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I just got a package from [personal profile] executrix filled with gluten free pasta, adorable notebooks, and a book about Victorian ideas of masculinity. Whoooooo! Thank you, sweetie. It was a real pick-me-up. That Kate Spade notebook is to die for.

In perfume news, we've tested three perfumes since the last post.



Tombstone: A celebration of one of the first commercially produced perfumes of America's Old West. A rugged, warm blend of vanilla, balsam and sassafras layered over Virginia cedar.

This was a Sunday night test, so lots of opinions. Emma thinks it smells like minty sawdust. C thinks it smells clean and minty. L gets a woody vanilla scent. M is all sassafras, all the time. Her husband smells vanilla and woody cedar. I smell cedar, sassafras, and vanilla; then an overwhelming almond scent rises up and all I get is Jergens until I scrub it. To recap: M smells like rootbeer, I smell like cheap old people lotion, and L actually smells pretty damn good except that she doesn't like it.

Frederic Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire: Top notes are bergamot and bitter orange; middle notes are pink pepper, cloves and vetiver; base notes are sandalwood, cedar, oakmoss, myrhh and musk.

Emma thinks this smells savory, like some sort of food. She also says it smells tingly, so maybe there are some aldehydes at play? IDK

I want a big bottle of this. It is absolutely divine. It reminds me very much of Chanel Sycomore although how much I do not yet know. I have yet to do a side-by-side comparison. I don't think it's as sophisticated and refined as Sycomore; I think the flowers I can't distinguish in Sycomore elevate it. Like Sycomore, Vetiver Extraordinaire is not at all sweet, just beautiful and slightly salty vetiver on a backdrop of sandalwood.

I love it.

Hermessence Vetiver Tonka: powerful vetiver, smoothed out by velvety hazelnut. A hint of praline is mixed with the sweetness of Tonka beans to soften the earthy, rough effect of the roots.

I despise this, but Emma likes it. The hazelnut/praline combo reads as coffee to her, so she smells vanilla, citrus, and coffee. She says she wouldn't wear it but she thinks it smells good.

Vetiver is hands down my absolute favorite perfume note so far, and I expected to love Vetiver Tonka. Oh, no. This is a ruin of perfectly good vetiver, my friends. The tonka addition I like. It adds a softness and a roundness that meshes perfectly well with the vetiver. But the hazelnut and praline smell like nutty, burnt sugar (cause that's what they are) and it is so weird and off-putting. I couldn't wait long to scrub this off. The funny thing is that when I washed it off, I washed off everything but the vetiver and now my wrist smells absolutely delightful.

In a couple of weeks, I'm going to make a swaps/giveaway post, so you might want to check out my Masterlist post to see if there's anything you're interested in swapping for or otherwise taking off my hands. I'll be adding more to the pile, I'm sure, as I continue to test until the end of the month.

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14/8/16 09:19 (UTC)
kore: by <user name=elfin> for <user name=smellsgood> (BPAL)
Posted by [personal profile] kore
I have Tombstone! I should totally try it. I love all the different reactions.

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15/8/16 10:29 (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] sallymn
I find these perfume posts fun not only for the scents themselves, but for the names (Tombstone?? ... okay)

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