Monthly Archives: May 2012

Moping and Hoping

You know the sad story of the lost scent, as tragic as Gilbert’s famous song: The Lost Chord. You knew  the smell, you loved the smell, and suddenly, the perfume’s out of production.  Moreover, when you try to track down … Continue reading

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Millepede

Patou’s 1000  came out in 1972, which was when my family lived in Rome.  Back then, Roman real estate was relatively cheap, and we were right in the heart of old Rome in a penthouse apartment of the sort that … Continue reading

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Playing with Your Perfume

First of all, should you?  There are two schools of thought on this one and I remember a post on Bois de Jasmin from a year or two back, featuring a piece from French Elle on this subject of layering … Continue reading

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Mithridates, He Died Old

“Come, my Friends, Let’s meet these Romans, and my Rebel Son; Let’s kill till we are weary, then lie down And rest forever.” “Mithridates King of Pontus”  by Nathaniel Lee (1653 – 6 May 1692)* Mithridates (134 BC – 63 … Continue reading

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Nothing Gold Can Stay

When Sublime first came out I was stuck in smell Limbo in Central Vermont and really couldn’t smell much perfume.  This was a shame because 1993 was a very good year for perfume. Besides Sublime, we saw the release of … Continue reading

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Victorian Ladies All in White

The Victorian ladies described here are actually  shrubs called Philadelphus.  Their common name is Mock Orange, and they can be found leaning, and lounging and flouncing their long green skirts starred with white floral embroidery all during May and June … Continue reading

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The Lost Liner

You were thinking that I meant the Titanic, perhaps?  Actually, I was thinking of the Normandie.  You may also be wondering what exactly this has to do with perfume? Well, the ocean liner was launched in 1935 and the first … Continue reading

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A Broad Appeal

Most of the bottles of scent I own do nothing for my husband.  I don’t think he minds my perfume – except for some of the chypres and white florals – but then again, he doesn’t really think too much … Continue reading

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The Perfume House That Does Not Catch On

It can happen.  For preference, you need a hit to avoid that catastrophe.  It doesn’t have to be a mainstream hit.  You don’t have to come up with the next J’Adore, but you do have to come up with something … Continue reading

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Twist and Shout

In 1964, the year that Jean Patou’s Caline came out, I had a baby sitter.  She was very pretty and had the kind of hair that everyone wanted back then, i.e. hugely puffy.  It was shoulder length and had to … Continue reading

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