Laughs, Lemmings, Loves – Episode 21


Last week was a little strange because the long weekend (Labor Day) abruptly turned into a very busy week at work. And then I read Carol’s (bloody frida) post about cataloging and sorting samples and spent Sunday weekend catching up on my samples instead of posting this weekly round-up. Do you think I’m done with those samples?

I read almost all posts from my Reading List but I think I was more distracted than usually and might have missed some of the articles that made me laugh, reviewed my favorite perfumes or conjured lemmings. Here are posts that I didn’t miss.

Lemmings Laughs Loves


Ines (All I am – a redhead) reviews Santal Majuscule by Serge Lutens: warm, spicy, boozy fruit with the general feeling of seriousness and darkness (there’s not frivolity to this fruit as the feeling is dry and not sparkling and happy) with cocoa underscoring the darkness and warmth and sandalwood making you swoon. Now I know it’s there, I can smell the rose appear and the fruitiness slowly disappear.


Natalie (Another Perfume Blog): Appropriately, the full page feature on Dot is a hot mess of garish colors and plants that look carnivorous. I like the truth in advertising, which says: Watch out; this fragrance will eat you and everyone in a 10-foot radius.


I think everybody has read Arielle’s (Scents of Self) skit on Chanel Coco Noir creation but if somehow you missed it I highly recommend it: whether you liked Coco Noir or not you’ll get a chuckle out of her post.


Susan (Eiderdown Press) reviews one of my all-time favorite perfumes Petite Cherie by Annick Goutal: This fragrance is like a butterfly kiss or fairy wings or the peal of laughter from the cutest little girl you’ve ever seen: pure, light refreshment and much too fine a thing to be pinned down. Its fizzy top notes smell like an irresistible spritzer of one’s imagining—pear nectar and a splash of rose water added to a glass of Perrier—and are so gently effervescent that it is no surprise that what follows is a skin scent so quiet, you might assume it has floated off into the stratosphere. If you want my story read Weeklong Test Drive, Episode 1.6: Petite Cherie by Annick Goutal.


Portia (AustralianPerfumeJunkies) reviews my favorite New Look 1947 by Dior: […] it opens with a big flashy and fleshy burst of white floral, I love to just stand and drink in the warm aromatic glamour that lasts about 10-20 minutes. All the accords are already there but the tuberose is at this point king. It’s like a fantasy fragrance, all the good stuff without being heady, overwhelming or an oxygen stealing white floral screamer (which I also love BTW) so those of you who are repelled by such overt displays will be thrilled.


19 thoughts on “Laughs, Lemmings, Loves – Episode 21

  1. Too funny. Hubby got back from a weekend trip last night and brought home a souvenir for me. He’s easily led by the SA’s so he came home with a small bottle of Dot. Not my typical scent. At all. But it was sweet of him. So of course I wore it for him today. I got 3 compliments on it! I never have that happen. I’m bringing one woman a sample tomorrow. I’m rather horrified that my good juices don’t get noticed but this did.


    • I do get occasional compliment on both most and least expensive perfumes in my collection but I think that, in general, people comment mostly on the amount of perfumes you wear, not on the quality.

      Even though I wouldn’t appreciate getting almost any of the mass market perfumes as a gift, there are some situations where it is the thought that counts and this one was definitely the kind. Your hubby did good.


    • I’m so glad that you and Suzanne like this perfume. I wore it again yesterday and thought again how beautiful it was.

      My samples collection required some attention so I was glad that you inspired me yesterday.


  2. Thank you for the link, Julia! And Poodle, that is a great story. Many times this has happened to me as well, and it makes me think maybe my taste is not all that amazing. :)


  3. oooohhhhh samples.
    I am still working on putting my samples in ammo boxes (your know-how, yes!) and cataloging them in Bento at the same time. That’s a lot of work.

    And hey, I have actually tried Petite Cherie, finally! My husband was traveling and he brought me a sample. It was EDT. I liked it. Now time to try EDP!


    • I have an advice as to storring/cataloging. You won’t stop acquiring samples one way or the other, so no matter how perfectly you place them now in a couple of months there will be new samples that will have to go (logically) into the box you’ve filled already. Or there will be gaps because you either used up or swapped the sample. Do not try to shift your samples. It’s much more important to have a note/file that stores their locations – wherever they are, together with other samples from the same brand/note/perfumer (whatever you choose as a system) or completely separate. If you can open a file and read in which box/drawer/lipstick holder you have the sample you want to try, it doesn’t really matter that they are out of the logical order.


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