Hanging on to Summer Vibes: Folle de Joie

As soon as I spritzed this on my flesh I had a flash of a massive POSTlabor day parade with gigantic floats made of real flowers and shaped like ballet slippers and kittens and gazebos – all being towed by 1,000 people wearing patent leather white shoes and seersucker suits in a late September fashion rebellion.

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Why hadn’t I tried this scent in the summer?  This smells like all my favorite flowers and none of them have any place in fall. In the fall I like to wear scents that smell like the outside of a burnt hotdog tossed in a broken dryer with an acrylic sweater fresh from basement storage.

I’m kidding. But, this scent brought to mind a particular top I’ve been trying to wear on repeat before I have to change into corn-maze gear. It’s a Zara floral.  And it says summertime pretty hard but it’s hot in Memphis so I thought I’d try to make it work for as long as I can even though we are staring at the end of September.  Sooner or later though, people start to notice that all the candy is coming in Halloween editions and it’s far past back to school.   Eventually you have to let go of summer and all the flowers and freedom it entails.  I guess.

So, anyway,  if I had to describe this scent I would say it smells like this:

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If you need words – here is the description of Folle de Joie from the Joie site:

Derived from the ease of California’s sea scented beaches and romanticized by Parisian charm, Folle de Joie captures the carefree yet sophisticated JOIE lifestyle. The scent opens with a burst of freshness from an intimate blend of calming sweet citrus mixed and a light woodsy floral, giving way to playful hints of rich cognac. Folle De Joie’s mid notes of jasmine and rose add a feeling of Summer’s carefree essence while exotic warm base notes of spicy and rich wood and leather nuances broaden the seductive scent. Presented in a bottle reminiscent of a treasured vintage find, the delicate gold accents and textured linen paper add to the overall affect creating the perfect package.

And from Birchbox (where I think I got this sample):

There are two spots that feature prominently in our wanderlust-fueled daydreams: SoCal beaches and Parisian sidewalk cafés. Luckily, we can live vicariously through this refreshing fragrance. Folle de Joie, which translates to crazy with joy, evokes both the relaxed and playful vibe of California and the seductiveness and refinement of the City of Light. The perfume opens with a burst of freshness from a blend of citrus and a light woodsy floral, giving way to hints of cognac. Its middle notes—jasmine and Damascenia rose—give the scent a carefree, summery vibe. Warm base notes of spicy woods and rich leather add a seductive finish.

Citrus and a woodsy floral. My favorite.  If they come out with a burnt-leaves-wanderlust edition this will be my go-to fragrance for fall!

Twelfth Sample Breakdown

Terms or concepts learned:  

Damascenia rose – has ancient pharmacological uses – it’s a holy herb. It also smells really good.

Things to work on:  

No being hung up on timing for things like tops or fragrances or success or relationships or snacks.

Magic, luck, or compliments this fragrance brought me:

Got a couple compliments and got to take a trip to Canada. Lucky scents lately!

Websites discovered:

Wanderlust magazine (UK)

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BLACKOUT: A Dangerous Tea

Not much on the sample packaging for this one.  Very minimalist black and white: Derek Lam 10 Crosby: BLACKOUT Eau De Parfum.   That’s it. High style if you ask me.  

When I first caught a whiff (side note – Whiff would be a great name for a This Stinks-related postcast)  I was like OH NO – it’s like rotted Shalimar!   But after one minute the Shalimar took a back seat and sexy woods lady came out. It was like a sassier Little Red Riding Hood picking forbidden forest flowers while eating peppered snacks.

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Fragrance info from Sephora:

BLACKOUT

Fragrance Family:

Earthy & Woody

Scent Type:

Fresh Woods

Key Notes:

Osmanthus, Chai Tea Essence

This comes from Derek Lam’s 10 Crosby fragrance line (which happens to have a lot of really interesting sounding fragrance combinations).  What’s the big whoop about 10 Crosby? Well it’s a street in NYC:

“There are so many great moments when I see a girl walking down the street and she’s super stylish and very inspiring. Crosby Street is so unique—it’s one of my favorite in New York City.“—Derek Lam

If you don’t know, Derek Lam is like a big deal:

“Leading New York–based American fashion designer Derek Lam is known for his modern approach of blending minimal designs with feminine sensuality. His acclaimed collections are defined by his distinctive take on luxury.”    

LUXURY! There it is. No mention of femininity. He chooses to tell us a story about the fashionable woman and what she is doing when she smells like this:

Fragrance description: A blackout on Crosby Street. Downtown has gone dark. Tonight, all bets are off. A deeply romantic pairing: complex osmanthus and chai tea essence…the sweetness of the flower with the passion and danger of the spicy chai tea.

The danger of spicy chai tea? Talk about an opportunity to reframe a memory.  When I think of chai tea I think of working at Starbucks many years ago, back when baristas used to pull espresso shots by hand. You know, the good old days.   I think about those certain women that would come in wearing thick tan cable knit cardigans and how I knew that, before they even opened their mouths, they wanted a Chai Tea Latte.  If a particular coworkers was there I would have to hear yet again how the term chai tea is redundant all while I pulled out the yellow box containing our proprietary concentrated chai tea mix. I’d pour some out, add water and steamed milk and hand it over.  The woman would either give a “mmmmmmm” shrug while smelling it or she’d whip off the top and tell me she ordered no foam. This all sounds pretty straightforward but trust me. It’s a depressing drink. I would have never thought of it as dangerous.

Things can change though.

Eleventh Sample Breakdown

Terms or concepts learned:  

How spicy chai tea can be dangerous.

That Crosby Street in NYC is very short but very famous. 

Things to work on:  

Reframing scent memories and being open to new possibilities, my comedic delivery

Magic, luck, or compliments this fragrance brought me:

I got a straight up unsolicited “you smell great” from a friend. That is the first time in ThisStinks sample history.  I did open mic stand up for the first time. I won a live storytelling contest. My personal relationship got eclipsed, un-eclipsed, and then eclipsed again. Confused? Don’t be. Blackout is the scent of intrigue and complexity.  I think it is powerful.

Websites discovered:

Untapped Cities 

The Eclipsed Scent: Exotic Coconut

I’m back!  You’re eyes are not deceiving you – this blog experienced an eclipse the past few months. It can happen to even the best blogs and sometimes it is a sign that they should be permanently retired but I dig this concept and I still have a crapload of perfume samples so I’ll be here until the last tuberose has been sniffed.  

I was really getting into learning all about scents and was so inspired to branch out into all other kinds of writing and then – then I got busy with producing an art show and then I got a job, job.  It all happened so fast that I lost sight of what got me through the hard times: teeny perfume samples!

I’m back now with a less aggressive posting schedule.   In honor of eclipse season, specifically the recent lunar eclipse that asked us all to shed what is not serving us. (Or something like that).  I’ve decided to take it way back, to dig into a vintage scent. The discontinued “Exotic Coconut” from Bath & Body Works.   

I know Bath & Body Works scents are known for subtly, freshness, or delicacy but every once in a while they have one that hits.  And I’m not the only person who is into this scent. Look how much just a bottle of some crappy lotion is selling for on the internet:

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You’re seeing that correctly – one bottle can sell for up to $230! And it’s just a bunch of parabens and mineral oils and coconuts.

There’s been a cloudy bottle of Exotic Coconut lotion with about about .5 OZ left, just hanging out on my vanity for a couple years. Yes.  I was saving it for some reason. A special date? A beach trip? Just to have and smell when I want to feel nostalgic? The smell reminds me of a trip to Maui with friends, the outlet store near my parents house in southern Michigan, and the summers of the 00s.   Maybe it wasn’t about saving it for some day, but not wanting to say goodbye to outlet malls and low-rise jeans?

Time to say goodbye. In honor of the last time I (tried to) use it, here is a slo-mo video I now call “Desperation Squeeze”:

Scent info:

Exotic Coconut (retired twice by Bath & Body Works):

  • Top: Papaya, Guava, Pineapple
  • Mid: Toasted Coconut, Milk Accord, Vanilla Bean
  • Dry: Creamy Musk, Warm Sandalwood, Tonka Bean

A tropical getaway to a balmy island escape. (Must be the Tonka Bean)

Let me know what you’ve been holding onto, what scents make you nostalgic, what you are doing for eclipse season.

I’ll be back with a perfume sample review in a few days.

A safe Nest in a storm.

I thought this would be a good scent to wear the day after one of the worst storms in (my personal) Memphis history. Called Hurricane Lawler Hurricane Lisa Marie or Hurricane Jerry Lee depending on who you believe (or prefer).   Winds of nearly 70 mphs hour tore through my neighborhood and left a wake of fallen trees, blocked roads, and 150,000 people without power.   But that doesn’t mean it has to stink!    NEST fragrances are all very botanical, earthy, I had this sample of Indigo so I thought I would use spray it on before taking to the streets on my bike to assess the post storm damage.

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Nest: the perfect accompaniment to your post-storm tourist trek.

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I smell bergamont!  Everyone was out and about:

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So many blocked roads!

Trees fallen like wild figs:

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In case you can’t gather my interpretation of the essence of the scent from the photos, here’s the official Sephora description:

Moroccan tea, Kashmir wood, and black cardamom are enhanced with hints of wild fig and bergamot. These notes combine to create a captivating fragrance that transitions well from day to evening.

Inspired by the works of 18th Century British artist Mrs. Mary Delany, Laura Slatkin collaborated with master perfumers to translate these works of art into luxurious fragrances that capture the essence of each of the botanicals that adorn the products’ striking packaging.

Notes:

Moroccan Tea, Kashmir Wood, Cardamom, Wild Fig.

Style:

Warm. Aromatic. Mysterious.

You’ll notice there really isn’t much fuss with the fragrance description here. Sephora did try stretch it out as best they could using the old beauty-writing stand by of “day to night”.

The Nest site doesn’t take it any further. It relies on a style I’d callnStoic-Chic. Their only words about Indigo?

Moroccan tea, kashmir wood and black cardamom are enhanced with hints of wild fig and bergamot.

Apparently NEST, doesn’t give any F’s about beauty and fragrance marketing lingo. Just like mother nature doesn’t give any F’s about what you had planned for Memorial Day weekend.   I admit I’m already a fan. One of my regular fragrances is Nest Citrine. And citrine, the stone, also happens to be my favorite power rock and makes a great gift for people.

Nest says they make fragrances that capture the essence of the art of Mary Delany. Mary was a badass maker of paper-mosaicks of flowers.  Meaning she used cut paper to make beautiful flower art. Something we should all aspire to do.  Her biography said she had cutting skills, was known for “lively correspondence”, and hung out with Letitia Bushe, a watercolourist and miniaturist.

I’m officially setting an Indeed job alert for “miniaturist” and meanwhile, I’ll start creating a miniature version of my neighborhood post storm. With giant puddles near my building entry way, power wires strewn about like a drunken spider just came off a weekend tear, and of course little trees fallen everywhere.

 

Tenth Sample Breakdown

Terms learned:

‘Mosaicks’ – Obsolete form of mosaic.

Cardamom  –  one of the world’s very ancient spices and also the third most expensive one next to saffron and vanilla.   Cardamom has a strong, unique taste, with an intensely aromatic, resinous fragrance.  Cardamom was well known in ancient times and the Egyptians used it in perfumes and incense and chewed it to whiten their teeth, while the Romans used it for their stomachs when they over-indulged. Vikings came upon cardamom about one thousand years ago, in Constantinople, and introduced it into Scandinavia, where it remains popular to this day.

Kashmir wood:  Synthetic material which is also known as Cashmeran, a musky-woody component, popular in many modern compositions.  The diffusive, musky-woody scent is reminiscent of concrete (especially the abstract woody scent that concrete gives when hit upon by rain, a cityscape in the rain), also lightly spicy, lightly powdery.

Things to work on:  

Cutting skills for paper flower Mosaicks

Remembering to bring goggles when running an errand during massive storms

Always remembering: flowers are beautiful and powerful. Allure magazine – recently wrote about how flowers are a symbol of resistance.

Magic, luck, or compliments this fragrance brought me:  While the rest of the city tried to save the contents of their fridges and freezers, and tried to stay cool and connected, I got to watch TV in AC…

 

 

 

 

Hot Fruit & Rare Flowers

The modern blog knows no time constraints or limitations

                                                              – Imade Thatup

I’ve returned from a totally unearned blog-hiatus!  My last unposted fragrance notes were about Tom Ford’s Orchid Soleil:    

I like orchids, my friend gave me one as a gift a few weeks ago when I kind of hit the height of the current hard times.   When you are talking about hard times it’s important to remember a few things:

  1.  hard times don’t last
  2.  hard times happen always
  3.  hard times come and go
  4.  the hardness of times varies

I also think I liked this perfume. My first reaction was yum (and I kind of dislike that word), smells sensual (another word I try not to use unless I’m doing a character voice or something), and it’s like a deep woodsy floral but with a bit of lightness (must be the soliel part) warm with some fruit.

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Warm fruit! But not like a cobbler. Maybe more like a piece of pineapple left in the hot sun on a beach towel next to an orchid.

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So far in this sample journey I’ve liked the scents that either smell like good flowers (roses, honeysuckle, jasmine) or the scents that confuse me.  This is a little of both.

I’m not the only one:

Tom Ford’s New Orchid Soleil is Confusing the Hell Out of Me: I can’t decide how I feel about this metallic white floral.

But who am I kidding. I know how I feel. I like it!

Here’s the  description on Sephora:

Introducing the solar side of the elusive TOM FORD Orchid. A radiant and sensual force of nature, the new scent captures the seductive warmth and reflective bare skin of the TOM FORD woman.

In Soleil, the original Black Orchid accord becomes illuminated by an aura of deftly worked tuberose, marrying the creamy, molten floral sensuality of that iconic flower with crisp, floral, and spicy elements. The tuberose petal glows against this dramatic backdrop. A high concentration of salicylate compounds offer a spicy, metallic glint.

Notes:

Tuberose Petals, Black Orchid, Headspace, Spider Lily Accord, Vanilla, Chestnut, Cream Accord, Patchouli.

Style:

Radiant. Sensual. Warm.

 

Headspace: perfect for regrouping.

Ninth Sample Breakdown

Terms learned:  

Salicylate compounds – an ingredient that produces an opening or warming effect on a fragrance

Headspace – “Headspace technology: a method of “capturing” the odor of a substance using an apparatus resembling a bell-jar. This has allowed perfumers to mimic the notes of flowers, plants, and foods which do not lend themselves otherwise to extraction. The different fragrance & flavor companies have their own fragrance capture systems based on headspace technology, including ScentTrek (Givaudan), “Jungle Essence” (Mane), NaturePrint (Firmenich).”

Metallic notes – I dig it.

Things to work on:   Posting on this blog, finish the task of using all of my fragrance samples.

Magic, luck, or compliments this fragrance brought me:   Well, let’s put it this way. Soone after my last post, I spritzed this on and sprung back from hard times with vim and vigor and a new job. 

Websites discovered:  Perfume Shrine

The Sniffer is Back!

I’ve been healed!  After a week of worrying about the state of my olfactory nerves, I found myself out of doors in the late (late) evening having a birthday drink with my sig-O (thats short for significant other).  I caught a whiff of the jasmine behind him and was reminded of a thousand splendid perfumes.  Had I been able to smell all along? There’s no telling.

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Funny that earlier that very day I happened to get an email from the tick testing lab! Apparently my tick was not lost in the mail and I was not exposed to any deadly diseases. That was one clean tick.

Here’s her full report:

Lyme: negative

Relapsing fever: negative

Babesiosis: negative

Anaplasmosis: negative

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I was instructed not to use the information for clinical decisions, but I’ve decided it’s ok to decided to go ahead and live.

There’s much to catch up on. Coming up: a post on Tom Ford’s Orchid Soleil, Lollia’s Dream No. 25, and an essay about magazine page fragrance samples and job interviews.

Lessons learned: CTFO and let the flowers be smelled.

Nose Damage Haitus

Came down with a crazy head cold (aka: upper respiratory infection). Sense of smell is gone. Doesn’t help that a google search turned up several cases of people who suffered smell-nerve damaged from a simple head cold.

I’ll keep spraying perfume samples in my face until I can smell again and I’ll be back soon.

MIU MIU for kitty-catting around

It wasn’t hard to pick the next sample. Red and turquoise look so good together:

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There’s something I really like about this scent. Something familiar and a little retro. Like a pleasant hint of vintage avon-solid perfume.  But where would I wear this?

Luckily, in my recent research, I’ve found that some fragrance videos are more instructive, like this one:

You know how sometimes you’re shopping with friends and someone will come out of the dressing room with some blouse on and y’all will be like, “oh that’s cute, that would be good for like walking around”?  Yeah we all need a story for something. We need to visualize ourselves using beautiful things even if it is just for walking around. MIU MIU perfume would be good for playing “kitty” and rolling around on an area rug.

I consider MIU MIU the high-fash brand of the high fashion people that consider themselves quirky so I feel hip and validated that I like this fragrance.

Sephora writes this about MIU MIU:

With Miu Miu, nothing is ever exactly what it seems because the codes of real and artificial, fantasy and reality, classic and modern, are always twisted and reworked. There is a coy, mischievous quality to everything in the brand; it flirts with, and upsets, expectations

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Fragrance Family: Fresh

Scent Type: Fresh Florals

Key Notes: Lily of the Valley, Akigalawood, Sandalwood

Miu Miu Eau de Parfum starts with an elegant, sensual floral—lily of the valley—composed of real jasmine, real rose absolute, and synthetic green notes. The soft, fresh, ingénue scent is set against a deep earth-toned background: the wood and pepper of akigalawood, an extract of patchouli. The akigalawood adds a rich, brooding mystery to the subtle sparkle of the floral. The surprising combination feels natural and timeless—flower and earth—but the effect created by the multifaceted process is utterly contemporary.  

Jasmine! Lily of the Valley! I knew it.

Here’s where I confess my love of lily of the valley scented dusting powder.  I’ve been meaning to do a couple posts on things I think don’t stink. Things I really like smelling and here’s my chance to introduce the spin-off:  DUSTING POWDER.

If you aren’t into dusting powders that’s ok. They aren’t for everyone. You may not have things or body parts that need dusting. Or maybe you live in the desert.

I’ve long been a fan of Lush’s Silky Underwear, but my budget brand is currently Taylor of London:

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You have to be secure to wear Lily of the Valley.  Wearing dusting powder is twisting a re-working an age-old retirement home favorite.

Finding ways to make your mark in the world. One timeless fragrance at a time.

Eighth Sample Breakdown

Terms and other things learned:

Akigalawood: Akigalawood is a perfume note which was fractionated from patchouli oil and is used by Givaudan. Its odor is described as woody, spicy and floral.

Lily of the Valley: green floral with a clean and bright profile, sweetish jasmine-like without the indolic nuance of the latter when used with other florals

Things to work on: 

  1. Area rug rolling
  2. Wearing more red and turquoise together
  3. Flirting with and upsetting expectations  – just like Miu Miu

Magic, luck, or compliments this fragrance brought me:

I took a couple tests this week to do copyrighting and ghost writing and confirmed that I need to brush up on my grammar skills and that I might not make a good dating site profile ghostwriter.

The evening ended with a really great lightening storm.  Was it the fragrance? One doesn’t know. 

Websites discovered:

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Replica: Smells like somewhere I used to know

The sample card for Replica: Flower Market says: Reproduction of familiar scents and moments of varying locations and periods.

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I’m already interested. I stared this blog to not only use up my fragrance samples, but to examine topics like scent memory and scent inspiration (and of course the use of ad-speak and advertising to define femininity) maybe even scent therapy. Anything to keep the ol’ nose and brain busy during these wacky times.

The front of card looks more like a report. It has a photo of a flower market and info in typewriter font. It’s saying, “should you choose to accept this mission….”

Originally: Flower Market

Provenance and Period: Paris, 2011

Fragrance Description: Crisp petal freshness

Style Description: Female Fragrance

So THIS is what females smell like.   

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My spritz thoughts: I do wish I smelled like this all the time. Sometimes I get people thinking I’m someone else. Just last night I was out with my boyfriend and someone called me Kathy. I told her no. She said, well do you have a twin sister?  And I said not that I know of.  I get that a lot. It’s the price you pay to be a brunette with bangs. Anyway – if I smelled like this people might think that they have had a pack of carnations shoved in their face, or maybe that they fell into a field of poppies, and it just wouldn’t matter if my name was Kathy.

This scent may remind some people of a 2011 Paris flower market, but I’m sent back to the mid 90s and one of the first legit (as in not Designer Imposters) bottle of perfume I bought: Givenchy Jardin d’Interdit.    Apparently I’ve always liked florals.

I was working for Shiseido at Famous-Barr and living in a Motel 6 room with my at-the-time boyfriend. It’s not as destitute as it sounds, he had a construction job remodeling Motel 6’s, but it was still two youngin’s living in a motel working for near minimum wage. Working at a make-up counter by day and sleeping in a motel by night was just the kind of Gemini-midheaven game I liked going on.  I bought the perfume with my Famous Bar employee discount.  I remember smelling it and thinking how great it would be to have access to a floral bouquet at anytime.

We shared a car which was ok because he worked um – on site.  The car was a late 80s Cutlass, I’d guess 87 if I had to. It was a pretty hot car; shiny black and in pristine condition (I come from the land of car people and his dad worked at GM). If it were a scent it would smell like a bear rug, spiked lemonade, WD40, Marlboro Reds, and frankly – a well-used hotel room ifyaknowwhatI’msaying. One day I was a little close to a semi truck at a light and it started to roll back. There was a line of cars behind me and I was pretty much helpless watching this giant trailer roll back on the hood and crush the hood ornament. A guy in a car next to me saw the whole thing and chased after the driver who didn’t even know what he’d just done. I drove back to the motel with a caravan of the truck driver and the witness to tell my boyfriend about the whole thing.  He was pretty pissed despite the awesome parade/caravan I’d assembled. 

You could say this perfume reminds me of Motel 6’s and Cutlass Supremes (before they adopted those horrible round-body styles). It reminds me of having a super fancy frosted pink bottle of perfume that I stored on the same counter as an electric hotplate next to a pile of construction tools and cup o’noodles.

So, yeah, I liked this one.

I thought it’d be interesting to check the perfume notes and see if the two fragrances have any similarities.

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Notes: Pear, Kiwi, Cranberries, Peach Blossom, Rose, Red Berries, Rose Hip, Heliotrope, Orchid, Sandalwood

Replica Flower Market

Notes: Crushed Leaves, Freesia, Sambac Jasmine, Jasmine Infusion, Tuberose Infusion, Rose from Grasse, Peach, Cedarwood, Oak Moss.

You can see that there are not many similarities in the scent although, peach and roses should count for a lot.  I’m not too discouraged in my smelling abilities, scent memory works in mysterious ways. Maybe it was just the sweet floral that scent me back. Ha – get it? Scent. Sent. 

I figured that the original Jardin d’Interdit blend might be a tad dated and some of the ingredients might possibly obsolete. Once again, the internet told me I was right.  

Check this out about synthetic heliotrope:

“Currently heliotropin is under reduced ratio of use in perfumery, according to IFRA regulations, because safrols in food have been proven to be carcinogenic and hepatotoxic. Therefore concerns about the inhaled and skin-absorbed quantity from scented products have resulted in a preventory measure, rationing heliotropin to much lower ratios than before. This may be why your favourite fragrance with heliotrope might start smelling less deep and almondy in the coming months.”

Carcinogenic and hepatotoxic. Well, sometimes a scent can take us back to a flower market or a motel and sometimes a scent can remind us that we are lucky to be alive.

Seventh Sample Breakdown

Terms learned:

Olfactory memory:  the recollection of odors. Studies have found various characteristics of common memories of odor memory including persistence and high resistance to interference.

Heliotrope: almond-smelling, vanilla-like note with very hazy, flou contours, recreated via heliotropin

Orchid: usually a synthetic note in perfumes giving a powdery veneer to floral bouquets, sweetish and clean

Things to work on: 

  1. Getting better at identifying differences in florals
  2. Remembering that if I can live at a Motel 6, I will probably be ok

Magic, luck, or compliments this fragrance brought me:

In addition to sending me on a trip down memory lane, I almost crushed a writing test for a job as a dating profile ghost writer.

Websites discovered:

The Department Store Museum  

POP: not fearing social norms or losing sophistication

So I lapsed a few days. It doesn’t mean that I haven’t been using up perfume samples every which way but loose. I just haven’t been able to get it all down on wordpress because I’ve been held captive by life’s bullshit and also there was the weekend and shopping for discount paper products…  Anyway, on to my report!

I liked the last scent I tried so much that I didn’t want to be disappointed so I thought I’d go with someone I could rely on: Stella McCartney.  Or so I thought.

One of the few perfumes I have and wear that isn’t in a sample spritzer is Stella, the rosey fragrance in the purple bottle. Yeah, you can tell how well things are going by my excellent choice of descriptors.

This sample is of Stella McCartney POP.   I like the metallic hot pink thing going on with the packaging:

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When I first smell it I think Bath & Body Works, unwanted Christmas presents. But it seems to brighten up.

Inside the sample card – in ALL CAPS in two languages:

THE NEW FRAGRANCE BY

STELLA McCARTNEY.

BRIGHT TUBEROSE BALANCED

WITH SANDALWOOD NOTES.

BOLD.

AUTHENTIC.

IRREVERENT.

#POPNOW

I’ll spare you the reposting of the all the text in French, but I had to share the last three descriptors because they are such great words in any language: 

AUDACIEUX

AUTHENTIQUE

INNATENDU

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INNATENDU!!   Unfortunately, even after letting it set for a few minutes it’s not jiving with me.  The name doesn’t really fit the scent, this smells a little old. Like a gift shop full of seashells (or maybe I just went to one of those). It might be the sandalwood.

Because the last scent I tried was all indie and natural I’ve started to miss all the corporate perfume marketing jargon of the past samples. My Adjectivefication of Femininity project will never get traction at this rate. So was hoping to find something about the bouquet of femininity in POP.

I should have known better.

Notes on POP from Sephora:

Stella McCartney POP is a bold, authentic, and irreverent fragrance. It creates an authentic circle where women can inspire, create, and be themselves while not fearing social norms or losing sophistication. It is the perfect scent for empowered young women.

Notes: Tomato Leaves, Violet Leaves, And Green Mandarin, Violet, Tuberose, Plumeria, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Musks.

Style:  Bright. Contemporary. Positive.

One more time: It creates an authentic circle where women can inspire, create, and be themselves while not fearing social norms or losing sophistication. It is the perfect scent for empowered young women. 

Don’t F with us Sephora.  I can imagine an aunt coming in to the fancy makeup store for a nice gift for her niece and asking someone “Is there something that can make her smell empowered?” 

And the helpful beauty rep will say, “Of course, right this way. You want to know what #banbossy smells like?  We have something that stinks just enough that people won’t want to stand next to her and she can pretend that it’s because her thoughts and opinions are too powerful, or maybe that everyone is just jealous of her. The secret? You just mash tuberose with sandalwood.”

There’s something so suspect about the marketing of female empowerment. Reminds me of the latest episode of Call Your Girlfriend where they talk about SHE-EO’s.

From Stella’s Site:

POP is a bright, modern and irreverent scent combining the vibrant floralcy of tuberose with sandalwood.

POP reinterprets tuberose, chosen for its iconic bold scent, by emphasizing its brighter, crisper, more solar floralcy. This newfound vibrancy is balanced with sandalwood; the unexpected combination of the floral and woody notes results in an undeniably feminine scent that makes a statement.

NOTE: My spellchecker flagged the word floralcy but I’m going to start integrating it into daily life.

With all the insane political bs going on right now, there are so many things I have been wondering about. Like how bizzlllionares convinced millions of working people to vote themselves into an oligarchy and why so many people still watch college basketball in March, and now here is something I’ve been wondering for awhile: WHAT IS TUBEROSE? How can you reinterpret it?

I’m not the only one wondering such things. I found an article titled “Things That Smell Like Things: What Exactly Does Tuberose Smell Like, Anyway?

Other fragrance sites confirm that tuberose is a really waxy and strong smelling flower. Stella McCartney thinks you can wearing it and not fear social norms.  I think not stinking like a dollar store candle is something to fear.

Sixth Sample Breakdown

Terms (or fun facts) learned:

Tuberose: it’s waxy, it’s strong, some people love it.

Floralcy:  from Now Smell This Floralcy is ad-copy-speak for “smells of flowers”, as in “a burst of floralcy“, and it is a useful term as many fragrances do, in fact, smell of flowers without smelling like any flower in particular.”      Ad-copy-speak!

Things to work on:  

  1. My attitude, obviously
  2. Being more AUDACIEUX, AUTHENTIQUE, and INNATENDU!
  3. Smelling empowered

Magic, luck, or compliments this fragrance brought me: 

I wore this to a job interview. Technically it was a phone interview. It was not great, the woman was 20 minutes late and I don’t like to work for hectic people. Having the power of POP with me enabled me to pretty much take control of the situation without “losing sophistication.”

Websites discovered: Now Smell This