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<mark>Hayven</mark>Hayven   09.12.2012 | Miscellaneous

Did contemporary mainstream Perfumery lose its artistry?

...Maybe it' s because the IFRA banned many of the notes used back then, or a lot of them are now synthetic.
<mark>Hayven</mark>Hayven   25.11.2012 | Miscellaneous

State of designer and niche fragrances

...For the most part, I think designer has changed. I do like some celebrity scents, but the fact that I see them displayed in a department store next to Chanel, Dior, Givenchy, etc., then I meander over to Walmart and see the same kills the luxurious feeling of perfume for me. I know the economy worldwide is not what it used to be, and perfume has been made a little more affordable through smaller sizes and sample sets. Niche has done the same. But the truth is, perfume is supposed to a luxury: we don't need it, but it makes us feel good. Don't get me wrong, I love a good deal on eBay or Amazon; but I'm willing to shell out/save the cash for something I think that is worth the luxury (and that's purely subjective). I am a fan of the sweet and gourmand perfumes as long as they last a good amount of time on me. I can see where people who DON'T like sweet and gourmand perfumes can be frustrated as the current marketing is not trying to appeal to them much. There are only so many perfumes out there that one would consider unique. When a good amount of women in my age group started wearing Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian, and Victoria's Secret perfumes...that's when I wanted to expand my horizons and try niche perfumes as they are generally unknown by casual perfume wearers. But all in all, designer has changed. It's way cheaper to buy a bottle of a Burberry perfume than to buy an actual piece from the Burberry wardrobe. The thing about designer is that they are generally known by the public, but niche remains under the radar...which to be honest I am fine with; it makes me feel a little more unique when I wear a niche perfume.
<mark>Hayven</mark>Hayven   23.11.2012 | Miscellaneous

What perfume have you bought recently?

...I bought travel sprays of bolsheVIXEN, Disco Nap, and Prarie Nymph from Smell Bent. :)
<mark>Hayven</mark>Hayven   18.11.2012 | Miscellaneous

12 samples, what would you do?

...I would sample a few a day, maybe three at most. More than that and I have a hard time remembering which one is which (especially if the fragrances are from the same olfactory family). But then at the same time, I have forgotten about a few samples along the way and still to this day have yet to try them.
<mark>Hayven</mark>Hayven   16.11.2012 | Miscellaneous

Which perfume will be your next buy ?

...I just purchased a bottle of Keiko Mecheri's Loukhoum eau Poudree on LuckyScent. I saw the new flankers and I don't like them, so I rushed to buy the older one.
<mark>Hayven</mark>Hayven   13.11.2012 | Miscellaneous

Samples from Houses - best experience

...I ordered samples from Tulip, a niche fragrance line. I emailed the owner and she kept good contact with me about shipping, prices, etc. I did have to send a check though as she didn't have PayPal or an online shopping site yet; the full bottles are available on BeautyHabit but I didn't want to blindly buy a bottle. But I received the samples within a week of sending the check so the owner held up her end. I ended up not liking any of them and one of them was a dead ringer for a common perfume, but that's a whole 'nother story.
Umé - Keiko Mecheri
<mark>Hayven</mark>Hayven   13.11.2012 | Perfumes & Brands

Keiko experience in understated elegance

...I tried Loukhoum Poudree, worried that it would be a "powerhouse" of a sweet perfume. I ended up falling in love with it; a powdery almond.
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