Thursday, March 31, 2016

New Perfume For A New Time

Life has taken a turn for the better in several ways and I'm feeling kind  Which of course, means a new perfume. But choosing a brand new perfume for a brand new time is harder than it looks. After a Sephora extravaganza earlier this week, I'm thinking perhaps Jean Claude Ellena's latest - and reportedly last perfume for Hermes - might be the one.  As much as I love Jean Claude, several things about his perfume are pissing me off.  Like the name, Un Jardin de Monsieur Li. 

'What are you wearing?' 
'It's Hermes Un Jardin de Monsieur Li.'  

Yeah, I don't think so.  My 14-year-old self is still snickering at Un Jardin Sur le Twat Toit.  It's the same reason I don't drive a Vulva Volvo.  Plus, Monsieur Li has no staying power, so even if I were to talk myself into wanting it, Inner Farm Girl has already said no.  

She said No means No.  She's mean.

During an Ulta visit on my way home the other night, I start thinking my new 'it scent' might be Jimmy Choo eau de parfum.  You know those cheesy online quizzes to find your perfect perfume?  (Do you prefer romantic evenings, walks on the beach...or casual nights at home in soup stained sweats covered with dog hair and no bra?)  I'm pretty sure that's what it said.  Jimmy Choo must be a 'sweats with dog hair' kind of guy because this perfume is a frequent recommendation.  Until a few days ago, I had never tried it on my skin because it has a hefty dose of patchouli, and my nose Daphne, is spoiled by Borneo 1834, the greatest chocolaty, dry roast beef patchouli of all time. Jimmy Choo smells too much like a colleague at the office who wears Coco Mademoiselle, a squeaky clean, twin set sweater kind of patchouli. Great patchouli is dirty, everyone knows that.

I've even tried going backwards to revisit perfumes I have worn during happy times in the past. This accounts for over-spraying myself with Victoria's Secret Heavenly last Saturday morning after a 20-minute stint on the treadmill while watching Pioneer Woman make fried chicken sliders on Food Network. And is it just me, or do you find yourself liking or hating a perfume more after reading reviews from Fragrantica and MakeupAlley?  How else would Eternity Summer end up all over the collar of my favorite long black sweater?

Taking a little breather from my perfume search can only be a good thing at this point even though it's hard. I need more perspective before making a final decision about what perfume will mark this Very Special Time.  Sit. Stay.

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  1. I have a serious girl-crush on Inner Farm Girl. She knows the score and will never lead you astray!

    1. Hi Mermaid - too funny, I'll let her know. She does keep me in line when I need it most. Good to see you here!

  2. I'm glad you are feeling renewed, that is wonderful! Maybe the best part of finding a new perfume for the new phase of life is the search- try everything and bliss out! I just discovered Si Lolita by Lolita Lempicka- I love pepper and it's a sheer, peppery treat- it has pink pepper, red pepper, and elemi. And I finally got a bottle of Elle L'Aime, and it's the perfect slightly-trashy vanilla coconut I've always wanted to wear to the beach. The best part of the search was all the lovely samples perfumista friends gave me. Try, try, try!

    1. Marla, you read my mind! The search is the fun part...I never love a perfume more than when I don't have it. This search has also allowed me to rediscover some inexpensive treasures that are speaking to my nose right now, so I'm good to slow things down. Thanks for your comment - great to see you.

  3. So glad you're writing again. Can't wait to see what is next for you. For fume, I have been wearing TF Neroli Port, which is totally divine. Good luck on this chapter of your life, and hope you are your family are in great health,

    1. Hi Carole - thank you for your comment! Neroli Port is wonderful...enjoy. Life is good - hope you are well, too. Thanks again for visiting.



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