Laughs, Lemmings, Loves – Episode 18


It was a great summer week: I got to wear a summer dress twice (!) and yesterday it felt like a Bronze Goddess day – so I showered in it. It has been more than a year since I won my decant at Dee’s blog and bought a full bottle of this perfume but still every time I wear Bronze Goddess I think of Dee: small acts of kindness go a long way.

Laughs section is unusually full this week – and I haven’t even had enough time to finish reading all the posts from my reading list!

In addition to my regular sections Lemmings for perfumes I want to try, Laughs for posts that made me smile, Loves for posts about my favorite perfumes and Leftovers for everything else I find noteworthy from my readings, I introduce a new section Looking for – to publish requests for perfumes.

Lemmings Laughs Loves


Parfumista (Parfumistans Blogg) keeps reviewing new (at least for the US) niche brand by Ramón Monegal: The general impression of Umbra can be summarized as the picture and smell of the coolness of the mossy, forest floor under high pines a summer day. Even if classified as unisex I precieve Umbra as the most feminine vetiver I have sniffed so far.


Thomas (The Candy Perfume Boy): To create Les Parfums de Cuir Thierry Mugler parfums a “tailor made […] natural leather” was added to four custom made vats containing each perfume allowing them to infuse & mature for four weeks and eventually, after the “leather-imbued extracts” were added to a solution, they became Les Parfums de cuir.



Steven (The Scented Hound): Mechant Loup means “Big Wolf” in French, but the L’Artisan Perfumeur website lists it as “Big Bad Wolf.”  With that kind of name, I expect something over the top and powerful.  Sorry, there is nothing wolf like about this scent.  Instead, maybe it should be called “Nutty Ecureuil” or “Nutty Squirrel,” in English as it’s about as big and bad as a squirrel and holds a hazelnut note.


Blacknall Allen (aperfumeblog by Blacknall Allen): […] French Women Don’t Get Fat.  It was full of helpful advice about dieting including eating leek soup (leeks are ace diuretics) and then limiting portion sizes drastically.  You can have anything you want, basically, so long as whatever it is comes in a tiny spoonful.  Quiche? Go for it.  Mousse-  no problem, grab your spoon and then put it down, you’re done.  Do not repeat.


Portia (AustralianPerfumeJunkies): One of those spectacular grabs was Tous EdP in the gold package with the TOUS bear on top. Is it just me or does the TOUS bear look like a bear putting its arms behind its enormous BOOBS!!!! It looks very Dolly Parton/Pamela Anderson to me.


Arielle (Scents of Self): I blame Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which taught me that having sex causes your boyfriend to revert to his evil vampire state and then you have to kill him to close the vortex to a hell dimension.



Birgit (Olfactoria’s Travels) revisits Jeux de Peau  – one of my favorite Serge Lutens’ perfumes (see Mind Games: My First Decant – Jeux de Peau). 



Melissa (She Blogs it All) is trying to organize a trip to/meet-up in France .


Looking for…

I’m on a Guerlain kick. I’m looking to swap for or buy at cost 2-3 ml decant of current formulation of Jicky extrait, Vol de Nuit extrait and Chamade extrait as well as 5 ml decants EdT versions of the same perfumes. If you have any of these please contact me and we’ll work out the details.


29 thoughts on “Laughs, Lemmings, Loves – Episode 18

  1. I’ve got a lemming for those Mugler leathers too. I also laughed at some of the same things you did. I missed the Nutty Squirrel review so I’m going to have to go check out the rest of that one. There are some fragrance houses who could release a scent with that name and it would be perfectly okay.


  2. I can send you 4 ml (my only decant size!) of Jicky EdP if you want, along with my other stuff…. Thanks for the mention :)


  3. I got such a kick out of reading Steven’s comment about Merchant Loup! Too funny, too true!

    Regarding your Jicky extrait request, I’d love to send you a spray sample, no swap necessary. You’ve sent me plenty of good things so we’d be already even. And if Melissa sends you some edp then you’ll get to know it in two different formulations.


  4. I personally haven’t experienced a Guerlain kick yet, so I still haven’t tried Jicky or Vol de Nuit and I’m pretty sure my little spray sample of Chamade has evaporated by now, but if you ever want some pre-2011 Après l’Ondée, give me a holler.


    • Thank you, Dionne.

      Guerlain isn’t the worse house to fall for (price-wise, I mean) but with at least three or four perfumes I think I like enough to want them in my collection I just can’t go with two (three?) version of each – so I need to choose at least the entry point.


  5. I laughed at Buffy the Vampire Slayer bit as well, plus the caption under the photo “if this is not abstinence only education I don’t know what is” had me :) Ari is so witty :)


  6. Undina, I don’t think I’ve said it before but I have thought it, I so enjoy you doing these round ups of what’s good in the phumo-blogosphere at the moment. As I’ve been away a bit this summer and I also had an awful back lumbago that very efficiently has prevented me sitting in front of the computer, it feels like a big task catching up with everybody, but by reading your blog posts, I have a good idea where to start :)


    • Thank you, Sigrun!

      Computers are evil when it comes to our health. We should offset the harm by taking long walks … in perfume aisles, breathing deeply new fragrances and, of course, laughing at those great jokes our fellow-perfumlanders produce every week.


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