Chanel no. 5 eau de cologne (Repost)

I suppose I’m not supposed to wear Chanel no. 5 in the middle of the week, for no particular reason, but I am.  I’m wearing it on a Wednesday, and I’m not going anywhere “special.”  And I say, why not?  I do see the virtue in saving special things for special occasions, but sometimes specialContinue reading “Chanel no. 5 eau de cologne (Repost)”

Salut de Schiaparelli (Repost)

Salut de Schiaparelli eau de parfum, from 1939 Salut de Schiaparelli was launched by Schiaparelli in 1934.  It was supposedly intended for young women but like many children’s shows, there are themes clearly intended for a more mature audience. Salut (Schiaparelli 1934) is intoxicatingly attractive, although I wouldn’t call it a warm or enveloping fragrance.Continue reading “Salut de Schiaparelli (Repost)”

Bayou d’Amour (Repost)

According to the description for Bayou d’Amour on Hové’s website this fragrance is, “An exotic blend of floral notes dominated by notes of the luscious fruit, mango.”  I did smell mango, but I also think I detected banana and it was very unique and really beautiful.  I’ve never smelled a banana perfume before… In the drydown, whichContinue reading “Bayou d’Amour (Repost)”

Chanel no. 19 (Repost)

I found my bottle of vintage Chanel no. 19 edt. on eBay from a seller who’s mother owned a department store.  She apparently had tons of samples from decades ago and I have been enjoying my bottle of authentic, well-preserved vintage Chanel no. 19 all day.  Some say that vintage bottles are weary, broken andContinue reading “Chanel no. 19 (Repost)”

Mantrap (Repost)

Mantrap (Hové Parfumeur 1930’s) is a very flowery, musky, intensely vintage fragrance.  According to Hové, Mantrap is a, “…heavy oriental..” with, “heavy resinous notes…”  but I think it’s a bit more crisp and almost green than that description allows.  I also experience it as  more of a floral chypre than an oriental, but they, ofContinue reading “Mantrap (Repost)”

Fascinator (Repost)

Fascinator by Hové Parfumeur of New Orleans, Louisiana (Hové Parfumeur) is a largely green, strong, oak moss fragrance but I would guess there’s some jasmine and ylang-ylang,  bergamot and lemon as well.  It’s a bit indolic, earthy and a little sweet with what I believe to be orange blossom and what is certainly musk.  Continue reading “Fascinator (Repost)”

Lady Delene Cologne (Repost)

This rare vintage (Delene Products Chicago unknown) starts earthy, slightly sweet and herbal with kicky citrus, and sharp, soapy florals. I’d bet there’s bergamot, lavender, carnation, and geranium. And perhaps lily, violet, ylang ylang, honeysuckle (?) and then almost certainly sandalwood and vetiver to close. Do I also smell sage, benzoin, tonka and musk? AtContinue reading “Lady Delene Cologne (Repost)”