Saturday, December 4, 2010

On Fifth Avenue

Scribner's was my favorite bookstore. It was beyond compare. The only time I ever left without purchasing a book was the day I discovered "comic genius" Jackie Mason all alone, at a table, attempting a book signing. His assistant wasn't even with him at the table. He was shouting out jokes, trying to get people to come over to him. Customers and bookstore employees alike were pretending he didn't exist, which made him louder. It is hard to browse books AND ignore an obnoxious person, so I went over to Rizzoli's that day. I preferred Scribner's to all other bookstores for so many reasons that I practically went into mourning when it closed forever. The beautiful space became home to a clothing store, or two, and then a Sephora. I finally went inside one day because:
a.) It was a humid 90 degrees and I wanted some free cold air.
b.) I felt nostalgic for the beautiful space that was once my beloved Scribner's.
c.) They had perfumes in there.
I had pretty much ignored Sephora up until that day. First I wandered around just looking at the space itself, then I took a few snaps. I had mixed emotions, swirling thoughts about the beauty industry and great bookshops going out of business. A feminist rant was going on inside my head, and then I went to test some perfumes. I had the perfumes all to myself, as the store was filled with tourist ladies and their teenaged daughters who were all mesmerized by lipsticks and bronzers.

The perfume I tested that day was a unisex scent by Guerlain: Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca. It has notes of grass, spearmint, and just a hint of lemony wildflowers. This scent, to me, also has notes of fresh air & sunshine. I'm currently enclosed in an artificially heated space due to freezy winter temps, and it smells like a fresh breeze through a summer meadow. This is one many people would call a "summer scent" but it works very well year 'round.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Friday, October 29, 2010

Habanita by Molinard

The air was thick with clove, patchouli, cigarette and other forms of herbal vapor... I thought, "So, this is a Bob Dylan show." --Chris Lane

Habanita by Molinard: 1921 (Inspired by dancers in Havana.)
Head Notes: Bergamot, Lavender, Juniper
Heartnotes: *Mastic , Leather, Heliotrope, Peach, Turkish Rose, Jasmine
Base: Amber, Vanilla, Patchouli, Musk, Tonka, Tobacco, Opopanax
Habanita In Parfum form is exquisite: great sillage, just feminine enough, and intoxicating. Rich and really defies description. Intriguing.
*Mastic is a pleasant note; lemony & incense-like.
In Greece, mastic is used to flavor sweets,make wine, and
scent cookies and cakes. It also has medicinal uses. Mastic is
a costly ingredient since the tree grows only on the
Island of Chios.

Check out the lovely Molinard website:
Molinard was founded in 1849 in Grasse in Provence in the south of France, remaining an entirely family-run business (oldest in France) right through to the present day. Molinard originally manufactured Eaux de Fleurs (flower-scented waters) and Eau de Colognes that were then sold in its small store in the heart of town. Perfumery is a scientific art. An art mastered by the perfumer, who has a "palette" of between 5,000 to 6,000 different scents, each with its own individual note and personality.
Molinard invented the Concreta: a solid perfume (without alcohol) which they sell in a beautiful gold compact. You can order directly from Molinard.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Je Reviens

Today's Fragrance: Je Reviens
1932 House of Worth
It has head notes of Orange Blossom, Ylang Ylang, and Aldehydes.
The heart of the perfume is a bouquet of Carnation, Jonquil and Violet.
The foundation notes include Amber, Musk and Sandalwood.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Love is All

*Love is All by Guerlain

This post is a special tribute to a particular group of people -- Let's all congratulate all the couples out there who love each other so much, who have found great joy in being together. Couples who have weathered storms, coming through them loving each other more than ever. To all the couples, together for a just few years or for many, who understand the power of true love. (They have lived it.) This post was inspired by some bloggers who are deeply in love, and have been in love with that very special someone for decades, and by my own sweet and remarkable better half. Cheers! This is not to exclude those who are currently searching for that special someone, so don't feel badly, just join me in saluting those who have worked at coupledom and found it to be so worthwhile.

All You Need is Love

Can you see John Lennon's face in the Kaleidoscope image?

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
~ Lao Tzu

"Love is the energy of the Soul."
~ Zukov

*Love is All by Guerlain is a light fresh romantic yet kittenish scent. Take it from a cat who was once a kitten! Mimosa and
Orange blossom in a nice amber sandalwood base. No wonder my bottle is empty!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Platine by Dana

Platine was soapy. I used to think of perfumes as either edible, soapy, or flowery when I was a kid. Not knowing how else to categorize them, I just had those 3 groups in my head. Then of course I had blends, such as the soapy floral... which was Platine.

Platine was meant to make women think of diamonds set in platinum bands or the glamour of platinum blonde hair.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Promise her Anything ...

...but give her Arpege. The women in the photographs are my aunts and if they were promised happiness they certainly didn't get it until they were out of their terrible marriages. Not everyone gets the romance promised in perfume ads. But in these photos they are all just starting out, hopeful and romantic, with no idea what was ahead. One is at her wedding with her Matron of Honor and the other is on the road during her honeymoon trip.

Friday, February 26, 2010


Amazingly this just recently opened old bottle of Emeraude (approx. 35 years old) smelled just like a new bottle purchased at a local drug store. Although the owners of the Emeraude formula changed, they managed to keep the scent. This speaks volumes for storing things in a cool, dark, dry place.

At a concert last summer, we were packed in tight. After John Mellencamp finished his set and before Bob Dylan came onstage, the woman sitting next to me asked me if I was wearing Emmerood Perfume. I said --"Well close, but it's Shalimar." She said her mom used to wear both those perfumes and it made her feel very nostalgic for them. "Maybe I'll buy some." she murmured. Then she proceeded to get up to stretch her legs or whatever. At some point she accused a man at the end of the row of "groping" her as she passed by. The guy told her to F -off and worse, much worse, really insulting her. His buddy joined in laughing at her and criticizing her weight and looks. (She was a nice looking woman in my opinion.) Indignant, she huffed off and returned with a security guard. At that point the two men (who seemed very drunk) and the woman's boyfriend began shouting at each other and the security guard told them to all calm down or leave. From then on there were scuffles between the three men, a couple of nose to nose stare downs, many taunts and ugly insults, raised fists, poised for action, and so forth. It went on and on and it was silly until it turned into a real wrestling and punching match. Security guards came over and pulled the threesome out to give them a stern talking to. They returned after awhile, still muttering threats. All through Bob's set the woman next to me cried while her boyfriend was taunted by the two guys at the end of the row.

Anyway, back to the Emeraude / Shalimar connection. Emeraude was often referred to as the poor man's Shalimar, since some notes were very similar, and Emeraude was always very affordable and easy to find. (Today it's a bit harder to find, but still very affordable.) I hope they never stop making Emeraude.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Monday, February 8, 2010

Sunday, January 17, 2010