Monday, July 31, 2006
The weather has finally cooled off here in California, yay! Twenty degrees cooler today that last week. We went to the fair yesterday and a concert last night and it was actually comfortable. Great news for all of California, the firefighters, the animals and the elderly. :O)
Friday, July 28, 2006
Be sure to check the other blogs watch for this coming event!
Thursday, July 27, 2006
The opening is a strong woody-peppery blast that leans toward the dreaded celery effect.
There are some beautiful notes under there, barely perceptible, smothered by the heavy celery wood note. I love the honeyed sweet notes that linger on the skin hours after the top notes burn off - a honeyed incense, sandalwood with a fruity tone. But by the time they arrive, it is a skin scent barely there, just a sweet remembrance of what could have been.
Die hard Serge Lutens fans will undoubtedly love it. The name is romantic, the composition complex and dense.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
I apologize for not posting more info and reviews, it has been so hot here. They say it will start cooling off today. I hope so, I feel drained of all energy. I am working on several reviews so they will be here soon!
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I'm sorry that I have had to add comment verification to my blog now. I have been hit by ocassional spammers before and just deleted them, but this morning I was hit with 75 spam comments. The blogger is moving really slow so it will take me hours to delete them all. It is so unfortunate that people take advantage of others this way and create more work .
The falcon is the Herve Leger trademark tall wavy design, this time filled with a light pink juice. I have fallen in love with my Herve Leger bottle, it is one of my favorites in my collection.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Currently In stock: Angelique Noire, Rose Barbare, Cuir Beluga, Plus que Jamais, and Liu. They also have the Baby Guerlains and Lovely Cherry Blossom. I believe more will be coming around August 20th when the shipment of Insolence also arrives. They also mentioned they are selling Nehema, which was previously not sold at that Neiman Marcus.
"Located in a vintage Beaux Arts building dating from just after the 1906 earthquake and fire, this is one of San Francisco's most upscale department stores."
Hours of Operation:
10am-7pm Mon-Wed & Fri-Sat, 10am-8pm Thurs, Noon-6pm Sun
Very exciting news for us West Coast people!!!
Monday, July 17, 2006
Notes are "pink pepper, iris, rose, coriander, benzoin, Indonesian patchouli, incense, precious woods, musk and balsams." Bois d'Armenie is exclusive to the Paris Champs Elysées store, at least for the time being.
Bois D'Armenie gets its name from the incense burning papers called Papier d'Armenie. These papers are folded accordion style, then lit on the end and then blown out, which causes the paper to burn slowly releasing the incense notes. You can read more about Papier d'Armenie and its origins by clicking here:
Very different for a Guerlain, none of the Guerlainade here. The fragrance opens with a light medicinal benzoin note. Slowly it turns more and more like the scent of a smoky wood fire. In the final stages it softens to a barely there incense note, very close to the skin. At one point it really does smell like the burning papers of my headshop youth. While the idea of smelling like warm, woody incense, is romantic and appealing, the truth is you smell like pieces of burning incense paper. Not really all that appealing when you actually put it on. At least to me. Dry, incense, wood fire, smokiness; is just not my idea of a perfume scent. A touch of sweetness with a little more floral would have made this infinitely more wearable for me. Of course I'm sure many of you love woody incense notes, and those who do, may really enjoy this.
Bottle photo: museesdegrasse.com
Bois D'Armenie photo: hoohoo-shop.com
Saturday, July 15, 2006
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Thursday, July 13, 2006
Jarling opens with what I perceive to be heliotrope with a barely there anise note. The composition is rather linear, but over time mellows to a powdery, almondy, softer version of itself. As others have stated these scents are long lasting. I applied it before bed and could still smell it this morning, however it is very close to the skin.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
For me Golconda whiffs and wafts both directions, at times smelling dead-on like a bouquet of fresh cut carnations. Wet and fresh, as your nose is buried deep for that first sniff. Other times I do get a spicy clove/cinnamon scent that smells more gourmand then soliflore. I think this is what others have referred to as the Big Red chewing gum note. But even at that, being a gourmand lover; it is nice, spicy and enjoyable.
If you are a carnation lover, no make that a devoted carnation fragrance lover, this extravagantly priced, boutique fragrance just might be your Holy Grail. If you merely enjoy carnation scents, you will probably find this cost prohibitive to satisfy your needs. Being that it brings back such wonderful memories for me and that I adore carnations, this would be my ultimate carnation scent. I would love to own it. But alas, the price will keep me from buying this one, sad to say, unless a windfall comes my way. Until then, I have one more wearing from my sample to enjoy for another day.
Available from the Jar Boutique in Paris or the JAR boutique at Bergdorf Goodman, NYC. The price? You know the saying - If you have to ask ...
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
|Elizabeth W. Citrus Vervain|
Refreshingis the perfect one word description of this scent. One of my favorite summer scents and reasonably priced too! It is lemony and citrusy and green and sparkling. A perfect pick-me-up during the day, great after a shower to cool off.
Notesare: ruby grapefruit, mandarin, lime peel and lemon scented verbena leaves.Available at elizabeth W. - Citrus Vervain
2 fl oz for $32.00
Photo from elizabethw.com
Sunday, July 09, 2006
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The noses behind Ange Ou Demon (Angel or Demon) are Olivier Cresp and Jean-Pierre Béthouart of Firmenich. Classified as a floral Oriental, this is a very soft and close to the skin scent.
The florals are soft and muted with the saffron and woods lending a powdery veil effect. The citrus is understated and barely noticable as the notes swirl together into a nice lightly spicy floral Oriental with a soft gourmand drydown. More soft and sexy than you might expect from the name, this scent is subtle and clean. Perhaps inviting those nearby to lean in for a closer sniff.
The falcon is just gorgeous with a center crystal droplet which was designed to represent light and shadow.
Top: White thyme essence, Mandarin from Calabria, Saffron essence
Middle: Lily, Ylang-ylang, Orchid maxillaria
Base: Tonka bean, Vanilla, Palissander wood, Oak wood essence
According to The Times - June 30, 2006 article, the beauty in the ad is the daughter of the French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, Marie de Villepin age 20. "She will use her stage name, Steiss, to avoid accusations that she is exploiting her father’s position."
Photo credits: www.escentual.co.uk & Cosmetic News
Monday, July 03, 2006
So for your viewing pleasure, here is the Hilary Swank Guerlain Insolence ad, just in case you missed it.
Saturday, July 01, 2006
Arrogance Mix - Lime Zucchero (Lime Sugar) is a sweet summer cocktail to freshen up a hot day. The key to making lime feminine and not masculine, as in so many men's colognes, is SUGAR. The opening of this sweet lime concoction reminds me of a lime version of Aqualina's Pink Sugar, but only the first blast. Unlike Pink Sugar, this is simple and less complex; notably so with fewer notes. The lime blast is sweet, juicy and a bit tart. I don't detect the anise note (that's a good thing), this scent is mouth watering and delicious enough to be served with a tiny umbrella. The drydown is a very subtle soft floral musk that lays close to the skin, but is sexy, in a clean sort of way.
Notes: Lime, Star Anise, Rose, Hazelnut, Sugar, Musk.
These EDT's are not long lasting, but fun nonetheless. My favorite by far of the line is the Lime Sugar but Sephora also offers:
Notes: Litchi, Coriander Leaves, Peony, Milk, Almonds, Musk.
Muschio Blanco, Mela
Notes: Pink Grapefruit, Kumquat, Apple, Osmanthus, Vanilla, White Musk.
99Perfume.Com offers these additional scents:
Basil Mandarin, Vanilla Papaya
Interesting note: The Arrogance Mix line is made in Italy by Schiapparelli Pinkenz, the perfumer behind Shocking de Schiaparelli, Blu Bluemarine, Zut and others.
Photos and notes from Sephora, Photo from 99perfume.com