2014-12-30 18.10.02 (2)Round, luscious florals and sharp green notes open the popular 70’s fragrance, Jontue (Revlon 1976).  Unusual notes of chamomile and sage mix with vetiver, musk, oakmoss and patchouli.  Jontue is a strong, aromatic chypre.  Sillage is strong and longevity is moderate.

Top notes:  gardenia, bergamot, chamomile, cypress and rose.  Middle notes: mimosa, tuberose, ylang-ylang, sage and geranium.  Base notes: musk, benzoin, oakmoss, vetiver and patchouli

I haven’t been saying much lately about my life….  There are many reasons for that.  I will say though that we’re moving in a few weeks…  It’s going to be a busy time.

I’m going to miss where we live now, but it will be an adventure to move.  We’ll be living next to the ocean.

Anyway…  Have a nice start to your weekend dear readers.


2015-03-03 09.36.50 (2)Thick, rich aldehydes surrounded by earthy flowers (particularily galbanum, jasmine, geranium and lily) comprise the iconic Charlie (Revlon 1973).  Bold, big and somewhat unisex, Charlie asserts its presence.

In the drydown sandalwood and musk are heavy notes with a lot of sound.  Vetiver is also clear and luminous.  Charlie is not a faint hearted fragrance.  Sillage is certain and longevity is more than decent.

Top notes: jasmine, hyacinth, galbanum, gardenia, and aldehydes.  Middle notes: violet, geranium, white lily, jasmine, coriander, and lily-of-the-valley.  Base notes: vetiver, vanilla, oakmoss, musk and sandalwood. 

It’s been a much better week than the last one in many ways.  There are still many things going on though that are a bit overwhelming however good they may be…

This blog has taken a beating.  I do sincerely apologize.  As I keep saying, if you’re reading, thank you…

Until tomorrow…


Last night I decided to make a recipe from one of my favorite cookbooks, Jane Grigson’s classic, English Food, A New Edition of the Cookery Classic Revised and Updated by the Author – a great resource for authentic English recipes. I figured that since it was my chosen, “book of the week” that making a recipe from it would be great.  I thought I could take photos of the book (I’m proud of my vintage copy even though it’s not pristine) and the finished product…  and…


But alas, it was a minor disaster.  I instead developed a terrible headache right after I finished making a strange, dried out “cake”…  The cake is flat, and nearly tasteless.  Oops.  We ate it anyway…  And I have to add that my inability to make the cake should not reflect on the book.  🙂


A sad little cake

Let’s hope that the chocolate cake I’m making later this week turns out better…

Anyway, today I’m wearing Intimate, by Revlon (Revlon 1955).  While both bottles of Intimate I own are vintage, one is older than the other so I recently decided to compare them.

On one arm I’m wearing a vintage Mid-Century bottle of Intimate and on the other I’m wearing a vintage bottle most likely from the 80’s or 90’s.  The older bottle is richer, animalic, more like a musky chypre and yet somehow lighter.  It has this slightly sweet, powdery, airy almost ozone quality to it and it actually smells more contemporary than the more recent version.

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The version from the 80’s or 90’s smells like it belongs in one of those decades…  It too is animalic, but has a spicy, slightly more provocative, warmth.

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Whereas the older version reminds me slightly of vintage Miss Dior, the newer formula reminds me of a bit of LouLou, and a lot of Caesar’s Woman with a faint nod to contemporary Tabu.  They both become quite beautiful and more mellow during the drydown although the vintage one maintains a refined yet edgy kick and the new version seems more like a warm fuzzy sweater…  I’m sure it’s obvious which version I prefer more.  🙂

Until Friday.  )