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I know I haven't tested/posted in a while, but I was gathering some scents to contribute to a Flipside project today and decided that I was getting lax in my stinky-love.

So, I tested Talisman.

First impression - very cologne-y. Like something you'd find on a drugstore counter and not particularly pleasant.

About 15 minutes later - Not too bad, but not really my style. Something smooth underneath (the beeswax?) holding together a decent floral with some sweet fruit accents. A little bit of nutmeg maybe in there with some vanilla. This is definitely a feminine fragrance and I think probably a good summer/spring scent if you like the type.

I've read that the lasting power is LONG with this one, so I guess I'll be smelling like it for a while, especially as my decant kind of spilled all over my right arm.

I'll definitely have to grab another shower before heading out this evening, as this isn't really something I want to wear to a party - it's much more of a daytime scent, I think.
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What Works:
As a general rule it has been noted (by myself and others) that given a general range of perfumes, if it doesn’t smell good on me, it will on either jenmarie or blissfish - and vice versa. The neat thing about this is that if we wind up with something that one of us doesn’t care for, it’s a near certainty that one of the others will like it. J
In general, florals tend to blend very well with my skin chemistry. This surprises me somewhat, but I’m pleased with it. It does give me a very good place to start from however.
So, the last few weeks worth of experiences – compiled and largely from memory and links (provided) as it’s been a long few weeks. ;)
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Trying to decide what to wear this evening, so I'm testing BPAL's Scherezade on my left wrist and Narcisse Noir by Caron on my right.

First take on Scherezade.... I'm a little headshop, yes I am (sung to the tune of I'm a little teapot)! Not bad, but definitely a headshop.

First take on Narcisse Noir.... Grandma's soap, and HOW. Kind of makes my sinuses hurt.

About 45 min or so later......

As Scherezade dries down, it loses some of that headshop quality and becomes something I could easily wear OFTEN. Reminds me of the way Book People used to smell. Very comforting... I like this a lot. Not as sexy as I was expecting it to be with the spices and musk, but better for that, I think. This goes to the top of my so-far-short BPAL list of bottle wants.

Narcisse Noir, on the other hand (er, wrist), has been mostly eaten by my skin. At least it isn't making my head hurt anymore. It's still there, a little, and what is there is all complex tease. I can pick up the civet under the florals and it's making for a very nice shifting oriental scent. I don't know that I'll be adding this one to any sort of permanent collection, but I can definitely appreciate that it's a well-done fragrance. I'll likely re-test again on a larger skin area before solidifying my opinion of it on me.

I'm thinking of washing the Narcisse Noir off my right wrist and trying something else. Talisman? Or Muscs Koublaï Khän? Or another BPAL? Or????
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I TOTALLY am into this community. :) Thank you guys for thinking of it.

Well, my allergies and the migraine have gotten to the point where I cannot wear traditional perfumes (atmoizer or sprays). But being the smell whore that I am, I couldn't just go with nothing and 'soap and deodorant' was NOT going to be my signature scent. :)

One of my very best friends turned me on to the oil blends from
Black Pheonix Alchemy Lab.

She gave me several imps of different scents to try out. (imp = small sample tube, for those that do not know) I fell in love with Queen Mab and it has become my daily scent that I wear most often. I have a 10ml bottle that I got probably 6 or 7 months ago (maybe more) and it isn't even half way gone. Because these are blends of 'pure' and essential oils, very little goes a looooong way.

I also like this company because they produce blends from inspiration. Just cruising the site and reading the descriptions of the different blends can be intoxicating in and of itself.

I will share with you some of the blends I have tried...

Current Mood: good good

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This seems like a good enough place to keep notes on what scents I buy when.  :)

Yesterday I received a bottle of Ava Luxe Midnight Violet I'd ordered a week or so ago.  Serena sent me a sample of the Midnight Violet when I ordered a little bottle of Blackberry Musk for the coming warm weather, and I fell in love with it.  It opens with a very dry, almost overpowering sharp woods-and-violet smell, with a shot of greenness.   The orris and black hemlock come shrieking out of the bottle, becoming almost too dark, dry, and earthy.  It mellows into a slightly powdery yet not too sweet scent, still of violet over woods.  This one is listed as being unisex, but I do find it somewhat more feminine than not.  It has good lasting power - about 6 hours on my skin, which tends to munch perfume.  I expected it to be slightly dirtier with civet being in the base, but it isn't a "clean" scent by any means, and that suits me just fine.  If I wanted to smell like soap, I'd wear soap. :P

Late last night, I ordered 5ml decants of Etro's Messe de Minuit (which sounds like it will be right up my alley), and Caron's Parfum Sacre.  Can't wait for these to arrive.

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jenmarie 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.
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