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SherapopSherapop   07.12.2013 | Miscellaneous

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

Re: Four feel-good frags...
...Sweetgrass:Sherapop:Looking at my windowsill this afternoon, I realized that the reason why these four bottles are completely drained is because I can wear them... the edp, which is gorgeous. Just curious, is there any difference between the edt and edp or are they just that, different concentrations?Hello, Sweetgrass!I have both the edp and the edt, which are very different. The edp is too sweet for me, but the edt works well. :wink...
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SweetgrassSweetgrass   07.12.2013 | Miscellaneous

Comments on perfumes: compliments and insults

...Lah2o:Hi everybody, I just discovered this site yesterday and it has been fun reading all your replies! So far I've heard two comments regarding the perfume I was wearing that I will probably never forget.I was having a really, really lovely evening in a fine restaurant with my boyfriend. Before leaving I sprayed some Frederic Malle's Portrait of a Lady on me in the restroom. When we left the restaurant hand in hand my boyfriend took a good sniff and said "Mm, you smell like the woman of my life."Another time I was wearing Comme des Garcons Incense series Zagorsk. The goddaughter of my boyfriend told me I smelled "funny, like nose spray" O_oHi Lah2o, and welcome to Parfumo! I can only wish for compliments like you got from your boyfriend, seriously that is the best I've heard :)
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SweetgrassSweetgrass   07.12.2013 | Miscellaneous

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

Re: Four feel-good frags...
...Sherapop:Looking at my windowsill this afternoon, I realized that the reason why these four bottles are completely drained is because I can wear them anytime and spray on with reckless abandon--they are all feel-good perfumes for me:Oh dear I forgot Féerie! I have the edp, which is gorgeous. Just curious, is there any difference between the edt and edp or are they just that, different concentrations?
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SweetgrassSweetgrass   07.12.2013 | Miscellaneous

The classiest scent in your wardrobe

...Must be "Coromandel". Oh god. This perfume is everything.
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SweetgrassSweetgrass   07.12.2013 | Miscellaneous

Reviving original formulas

...Seeing as the actual formulas are trade secrets it could just be a marketing ploy, especially in the midst of the current wave of reformulation. Without a vintage sample to compare it's impossible to say whether the perfume has remained the same. IFRA regulations could play a role but that is being discussed in another thread -- interesting stuff!Not saying it's a bad thing though -- when big businesses keep swallowing smaller perfume houses, some kind of a sign of independence is really good pr and will definitely catch my eye.
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SweetgrassSweetgrass   06.12.2013 | Miscellaneous

EU amendment to sharpen restrictions on fragrance allergens

...Sherapop, some really good points, especially on BHT! Are there any sources aside of Wikipedia on it? Any theories as to why it's pushed?It's a shame though that friend of mine cannot stand me wearing "Coromandel", even though she is fine with everything else I've used in her presence and uses some perfume herself. But then again some light sneezing just the once is probably not enough to turn a person off perfume :)
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Scent of the Day

...Started with "Si Lolita Eau de Minuit" and now enjoying "Alien Aqua Chic (2013)", what a lovely day!
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SweetgrassSweetgrass   04.12.2013 | Miscellaneous

What's in a fragrance name?

...A case in point: "Mitsouko". There are the stories about how the name came about, because there is certainly nothing Japanese about the fragrance, but I personally think it was a sort of a marketing ploy of its time when rich European folks were high on japonaiserie and chinoiserie and consumed anything even hinting at ~oriental~ ~exoticism~ with gusto. In other words, same thing that goes on today, since the name is part of the marketing. Also in niche perfumery.ADDENDUM: I also think about this when non-French perfumers give French names to their products. It's the lingua franca of perfumery but it still comes off as somewhat pretentious when there are 6500 languages in the world to choose from.
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SweetgrassSweetgrass   04.12.2013 | Miscellaneous

Help! My Laundry Smells Like Oud!

...I've been in the no-fragrance team for as long as I've had to buy my own washing and laundry products (since age 15). As far as I know I am not hypersensitive to smells but I like to keep my nose as unperturbed as possible and I think that's part of why I enjoy perfume. I am usually pretty aware of smells in my environment and the less added fragrance (that doesn't come from other people's perfume) there is, the better.I generally like my fragrance to be personal and intimate and certainly not coming from a washing machine. I also smoke, which is somewhat at odds with the rest of my philosophy, but I really like the combo of Alien's nuclear jasmine and menthol cigarette on myself. Better than the cigarettes alone, and Alien sticks to my wool sweaters for days until I wash them.Wrt the plastic smell, I think it depends on what kind of a house you live in and what materials have been used over time to remodel and repair it. I lived in a recently renovated flat that had that plastic smell about it and my then-boyfriend had constant respiratory problems until we moved out of there.
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TriffidTriffid   03.12.2013 | Miscellaneous

Which perfume will be your next buy ?

...Sweetgrass, thankyou for the explanation. You were wise to restrain yourself from buying the Malle - they are way too expensive for blind buying! I wish I had...
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SweetgrassSweetgrass   03.12.2013 | Miscellaneous

Which perfume will be your next buy ?

...LIDGE = L'Instant de Guerlain I believe :)I am also intrigued by Frédéric Malle's selection, so much so I almost bough a travel spray set blind... But luckily sense intervened and I'm back to reading reviews and looking for samples before committing to a full bottle.
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Scent of the Day

...Bought blind because of Sherapop's review, "Insolence Eau Glacée". Liking this!
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SweetgrassSweetgrass   02.12.2013 | Miscellaneous

Which type of perfume collector are you ?

...Lol! I am definitely somewhere between the eager novice and the housewife (even though my actual living situation is far from that). I have little patience for the really hard-to-understand perfumes - although I will give each one that I get my hands on a fair trial and control for factors that might turn an experience sour for me before writing anything off as unwearable. I hold on to my samples because my tastes and personal chemistry will probably change a lot as I age (see: Mitsouko, a true olfactory love but not one I could yet pull off). Also this:I am the "Perfume is for use" collector and partly go to great lengths for getting my hand on a bottle of a juice I find promisingMy thoughts exactly! Also I try not to hold on to perfumes that I wouldn't use. I have very little storage space and precious few full bottles, and if I am not convinced by a perfume, I take a decant for reference and try to find the bottle a good home.That reminds me -- do you have any particular criteria for committing to buy a full bottle?
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SweetgrassSweetgrass   29.11.2013 | Miscellaneous

11 Iconic Perfumes of the 80s

...Yess! I was 2 when "LouLou" was launched and I remember my favourite aunt wearing it at the turn of the 80s and 90s. It was one of the first perfumes I got for myself (a mini) this autumn. :) The fragrance doesn't make it onto my top lists but it is memorable, in both good and bad.
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SweetgrassSweetgrass   27.11.2013 | Miscellaneous

What Scents Have You Pulled Out For Fall's Cooler Weather?

...Fragrances I couldn't even imagine wearing during the warmer seasons but have captivated me now that it's snowy:"Coromandel""La Fin du Monde""Chergui""Jicky"Nice lists, I will def be trying out some of your faves!
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SweetgrassSweetgrass   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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SweetgrassSweetgrass   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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SweetgrassSweetgrass   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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SweetgrassSweetgrass   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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SweetgrassSweetgrass   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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