Thursday, March 26, 2009

Lilly Pulitzer - Squeeze

Noxious orange thing that makes me think of Flintstones Push-Up Pops and Celine Dion c. "Unison," simultaneously.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Lavanila - Vanilla Blossom

Golden-syrupy, purportedly "healthy" substance that thickens, stifles, and clings like ivy to mucous membrances, resulting in severe catarrh.
I think this lessened my immune system's resistance to infection.

EDIT: Had to wash off, because my throat was constricting.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Shu Uemura - Fleur de Source

Salty, astringent, as bracing as being flagellated in a Finnish sauna with birch branches, then mauled thoroughly with pine-tar soap. Squeaky-clean to make your skin redden and eyes water. After the thalassotherapic hallucinations of the first three minutes, a citrus and herbal wash-over.
Shu Uemura output is genuinely, genuinely strange. Give them your money.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Yves Saint Laurent - Y (vintage parfum)

Woman in a lizard's skin.
Tight, hard Banditry, which unfurls to a soft and slight peach juiciness. A bit beige pantsuited, inoffensive.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Harajuku Lovers - Music

Boy: "It's worthless, just generic little-kid perfume. It's the bare minimum of effort that you can get away with in order to have a sellable product. It's just enough so it can be put on a shelf without being called water. There's no artistry, no smell, nothing."
Me: scented pantyliners.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Schiaparelli - Shocking

Supposedly you're to get into perfume because of your mother. Everyone in the world has a swan-necked, well-heeled, triple-pearl-stranded mother who spent Saturday evenings in front of a vanity bedecked with mysterious pots of cold cream, Cherries In the Snow, and vials of Quadrille or Je Reviens or Chanel No. 5. Sons and daughters get delicate careful-not-to-smudge kisses from rouged lips and nuzzles in pale powdered necks and shoulders, bedazzled by glamourous aspirations . . .
That's a hunk of horseshit story, and I nearly threw up in my mouth writing that. (I think that rotten cliche is oneupmanship for snobs as to who wore the most rarified juice, etc etc)
My mother hated, HATES perfume.
She recoils.
Yes, she she had bottles of Magie Noire, Volupte, Anais Anais, and Youth Dew, but these were ill-judged gifts and resigned to a bottom drawer along with hideous orange-and-fuchsia doilies stitched in the late stages of her pregnancies.
My mother relied on powder, always faintly scented, and potpourri for her drawers.
No perfume, ever.
The only exception - and this was for practical purposes - was Limacol, an astringent Guyanese lotion roaring of artificial lemons and citruses that haven't been invented yet, all magnified to 50,000 kHz through a blaze of rubbing alcohol. Think of it as the West Indian 4711, splashed on liberally in the sweltering Jamaican heat.
In the summer we used it all - Mum, Dad, and I - and smelled like the humming of an army of shortwave radios.
Shocking, in its vintage eau de cologne concentration, has that medical, utilitarian shrillness, if it were coddled with talc and preserved in a chest-of-drawers, due to the bergamot and tarragon in its top notes. An hour later rich honey and rock-sugar civet develop.
It is a dead ringer for my mother, and I'm cackling about how if I offered her my wrist, she would turn her head and grumble (like she does for every perfume), even though it is her scent-doppelganger.