1. I just met a divine smelling young woman at an event. Her sillage was warm and spicy, but I couldn't place it. I asked, and it was Chanel Coco Noir. This isn't the first time that a Chanel perfume that smells flat and pedestrian on me and on other people I know becomes a beautiful swan when it meets the right skin chemistry. The other one was Bleu, of all things.
2. Every time I think oud is so very over there's a great perfumer who surprises me with a fresh new take. Two months ago it was Realoud from Phoenicia Perfumes (Must.Buy.Bottle), and now it's the upcoming new release from Liz Zorn, Carpathian Oud. I'm floored. Again.
3. At least there's no Miley Cyrus perfume. Yet.
4. Topping my "Must Test" list is the new Serge Lutens, La Vierge de Fer. I don't know if I'm more scared (lily) or excited (incense, and everything else Uncle Serge might have put in there). Since there are only a few Lutens perfumes I don't enjoy, I have high hopes.
5. Speaking of Serge Lutens, I just realized that I never reviewed Bois Oriental. Not sure how it slipped my mind as I always have a decant and should probably get a bell jar one of these days at the rate I'm wearing it. My sister also likes it a lot, making Bois Oriental one of the very few perfumes we both can wear.
6. A couple of comments on last night's perfume post mentioned Moss Gown by Providence Perfume Company. It made me incredibly happy. This is a phenomenal chypre by a wonderful perfumer.
7. How many of the bottles in the photo above do you recognize? How many do you own (or wish you owned)?