My Dad was born in Louisville, Kentucky. He pronounced his birthplace as "lou-a-vol", or something close to that.
He pronounced Ohio - "a-hi-a".
On this his birthday - March 27, 1914 I thought I'm pay tribute to some of the things he loved:
Mail Pouch Tobacco Wiedemann Beer Cincinnati Reds Baseball Geography Bulk chocolate Coconuts Cheese Raisin Bran Squirrel hunting Guns German One arm pushups Chryslers Bees Snakes Cats Fast cars Muscle t-shirts Conductor caps Tracking the weather Lawrence Welk Gunsmoke Being underestimated Sleeping in late Me
Sunday: Oh my gosh, I missed St. Patrick's Day!! I forgot to wear green and I didn't even get pinched! What is the world coming to? Well happy St Patrick's Day Weekend to all you Irish and Irish for the day!
Saturday: Well I'm just puttering around the house today - trying several new samples. Amoung them the MDCI line and some new Parfumerie Generale and the new Creed Island Water.
If you like Pamplelune, you will love this one. They share a very prominent note. You know the one? Need I say more? Like Momma always said ... oh never mind. Sparkling and bubbly but wayyyy more grapefruit than orange, if you know what I mean. And I suspect you do.
"A light and sparkling scent like an icy zest. A bubble of freshness. Orange Mirage! Infinitely Orange!"
LuckyScent interprets the name to mean 40 degrees in the shade. I like Satellite's description ... Orange "Mirage".
Smelling suspiciously plummy for a non-plum scent, the black current must be working overtime or there are some notes missing here. Deep raspberry is present too, bringing to mind Emanuel Ungaro Apparition but ... not. This may be a favorite of red fruit lovers, but the rich deep fruit played against the creamy sandalwood is making me queasy. Ripe fruit sitting in a wooden bowl in the sun all day at the bull fight. I'm trying to see the romance. As for animal torture, don't even get me started.
Googling around, I had hoped to fine some other meaning for Corrida with no luck. Although there was a car with a red corrida paint job. And guess what? Locked inside, sitting in the sun, was a bowl of very hot fruit.
"Red flowers and red fruits. Definitely red, Red Corrida, for a fragrance rich as a dress made of light. We all will be Aficionados!"
Here again we find vibrantly colored juice and a bottle that is oh so collection worthy. Don't let my review scare you off. If you love red fruits and a creamy finish this might work for you.
I would have liked a Sangria scent better, red fruits and citrus, a little vodka. Forget the florals and the bull. Literally.
Notes: Black currant, neroli, rose, lily of the valley, jasmine, floral accord, sandalwood
My second favorite of the Satallite new releases is a bit hard for a non-fig-lover to admit. Not fully understanding how "green" most fig scents are, this seems pretty green to me. Crisp and twiggy and at the same time cool and smooth as glass. There is a milky, creamy note that never gets too heavy or rich. I can feel my figgy friends swooning over my words. Yes, go ahead, buy it. And I'll take a decant please!
"Intense memory of a summer night Hammock under the fig tree. The magic moment of the scents come out, underling with purple the horizon."
Again nice bottle, but the juice is so pale! They should have gone for a deep purple-red juice or even green in keeping with the vibrant theme. Cute little purple gem dangles.
Notes: Fig tree sap, fresh fig, iris, white lily of the valley, cyclamen, vanilla, cedar, white musk, patchouli
Ahhh I close my eyes and I breathe in - Ipanéma. The warm breeze of summertime in Rio, toes in hot summer sand, the salty smell of the sea on my skin. My tall drink at hand and all is right with the world.
A delicate blending of the notes renders the composition just perfect. Not to salty, not too ozone, not too fruity or sweet. Like a soft sexy whisper again your skin, it's dreamy and exotic, and downright sexy.
"As a seashell polished by the wave The turquoise smell of the ocean around a sand bank Lying in the sun, pleasure of the beach ... Blue foam of a summer romance "
As if the tantalizing description is not enough, feast your eyes on the vivid turquoise juice and the bottle topped with beach jewelry charms. If this isn't enough to make a winter-bored perfumista buy unsniffed, I don't know what will.
Ahhh my recent clove addiction has found me delighted in several new fragrances I don't know how I lived without. One of which is Serge Lutens newest - Rousse.
I know this is supposed to be mainly a cinnamon infused scent, but I get clove. Lots of clove, simmering pots of potpourri at Christmas, orange studded clove pomanders, and yes cinnamon. Dry cinnamon sticks stirred into hot cider. Foody and rich gourmand spicy, mouthwatering and reminiscent of my childhood.
Some of you may remember my reference to my childhood experiments in my Grandmother's kitchen with my grade school friend Marcia. We loved to cook and bake as a diversion over the long summer vacation. One speciality was adding clove to orange Jell-O. A lot of clove. The taste was ummm … interesting. But the smell … divine. These scents bring back those smells from my Grandmother’s kitchen some 40 years ago. They are poignant and bittersweet.
I know some have been disappointed in this scent, and I think I know why. My guess is by the notes, what people may have been expecting was a dry, spicy, woody fragrance. But rather, they are greeted by a strong, foody, gourmand. Ahh well, their loss is my gain. I am sitting here with my nose glued to my arm on this warm and sunny spring-like day drifting back to those summers in Ohio and my Grandmother's kitchen.
I LOVE The Scented Salamander's Review where she identifies the "Tiger Balm accord" that is the theme of Heeley Spirit of the Tiger, another strongly scented clove fragrance that I find irrestible. Read her review here: The Scented Salamander
Notes: Top: Floral Notes, Aromatic Notes, Fruit Middle note : Cinnamon-Wood Note, Spices Base note : Amber, Musks, Vanilla
I'm just back from our local area Sniffa! What F U N !! I really can't stress enough if you don't attend these you are really missing out. We all have a common bond, and it feels warm and fuzzy to be with these people who feel like old friends. I met some of these MUA gals at the LA Sniffapalooza. And some are local here in my area and we have never met! But now we will be in touch!
So we began at the Chanel boutique. Eh. I believe the consensus was that looking at the entire collection of ten, we already own our favorites. Most of us love Bois Des Iles and No 22. I love Gardenia too and many love Cuir de Russe. No one bought any, although most agreed they were nice.
Then on to SAKS to hit the Bond counter. Our Saks is in the middle of a remodel so the fragrances were a bit jammed in and most of the Bond urns were missing, but all the testers were there so we did a lot of sniffing. We tried the new Bill Blass, another tuberose base that put me off. Most of the time was spent at Bond. And those who did buy got in on the final day of the Saks beauty GWP.
Whew! Now a much needed brake for our noses and some refreshments we hijacked some tables outside The Coffee Bean and took over. It was nice to get to know each other a little better instead of all perfume talk.
On to Coach for some of us - the new Coach signature scent is a nice white floral. It starts out sweet and slightly fresh, and dries down a little creamy with the tuberose coming up. I liked it better before the drydown. Everyone agreed it was "nice" also.
Then on to the Nordstrom Niche where the lovey SA and Manager, Lynda, had goodie bags waiting for us. My Nordstrom is just the best! Caron, The Different Co, Guerlain, Annick Goutal, Armani Prive, Amarouge, Etro, CSP, Hermes - just to name a few!! There was a raffle for two gorgeous full size posters from the movie Perfume. Oh I would have loved to be in on a fix for that one! Here I purchased the new Marc Jacobs Splash in Orange - which I have previously scoped out on Wednesday night during my pre-sniffa-sniffa. :O)
With hugs and promises to do this again, we said our goodbyes with happy hearts and the knowledge we all will do this again. :O)
Coach announces their new Signature Scent. The bottle is nice I wonder how it will be? The only description is that it's a "soft floral". I'll try and get a sniff later this week. The price is $68 and Coach says it is "Perfume" - New 1.7 OZ PERFUME SPRAY. Humm makes one wonder at that price doesn't it?
Here is what they have to say about that: "There are several types of fragrances; perfume, eau de parfum and eau de toilettes. The type of fragrance depends on the concentration of scents or amount of oils used in the fragrance. Coach’s fragrance is a perfume which has the highest concentration of perfume oils, making the scent last longer."
There is also a Purse Spray at $42 and a Solid Perfume at $40
Sunday: I'm wearing Keiko Mecheri Myrrhe & Merveilles. I am on the verge of selling my last half of this bottle. It is strange, so aldehydic, yet sometimes I do love it. I think it is not really me, but it is unique. What are you wearing today?
Saturday: Well I just got a big ole bottle of Krazy Kritzia and have been going a little Krazy with it. How about you? What are you wearing today?
FINALLY!! I have been locked out of my blog for two mornings now due to Blogger's Spamming Blocker thinking my Blog is a Spammer Blog! Very frustrating! The waiting, which I thought would be just a few hours. Just a warning to other Blogger format blogs.