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A Conversation on Arabie

A Package from Ines

A Package from Lavanya

A More Affordable Olfactionary

A Week of Wearing What I Like

Amouage Dia (pour femme)

Amouage Dia (pour homme)

Amouage Epic Woman

Amouage Gold

Amouage Interlude Man

Amouage Jubilation 25 

Amouage Lyric Woman

Amouage Memoir Woman

Amouage Opus I

Amouage Opus III

Amouage Opus IV

Amouage Opus V

Amouage Opus VI

Amouage Tribute

Amouage Ubar

Annick Goutal Ambre Fetiche

Annick Goutal Encens Flamboyant

Annick Goutal Heure Exquise

Annick Goutal Petite Cherie

Annick Goutal Sables

April Aromatics Calling All Angels

April Aromatics Bohemian Spice

April Aromatics Jasmina 

April Aromatics Nectar of Love

April Aromatics Rose L'Orange

Aroma M Geisha Green

Aroma M Geisha Rouge

Arquiste Boutonniere no. 7

At the Moment (Chanel 22 & Marshall Crenshaw)

At the Moment (Contemplating Change & Habit Rouge)

At the Moment (Marron Chic & Paris)

At the Moment (More Midsummer Delights/Epic/Geisha Noire)

At the Moment (Saki & Lubin Idole edt)

At the Moment (Secret de Suzanne /D'Orsay L'Intrigante)

At the Moment (Spring Pretties/Un Air de Samsara)

At the Moment (Summery Things...Love Coconut)

At the Moment (Vera Wang & Fireman's Fair novel)

Ava Luxe Café Noir

Beatnik Emptiness Incense

Best of 2009

Bond No. 9 Andy Warhol Silver Factory

Bond No. 9 Brooklyn

Bond No. 9 Little Italy

Bond No. 9 New Haarlem

Bottega Veneta eau de parfum

Breath of God

Byredo Green

By Kilian Amber Oud

Calyx by Prescriptives

Canturi by Stefano Canturi

Capote, Truman & Evening in Paris

Carner Barcelona D600

Caron Aimez-Moi

Caron French Cancan

Caron Parfum Sacre

Caron Tabac Blond

Caron Tubereuse

Caron Yatagan

Cartier II L'Heure Convoitee

Cartier IV L'Heure Fougueuse

Chanel 31 Rue Cambon

Chanel Bel Respiro

Chanel Chance

Chanel Coco

Chanel Coromandel

Chanel Cuir de Russie

Chanel Egoiste

Chanel No. 5 (vintage)

Chanel No. 22

Chantecaille Petales

Chantilly Dusting Powder

Clive Christian C for Women

Comme des Garcons Daphne

Comme des Garcons LUXE Champaca

Comme des Garcons Series 7 Sweet Nomad Tea

Costes by Costes

Coty Ambre Antique

Coty Chypre

Coty Paris

Creature by Kerosene

Creed Acqua Fiorentina

Creed Fleurs de Bulgarie

Creed Virgin Island Water

DSH Perfumes Bancha Extreme

DSH Perfumes Quinacridone Violet 

DSH Perfumes Vert pour Madame

Deneuve

Devilscent Project

Dior Diorissimo (vintage)

Donna Karan Black Cashmere

EnVoyage Vents Ardents

EnVoyage Zelda

Estee Lauder Private Collection

Estee Lauder Private Collection Jasmine White Moss

Etat Libre d'Orange Rien, Rossy de Palma & Noel au Balcon

Faberge Woodhue Cologne

Favorite Fall Fragrances

Fendi Uomo

Fragrances for Sweden

Frapin 1697 Absolu Parfum

Frederic Malle Angeliques Sous La Pluie

Frederic Malle Bigarade Concentrée

Frederic Malle Carnal Flower

Frederic Malle Geranium Pour Monsieur

Frederic Malle Iris Poudre

Frederic Malle Le Parfum de Therese

Frederic Malle Lipstick Rose

Frederic Malle Noir Epices

Frederic Malle Portrait of a Lady

Frederic Malle Une Fleur de Cassie

Frederic Malle Une Rose

Geoffrey Beene Grey Flannel

Ghosts of Perfumes Past, Present & Future

Gone Fishin'

Gucci Eau de Parfum

Gucci L'Arte di Gucci

Gucci Pour Homme

Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Lys Soleia

Guerlain Aroma Allegoria Exaltant

Guerlain Attrape Coeur

Guerlain Chamade

Guerlain Jicky

Guerlain Mayotte

Guerlain Parure

Guerlain Samsara Parfum

Guerlain Un Air de Samsara

Guerlain Vega

Guerlain Vetiver (vintage)

Guy Laroche J'ai Ose (vintage)

Happy Solstice

Hermes 24, Faubourg

Hermes Caleche (vintage)

Hermes Eau des Merveilles

Hermes Hiris

Hermes Iris Ukiyoe

Hermes L'Ambre des Merveilles

Histoires de Parfums 1740

Histoires de Parfums 1828

Histoires de Parfums Blanc Violette

Histoires de Parfums Vert Pivoine

Hometown Portrait, State College, PA

Honore des Pres Vamp a NY

House of Matriarch Carmine

How I Store Decants

Il Profumo Cannabis

In Memory (w/mention of Lanvin Arpege)

Jacomo #02

Jacomo #09 (Link to my review in Sniffapalooza Magazine)

Jean Desprez Bal a Versailles

Jean Patou Joy

Jean Patou 1000

Jo Malone Sweet Milk Cologne 

Juliet by Juliet Stewart

Kai Eau de Parfum

Kenzo Jungle l’Elephant

Kenzo Summer

Lancome Magie Noire (vintage) 

Lanvin Via Lanvin (vintage) 

L'Artisan Parfumeur Nuit de Tubereuse

L'Artisan Parfumeur Orchidee Blanche 

L’Artisan Parfumeur Passage d’Enfer

L'Artisan Parfumeur Seville a l'Aube

L’Artisan Parfumeur Tea for Two

La Via del Profumo Balsamo Della Mecca

La Via del Profumo Hindu Kush

La Via del Profumo Milano Caffe

La Via del Profumo Oud Caravan Project

La Via del Profumo Sharif

La Via del Profumo Tawaf

Le Labo Gaiac 10

Le Labo Patchouli 24

Le Labo Poivre 23

Little Lists

Lorenzo Villoresi Yerbamate

M. Micallef Vanille Orient

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Absolue Pour le Soir

Maison Martin Margiela (untitled) eau de parfum

Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Eau des Iles

Message In A Bottle 

Michael Storer Winter Star

Miller Harris L'Air de Rien

Miscellany

Missoni (original) by Missoni

Molinard Habanita

Mona Di Orio Nuit Noire

Mona Di Orio Oud

Mona Di Orio Vanille

Montale Black Aoud

Montale Boise Vanille

Montale Intense Tiare

Montale Patchouli Leaves

Montale Red Aoud

More Roses (rose cookie recipe)

My Heart Has Skipped a Beat (summer smells)

My Perfumes Have Theme Songs

Nasomatto China White

Neila Vermeire Creations Bombay Bling

Nina Ricci L'Air du Temps

Nez a Nez Ambre a Sade

Northern Exposure "A Dash of Chanel No. 5"

Odin 04 Petrana (Link to my review in Sniffapalooza Magazine)

Olivier Durbano Black Tourmaline

Omar Sharif Pour Femme

Oriscent Pure Oud Oils

Ormonde Jayne Frangipani

Ormonde Jayne Ormonde Woman

Oscar de la Renta Oscar for Men

O Tannenbaum Joint Blog Project

Parfum d'Empire Azemour

Parfum d'Empire Cuir Ottoman

Parfum d'Empire Equistrius

Parfum d'Empire 3 Fleurs

Parfumerie Generale Bois de Copaiba

Parfumerie Generale Indochine

Parfumerie Generale Un Crime Exotique

Parfums de Nicolai Sacrebleu

Parfums DelRae Amoureuse

Parfums Karl Lagerfeld Sun Moon Stars

Parfums MDCI Chypre Palatin

Paris, je t'aime

Pascal Morabito Or Black 

Perfume Quotes - The English Patient

Prada Infusion d'Iris Absolue

Pretty Perfume Bottles 

Prince Matchabelli Aviance Cologne (vintage) 

Profumum Roma Acqua Viva

Profumum Roma D'Ambrosia

Puredistance I

Puredistance Antonia

Puredistance BLACK

Puredistance M

Puredistance Opardu

Ramon Monegal Cherry Musk

Recipe for Socca

Regina Harris Amber Vanilla Perfume Oil

Regina Harris Frankincense-Myrrh-Rose Maroc Perfume Oil

Robert Piguet Fracas

Robert Piguet Visa

Rochas Mystere 

Rome Vacation Photos

Sarah Horowitz Parfums' Joy Comes From Within & Beauty Comes From Within

Scented Reading

Scents of the Mediterranean

Scentuous Reading: One Hundred Years of Solitude

Serge Lutens Arabie

Serge Lutens Borneo 1834

Serge Lutens Boxeuses

Serge Lutens Chêne

Serge Lutens Chergui

Serge Lutens Fille en Aiguilles

Serge Lutens Five O’Clock Au Gingembre

Serge Lutens Fumerie Turque

Serge Lutens Miel de Bois

Serge Lutens Muscs Koublai Khan

Serge Lutens Tubereuse Criminelle

Serge Lutens Un Lys

Serge Lutens Vetiver Oriental

Slumberhouse Rume

Snow Days

Sonoma Scent Studio Incense Pure

Sonoma Scent Studio Jour Ensoleille

Sonoma Scent Studio Voile de Violette

Sonoma Scent Studio Winter Woods (brief mention)

SoOud Ouris Parfum Nectar

S-Perfume 100% Love {More}

Stone Harbor, NJ Vacaton pix (non-perfume related)

Strange Invisible Perfumes Lyric Rain

Sweden Is For Lovers

T is for Taxes

Tauer Perfumes: Incense Extrême, Incense Rosé, Lonestar Memories, & Reverie au Jardin

Tauer Perfumes Vetiver Dance

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

The Diary of a Nose, Book Review

The Different Company Jasmin de Nuit

The Intimacy of Scent

Thoughts of a Perfume Collector

Tightly

Tokyo Milk Ex Libris

Unlocking an Unknown: Webber Parfum 6T

Velvet & Sweet Pea's Purrfumery Bed of Roses

Venimus Vidimus Vicimus, or How 3 Perfume Bloggers and a Husband Took Rome

Vero Profumo Kiki, Onda, and Rubj

Vero Profumo Mito

Viktoria Minya Hedonist

Viktor & Rolfe Flowerbomb

What I’m Lovin’ Now

Xerjoff Mamluk

YOSH Perfumes Ginger Ciao

Yves Saint Laurent Nu

A Package from Ines, One More Valentine to All, and A Drawing

Need to feel a little love? Step into the online perfume community, where, whether you are new and just getting your toes wet or someone whose been kicking around awhile, you’ll be getting valentines in the mail. Scented packages that put a zing in your day and make you look forward to seeing the postman, as well as make him look forward to seeing you. Sure, he suspects there’s perfume contraband in those little packages that show up at your door smelling of roses and patchouli. But he is as weary of delivering bills and junk mail as you are of receiving them, and he likes the way you smile wide at him when the little packages show up and appreciates that generous tip you gave him at Christmas, which he very honestly deserves. It’s thanks to all these perfume packages that I’ve come to know that my postman’s name is Randy, he’s twenty years older than me and once lived in California, but moved back because he missed Pennsylvania’s change of seasons. Which is what he tells me on days when I meet him at the end of my driveway, snow shovel in hand, swearing that if we have another winter like this I’m moving to Arizona. When we exchange Christmas cards, his is always one of those awesome cards from the World Wildlife Fund with a photograph of polar bears on the front. And when his mail truck pulls away, I still want to move to Arizona, but my shovel usually feels lighter and my driveway shorter.

I suppose this is going to sound like one of those Everything I Know I Learned in Kindergarten kind of essays, and you can feel free to laugh or click away, but the corny truth of the matter is that this is the way that love begets love and spreads to all the places that it should—the Everyday World, which I’ve found will wink at you like the slyest of lovers when you are able to see it as something more than mundane, and just as surely snap back into itself and remain oblivious to your needs on the days when you do not. Laugh all you want, but my parcels have a habit of showing up safely and on time and are always delivered with a grin and a pleasant “how are you?”.

I prefer to live my life as if the entire thing is a courtship—to cozy up to even the more ordinary aspects of it—and I believe that a good many people in the perfume-loving community feel the same way. Of course I still have days when I fail miserably in this regard, days like anyone else that still suck, but I suspect that overall this style of living nets one more good days than the average person—and by good days, I mean days when my needs are not only meant but often surpassed by some sort of lovely surprise, like the one I received on Tuesday when I got a perfume package from Zagreb, Croatia, from blogger Ines of All I Am - A Redhead.

Ines and I had done a samples swap, and after my parcel arrived to her, she sent me a worried note indicating that the parcel I would be receiving from her wouldn’t be packaged as nicely. (I assured her that everything would be fine, as I knew it would be.) The very next day, what shows up? Not only perfume samples—not just a very generous sample of the Paris-exclusive Serge Lutens scent, Boxeuses (which is drop-dead gorgeous!) and the mind-boggling Breath of God and two other amazing scents tucked into a royal blue velveteen pouch—but also three cute little boxes of fine chocolates made in Zagreb. Chocolate-covered cherries encased in a pool of liqueur (I can’t read the label but it tastes like kirsch). Chocolate squares sandwiched with a delicate hazelnut filling. And more chocolates filled with an equally delicate lemon crème.

This package is so very, very Ines—the blogger with the true Aquarian heart who is always one of the first people to add a new face to her blogroll and who regularly manages to do what, to me, seems like the impossible—which is to read the daunting number of new blog posts each day and to leave a thoughtful comment at the majority of them. Because I don’t have a commenting forum at my own blog—something she chidingly teases me about remedying—she sometimes lobs a charming email my way. During one of these exchanges we were both dishing over The Lord of the Rings trilogy, of which we are both huge fans, and I told her my favorite character was Frodo’s faithful friend Sam, to which she wrote back in reply: I don't have a favourite character (there are a lot of them to like in there), but I find the story of friendship and bravery to be so compelling that I get goosebumps just thinking about it.”  And I thought to myself later, that is so telling of Ines, isn’t it?

It’s through people like Ines—and there are many of them in the online perfume community—that I’ve come to realize that, while perfume collecting is a way of exploring one’s individual tastes and perfume blogging is, in part, about giving unique expression to one’s tastes, the most gratifying thing about the whole experience is not the singular dialogue that one starts, but the process of adding to and becoming part of a collective narrative. Naturally, we do that in our own unique way, and I know my flawed-self well enough to admit that I’ll probably never manage to get around to everyone’s blog in a single week, or even two weeks, to leave the comments that I ought to. Whereas Ines and others in this online perfume "shire" succeed in a stellar fashion like Frodo and Sam, I more closely resemble Pippin. But with this post, and hopefully others in the future, I hope to convey the sincere thanks I feel not only to Ines but to the many people whose generosity, whether it be in written or in physical form, has taken my breath away over the past year and particularly over the past few months. It’s still February—still time to send out one more belated Valentine—and this is mine to thank you all for your friendship.

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Just to add a little more sweetness, how about a drawing for a 4-ml retail sample of Cartier L'Heure Fougueuse? Anyone (from any country) can enter: just drop an email saying "put me in the drawing" to suz@eiderdownpress.com by the end of the day on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011.  (Your email will be kept private and will only be used for the drawing.)

I had to snap a quick photo of the goodies that came in my package from my Ines, before I ate them.  And I had to pose them next to this redheaded mermaid that I made with a little girl whom I tutor, because, well, she reminds me of Ines: redheaded and sweet!

Posted by Suzanne Keller, 2/25/2011.


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