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Friday, April 25, 2008

Friday Randomness: a Poll

I am running very much behind, and so how about we do a poll today? I would very much like to know:

1) Which new perfume release were you excited about the most? (let us consider anything that came out in the last 3-5 months to be new) Did it leave up to your expectations?
2) Which one disappointed you the most?
3) Last fragrance to join your collection?
4) A book that you enjoyed reading recently?
5) Favorite song at the moment?

(Me: 1) Guerlain Cruel Gardenia. Yes. 2) Parfumerie Generale Louanges Profanes. 3) Apres L'Ondee. 4) Perfumes The Guide. 5) Manuel Franjo Solo Por Tu Amor)

Have a great weekend everybody!

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Blogger elle said...

Love polls! Mine:
1) Sycomore, Amyitis and Gingembre are tied for the perfumes I was most hopeful about. Only Amyitis is making me truly happy.
2)Sycomore leaves me cold - even w/ my new found love of vetiver. On my skin it simply goes completely flat and refuses to display any character at all. :-(
3)Andy's Incense Rose (unless you count the new Azagury that I ordered today, but which obviously isn't here yet).
4)Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
5) Gai Costa's Tuareg

9:58 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

I have to try that Amyitis. And have you tried Montale Red Vetyver? Unlike Sycomore, which is nice but too polite, it is full of character!

10:01 PM EDT  
Blogger elle said...

Yes, I'm loving Red Vetyver. That is near the top of my list of scents I must buy next. Of course, it's getting tough competition from another Montale - Aoud Flowers. And Mazzolari's Vetiver. Have fallen *very* hard for that one.

10:11 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Oooo, Aoud Flowers is beyond gorgeous!

10:15 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Удивительно, что ты ещё не читала Коэльо. "Мактуб", например, только что закончил, тебе бы понравилось. А из музыки: Anne Lennox Bare - весь альбом.

10:18 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love this sh*t!!!!
1. Nothing! It all sounds like crap!
2. Everything new smells like sh*t!
3. Ava Luxe's Love's true bluish light...coforting yumminess!
4.Perfumes The guide... those a-holes are hillarious! Tommy this, Mitsouko that...they're idiots!
5.Leona Lewis- looks just like j-lo but with a much larger nose!!!

10:18 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Anonymous 1,
Anne Lennox Bare я знаю. Мне особенно нравится A Thousand Beautiful Things.

10:20 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Anonymous 2,
Well, I am glad you are at least enjoying Love's True Bluish Light.

10:21 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Мне тоже. ) Спокойной ночи!

10:22 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Доброго утра! :-)

10:24 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1 & 2) Sycomore was the one I was most hopeful about. I have only tried it twice and will retry it in the summer again, but I was disappointed.
3) Parure EDT - at a Guerlain counter in Vancouver!
4) Perfumes the Guide and Ted Kooser's new book of poems Valentines
5) Grieg Complete Music for the Piano

12:27 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry, the above anon was Kim - I seem to keep doing that!

12:27 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi :)
1) Incense Extreme. YEEESSSS!!!!!
2) I haven't really been very disappointed by anything yet. I even liked the New Juicy Couture Dirty English or whatever its called.
3) Eau d'Hermes
4) The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian
5) M.I.A. -- Boyz (hahaha... I doubt many people here will like this song but it is guaranteed to get anyone's behind shaking ;)


1:44 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) Incense Rose and Five o'Clock etc... Incense Rose is a joy and a miracle, 5 o'clock a pleasant everyday scent.
3) Incense Rose and 5 o'clock au gingembre
4) Charles Maturin, Melmoth the Wanderer
5) La Rose by L'Orchestre National du Barbès. A fairground organ type of waltz, it puts a silly grin on my face every morning.

3:47 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ooops, forgot number 2: Diane Brill's scent. Lovely packaging, sugar sweet tripe on my skin.

3:49 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

I love Parure. Even liked it in my anti-Guerlain period :-)

6:44 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

The very name Dirty English appeals to me. I want to try it whilst listening to Boyz :-)

6:45 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

I want to grin in the morning! Off to look for La Rose.

6:46 AM EDT  
Blogger M i a said...

1) I don't have much access to new fragrances at the moment, but I suppose the new Alien, Eau Luminescent, for its extraordinary block-of-amber bottle. Unfortunately, I much prefer the original. Eau Luminescent, though I don't know the notes, smells to me like a particularly synthetic take on neroli. I'm surprised it's by Dominique Ropion. It almost works for me, but tickles my nose far too much. I do think it would be pleasant carried on the breeze though. I would be very excited about 5 'O' Clock, but I am anticipating it'll be a while before I get the chance - I've only just managed to sample Louve. I have been quite enjoying Vivara, and salute Pucci for creating a fragrance that manages to nearly be crisp and classic, at odds to their garish clothes!
2) Well, not so new, but Louve was rather disappointing. I'm a lover of almond, cherry, and powder, and feel rather let down by the artistry of this scent, even though on a base, childish level, I rather like it.
3) Champs Elysees. It's so sparkling and optimistic. If I could afford three new FBs, I'd opt for Malin & Goetz Synthesized Musk, which I love for work, LV Teint de Neige and L'ombre dans L'eau, which makes me dream. I'll probably just get Ivoire from TK Maxx though.
4) I'm reading The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters by G.W. Dahlquist. It's very novel, and I'm not entirely sure I buy into it yet, but it is keeping me entertained. The last book I read that made an impact on me was Middlemarch.
5) Come on Petunia by The Blow. It's so seductive and summery!

7:16 AM EDT  
Blogger lilybp said...

I love reading polls--and I've enjoyed reading everyone's answers--but my mind is elsewhere today. Oh well, I will try.
1. 5:00, Sycomore, Incense Extreme and Rose. Incense Rose lived up to my expectations, I like Sycomore, Incense Extreme is a good scent but it's not for me, and 5:00. . .
2. 5:00 Gingembre. What's wrong, Serge? You just haven't been yourself lately. . .
3. I bought several at the Sniffa. I will pick Bois de Violette, which I have really been loving lately.
4. I am reading Elliot Pattison's new one (forget the name) and it looks pretty good.
5. Bizarrely, I am drawing a blank here. Will pass.
Shout outs to L--loved Kavalier and Clay, J--Melmoth brings me back to grad school; strangely, we were just talking about it last night. So glad that M. and L. like the Montale Vetyver; I am addicted to it. Must try the Mazzolari and that Amyitis!

7:27 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Gingembre. I was so convinced that it would be my heart's desire. I haunted Aedes to get a first spray on the wrist.
2. Unfortunately Gingembre. It was so unremarkable.
3. Sables. It has been so comforting in the cold. I can only imagine how it will sizzle on sweaty, summer skin. But that was a months-old purchase. I am currently working and reworking what must be a short, perfect shopping list for a trip to Paris.
4. I just finished Loving Che, a wonderful, lyrical novel. I also keep rereading Perfume: The Guide. Keeps me smiling.
5. As I write, I am listening to Johnny Hallyday's Lorada. Getting in the mood.

8:46 AM EDT  
Blogger parisa said...

Hi Marina!

My list:
1. Aoud Flowers (best aoud yet)
2. Sunset Flowers (EA Sunflowers-IMO)
3. Full bottles of Aoud Flowers and L'eau de Circe
4. Tiffany catalog??? Does it count?
5. Putamayo World Beats

Have a great weekend!

8:53 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) Serge Lutens "5 o'clock au gingembre" - and it turned out to be nothing for me, unfortunately.

2) see above

3) Annic Goutal "Muguet"

4) Siri Hustvedt "Sorrows of an American"

5) The new cd of Portishead ("Third")


9:09 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) Amouage Jubilation 25 & XXV, yes, yes!!
2) Ineke Evening Edged in Gold just didn't work for me. :(
3) Tauer Lonestar Memories
4) Pam Houston's "Cowboys Are My Weakness," an old favorite that I decided to re-read
5) "North Dakota" by Lyle Lovett, with Ricki Lee Jones accompanying him.

9:35 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) This isn’t a “new release” because I’m not au fait enough to know about them. And anyway, I’m in the UK, so the release dates are different, I guess?
“Kelly Caleche”. I loved it at first, then found it a bit frilly and well-behaved.

2) Which one disappointed you the most? Again, this isn’t a “new release” but it was new to me.
Annick Goutal “Songes” – the only perfume I have literally had to scrub off my wrist. I don’t like any of the Annick Goutal fragrances I’ve tried, despite a friend generously and hopefully pressing samples on me.

3) Last fragrance to join your collection?
“L’Heure Bleue”

4) A book that you enjoyed reading recently?
“The Orchid Thief”, Susan Orlean

5) Favorite song at the moment?
“Better”, on the album “Begin to Hope” by Regina Spektor

- Emma

9:51 AM EDT  
Blogger Robert said...

1) Tauer Perfumes Incense Rosé: Absolutely. Thanks to Columbina (I won a PFS drawing), I got to try my new favorite fragrance before its release. I used up the sample and now have a bottle heading my way. I think it hits the perfect sweet spot mid clean, interesting, and polite: my partner thinks it smells like expensive soap, I can sniff it all day long and stay interested, and you need to be fairly close to me to smell it.
2) Serge Lutens Louve: I mean it is nice, but you know, meh.
3) Guerlain Sous le Vent: Wondrous, bone dry chypre. One day all of the classic Guerlains will be mine!
4) Michael Ondaatje “Divisadero”: I enjoyed “Perfumes: The Guide”: snarktastic and gave me list after list of things to try (I need to grow another couple of wrists), but Ondaatje’s lovely pile of words filled me with the joy of reading. I am not sure the plot holds together completely, but the brilliant word-smithing keeps me from caring too much. If it were a perfume it would be Vol de Nuit.
5) Juan Diego Flórez"Ah! Mes Amis" from Donizetti’s “La Fille du Regiment”: First Met encore in 15 years. Amazing.

9:56 AM EDT  
Blogger Kelley said...

1. Incense Extreme (and it lived up to my high expectations!)

2. ALL of the Neil Morris scents I tried. I started a review of all of them and decided not to say anything if I had nothing nice to say (remembering the Senoma Scent Studio scents I tried...yikes!).

3. The last frag to join the collection was Vetiver des Sables by Montale. Not sure I like it (it was a gift). I don't really get much vetiver from it, just mahogany notes and a strong aquatic accord. Interesting at first but then on me it turns "perfumy".

4. "A Fine Balance". A deliciously long book.

5. This is going to sound strange but I have been digging the Qur'an in persian. I kid you not. A friend turned me on to the Qur'an on cd and since then I have been obsessed. I found a site that allows you to download all of it for free. The cantor has an excuisite voice. The verse/track I listen to over and over is called "Athaan". Here is a link to take a listen. "Athaan" is on the second cd from the very bottom so scroll all the way down!

10:19 AM EDT  
Blogger Kelley said...

By the way, M, can you tell me more about Red Vetyver? What about Aoud Flowers? I can't find any info on Red Vetyver and my email to Montale still hasn't be anwered.

10:36 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1 - Amyitis. Not my cup of tea, unfortunately. Also AG Musc Nomade - another failure for me, unfortunately.

2 - Sycomore made me depressed.

3 - Rose Barbare, Ulrich Lang Anvers and Anvers 2 and Andy Tauer Incense Rose, Mitsouko extrait (all on the same day, so I have to list all 4)

4 - Bloody Tower, a historical non-fiction about the 2 english princes locked in the tower of london and never seen again.

5 - I've been listening to a LOT of Verdi operas - Un Ballo in Maschera, Ernani, and La Forza del Destino

Have a good weekend, M!!


11:34 AM EDT  
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12:33 PM EDT  
Blogger Existentialist said...

1) I want to get Hermes Un Jardin Apres La Mousson when it releases in May. I've been exploring the classic Guerlains and Chanels lately, and they are all wonderful. :)
2) Lalique Encre Noir smelled of ink, and that's about it. I think the power of suggestion was just too much for me.
3) Houbigant Apercu, which I love, and am wearing today.
4) I'm reading "The Rest is Noise" by Alex Ross, which is about 20th century music. I highly recommend it, even if you, like me, know very little about music. I read The Guide, and am in the process of annotating it for my personal reference. LT is my EFT.
5) The Smith's "How soon is now?"

12:35 PM EDT  
Blogger luv_bug said...

1. I'm still waiting to sniff the new Jardin from Hermes. I've been pretty much saving my nose for in nothing very new.

2. The Beat was a big disappointment. It smells like cleaning fluid on me.

3. Vanille du Mexique joined my collection about a month ago. I couldn't resist the discount price, and I actually love using it as a base for some of my old favorites. Good deal.

4. I read a young adult novel, "Speak", by Laurie Halse Anderson last weekend, because I'm always looking for stuff to recommend to my teenage students. But I ended up really enjoying it just as an elegant and funny work of fiction. I really urge anyone with a teenager in their life to check it out.

5. Pretty much everything on the "Once" soundtrack.

2:34 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Incense Rose. Love it!

2. SL Louve

3. SL Fleurs d'Oranger

4. Just finished George Orwell's "Keep the Aspidistras Flying"; Currently reading "Main Street" by Sinclair Lewis. Both fantastic reads--classics that are still so relevant today.

5. Moby's "You Like it"

Thanks for the fun poll!

3:11 PM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...


1.) hm , i'm really excited about the new jardin apres la mousson, but i haven't smelled it yet unfortunately...

2.) gingembre was so unremarkable; probably even more so after reading everyone's comments on the blogs, it kind of sets one up for being disappointed, doesn't it?

3.) guerlain spiritueuse double vanille, its so yummy i just
want to pour it over some ice cream and eat it...

4.) am LOVING nadine gordimer's burger's daughter; the language is unbelievably dense and precise and poetic. i agree with monkey, too- ondaatje's divisadero was

5.) india.arie beautiful

enjoy your day!

3:47 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Kelly Caleche, Gingembre (I really like this by the way!), Red Aoud, Incense Rose
2. Red Aoud sample I swapped away-blech.
3. Bois de Violette which I adore.
4. Broken For You by Stephanie Kallos for bookgroup and The Guide in one sitting
5. Julie London's version of Cry Me a River

1:55 AM EDT  
Blogger Elspeth said...

1) I was/am excited to smell Aqua Allegoria Figue Iris, Kenzo Amour Indian Holi, the CdG citrus collection
2) The Indian Holi smelled like rum raisin ice cream to me and made me gag a little. The others I have yet to sniff because I don't have the money to purchase a bottle right now and I don't want to be tempted.
3) Aqua Allegoria Angelique Lilas
4) Anthony Bourdain's The Nasty Bits (I think I used that for the last poll too, but I really really enjoyed reading it)
5) Mother of Pearl by Roxy Music and Satyagraha the new Philip Glass opera. anyone who can get to New York soon should absolutely see it.

8:35 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) Sycomore and I love it!
2) Anything from the Killian Collection or Tom Ford Collection.
3) OKAY, OKAY...I have recently gone on a perfume buying spree. I have bought the following fragrances in the last 6 weeks:
Montale Red Aoud
Montale Black Aoud
Parfumerie Generale Bois de Copaiba
Parfumerie Generale Aoumassi
Parfumerie Generale Crime Exotique
Malle Une Rose
Malle Musc Ravageur
Malle Lipstick Rose
Caron Poivre
Parfum d'Empire Fougere Bengale
Parfum d'Empire Eau de Gloire
Parfum d'Empire Equistrius
Lutens Cedre
Lutens Chypre Rouge
Lutens Miel de Bois
Lutens Fleurs Oranger
Lutens Fumerie Turque
Lutens Rahat Loukoum
Lutens Muscs Kublai Khan
Lutens Tubereuse Criminelle (the only one of my recent acquisitions that I truly hate. If anyone wants to swap for something let me know as it is still full and I saved the box).
Before I sound completely enriched by gluttony I will explain:
I have been saving gift cards given to me by my parents, two sisters, brother, and boyfriend for Christmas, Birthday, Valentines Day, Ides of March (family tradition), and Easter (too old for an easter basket). I had an assortment of cards from Bergdorfs, Collete, Aedes, Luckyscent, and Jeffrey. I horde them and then eventually use them to do some serious shopping!
FYI: I am a 33 year old male and find all the fragrances unisex.
4) I am currently reading Marguerite Yourcenar "The Abyss" and Will Self "How The Live".
5) Songs?? Lately I am singing I'm Still Here from Company, Johnny Cash Ring of Fire, Anything from The Four Seasons, Dr. Dre, The Cramps, or Sonic Youth; VARIETY VARIETY VARIETY

11:46 PM EDT  
Blogger Koki said...

Great poll! My answers:

1. Montale Red Oud - I am slowly trying to work my way through some of the Ouds and loved the White, so I got a spritzer of the Red.

2. Red Oud, sadly - even after several tries it doesn't smell like anything except cherry cough syrup on me.

3. White Oud - took a while to get used to it but I hung in and now my whole closet smells like it! :-)

4. Just finished my 9yo daughter's book The White Giraffe - a beautiful children's adventure about magic in South Africa (I was reading it to her but couldn't put it down).

5. Placido Domingo's Cuando Calienta el Sol - Spanish is his native language!

9:54 AM EDT  
Blogger Bryan said...

I would be totally interested in the tubereuse criminelle. I have a large collection of perfumes (or I could just buy it), so email me and let me know what you want.

1:37 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) I was excited about Andy's incense Extreme and Incense Rose.I didnt *love* Incense extreme when I tried it in winter as i wanted something more warm and comforting. But wore it today (its 104 today) and am really enjoying the 'greenness' of it..Its such a cool green incense and really nice for summer. Incense Rose was a little strong for me, but it definitely did not disappoint. Very complex and interesting and reminds me of some rose flavored varieties of supari (an Indian mouth freshner which uses natural rose essences etc)

2) Rousse was disappointing (not too recent though)

3) Hmm..haven't bought any perfume recently- living mostly off samples and decants..but my Birthday is coming that should change if i am lucky..:)[Any suggestions for FBW fragrance??]

4) I read the latest in Ladies No.1 Detective agency series- Miracle at Speedy motors..nice, easy read

5) Can't think of a specific song right now...maybe (because of AI) Music of the night...*grin*..Also am enjoying listening to old Indian Music now..

5:51 PM EDT  

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