revlon makes no good perfumes enough said why not save your money and buy a good bottle of perfume... YUCK the name just an odd ball!".

After seeing this comment, I really became irate. I thought to myself, why are people such snobs in our world of perfumes?

Those of us who belong to the perfume sites, of course, enjoy the niche perfumes, the high-end perfumes, the diversity of fragrances that are out in our world. However, there are many of us that also enjoy drugstore classics. And there are some of us that review them. Maybe we review them for a reason.

Not everyone understands the difference between a $400 perfume and $10 bottle. Nor does everyone even know what a nose is, or where Grasse is, or frankly, they don't even care. For some people in this world, they're just happy to have a bottle of perfume to wear.

We spend our money on our hobby and don't think twice. Look at your hobby and what it's worth. It's an investment. But that doesn't mean you can turn your nose up at those that don't understand the hobby. There are people that simply want to know what a perfume is about. They have $10 to spend and that's it for the next six months. Don't tell them to not waste their money on drugstore classics when that's all they can afford. How demeaning can a reviewer be? Are you really that special?

And if a person really feels that drugstore classics are crap, then explain why. Back up your statements with reasonable ideas that will paint a picture for the reader so they'll get a better picture of the perfume. But words that say nothing do just that. And they demean not only the reader, but the original writer, also.

Maybe I should tell you where I'm coming from and this post will hit home a little better. Have you ever held the hand of a woman in a shelter who is escaping a marriage of cruelty, has no idea where she is going, has two black eyes, an indeterminable amount of mental abuse by the person she thought she once loved? She'd love a bottle of perfume. Now are you going to tell her that she shouldn't waste her money on drugstore fragrances because that's her option right now and Chanel No. 5 isn't.

Or the middle-class woman with three children in school, saving for an education for her children, trying to pay her bills in today's world. Think she can afford Cuir de Russie?

How about the senior citizen living on social security? She has a small income, but wants to look and feel good about herself.

My point is, there are plenty of people that love perfumes. But everyone can't afford the high-end ones. Nor will everyone pay for the little samples from the companies. They can't be bothered. But, people do want to know what perfumes smell like, regardless of the price. And there's plenty of good drugstore classics out there. Or discount shopping stores like TJ Maxx/Marshall's have great buys too.

It's like eating a fish sandwich at McDonald's versus eating lobster tails at your favorite very nice restaurant. We all eat the fish sandwiches without complaining, don't we? And we eat a lot more of them than we eat lobster tails. How often does someone look down their nose at you because you've eaten at a cheaper restaurant? Do they tell you to save your money for a better meal instead? Do your friends use words like "Yuck, Ewww, when you tell them you went to that fast-food joint for a burger?" I doubt it. Instant gratification and you were hungry. The means equals the end. That's our world.

Well, for some folks in our world, it's the same thing. Their means equals their end. Only their means isn't ours. And that's ok. But there's no reason to be a snob or demeaning about it.

There's a whole world of perfumes out there. Over 36,000. Obviously you won't like them all. Review them with a sense of humor, patience and dedication. That's why the word perfumista is in existence. Wear it proudly.



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6 years ago

Dissecting perfumes. What a hobby this is. What an enjoyable hobby. Can anyone do it? They can. Can anyone write about it? That's up to them. It takes passion. And throw in a bit of experience about perfumes, perhaps. And honesty, that's always a plus. But what's most important is speaking from the heart and telling your tale, your journey, your own experience with that spray of perfume that you're inhaling and experiencing. Where does it bring you?

Years ago, I was chosen by a store manager of Macy's to work in the fragrance department. At that time, I'd had absolutely no experience in that area. The women that worked in cosmetics and the one other lady in fragrances were curious as to why I had been chosen. So was I. I hadn't applied for the position, and didn't know it was open. One day, I was simply transferred.

That began my foray into this world. The woman that was the head of fragrances was my mentor. Emily knew every fragrance and more that I thought I could ever learn about at the time. I listened to her speak to customers about the products on the shelves, but also about the vintages. She knew her perfumes, and it showed. Quickly, I learned. But I loved perfumes, too. I was given a few lines of small cosmetics on the side, also. They weren't important to me. It was the world of smell that was intriguing to me. Sure, you could dress up a face with make-up. But to choose the right fragrance, that wasn't always so easy.

To educate the consumer about what comprised perfumes was even more daunting. Some cared, some didn't. Some just wanted to follow the current fad, as always. Others knew that the intricacies of the perfume were more important. And that's what perfumery is all about. The intricate lacework of notes that comprise the pyramid that eventually becomes your scent, perhaps your signature scent. Once an individual discovers that information, perfumes suddenly become more interesting, more negotiable and less confusing. That's what writing reviews is about. Helping people understand what makes a perfume rise and fall with its aromas, what images it evokes, what its classification is, best time of year to wear it and when to wear it, these are all clues that come together like a jig-saw puzzle for someone researching a product.

It's perfectly fine not to like a fragrance of the moment. Saying it with passionate feelings and descriptive images helps others decide if a perfume will suit them. When a perfume doesn't suit me, I'll try to be as descriptive and give my reasons for my thumbs down so others can assess accurately. I know I'll always be more passionate about a perfume I love, that's much easier. But it's a disservice not to write about perfumes I don't like.

One other note. I am a firm believer in reviewing all types of perfumes that I may encounter. I'd love to be able to only review high-end fragrances, but, alas, my pocketbook says that is not to be. There is a world of perfumes out there to sample, to buy and sniff. There are people from all levels of socio-economic backgrounds. People that can afford all types of perfumes. Some purchase drug-store perfumes, some purchase Avon fragrances, some buy vintages, while others seek out only very expensive niche and design house fragrances. I am not one to decide that I am above reviewing any type of perfume. All women deserve to read reviews about perfumes of their particular choice. So in my quest, I search for perfumes to review so that others may read and make their choices. That is only fair.



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