This is a gorgeous Lily-of-the-valley on a warm bed of pretty peach, gentle rose, cozy orris, whimsical carnation with just a dab of vanilla (Fragrances of Ireland). A slightly spicy, Samsara-like sandalwood eventually emerges. Some detect a lot of violet with this one, and I suppose I do too, but it mixes so with the jasmine in my perception that they seem to become one. At any rate, this is a very well done, underrated fragrance that I imagine could be worn the whole year. It has that unique balance of warmth and floral delicacy. Very pretty!

Top notes: freesia, lily-of-the-valley and violet. Middle notes: carnation, rose and ylang-ylang. Base notes: peach, sandalwood, orris, musk and vanilla.


Poetica, by Scottish Fine Soaps, is another fragrance I can’t find exact notes for. Although, I believe you can still buy lotions from Scottish Fine Soaps with this scent?

I can certainly smell fruit, possibly peach and/or cherry and there seems to also be an accord of possibly sandalwood and patchouli? It’s actually a little like La Petite Robe Noire, but its soapier, lighter and less gourmand. I like it a lot!


Tara, A Legendary Fragrance is absolutely fabulous (polite but wonderful sillage too). I’ve been spraying fragrances on my husband for testing lately and this one is too lovely to keep for another day. I can’t find the notes anywhere online, but it must certainly be an opulent, green, and very strong jasmine, I believe, with a gutsy lily-of-the-valley. There’s also something warm and a little bit spicy. Perhaps it’s sandalwood, carnation and rose? Maybe heliotrope? And I’m guessing at amber and musk? Tuberose, ylang-ylang and benzoin could even be notes? It’s a little bit reminiscent of vintage Gloria Vanderbilt in its floral sweetness and warmth. I wish I could find a definite list… At any rate, I’m glad I blind bought this one a while ago.

Wild Rose

A tart but voluptuous rose is the dominant note in this vintage gem (Woods of Windsor unknown). It’s a green, resinous rose with possible accompanying notes of at least violet and geranium? Perhaps there’s also sandalwood (myrrh?) and heliotrope? Amber? At any rate, it’s wonderfully nostalgic and exactly what I was in the mood for today – an airy, cathartic rose.

Lady Delene Cologne 

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? At any rate, the drydown is a pipe tobacco smoky, sandalwood and vanillic gem… And yet it’s still crisp. And very vintage “clean and fresh.

White Ginger

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White Ginger is a baby powder soft, sweet and slightly spicy vintage ginger scent.  With aldehydic opening (I think), a note of jasmine reminiscent of ripe bananas and an aromatic green earthiness, White Ginger is tame but not quiet.  It’s quite tropical and yet I can’t imagine wearing this fragrance in warm weather. It could be a bit overwhelming…  Perhaps White Ginger is best suited for spring, however, in winter weather it might pair nicely with a vintage oriental…



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I found this bottle of Romance Incense Oil at an antique store. I haven’t been able to find much about the notes, or even really who made it, but it’s a charming scent.

It opens with strong pine and woody notes, however it’s also quite balsamic and there’s a floral delicacy and freshness that reminds me of spring in a forest. It gets better and better as it continues and, as the name suggests, it is a bit romantic actually…

This little bottle is a treasure in my estimation. I’m glad I found it…

The more open I become on this blog the easier it is…   It’s a pleasant surprise.

Last night was rough.  I went out with my husband and we had a difficult time together.   He’s such a great person but we’re so badly suited emotionally for each other that when we try to enjoy each other’s company in any way but as friends it just ends up being bloody.

He’s brilliant.  I’m not kidding.  He actually really is…   And I have my areas where I might be considered gifted by some, but those areas are different from his.  Sound complimentary?  Well, it would be complimentary perhaps if there was the one similar link somewhere that connected us on some deep level…  There isn’t.  He’s a great guy.  I wish there was…

How did we end up together?!  It’s a long story…  Maybe later.  Maybe…

Will we get divorced?  Well…  There’s lots of reasons to (like both of us finding people we can really connect with) but…  I don’t take the decision lightly.   But whatever the decision is, I just want the best for everyone…   Sigh.

Last night was pleasant though in some ways, albeit sad too.  We did get to spend some time around St. Paul in general and that was lovely…  Right now, the leaves are bright, warm colors and they light up trees and float about in the air, falling  here and there.  They’re almost painfully beautiful…

… Until tomorrow.


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Since our samples are all almost entirely packed or put away somewhere I thought I’d write about this mystery bottle of perfume.  It’s warm, spicy and sweet.  I’m guessing at notes of coumarin, cinnamon, benzoin, amber and cloves for certain – possibly neroli.  It’s a very vintage balsamic fragrance, whatever it is.  There’s a beautiful, powdery depth to this scent.

I’m going to post a review of several Chanel skincare products later but for now I’ll just say that I’m getting to the point where Chanel is in genuine competition with Sephora (despite Sephora’s great perks) for my online purchases.  I can find almost anything I want at Chanel now (makeup, skincare etc) other than the Diorshow mascara I’ve grown to love…


Basically, to summarize, Chanel’s Resynchronizing line is marvelous with the exception that there’s a massive amount of fragrance in all the products…  And fragrance isn’t exactly optimal for the skin of course.  But yes, other than that it’s lovely!  Le Jour, Le Nuit and Le Weekend all absorb very well and quickly and my skin looks noticeably better. Again, my only qualm is the scent (little bit ironic maybe).

…I’m feeling a little more optimistic about my life overall today.  I hope that continues.  It’s nice to feel a bit more optimistic than usual…  Ha! 🙂

How is your day going dear reader?  There’s a very good chance I’ve at least wondered who you are and hoped you are doing well, and for those who read this regularly who I know or at least have met in some way, I certainly am thinking of all of you when I say thanks for reading and hugs to you all.