Tag Archives: Gardenia Petale

Looking For Shanghai Lil

Shanghai LilPerhaps you’re not familiar with Footlight Parade of 1933 with Ruby Keeler and Jimmy Cagney?  This was the movie that came to mind when I ran across Tom Ford’s Shanghai Lil the other day.

The reaction of other bloggers to this scent has been rather like that of Cagney, Lil is irresistible they say and highly original.  I was a bit less struck by the fragrance’s originality since I recognized the lily top notes as being similar to my Gardenia Petale’s, the Van Cleef & Arpels fragrance from some years ago.  They probably share a high end floral material, although the green side of the floral is stressed in Shanghai, and not so much in Gardenia Petale which eventually devolves into a vanilla lily of the valley note. Continue reading

Had a Wife but Couldn’t Keep Her

Peter_Peter_PumpkinThe subject of the last line is, of course, Peter Pumpkin Eater.  Pumpkin is not on the short list of things that make me enthusiastic about anything, but according to the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, it’s the combination of pumpkin and   lavender that does it for men.

Really.

Pumpkin.

Lavender.

Uh huh.

You can forget your Shalimar, never mind the Mitsouko, detonate your Flowerbomb without him because it’s pumpkin and lavender that men love and respond to (the smell of cinnamon buns come in second by the way). Continue reading