has given all of us who are scent-addicted a new way to waste time, and I'm all over this! Hello, my name is Casey, and I will be your co-moderator.
I have loved perfume since I was a child - and I blame my paternal grandmother, Margaret. She loved fine perfumes, and her favorite was Guerlain's Mitsouko
, in parfum form. I would sniff it from her tiny bottle, and sometimes, if I asked really nicely, she would dab just a touch on my arm. It's a haunting smell - bitter and peachy, with a hint of leather and a lot of oakmoss. It's utterly beautiful, but not friendly. It's a perfume for a woman who wants to be admired, but not bothered. I still love it today.
The very first real perfume I ever owned was also from my grandmother. I was about 12, and had brought home a bottle of Love's something-or-other: my grandmother wrinkled her nose, demanded I not wear it in her house, and when I next came over, there was a half-ounce bottle of Jean Patou's Joy
parfum waiting for me. So you see, as how my first bottle probably set my grandmother back at least $200.00, my addiction got started with the good stuff. I still love the classics most of all - most of favorites have a pre-WWII creation date. Don't tell my beloved Grandma's ghost, but I still have a bottle of Love's Baby Soft today. I wear it, too.
A very incomplete list of my current wardrobe is here
. I'll update it and finish reviews on them...someday.
In the meantime, I have added some links to the sidebar with sites I read or have ordered from. All sellers are reputable, by personal experience and by comments from other perfumistas on the blogs and forums - I really recommend getting to know the online perfume collector community - they are are wonderful bunch of people, and they really know what's going on out there.
More later. Current perfume: Fleurs d'Oranger
, by Serge Lutens. First wearing - initial impression: sweet but good. Predominantly jasmine and orange blossom, with a surprising undercurrent of cumin. not as complicated or as dirty as I usually prefer.