The Perfume that Gets Used First

Chanel Cuir de Russie, Eau de Rochas, Ananas Fizz and Miss Dior

This month marks nine years — !! — that I’ve been reviewing fragrance for Now Smell This. At, say, 50 reviews a year, that’s a whopping 400 fragrances I’ve written about. After all those perfumes and reviews, I thought it was time to talk about the fragrances that have stuck around in my perfume cabinet, those whose decants I drain and bottles I turn to again and again.

Chanel Cuir de Russie: At least three times a week, I wear Cuir de Russie. I started with a 10 ml decant, and when it was finished I thought I’d be fine relying on one of my many other leather scents. Not. Cuir de Russie stands alone…

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Rochas Audace ~ fragrance review

Rochas Audace advert, 1970s

Last Friday I was leaving Powell’s when a street fashion photographer asked to take my photo. Now, I’m not a particularly fashionable dresser. That afternoon, I was wearing a variety of clashing plaids — a Pendleton skirt and a jacket from a Western wear store in Oklahoma among them, both culled from Goodwill — and a 1940s floral silk scarf. (I will point out that my boots were pretty great, though.) “Me?” I asked the photographer. “This?

“I like the crazy mix,” she said. “It works.”

That’s how I feel about Rochas Audace. On paper, it reads like a strident jumble of notes. On skin, it works…

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Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles (& some other stuff) 2014, part 24

More limited edition collector fragrance bottles, with the usual disclaimers: in most of these cases, the juice is unchanged, just the bottle is “special” (or not, as the case may be), and some of these may not be available in the US. Today’s post includes collector items from Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Lovers, Comme des Garçons + Pharrell Williams, ERH1012 and Yves Saint Laurent; plus new packaging for Rochas.

Gwen Stefani's Harajuku Lovers Pop Electric collection

From Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Lovers, the Pop Electric collection, featuring Baby, G, Love, Lil’ Angel and Music: “The new collection of five fragrances, originally introduced in 2008, features the Harajuku Girls dressed with a pop electric vibe. Dipped in molten chrome in vibrant jewel tones, they are individual pieces of whimsical pop art…”

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Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles 2014, part 5

More limited edition collector fragrance bottles, with the usual disclaimers: in most of these cases, the juice is unchanged, just the bottle is “special” (or not, as the case may be), and some of these may not be available in the US. Today’s post includes special editions from Ferragamo, Viktor & Rolf, Estee Lauder and Rochas.

Ferragamo Signorina mini fragrance

From Salvatore Ferragamo, the Mini Fragrance Collection, featuring 20 ml bottles of Signorina Eau de Parfum, Signorina Eau de Toilette (shown), and the new Signorina Eleganza. The bottle designs were inspired by spinning tops. £30 each at Debenhams or House of Fraser in the UK…

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