A little about me in general. I was raised mostly in Europe, educated partially in the United States, stopped counting all the places I lived in when I was 19 and hit over 21 different cities, and now reside in the southern part of America. My life has been both Sisyphean and Kafkaesque, hence the blog name. I’m a former corporate litigator and lawyer who no longer practices (I hated the law!), a gourmet gourmand, a dog fanatic (especially if they are German shepherds), a history lover, a television junkie, a perfume addict, and a perfectionist who is passionately opinionated about most things. I’m rarely perfect, but I always try my best. I’m owned by “The Hairy German,” also known as Zola, Zoli Zol, Émile Zola, or Angel Face. And he will be a silent contributor to my blog.
Contact Information: If you wish to contact me, you can reach me at: AKafkaesqueLife@gmail.com. As a side note, the name of the blog is Kafkaesque and not “A Kafkaesque Life.” I was forced to opt for the latter name in the URL link (and in the email address) solely due to an apparent abundance of Kafka fans on the internet. There weren’t a lot of options left. 🙂 But the url address is not the blog name. I would be most grateful if you referred to it as Kafkaesque. 🙂
Perfume Review Policy & Disclosure Notice: At this time, I pay for almost all perfumes or perfume samples myself. Like any sane person, I think it’s fun to receive new things to try out. However, my first obligation is to my readers, and I promise to always give my blunt, unadulterated opinion. Sometimes, I will receive perfume samples from a friend or in a perfume sample swap with a fellow blogger. On a rare occasion, a company may send something for review, but I always tell them upfront that there is no guarantee of a good review, a bad review, or maybe even any review at all. When I do end up reviewing one of those perfumes, I always include a disclosure in the post that the sample was sent by the company. I am never paid for a review and I never will be. Furthermore, in a few of the instances where I have been sent perfumes by a company, the reviews have been far from positive. I won’t give a glowing review just because of a PR sample! My first obligation is to be honest to those who read me and who expect my unvarnished opinion.
My Taste in Perfume. I love spicy orientals, big florals, resinous ambers, vintage cologne, and a number of other genres of perfume. However, I am not a fan of “fresh, clean” scents that remind me of detergent or cleaning products. I prefer not to pay a fortune for a Pledge or Tide experience, and I can be quite indignant when perfumes charge exorbitant amounts for such fragrances. I also dislike sugar bombs and most fruit cocktail scents (though there have been a few exceptions), and I don’t think my body chemistry reacts well to anything synthetic. Aromachemicals become magnified on my skin and turn extremely toxic in smell, leading to some extremely harsh reviews, especially when there is ISO E Super involved. In fact, ISO E Super is my personal kryptonite. Lastly, I have a huge problem with the reformulation and gutting of perfume scents, pursuant to the IFRA regulations implemented in 2010 which limits the percentage or amount of key essential oils and ingredients. So, from time to time, you’ll read about IFRA. (Probably more than you ever wanted to.) I’ll try not to have too many rants about it.
All the views in this blog are my utterly subjective opinion. In fact, perfume is — by its nature — a wholly subjective, personal experience that is dependent on an individual’s body chemistry. As a result, the outcomes can vary wildly. I can only give you the objective facts of what is listed in the fragrance notes, and then my own personal experience with it. If you’re looking for purely factual reviews, you won’t find them here. I have passionate opinions about everything; and, yes, sometimes I can be extremely harsh. However, even when I hate something, you may want to try it out for yourself. In fact, I urge you always to try out a scent whose notes appeal to you. It may be very different on you than it is on me or others. Perfume is meant to be a fun celebration, a mystery in every vial that can transport you to exotic lands and turn you into someone else, a potential party in every sniff, a transformative experience.
Some of my absolute favorite scents are (or have been, in the case of discontinued scents): YSL’s vintage Opium; Téo Cabanel’s Alahine; Serge Lutens’ De Profundis, Fille en Aiguilles, and Chergui; Chanel’s Coromandel; Dior’s Mitzah; Neela Vermeire’s Trayee, Mohur, and Mohur Esprit extrait; Ormonde Jayne’s Tolu; Puredistance’s M; Amouage’s Tribute attar and Fate Woman; Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s Absolue Pour Le Soir; Ormonde Jayne’s Nawab of Oudh; Vero Profumo’s Onda; YSL’s Champagne/Yvresse; Robert Piguet’s Fracas; Guerlain’s L’Heure Bleue; Hermès’ 24 Faubourg; Fragonard’s Soleil; and Karl Lagerfeld’s Lagerfeld for Men (now renamed and reformulated into the terrible Karl Lagerfeld Classic).
Honorable mention should go to: Serge Luten’s Cuir Mauresque; Andy Tauer’s Une Rose Chyprée; Carolina Herrera’s Carolina Herrera; Chanel’s Coco; Guerlain’s vintage Shalimar; Tom Ford’s Oud Wood, Tobacco Vanille, and Jasmine Rouge; Viktoria Minya’s Hedonist; Puredistance’s Opardu; Cartier’s Le Baiser du Dragon; and other numerous scents that I’ve undoubtedly overlooked. For many of those listed above, I’m referring solely to the vintage version.
For men’s colognes or aftershaves, I adore vintage version of the following: Habit Rouge, Antaeus, Kouros, Egoiste, Bel Ami, Monsieur de Givenchy, and Karl Lagerfeld’s Lagerfeld for Men (now renamed and reformulated into the terrible Karl Lagerfeld Classic). Honourable mentions: Dior’s (vintage) Fahrenheit, (vintage) Eau Sauvage, Chanel’s Pour Monsieur, Xeryus, and others that I’ve forgotten. This list is shorter because I don’t really classify fragrances by gender. For me, almost all scents are unisex.
One thing to be aware of: very few perfumes, including big powerhouses, last on me for any significant amount of time. My body chemistry eats up even the strongest perfumes in a short time. Some perfumes won’t even last a few hours! A few have lasted 20 minutes! So, as you can see, I’m not always the best judge of longevity and my issues with that are probably why I lean towards very intense or strong perfumes.
My Tastes in Food. I’m open to almost everything, short of Anthony’s Bourdain’s excursion into warthog rectum in Africa or some body parts like eyes. My favorite cuisine is Asian (everything from Sushi to Thai), followed in no particular order by Indian, Greek, and French. I’m a bread addict and could survive, quite happily, simply on bread and cheese or bread and butter! Some of my favorite guilty pleasure foods include: cheese, foie gras, frozen cookie dough, fried chicken (with mayonnaise on the side!), pizza, persimmons, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, and did I mention, bread? You may wonder why any of this matters. Well, sometimes, I’ll blog about food too!
Commenting on the blog: There is no “right or wrong” in terms of perfume perspectives. I love it when people share their opinions on fragrances, even if they have a different opinion on a scent than I do. However, I will not abide by any comment that attacks me or readers of my blog with insults, profane language, or personal attacks. Those comments will not be approved, or will be deleted. In short, please play nicely and politely.
Well, that’s a little about me to start off with. Thank you for stopping by, and let’s smell some perfume!
how do I subscribe? thank you just by checking the box I just checked?
If you have a WordPress account, then you just click “Follow Me” at the very top, left of the page. I think you must have one judging by your Avatar but some people find it easier to subscribe by email. Whatever you choose, Welcome Aboard! I’m so glad to have you join us all. 🙂
I have a new wordpress account and my regular blog. I am in the process of changing to wordpress. I will look about to see how to subscribe by email! Thank you for such a welcoming and prompt response! jean
It’s nothing. We are all one big, welcoming group here. Seriously, I think perfume should be about fun! Let me know when you transfer over so that I can follow you too, but on whichever site you’ll be posting on. 🙂
aaaaaand I always make a typo!
Heh, no worries. My fingers have a mind of their own lately. But, if it makes you feel better, I’ll happily fix it for you. I’m a little OCD, so I know what it’s like to have something like that nag at you! 😀
Ha! I am a writer. I am typing in the dark without my glasses right now. It is my way of being a wild nerd I suppose…the way other people like ice climbing and so on. This is just me, being me. I would love you to change them but please do not go to any trouble. Thanks! jean
You are very kind! I signed in with the wrong name too–this is my “flickr” name. I am famous for my terrible photos! you can find my blog at http://prettykittydogmoonjewelry.blogspot.com/
but you do not have to read it!
What an incredible blog but more importantly I greatly appreciate all of your research and cited sources! I love how thorough you are in your reviews and that you provide me links to all of your sources for additional reading. I’ve read numerous perfume blogs and I have to say that yours is among the best! Thanks for the smile : ) Marlen @ http://theperfumecritic.com
Welcome, Marlen, and thank you for your extremely kind words on the blog. I’m so glad you like all the links and other sources; it’s something I do intentionally because I want people to have a variety of different opinions and sources all at their fingertips in one place. Of course, it makes my reviews about 3 times as long as normal blogs — and some people hate lengthy reviews — so it’s lovely to hear from someone who appreciates it. 🙂 Thank you again for stopping by and I hope to see more of you.
I have a bottle of Robert Piguets BANDIT Eau De Toilette. It is a clear bottle, and the top is black. I have saved it for 44 years now, and there is about 1/3 in the bottle. I promise you that the scent is heavy !!!
I got it when i was 25 year, but when I was 15 years old, I was working as a “young girl” in a house in one year, and the woman in the family used this perfume. I loved its spicey smell, and decided that I would have my own bottle, when i grow older.
The bottle content 4 fl.ozs from the start. there also is written 80* ( it should be a degrees sign). Made in France. Réf. 2022. Do you think that it could be of some value ?
Hi Melita, welcome to the blog! I’m not an expert on dating bottles of Bandit or on the various packaging, but if your bottle is as old as you say it is, it would be worth a small fortune on places like eBay. 1/3 of 4 fl oz is still a lot and for it to be 44 years old? Wow, wow, WOW!!! As for the 80, I believe that refers to the alcohol/water content, which means it’s very strong from the start with 20% of it being fragrance oils. I hope that’s helped a little. 🙂
I read your review of BANDIT, and thats the reason I wrote to you.
It was extremely exiting to read the hole story about Robert Piguet and Co.
You must forgive my writing-blunders. I am an old Danish woman, and dont speak english as well as I would like ;0))
Thank you again.
Please, your English is absolutely perfect, and there is nothing to apologise for in the least! It was lovely to hear from you, and I’m so glad you wrote to me!! 🙂 By the way, I love your country and Copenhagen has quite stolen my heart. 🙂
I apologise if the answer to this question is incredibly obvious and I have missed it! But what is your favorite Sandalwood-esque or Sandalwood-note perfume?
Thank you, Sarah 🙂
Hi Sarah, thank you for asking. It’s not an obvious question at all, so no worries! 🙂 I’m afraid I don’t have a favorite sandalwood fragrance out of anything current and on the market. In fact, I’m on a perpetual hunt for the perfect Sandalwood! All my old favorites with the note are discontinued vintage things because, in the old days, back in the 70s or 80s, real Mysore sandalwood was plentiful and used in massive quantities in perfumery. Nowadays, it’s a whole different story, and I simply can’t find one I like that is purely or hardcore sandalwood in focus.
That said, Neela Vermeire’s original trio of fragrances (Trayee, Mohur and Bombay Bling) use a LOT of real sandalwood, which is one reason why I like them so much. Trayee is my favorite and has a strong sandalwood note, but it also has a lot (LOT!) of other stuff going on, so it’s not really a pure sandalwood fragrance. Chanel’s Bois des Iles doesn’t use real Mysore sandalwood but they’ve managed to make it smell as though they have, so that’s another one that I think is really lovely. Again, it’s not a sandalwood soliflore — a fragrance that is really just one note — but it’s Chanel’s homage to sandalwood and the drydown is wonderful. I don’t know your perfume tastes, but I’d definitely recommend giving Bois des Iles a sniff. The opening is a bit tough for some people because of how green it is, but it’s only a short 15 minute period, and then you get the beautiful note. I hope that helps! Thank you again, Sarah, for stopping by. Let me know if you try any of them and what you may think. 🙂
It is such a delight to read your blog and bit about yourself. I have been a fume junkie for as long as I can remember (mainly blame my mum). Collecting fragrances and empty bottles has become a part of me. Im so glad I have found your blog which speaks to me and my addiction. I love strong intense perfumes because lighter ones just disappear in my body chemistry. In saying so, I have a question for you….have you tried pure 100% perfume oils which originate from Middle East? They are strong, last forever on my skin and when I step in shower the amalgamation of hot water and perfume on skin develops in this mesmerizing steam in shower which transcends me to another world (dont want to sound creepy, but give it a try).
Hi, Hidden Harmony World, thank you for stopping by. I’m sorry for the very late reply, but I was away on holiday for quite a while and only recently returned.
We seem to have quite the same tastes in perfumes! 🙂 As for your question, yes, I’ve tried the Middle Eastern pure perfume oils, and they’re often very lovely. Very rich, potent, and opulent. I only wish they were easier to find over here, or cheaper.
It’s me again, the blog-uneducated reader… I attempted to register for the Loriza drawing, wrote out this long comment, and then was unable to “post” my entry there. I ended up having to go back to your blog’s “comment” section, and Im afraid I replied to one of YOUR replies. I’m confused, and afraid my entry won’t get entered!! BTW, I just ordered the sample set of the House’s fumes. :). I’m verging on some serious obsession here, worse than my USUAL obsession- I truly fear for my skinny wallet!!! (I also fear my husband discovering my new habit!)
Hopefully I’ll get the hang of this blog technique and etiquette soon!
No worries, dear Lexi. Your comment went through in the Oriza thread, and that is all that matters. It all shows up for me in the same comments section in the Administrative panel, so I didn’t miss you. And I have you down on the Oriza giveaway/entry list at #72. So, don’t worry about blog technique and technicalities. You just worry about your husband discovering your new addiction. *grin* (That made me laugh!) 🙂 xoxox
Thank you so much, Kafka!! You are truly so kind and sweet to all of your readers! I so appreciate your taking the time to respond, and I am SO excited to be in the running for the Oriza giveaway- GOOOO, #72!!!!! Something my husband could actually know about if I should happen to win!! ;).
Well, I’m off to begin my nightly search through your archives for my next new wish list item!!
Thanks again!! :). xoxox
Heh, I screwed up the numbering on my paper pad by accidentally skipping a number, and only just noticed now when inputting everything into a document. So it turns out that you’re #71, not #72. Go #71! 😉
Kafka, I also was owned by German Shepards for many years. I now have a Great Pyrenees , a West Highland White Terrier, a mini-Dachshund, and a Shitzu mix (aka “mop dog”). Hello to the Hairy German from the above fans. I am an ardent dog lover as well as a lover of perfume.
Your input on ambers and orientals was insightful and most helpful. May I ask for your take on incense, frankincense, and myrrh fragrances? ‘Tis the season, after all. I love Avignon, La Myrrhe, Myrrhe Orientale, and Passages d’Enfer. The first and last I have as full bottles. I’ve sampled Cardinal, which was beautiful, but the longevity on me left much to be desired. Any thoughts or suggestions?
Awww, you have a whole range of furry overlords, Ellen! I love Great Pyrenees, but I can’t imagine how much shedding you must have to deal with! It’s bad enough with my boy, but yours…!!!
With regard to myrrh and the scents you mention, I’m afraid I’m not a huge myrrh/olibanum lover when it’s a very cold, white, High Church fragrance like many that you mentioned. I also struggle a lot with the soapy aspects to olibanum. And I’m afraid I wasn’t keen on Cardinal. You may have more luck though with Jovoy’s Liturgie des Heures, though I personally wasn’t fond of it. And Oriza has 2 myrrh fragrances, one of which is Reve d’Ossian.
With regard to frankincense, the more black kind I like, you have it in Dior’s Mitzah & Chanel’s Coromandel, two favorites of mine. But hardcore incense/frankincense would be Amouage’s Tribute attar (with rose), Tom Ford’s Sahara Noir (with labdanum), Serge Lutens’ Fille en Aiguilles (with plum and pine), Profumum’s Arso (with leather and pine), and Olivier Durbano’s Black Tourmaline. Those are just a few off the top of my head. I know there are more as I cover quite a few fragrances with incense. If I can think of others, I’ll add to this post. 🙂
i shall research those I don’t have. Love Mitzah and Coromandel. They are wonderful. And as before, thank you for responding so quickly and thoroughly. As to the shedding, well, it is what it is. Needless to say, he’s brushed a lot.
Just got a sample of Alahine. Wow, I’m hooked. Thanks
Hurrah for another Alahine convert! I’m so glad you love one of my all-time favorites!
Thank you for your advice.
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Grazie per le belle complimenti, BlaiseAntoine. 🙂
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Hello Sandy, and welcome. Thank you for your kind note. I’ve looked at your site quite a few times for links, and have very much enjoyed your wide selection of brands. You have a lovely boutique.
The photo I took restaurant of courtyard at Hotel Costes in Paris has being used in your blog but it is copyrighted photo. Please do NOT use without my approval.
Hello there. I am happy to take it down or to give you full credit. I always try to attribute the source and give credit, as I did here for all the photos I used in that piece. I put exactly which site and place I found them, so if I missed that it was yours, please accept my apologies.
If you tell me which one it is, I would be happy to delete it. Is it the solo photo of the Hotel Costes? Or, if you prefer, I can give you the full credit with a link to your site. Please let me know what you prefer. I will take care of it the minute you let me know which one it is and what you would like me to do.
Edited to add: I have taken a guess at which one of the two photos it may be and have deleted it. If I chose the wrong one, please let me know and, as stated up top, I will do whatever you wish.
Well, I just received a small sample of Mitzah from feraljasmine, who guest posts on Australian Perfume Junkies, & it is really terrific. Not sure about longevity yet since it’s only been on me for less than an hour, but it smells exactly the way you’ve described it! I’m going to order a large decant from Surrender to Chance. I have worn Alahine twice, liked it more the second time, & hope to love it by the fourth wearing. It’s a grand, bold perfume. I smell the ylang ylang & the amber & in the drydown, I get HINTS of the smell I crave. Mitzah gives me that smell immediately.
My next instant love is Coromandel, which I have worn twice since receiving a sample last week. Thank God I’m gainfully employed because I’m ordering a large bottle of it. It’s unusually cold down here right now, so I can only imagine how well it will “bloom” in the heat It’s my first patchouli, and the fragrance is intoxicating. It’s a perfume that I feel really comfortable wearing at work. I’m old enough to remember those hippie smelling patchoulis from the 70’s, so was quite surprised at how smooth, polished, & delectable Coromandel’s take on patch was. I’d like to try a couple more patch scents that are like C. Any suggestions? Thanks so much for the recommendations.
Mitzah is definitely about the labdanum, front and center. Alahine is not, but focuses on other things as well. It takes time, but I’m glad that Mitzah was instant love for you. In terms of Coromandel, well, I’m a hardcore patch head and I love all sorts of patchouli fragrances if they combine with amber or vanilla. There is nothing quite like Coromandel, though, and I recently did a short series on various patchouli fragrances. They’re all much woodier, or more heavily ambered. One of the best patchoulis though is Jovoy’s Psychedelique. I LOVED THAT ONE!!! The only problem is Jovoy’s sillage signature that is part of all their scents and a serious problem for me. But for a glorious, gorgeous, true patchouli-centered scent, that is perhaps one of the very best.
The problem is, you’re looking for a patchouli-Plus, that has the softer, more white, cocoa and incense type of profile, and most patchouli scents are much more hardcore patchouli. That said, I would encourage you to try Dior’s Ambre Nuit which, on my skin at least, brought to mind Coromandel. Ambre Nuit is meant to be an ode to ambergris, the way Mitzah is to labdanum, and for many people, it is a rose-dominated scent. Not on my skin. Depending on how much rose you get or don’t get, you may see the similarities to Coromandel.
Totally apart, one of my favorite patchouli-Plus scents is Serge Lutens’ Fourreau Noir which is about lavender, amber, patchouli and incense. I normally am totally phobic about lavender — I despise it — but Fourreau Noir swept me off my feet. A beautifully done fragrance that is about much more than patchouli, and about more than the sum of its parts. I strongly, strongly recommend Fourreau Noir for a test sniff, even apart from any patchouli issues. If anything, it’s actually perhaps more of an incense fragrance at its heart. Truly a fantastic scent, all around.
Thanks for the thoughtful response. I skimmed through your patchouli series before i fell for the Coromandel, so I’ll go back & read it carefully (I already mentioned that I read most of your posts at least 3 times). I’ll definitely order a sample of Ambre Nuit, reviews of which I’ve read & have been interested in. Today I wore Ambre Noir by Sonoma Scent Studio-it’s deep, long-lasting, the sillage lasts all day, & the prices are amazing.
I suppose it’s my addictive, or compulsive, personality, that wants MORE patch scents like Coromandel when I should just be happy with the C & take my time discovering slowly. In less than a year, I’ve gobbled up as many ambers as I can find, then I moved on to leathers (Cuir Ottoman, Grand Cuir are my favorites, & i want to get my hands on Hard Leather & Memo Italian Leather), & now I’ve stuck my big toe into the patch waters & want to TRY THEM ALL AND SOON!!! What can I say? I’m middle aged and making up for lost time!!!
I’ve read reviews of Fourreau Noir & it’s on my wish list as I also like incense fragrances, although my blind buy of Jubilation xxv is a minor disappointment because I can’t smell it on myself. I spray it on my shirts, though, and they smell incredible, but it doesn’t seem to come alive on my skin. I’m not giving up on it, though. The best incense I’ve tried so far is Incense Pure, again by Sonoma. It opens up with ambergris, then the incense kicks in, So many scents, so little time-sigh.
Thanks again for your kind reply!
Ed, you should not be apologizing for anything, let alone for infectious enthusiasm and unbridled joy. Never — EVER — apologize for that! It’s not about age, either. You have a passion and an open spirit that is a joy to behold. It’s better than being blasé and nonchalent about everything. At some point, maybe, you’ll lose that fire and excitement a little (we all go through stages) — and you’ll regret its loss. So, celebrate for now, ALL of it, including the lust to try everything immediately and without pause.
It’s not only refreshing, but wonderful for me as well to have a reader who is so passionate about things. So, for that reason, I hope you will feel free to share your thoughts, experiences and adventures as MUCH AS YOU WANT with me. Here, or in the appropriate thread. Wherever. It doesn’t matter.
So, in terms of some of your scent discoveries, I’m very glad to hear that you like Grand Cuir so much!! I tried one of Memo’s Leathers in Paris and it was nice, though I can’t remember if that was one of the Memo fragrances with ISO E Super. As you may have gathered by now, I have serious problems with that note when it’s used too liberally, but I think Memo’s exquisite, stunning Shams was a much worse culprit. (Alas.) A number of the SSS fragrances use it too, which is why I stay away.
It’s interesting what you said about Jubilation XXV/Men, as that has ISO E Super in it as well and the aromachemical is known to have a ghost dance where one becomes anosmic to the scent if smelled up close. One can often smell something from afar much better but, even so, ISO E Super can make some notes “disappear” because the chemical’s large molecules block the nose’s ability to detect the smaller molecules. You can smell JubXXV on your shirts, because you’re smelling it from a distance perhaps, but the ISO E Super is blocking the notes from coming alive on your skin and up close. At least, that’s my guess for what is going on. I hope that helps a little. I better end this now before I get on one of my soap box rants about ISO E Supercrappy. LOL. 😉
BTW, I will be testing/reviewing a few more patchouli scents in the upcoming weeks. And leathers! Hopefully, one will be a great fit for you as well.
PS — As one with an obsessive and OCD personality, I may understand you better than you realise. lol 😉
After reading your posts, I was fairly certain you had an obsessive and OCD personality like mine-LOL. Thanks for the Jubilation XXV explanation-it makes sense.
I ordered a decant of Fourreau Noir today, along with more Mitzah which is on sale at Surrender. The Memo Italian Leather I am wanting to try holds interest for me because it’s supposed to have a nice dose of vanilla in it, with a slightly herbal opening, I believe. As I told feraljasmine in an email that my ex-wife thinks we’re all bizarre to love and hunger for multiple scents, but I feel as if I’ve discovered a new family who completely understands me! Anyway, I give her all my rejects, so she may become a family member herself eventually.
Ohhh, the STC sale….. you have to order Puredistance M, if you haven’t tried it already. I know you love your leathers, so it’s a Must Try. For me, it is much more of a molten, amber oriental at its heart and not a pure leather, but what an amber oriental it is! If you order now, you can send STC an email asking for your orders to be combined. They will refund the second shipping fee. That’s what they’ve done in the past, and all you need to do is send them an email. Puredistance M is definitely worth taking advantage of that 15% off discount! I cannot recommend M enough!
After I post this comment, I’m ordering Puredistance M, Patchouli Leaves (I read your patchouli posts, but they don’t have Psychedelique yet), Ambre Nuit, some more Ambra Aurea,oh yes, and Trayee, and more and more and more and more…….enjoy your weekend!
YAYYYYYYY for M!! M is one of the best things ever! So, too, by the way, is Amouage Tribute Attar! *hint hint* lol
AND I added Amouage Tribute Attar to the order (you’re so persuasive!) along with more Mitzah (love it). Thank heavens I’m gainfully employed and my house is paid for! LOL.
LOLOLOL. I like your style, Edward! That said, I fully commiserate on the expensiveness of temptation. I put in a rather decent order at STC during their sale, too, but even more to the point, I just spent over $300 on the huge vat of Coromandel. I plan to spray it on my sheets for the ultimate form of ridiculousness and expensive aromatherapy every night. 😀
Do let me know what you think of the scents when you try them. I really hope you find a few new loves! BTW, Mitzah is still available from Dior while supplies last and without the 2013 Dior increase for the Privée line, so if your passion for it continues, don’t think that it is now out of reach.
Ha! I’ve been reading your discussion with Edward (hi Edward!) with much enjoyment and a fair amount of glee to recognize not one but TWO fellow OCD perfumiacs, although I realize after spending the better part of the last 6 months reading every frag blog known to man and womankind out there, that there are many 🙂
I’m a vintage gal and have been for several decades and am only recently come to the niche world, so like Edward, I have been categorizing my forays into notes, feeling compelled to try everything mentioned on every blog, good or bad. If I went about my perfume collecting quietly and calmly before, I’m now a lot more vocal (and demented truth be told) about it now. As someone approaching 60, I really do feel I need to step it up and get them all in while I can and am also relieved to be in a place financially where I am relatively able to do so. Plus I feel that at my “mature” age, I am entitled to spritz my sheets with whatever I want and if that means Coromandel or Amouage Gold, then so be it!!
I’d like to invite you to join Facebook Fragrance Friends if you haven’t already. It was recommended to me by a really nice person who occasionally posts reviews on another website. It’s a place full of wonderful people just like us. I”m sure many of them are as OCD as we are!
Right now I’m trying out lots of samples, some of them recommonded to me by Kafka. Thanks to Kafka, I have some new loves that I can’t live without (Trayee, Puredistance M, Fourreau Noir, Amouage Tribute Attar). I’m studying them, trying to sniff out certain notes, etc. and I”m even wearing & studying the ones I don’t love.
I’ve only been in this perfume world since May & it’s been very rewarding. Enjoy the ride!
Dear Sally, please forgive the late, delayed reply, as it’s been a very hectic 10 days and I don’t seem to know if I’m coming or going these days. I smiled at your “fellow OCD perfumiacs” comment, but most of all at the spritzed sheets bit. Someone who understands! It’s a bit of a state of madness at times, isn’t it? 🙂 I hope I can help you find a few things to replace any vintage loves that may have disappeared with time and reformulation. 🙂
Thanks for the Dior Mitzah tip (every time I wear it, though, I picture Madame Mitzah in that damn leopard jacket & hat), and I’ll definitely let you know what I think of my soon to arrive scents. I’m buying the large Coromandel as well. It’s worth it. As for the expense of my addiction, well, eventually I’ll settle for quality over quantity, but for now, my perfume love is fresh & new & perfect & beautiful, & I can’t get enough of it. Meanwhile, I’m doing my homework & learning how to recognize fragrance notes.