30 June 2012

Perfume Diary part 3

This was from my second time of testing at a department store, as well as my first at-home test with samples I ordered (the next day).  I found one of my true perfume loves in these notes.
Please note that my taste changes fast and that this may not reflect my current opinions on these fragrances.


Serge Lutens Santal Blanc
Do not like the opening.  Heart is foody but balanced.  Very comforting but light enough for cool summer day.  A bit like Jeux de Peau.  Reminds me of Chanel when it goes into heart/drydown - cool amber resin-like stuff. Grew on me eventually (loved it); someone else said it smelled like fermented eggplant!  Ends up smelling - hours later - like a really yummy wooden pencil.

Note:  I eventually bought a bottle of this, and love it so much that I sometimes spray my pillow with it to comfort me when I'm down.

Perfume Diary Part 2

14th April 2012 - My first testing mission at a department store - completely ignorant about "notes".  Please note that my taste changes fast and that this may not reflect my current opinions on these fragrances.

Bottega Veneta
Opened with a soft but (too) sweet note.  The lady said "it has real leather" as she sprayed the paper, and I commented on how it was too sweet.  She seemed shocked ( I now understand why).  I tested on skin.  The opening lasts a few mins, then goes to a horrid smell, then to a powdery cool sweetness after 20 mins that I like.  Very mild and soft.  Seems to end with obnoxious sweet alcohol-smell.

07 June 2012

Perfume Diary part 1

I have always loved perfume.  

However, recently an article about becoming a perfumista, which made me chuckle when I first saw it, prompted me into furthering my perfume knowledge.  I started reading more reviews on the site (Now Smell This), and just felt stunned.  Words were picked so carefully and each one was loaded with imagery.  I was impressed! Was this the undiscovered world of scent?

05 June 2012

On Perfume being Art

Perfume appeals to my nose the way music appeals to my ears, exquisite food to my taste buds, photography to my eyes, and great loving from my man to my sense of touch.

I can safely conclude, then, that PERFUME IS ART in its purest form.

As an artist, I therefore have a responsibility to buy as much perfume as I can. You know, to learn about art and all.

I once wrote this on a perfume forum, as a joke.