Saturday, December 27, 2008

We could be heroes...just for one day.

I am always neglecting this blog. I have an entire box of beautiful samples waiting to be reviewed, but real life always seems to get in the way. For instance, it took me over a week to finally get my last final done after we got snowed in here in Portland during the Snowpocalypse of 2008. During this period there were at times as many as eight people hanging around my house, needing food and company and, I, ever the hostess, wanted to provide.
I have not, as yet, received all my gifts, but I think the chances of fragrance being among them is low, despite it being on my list. I had asked for any of the following:
  1. Costume National 21
  2. Domenico Caraceni Ivy League
  3. Kai
  4. L'Artisan Ananas Fizz
  5. CB I Hate Perfume Burning Leaves
  6. CB I Hate Perfume To See a Flower
  7. CB I Hate Perfume Tea Rose
  8. CB I Hate Perfume At The Beach 1966
  9. CB I Hate Perfume Wild Hunt
I am saddest about not getting the 21, though At The Beach 1966 or Kai would have added more depth to my collection.
Which brings me the big question: in this, my maiden year as a perfumista, which perfume rocked my world with the most regularity? 
S-Perfume's 100% Love

This is totally unexpected by me because I really thought it with would be L'Artisan's Dzing! Dzing! is so unique, bold, and dangerous as a scent because who knows if people will like it or think it's awful. I mean, there's even a little bit of a burning rubber note in there, but I love it.

100% Love, on the other hand, is everything you expect to like in a perfume. It's soft, unassuming, and combines two things lots of people like -- the smell of baking chocolate and the light smell of roses -- into what has got to be the ultimate ad for Valentine's Day advertisers. And yet. And yet...here I find myself shamelessly loving it, too, because it deserves all five stars that Lucia and Tania gave it. It's subtle and sweet and deliciously delicate. I found myself wearing it, over and over, on days when I wanted to feel pretty. (As opposed to Dzing! which I tend toward when I'm feeling a lack of confidence.) So 100% Love gave what I needed when I needed it, which it turned out was fairly frequently this year.
I am so curious to see what comes of next year.

Image courtesy of The Scented Salamander.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Fall Flu

I haven't posted in a while, I know. I got the flu, which turned into bronchitis, which turned into pneumonia, which means my sniffer has been off for about three and a half weeks.

Now that I can smell again, more reviews soon.

Scent of the Day: Lady Vengeance.