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<mark>Sweetgrass</mark>Sweetgrass   23.11.2013 | Miscellaneous

Good-smelling cheapies are hard to find

...I really like Rihanna's "Nude". It's a fruity floral celeb fragrance so I understand it may seem like a teen thing but it is far from the sappy sweet concoctions I usually associate with this target market and price range. Has quite a credible sandalwood at the base, too, which I can't get enough of. I can find this in Finland for under 30€ and it gives incredible value for money, I imagine it's loads cheaper elsewhere.
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<mark>Sweetgrass</mark>Sweetgrass   21.11.2013 | Miscellaneous

What's your ultimate pick-me-up perfume?

...Lol, incense is either too heavy or puts me in a wholly different mood than a day of work would require. I love "Alien" and many of its flankers and wear "Alien Aqua Chic (2013)" most days but sometimes they are just too heady...
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<mark>Sweetgrass</mark>Sweetgrass   19.11.2013 | Miscellaneous

Perfume Bottle Appreciation

...Triffid: "Dot" is definitely an odd one! I did, however, consider it as an age-appropriate gift choice for my young pre-teen neice - a cross between the grown-up concept of owning a fragrance and a funky, toy-like dressing table ornament.I find that Marc Jacobs straddles that line between kitsch and chic, often very successfully in his bottle designs. It's a rare feat in a world where the clean, austere lines of Chanel are the epitome of class and refinement that so many perfume houses emulate. Instant marketing edge.But there is something else to Chanel's packaging -- a brand with a clear unified look across its range becomes instantly recognizeable. Think Serge Lutens or other houses with the same simple bottle designs for all their perfumes -- they are calm in a sea of bright colours and plastic frills.Then there is the other extreme, houses like Thierry Mugler who wary their bottle designs a lot yet always retain some recognizeable quality about them. I don't like "Angel" for instance, but I have to appreciate the bottle designs on it and its innumerable flankers -- they are things of beauty in their own right, nevermind the juice.
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<mark>Sweetgrass</mark>Sweetgrass   19.11.2013 | Miscellaneous

What's your ultimate pick-me-up perfume?

...Epimedes:"Eau du Sud" by Annick Goutal has that effect on me. And coffee.Lol! I wonder if anyone has made a good coffee perfume... I will check out Goutal's line, coffee or not.Dolby:Jasmine also has a powerful effect on moods (check out clinical trials on it) but I find it mellower and more comforting. Still, very good to inject some positive outlook during those grey winter days.Oh, I had no idea and will definitely look up some! I love jasmine, even the radioactive GM strain of the "Alien" family, and wonder if this is the reason why I love those fragrances.For me, Versace's "Versense" works really well. Not too crisp or sour, has some fig/wood complexity to it underneath the citrus, and lucky for me it is widely available and affordable :)
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<mark>Sweetgrass</mark>Sweetgrass   18.11.2013 | Miscellaneous

What's your ultimate pick-me-up perfume?

...Some days the mornings are just too early and outside of the bed it's just too cold. Do you have any fragrances that help to instantly lift your spirits and energize you against the trials of the day?
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<mark>Sweetgrass</mark>Sweetgrass   14.11.2013 | Miscellaneous

Which company has done the most damage to the industry?

Re: Which company has done the most damage to the industry?
...LovingTheAlien:http://www.coty.com/brandsFrançois Coty gave us Chypre, though. If that's not a huge contribution, I honestly don't know what is or what more could you possibly want.Anyhow, I pass by most big name brand scents these days. And surprisingly enough celebrity fragrances have consistently turned out better than I dared hope, which isn't much really, but it is something. I'm just hoping that the blandness afflicting designer perfumes now is just a fad that will subside just like the huge oriental fad subsided.I don't know about "damage": the good stuff will still be there (unless it gets discontinued, but life without a specific perfume is possible, who knew) and I vote with my wallet, hoping somebody takes a hint some day. But I am worried about the gradual banning of crucial perfume ingredients. It's like asking dairy products to be banned because I am lactose intolerant and get a tummy ache if I ingest any.
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<mark>Sweetgrass</mark>Sweetgrass   14.11.2013 | Miscellaneous

The most beautiful and well-crafted Flacons

...Blech, the Opium cases are trying so hard to look like inro it's not even funny. Anyway, has nobody brought up Serge Lutens's round-base bottles? They are gorgeous in their simplicity, IMHO rivalled only by the classic Chanel carré bottles in understated elegance. SL's rectangular bottles are beautiful too. To wit:Chanel gets extra points for sticking with similar bottle designs with only a few exceptions, which look good too (I'm leaving the smell out of it). Also I love the Guerlain Aqua Allegoria and Abeille bottles, so glad somebody posted them!Tom Ford's Private Blends are nice in the classic simplicity department, too, making me think of old medicine bottles.Mugler bottle's then are almost always at least interesting if not brilliant. The Alien, which is my signature scent, has a gorgeous bottle; so does Womanity, even though it divides people into love/hate camps (both the bottle and the juice). Les Parfums de Cuir flankers are also cool, and look like Alien's offspring. And I hate to admit it because I hate Lady Gaga's music and persona with a vengeance that her perfume bottle looks striking, somewhat reminiscent of Alien.But I don't get how could anybody NOT love the fairies on Féerie bottles? They are so cute!Or how about Pleats Please? Love the bottle design, tempted to buy the perfumes just because of that...
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