I don't wear it on a daily basis but sometimes if I'm going out. Then
it's Eau D'Issey or Dune. I used to wear Spellbound and lots of men
would comment favourably on it. Why did I stop?
― Emma, Wednesday, 22 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
Ally C - Lynx Africa does not count as deodorant as it has no anti-perspirant
qualities. It's a body spray = perfume = you are a girl.
I like perfume (and girls) so that's not meant as an insult. I'm wearing
Farenheit today, which is nice but doesn't seem to last very well. Sometimes
I wear Cool Water and sometimes I sip into my CK selection pack.
― Nick, Wednesday, 22 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
― gareth, Wednesday, 22 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
I do use an antiperspirant myself but that's because I'm a sweaty
― Richard Tunnicliffe, Wednesday, 22 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
In general I trust Guerlain and Chanel.
― Omar, Wednesday, 22 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
― cabbage, Wednesday, 22 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
― lady die, Thursday, 23 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
I am currently rotating between Fendi, Trussardi Light, CK Truth,
Green Tea, Happy, a freebee phial from Zara and a bottle of stuff
from River Island I got for Christmas (work days only).
― Madchen, Thursday, 23 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
― Ally, Tuesday, 16 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
― Lesley Higgins, Tuesday, 16 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
On the boy I'm 'liking' this new one that's oh so obliquely called
Sexual. It's like, ok YOU, bedroom NOW!
― Kim, Tuesday, 16 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
― Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 16 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
― Ally, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link
Suitable replacements for the Chaos are either the Comme des Garcons
red or Corso Como 1010 and I will get one of these on my next trip to
Liberty, or when a fashion friend goes through Milanese duty free.
Whichever comes first.
― suzy, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link
― Nicole, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link
― Sarah, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link
― katie, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link
― RickyT, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link
― Samantha, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link
Ramon wears Pi, that smells pretty good. Nicole, what does the new
Mugler one smell like? Is it that Angel Men one?
― chris, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link
It is nice though, very fresh
For guys, I like Christian Dior Higher (airy, floral) or Farenheit
(to me, it smells like SEX!, it's just raw appeal), or Giorgio Armani
Acqua di Gio (light, transparent, oceanic). I don't like old-man-
smelling stuff, and I don't want my guy to smell like a girl,
― simmer, Monday, 5 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link
― ethan, Monday, 5 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link
― toraneko, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link
Someone I knew wore vanilla essence, but stopped after a strange man
approached her and said that she smelt good enough to eat.
― Menelaus Darcy, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link
Just plain soap and water works fine for some people, but I have
noticed that there are some people who just smell off like
sour dough even if they bathe and/or shower regularly. Which is why
the "no scent" option is sometimes dud.
― Nicole, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link
I like Marc Jacob's new cologne. Except I don't like that it's
advertised by pictures of Sofia Coppola.
― Ally, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link
People do have very distintive smells, whether they clean themselves
a lot or not. I do remember another girl I knew who just smelled like
a goat. It's not like she was dirty, it was her body chemistry.
Sofia Coppola is a complete dud, and it pains me to want to buy Marc
Jacobs when I feel I am supporting Sofia Coppola by doing it.
― Dan Perry, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link
― ethan, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link
Just kidding. I've never said "just kidding" in a post before, ever.
I'm wearing something called Croquembouche by Demeter. I don't know
what a Croquembouche is, but it smells like caramel, which is a bit
odd. WHy do I want to smell like food?
― chukwuma Nwude, Wednesday, 7 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link
― r.d. lehman, Thursday, 29 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link
― Nick, Thursday, 29 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link
― Gale Deslongchamps, Tuesday, 4 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link
― Dan Meissler, Friday, 14 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link
― maura, Friday, 14 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link
Otherwise, I prefer shampoo/soap/fabric softener/candle odors than
perfume/cologne... I'd rather take a dip in baby powder than spend
large dollars on little bottles of excess.
― Brian MacDonald, Friday, 14 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link
― Gale Deslongchamps, Tuesday, 18 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link
― N., Saturday, 26 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link
― Joseph Hunsinger, Friday, 26 July 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link
― Sean, Friday, 26 July 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link
― ducklingmonster, Friday, 26 July 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link
― Ramosi, Saturday, 27 July 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link
didn't mean to do that. here be the full post:
goddam, i wish i could just pop into a boutique and just smell all the things. however, housing where i live is cheap so there's that tradeoff.
i gave the rive gauche a full wearing and it's gorgeous, but it still smells like barbasol that dries down to azzaro ph with the anise and oakmoss and herbalness. it's like if the local diner shut down and in its stead was opened a hipster-foodie cuisine experience that offered authentic diner fare for ten times the price, which is justified because the omelettes and hash browns are prepended in authentic diner style, except there's tarragon and because presentation. it's like when paul simon or david byrne do world music or when picasso did his thing with the damoiselles d'avignon. it's problematic, because i'm from the 80's and i'm used to the idea of someone going out and finding something that was always there and re-contextualizing something for me, like were basquiat or especially haring deep-culture aspirants who broke through or emissaries from the liminal boundaries who prospered from their ability to sherpa content from culture to culture? long story short, i had a bottle of pinaud clubman, the aromatic fougere of fougeres, and i never wore it because it was too fougere. the rive gauche is derivative of barbershop, but it's not from a real barbershop. there's still another bottle of rive gbauche at the place i got it and my brother was pondering whether he should get it or just get a bottle of brut because he reads all the old-school powerehouse blogs and imho he should get the fucking bottle of rive gauche.
― slugbuggy, Saturday, 23 February 2019 08:58 (seven months ago) link
what i could have just said, were it not for all the knob creek, is that the rive gauche feels very fancy for a barbershop fragrance. i felt like it references a different milieu than the one it inhabits. but then again, there are probably very fancy barbershops.
― slugbuggy, Saturday, 23 February 2019 21:57 (seven months ago) link
Being on a budget, I got a subscription to Scentbird. I think it's a good value, but the selection is patchy. Still I've got enough 15 ml bottles of expensive fragrances that I enjoy. One that sounded promising but which I hated was Black Tulip by Atelier Bloem. It's $195 for a bottle! But I can try it for sixteen bucks a month. Just as well, because it smells like an older woman at church. It's very well composed, just certainly not worth $200. But thanks to Scentbird I have a massive collection of expensive scents. Molinard Figue was my favorite so far. I got Pinrose's Gilded Fox, which had been a favorite, but the caramel wears on me. And Etat Libre d'Orange Tilda Swinton Like This was pretty good.
I'm teaching myself perfuming, though, and am mostly enjoying my own concoctions more. Been doing this for a couple of years and have about a thousand dollars worth of essential oils, attars and aroma chems. But the stuff is coming along nice. Wearing a cherry scent today that also has oud, pink lotus and jasmine.
― Twee.TV (I M Losted), Tuesday, 26 February 2019 13:01 (seven months ago) link
Where ilm meets ile ...
A Fetching Gentleman in Fragrance FormByron on May 10, 2018
Incurable exhumes those remote memories of that young, sophisticated uncle who was a professional illustrator and who smoked an English pipe and owned russet leather armchairs and a collection of antique mechanical coin banks. The one who knew how to properly wear a sport coat and who wielded a generous sense of erudite humor. The one who proved to be the only example of a debonair man to be found in the entire living family tree but who abandoned it once his wife died and he disappeared into someone else’s family never to be heard from again.
Incurable is warm and piquant, dreamy and urbane… like the ghost of someone you wanted to know but never got the chance to.
― djh, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 20:47 (seven months ago) link
the bubblegum note can be strange -- a scent I like but never wear as often as I should is mirabella by dsh, which is a really-nice plum-oakmoss thing along the lines of femme/mitsouko/things trying to be either of those, but the beginning is straight-up unmistakable bubblicious
― theorizing your yells (katherine), Wednesday, 6 March 2019 21:52 (seven months ago) link
I've bought some of those indie / alt perfumes, but TBH, the branding on many of them is too precious or humorless goth. I mean, if you want to sell, you should broaden your market. Like I don't identify with the rich uncle at all! And then there are all of the perfumers who use Eurocentric and / or Victorian imagery, as if we all relate to or have those values. It's the same problem that plagues the DIY world in general, with all of its apothecary / homesteading nostalgia. A woman's perfume should respect all women, and sometimes the "mysterious magical witchy woman" crap is just plain sexist.
I am working on a fragrance inspired by Italian women in my family - the smell of the purses, like powdery makeup, rose, tobacco and candy. I didn't think it would work (I had the concept first), but I wear it all of the time, it really smells like my memories!
― Twee.TV (I M Losted), Thursday, 7 March 2019 01:03 (seven months ago) link
yeah, the branding slightly annoys me, but no more than, like, the porny tom ford/(k*l*an)-type branding does. but, like, deconstructing eden's melisande is a really pretty cinnamon-jasmine-amber thing that I could more or less live in a cloud of, and also is named after a character in a thoroughly embarrassing book series
― theorizing your yells (katherine), Thursday, 7 March 2019 20:22 (seven months ago) link
damn no idea his stuff was that controversial
― theorizing your yells (katherine), Thursday, 7 March 2019 20:23 (seven months ago) link
The fragrance I got this month was Caswell-Massey's Centuries Sandalwood. It's kind of a dud. It's unisex, and although it claims to have other ingredients, like cypriol, which I LUV, it just seems to be all overpowering Australian sandalwood, which given its gluey, synthetic aspect, I don't think is real. Or maybe it's a mixture of authentic Australian sandalwood and aromachemical. In any case, it's not very subtle. I'll keep looking for a decent sandalwood scent, but given the unsustainability of the stuff, I'm not hopeful.
I used to buy sandalwood oil in college, when real mysore was more affordable. I guess I have to leave those days behind me, because the Australian variant isn't getting it done.
Oh by the way, I got some amyris, which is supposed to be "west Indian sandalwood" and I like it a lot, although it smells nothing like sandalwood.
― Have you tried Night of Olay? (I M Losted), Saturday, 4 May 2019 21:55 (five months ago) link
There seems to be a Miller Harris offer that if you take an empty/full bottle of any Perfume/Cologne to one of their stores, you will get half price on any of their fragrances.
― djh, Sunday, 26 May 2019 20:42 (four months ago) link
Oh ... or use the code "RECYCLE" online.
― djh, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 18:09 (four months ago) link
Hey, I found a new way for people on a budget to get $$$ perfumes for cheap. Some people are buying big bottles of expensive or rare perfumes and bottling them in smaller bottles. I got my own personal holy grail - five ounces of CHANEL NO. 19. It has galbanum, and I usually can't afford it, because you usually have to get it from France and pay a jillion dollars for it because nobody in the US carries it anymore. So it came in the mail today, and it's the REAL DEAL. I got into perfume because I always wanted to make my own version of Chanel no. 19 but I can't get the galbanum right...so now I have my very own to study. So if you're looking for that expensive shit, try Ebay!
― Equal Time for Dingelschnitzen (I M Losted), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 02:10 (four months ago) link
I love Chanel No. 19
― Dan S, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 02:13 (four months ago) link
more astringent and modern than No. 5, but both are classics
― Dan S, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 02:19 (four months ago) link
looking at it in retrospect those really are the two classic Chanel fragrances
― Dan S, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 02:27 (four months ago) link
Yeah, it's a classic and a long time ago, it was my signature. I like the slightly masculine or astringent aspect, but it is just so well-done and original. The new formulation is nice, but not as good and the personality isn't as strong. I loved the old one. It was greener and maybe more masculine and assertive. I guess you can get no.19 straight from the Chanel website, but I don't feel like paying $125 the new formula - I don't think it's worth it.
So, this bottle made me want to buy a few vintage bottles of the stuff that are on Ebay, and they're not really expensive, but prohibitive enough on my budget that I'm not sure if I should spring for it. If I had my druthers, I'd have a whole cabinet full of the original stuff. This is why I tried to concoct my own version - which was nice but nothing like the original. I mean, every description of the formula has something different in it. Apparently it has rose and leather in it, whereas I smell greens, vetiver and iris. I just love galbanum, which is a weird thing to put in a "classic" major house fragrance.
I'm just wondering if anyone has sprung for vintage bottles of classic fragrances, and if they hold up well, or if they morph over time. The few vintage bottles I have of stuff are not that great. The bottles I want to buy are from the seventies and the eighties.
And Chanel - as weak as the reformulations are, Chanel is still my go-to as far as designer fragrances. Some of those other fashion houses just produce overrated shit. The Chanels never disappoint, at least, and are worth the money you pay for them.
― Equal Time for Dingelschnitzen (I M Losted), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 18:00 (four months ago) link