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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

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

MIU MIU FragranceL

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:

Parfumo

Attracting Spirits with Stinky White Musk: Prada’s CANDY

I was feeling protective of things and people that can’t protect themselves so I chose the day’s fragrance sample from the few I have that had lost their sample folder homes.

Prada’s CANDY.     I like candy. Who doesn’t?

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Maybe me?  Notes after my first spray:
Yeeeeck and get me to the drydown ASAP.
Smells musky and reminds me of the type of perfume people would be mad at you for wearing to a theater. I can’t wait to learn more about fragrance to be able to communicate what it is I don’t like about this.

Here’s a stab: Is this supposed to smell like a macaroon or a half-used Werther’s left in a coat pocket next to a satchel of potpourri?

I saw my boyfriend around lunch time and after the past two days, I’d grown tired of waiting for people to comment on my scent so I asked him what he thought. He said “I didn’t notice at first, but now that you pointed it out I have to go.”

I bet you that the femininity adjective in this perfume description is something like “disagreeable femininity” or a “confrontational femininity” or maybe a “geriatric femininity”.

Without a fragrance card to confirm how right I am, I had to check the Prada website:

“Bright, sensual and bold, Prada Candy fragrances are delightfully addictive scents inspired by a new facet of Prada’s femininity, where more is more and excess is everything.”

Oooooh I GET it “Prada’s” Femininity. They have been around enough to have their own take on it. I had to research this because I thought that maybe I should be ripping off some Prada femininity. I learned that Prada’s Fall 2017 line “explores feminism, femininity, and femme fatales.In a poster-covered set, the designer explores the idea that the personal is political”  Allure wrote that “Prada makes a powerful statement about feminism and make up”  A quote from the article: “The Prada woman is a very powerful woman. Even if she’s super feminine at times, she has some sort of empowerment to her and her beauty look always reflects that.”  

Yes yes I see, makeup and power and feminism are all opposing forces. Where does fragrance fit in? I took a moment to pause and appreciate that women still manage to live and work and grocery shop and care about others despite the exorbitant amount of contradictory messaging thrown at us every day.

I still needed to know what notes in this scent are buggin me out so I went to Sephora’s CANDY site:

Fragrance Family: Warm and Spicy
Scent Type:
Warm and Sweet Gourmands
Key Notes:
White Musks, Benzoin, Caramel Accord
About:
Prada Candy is a fragrance with a novel olfactory balance combining exceptionally high-quality ingredients in excessive proportions. Magnified by white musks, noble benzoin comes together with a modern caramel accord to give the fragrance a truly unique signature.
Prada Candy is impossible to ignore.

They are right. Something that stinks is hard to ignore. Something that smells good makes you feel good. And looks like I wasn’t wrong about the Werther’s (hello caramel accord…) I decided to spend the day doing something stinky: more taxes.
Third Sample Day Breakdown

Terms learned:
Olfactory balance
Benzoin: a balsamic resin from the Styrax tree. It has a sweet odor that is sometimes described as smelling like root beer. 
Gourmand: in perfumery, describes fragrances which evoke food smells, such as chocolate, honey, or fruits.
Caramel Accord: Couldn’t find industry definite other than something about burnt sugar. I love caramel cake. It’s big in the south.

Things to work on:

  1. My dislike for musk.
  2. My preconceived notions abut what CANDY should smell like.
  3. Think about how my “some sort of empowerment”  is reflected by my beauty look.

Magic, luck, or compliments this fragrance brought me:
Got to see my BF at lunch, got tons of editing done, got two unsolicited job leads, had a friend over for Tarot Tuesday and both of our readings were DEAD ON accurate (obviously). I attribute this more to the ghost of the House of Prada than all that white musk, burnt sugar, and benzodine or Benzoin or whatever. Maybe the ancient tarot spirits like musk. Wouldn’t that just be the case?