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<mark>Anessa</mark>Anessa   01.04.2018 | Miscellaneous

Perfume-related quotes

...Cryptic:I take it you're not a Jeremy fan, Anessa? ;)Elle ne porte rien D’autre qu’un peu D’essence de Guerlain Dans les cheveux...Serge GainsbourgYou know, I'm afraid I'm not a fan of Gainsbourg either, but at least, he has a different way to promote Guerlain than the other one who solely became famous with weather forecasts if (and with how much frequency) panties will be falling or not."To drop, or not to drop - that is the question"
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<mark>Anessa</mark>Anessa   26.03.2018 | Perfumes & Brands

Scent of the Day

..."Still" because there's still some leftover from yesterday's migraine, and I need something still, calming, inobtrusive.
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Miller Harris - worth buying blindly?

...As for the projection and longevity, It may depend on the scent type. For instance, I find that Tangerine Vert, in this regard, compared with Noix de Tubéreuse, is like Eau de Cologne to Extrait. The latter definitely needs a point/very light-handed application, 1 spray max, best under clothes, or otherwise, it will develop monstrous with good tenacity.
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Weekly Scent Discussion #16: Classic Floral or Modern Sweet?

...For admiring 'observation', definitely, the classic florals, although some are either 'too much' (powdery, heavy) or just do not feel like myself - therefore, 'detached, aesthetic admiration'.From the few I came to know and own, I do love and wear some I do not feel mismatched with, the easier and more delicate ones like Mme Rochas or Arpège. The new formulation of L'Aimant, on the other hand, felt too rosy-vanillic sweet, somewhat too 'lovely & youthful' for me, in regards to the inner attitude.I simply can't find any attraction to the second category of edibles and the ones which all seem to have some certain common base - I initially thought perhaps it was some kind of characteristic of what many people called 'drugstore fragrances'. But after smelling through many popular 'mainstream' department fragrances of the last years, I had come to the conclusion it didn't matter the price nor the brand value. They all share something sticky and a little musty, like matte sugar water mixed with honey. Extremely artificial and obtrusive at the same time. Ethyl maltol? Not sure... Maybe a certain type of musk also involved, sugary musk seems to be a big factor in all the modern sweet fragrances (with alibi cameo notes of some flowers and tea or coffee), spoiling them all for me. I did try one dark chocolate-smelling fragrance, even over a longer period, and it was enough for me to see once and for all that I feel most uncomfortable smelling like a walking cotton candy machine or be associated with it. For me, sweetened amber seems enough for colder seasons if I want something sweet and cosy.One thing I can say for sure is that, if a company wants to play it safe, it only needs to throw in some vanilla. One can observe - not only here but in general - that fragrances with vanilla can count on higher acceptance/tolerance than those which try without. I, for my part, am not a big fan of dominant vanilla, perhaps that is why it just amuses me to see the above proven every time.
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<mark>Anessa</mark>Anessa   18.03.2018 | Miscellaneous

Perfume-related quotes

...Thanks, Mia :)I often notice outside that I had forgotten to put on any perfume, but since I feel more comfortable with smelling with less than too much, I suppose it's fine by me. I can understand that, though.Just came up with another quote (self-made; please imagine Bilbo's voice):"It is important to listen to your own nose, Frodo - otherwise, it might leave you and even steal your identity." -- credit to Gogol
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<mark>Anessa</mark>Anessa   16.03.2018 | Miscellaneous

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[email protected], regarding the alleged O.Wilde quote, I had come to doubt it too. I wonder what the original source [email protected], I never had heard about hovenia and had to look up. I think I don't need that one, there are mad men enough! I rather need an antidote.By the way, Mugler's "Aura" has such a troubling, mind-fogging and numbing effect on me. Perhaps some of the mentioned substances are included. And my free quote after Othello would be:"Aura...it is the green-coloured heart-shaped monster that doth mock my poor nose and brain"Cincy's quote sounds like a timeless script for perfume ads.
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<mark>Anessa</mark>Anessa   11.03.2018 | Miscellaneous

Blind Buys - Are you a risk taker? Best + Worst Experiences

...Fragrances that interest me are (for whatever reason!) mostly not available in stores to test, and I have to decide to take the risk or not. I had always done lots of 'blind buys' without knowing this expression, I suppose it was just another 'mail ordering' for me. In the past, I couldn't imagine much from the listed fragrance notes and completely relied on some 'intuition' (and luck) based on the ad and bottle picture. Curiously, I never had a 'failed' blind purchase back then, and this left me in a blissful state of even not knowing such things exist.After I had begun reading reviews of other people and started letting my attention lead to those I wouldn't have looked at myself (in order to 'broaden my horizon'), I collected a mass of 'missed' blind buys. Of course, I felt frustrated to discover that I seemed to be in the 3% minority to perceive a fragrance differently than the 97% who praised and wrote glowing words, more so if someone just wrote misleading, eloquent 'reviews' which, in reality, were fabricated without ever testing and received many applauding thumb-ups as to confirm their credibility (note: not on this site).Some cases were rather 'against better knowing' or the lack of the ability to imagine anything, trying to persuade myself to give it a chance, just for the sake of giving people's sentiments more credit than my own feeling, and therefore, my own fault. It's not much different than with people, I suppose. And these also belong to my worst blind purchases. Very nice finds were partly surprising, partly anticipated. Funny that "Fancy Nights" mentioned earlier belongs to one of my nicer blind buys, based on my impression of the bottle alone, and the description 'old, books', without ever knowing what patchouli smelt like or if I liked it. I just saw it was a controversial fragrance (at that point, there were more negative feedbacks) which didn't keep me from trying :)
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<mark>Anessa</mark>Anessa   10.03.2018 | Miscellaneous

Perfume-related quotes

...Thank you for the passages, Cryptic :) Both Rebecca's perfume and Dorian Gray studying perfumes completely slipped out of my mind. Although I remember strong scents of flowers are mentioned often, and him dealing with opium, of course (although, not the Opium, but I suppose he might've liked it?)Very accurate, as always, from the dandy, and regarding "and in musk that troubled the brain" yes yes yes! Now I know why I don't like it and can be proud that great O.Wilde shares my sentiment :o ;)The other quote I learnt in the German forum thread should be by Oscar Wilde as well, but I can't find the source in English: "Komplimente sind wie Parfüm. Sie dürfen duften, aber nie aufdringlich werden." -> "Compliments are like perfumes. They should be fragrant, but never become obtrusive.""Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it." ― Mark Twain
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<mark>Anessa</mark>Anessa   05.03.2018 | Miscellaneous

Perfume-related quotes

...Aah. You caught me there, Cryptic :) :lol: I think some types just don't have affinities (mutually).I am sure that, if I were an animal, I would be a slow-moving vegetarian, like a cow or an elephant (the African variation).Accordingly, I don't get on with animals that hunt others ;)A rather famous one from the (initially) romantic-idealistic protagonist:“If only there could be an invention that bottled up a memory, like scent. And it never faded, and it never got stale. And then, when one wanted it, the bottle could be uncorked, and it would be like living the moment all over again.” ― Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca
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<mark>Anessa</mark>Anessa   05.03.2018 | Perfumes & Brands

Scent of the Day

..."Madame Rochas (1989)"Aldehydes and summer meadows
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<mark>Anessa</mark>Anessa   04.03.2018 | Miscellaneous

Perfume-related quotes

..."...What hath come over thee, Guerlain?If thou wished to bereave me of my speech, thou hast well suceeded.Alas, not by thine perfume."― quote of myself, after hearing the latest news.
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<mark>Anessa</mark>Anessa   27.02.2018 | Miscellaneous

How much Bling do you need?

...I do understand Andy Tauer's sentiment about ripping parts from something created as a total concept, could be applied to many other fields as well. I do not know any of his perfumes, but if I really liked one (and had the means), I suppose I would try to purchase a bottle. I do not need 'bling' (glittery and decorative designs aren't always to my taste) nor do I collect bottles, but I enjoy the existence of perfume as a whole, the visual and haptic experience included in the spraying ritual.So, while I wouldn't pay substantially more just for a 'nicer' bottle, I would prefer to have my fragrances in the 'original vessel' they were intended to be. Of course, it's coming from someone with a humble and small gathering of hobby fragrances anywhere near a real 'collection'.I do consider the design bearing a message. Therefore, it can unconsciously play a part in my decision which fragrances to test within a limited time if I only had the visuals as information.
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Mint fragrances with toothpaste scent

...Hi, CK "Euphoria Men (Eau de Toilette)" is the first one that comes to my mind for toothpaste. Funny because it doesn't even contain mint/peppermint. I once wrote in a comment that I felt like accidentally applying too much toothpaste on the toothbrush and sticking it into my mouth.
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<mark>Anessa</mark>Anessa   19.01.2018 | Miscellaneous

What's the most popular in your country?

...I find Arden Green Tea a splendid choice for airplanes, Cincy, especially thinking of long-distance flights, would be a welcomed fragrance to smell :)Many of the flankers are also still on my to-test list. A pity some are already discontinued.Thank you for sharing, too. I had been thinking about Tommy Girl, always nice when tested, but I read about a suspected reformulation and the scent being changed very much.
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<mark>Anessa</mark>Anessa   16.01.2018 | Miscellaneous

What's the most popular in your country?

...It seems the list of popular perfumes aren't much different in many countries (not least thanks to the common marketing of major brands). I found one listing of 10 popular fragrances in 2017 for women (~mid 20s):10.Chance Eau Tendre9. Ferragamo Incanto Charm8. CK Eternity7. Jill by JIll Stuart6. Lanvin Me L'Eau (Eau de Toilette)5. Lanvin Eclat d'Arpège4. Bvlgari pour Homme3. Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream2. Miss Dior (2012) (Eau de Parfum)1. Roses de ChloéFrom the list of online best selling perfumes Dec. 2017, descending:Lanvin - Eclat d'ArpègeE. Arden - Green TeaHermès - Un Jardin sur le NilBvlgari - Omnia CrystallineD&G - Light BlueFerragamo - Incanto ShineChloé EDPLanvin - Jeanne LanvinGucci - Rush2Alain Delon - Samourai WomanGrès - Cabotine RoseFerragamo - Incanto CharmAnna Sui - Sui DreamsGucci - GuiltyJennifer Lopez - StillChanel - ChanceJo Malone, Goutal, Santa Maria Novella are also among the women's popular brands. Considering the high humidity and the existence of the expression "scent pollution"(pun on "environmental pollution/public nuisance"), the preference of lighter fragrances still seems to dominate. Also, solid perfumes (traditional), portable gel fragrances (applied with tips), fragrance-focused fabric softeners (e.g. developed as to unfold the scent with movement over the course of the day), as well as hair&body mists are apparently becoming more popular/widespread than 'perfumes'.
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<mark>Anessa</mark>Anessa   10.08.2017 | Miscellaneous

Decant vs. Sample

...Parfummaniac:Thanks Tar, I always thought that samples are manufactured by the brand for promotion and testing. So these are for me samples to test before buying a full bottle.I've never had any experiences with decants yet, but I agree that samples are for testing and, if made by the brand, especially for promotion. That is why some brands admit they made samples "thicker/more concentrated" than the actual bottles of the same fragrances (the version the consumer will purchase in the end), in order to "provide the tester a more intense experience of the same fragrance". I myself have noticed this in a lot of fragrances where the samples smelt considerably different than the purchased bottle-version, and I saw some people even going after a bunch of mini-flacons (like hunting for 10x 5ml) instead of just getting the usual 50ml-bottle and be done with it.In this sense, I am not sure if a sample could always be regarded as closer to the 'original' than a decant of an actual bottle.PS. But one thing I agree with everyone here, that samples will not have a minor quality than the full bottle product :)
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<mark>Anessa</mark>Anessa   07.08.2017 | Perfumes & Brands

Scent of the Day

...Yves Rocher "Secrets d'Essences - Neroli"Lidl "Suddenly Madame Glamour"
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<mark>Anessa</mark>Anessa   01.08.2017 | Perfumes & Brands

Scent of the Day

...Yves Rocher "Secrets d'Essences - Tendre Jasmin"
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<mark>Anessa</mark>Anessa   28.07.2017 | Perfumes & Brands

Scent of the Day

..."Secrets d'Essences - Neroli""Eau de Giorgio"
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<mark>Anessa</mark>Anessa   27.07.2017 | Miscellaneous

Perfumes that remind you of Christmas

...CaféCafé - smells sweet, hot and spicy like Glühwein at the Christmas Market"L'[email protected] Provocateur" - evokes the crib figures, also the life sized ones during Christmas seasonI think there wouldn't be any specific scent related to Christmas from my country, though. The smell of snow?Briarthorn:On Christmas day I always wear Vagabond Prince's Enchanted Forest. It smells like Yule to me. I love the transition it goes trough. Like walking through a cold evergreen forest and then entering the house full of spiced rum and baked goods with the Yule log crackling in the hearth.Sounds beautiful. This as well:ScentedSalon:My favorite is Winter Delice: it is not only red berries and resin but also pine.Missed a great one!
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