Thursday, January 20, 2011

Every Girl Should Have Good Scents

I am a perfume lover...Not just ANY perfume lover...I ADORE perfume, and I like many different kinds, though I tend to lean more towards Chanel, especially #19, and Jo Malone, (Pomegranite Noir is one of my favorites..)

Unfortunately like everything else, my taste tends to run a bit on the expensive side. Now how is a girl EVER going to support an expensive habit like that? Well, of course a girl like me comes up with an answer, one that I have been using for at least 10 years, maybe more.

I know that there are "discount" fragrance websites, stores, all about, but I can personally only vouch for one, and that is the website,  "Scentiments".

Sure I still occasionally hit up Neimans for a "Chanel" special, or when I cannot live without some "Jo Malone" product, (as Scentiments unfortunately does not carry Jo Malone)
For the most part though, they do carry some wonderful scents and at fab prices, if you know how to shop, and/or get lucky enough to find what you want in stock.

You see, I'm afraid that this secret is not just my own..Dreadfully, many others dip their toe into this pond as well....Often I will go to order a perfume, and find that they are out of it. There is an option to leave your
email and be notified when they get the product in, but let me tell you, you have to act quickly or it will be gone once again. I also notice that at times, it takes them what appears to be a century to get a product back in.

If you are like me, (and of course, you should be), and willing to experiment on a scent that you have possibly never even smelled, you will love using this site. If  I do order a scent that I have not smelled, like the one that I reviewed in my last blog entry, I make sure that it is a scent from a well know perfumery...i.e. Burberry, Boucheron, Bvlgari, Prada, Versace, etc...

Secondly, I consult the site to find one that is considered spicy and/or oriental or that contains y-lang y-lang, amber, and/or bergamot oil, as I tend to be attracted to these scents.  
Those of you who are not familiar with "bergamot", will find it to be a lovely light citrus aromatic that blends
beautifully with ingredients.
Funny but doing a bit of research on "Bergamot" lead me to this...

What Is Bergamot Oil?

Bergamot oil is obtained from the peel of the bergamot, a citrus fruit grown mainly in Italy. The oil is used as a flavoring agent in foods and beverages and in various cosmetic products (for its citrus scent). It is also used to treat skin conditions, such as psoriasis or vitiligo (when applied to the skin), or to treat anxiety or depression (when used as aromatherapy).

Wow...and to think that I've spent all that money on anti-depressants, that don't work, when all

I had to do was soak in some hot water doused with bergamot!!??!!

Live and learn....Live and learn...

Not like we couldn't have figured that out! Ever notice the pleasurable "rush" that you get after
a whiff of some wonderful perfume or European chocolate?

Kudos to the genius that eventually figures out how to bottle those two...

Imagine how happy Tom Cruise would be?
(no more Anti-Depressants! MIND much more effective..)

Not to mention Chocoholics...
(so much less fattening when you can just wear it!)

Sometimes I even go a step further, and consult Neimans online to see if they are selling the perfume that I'm considering ordering...Personally , if they sell it, that's enough for me to try it, owing to my long-time faith in Neiman Marcus's taste.

I also enjoy gloating about the price I'm going to pay for it. Now, you don't get the freebie samples or the lovely bag like you do if you purchase it at Neimans, but after a year's time, if you buy perfume like I do, you should have saved enough to afford a little trip to Neimans for tidbit or two.

Like that rationalization? (got lots more where that came from!)

Lastly, if they have the "tester" of a fragrance, look to see what that means. It will either mean that
it comes in a plain box, comes without a cap, or comes without a cap in a plain box.
The only time I buy a tester is if it comes in a plain box. I DO NOT buy a perfume without a cap, as
it will expose the perfume to air. Now if it comes in a plain box, who cares? Unless I am taking it on
a trip, I dispose of the box immediately anyway. (Actually the "plain box" turns out to be a very sturdy
box, perfect to pack in luggage!) The "tester" is, of course, the most economical way to go, and is OFTEN
what they are out of...The "tester" I assume, is one that they were going to put out at the store, but your
bottle never made it out there. That's how they can sell it for such a fantastic price. Again, a "tester" is where
you REALLY get a bargain. I have bought a tester without the original box, but otherwise exactly as new,
for $42.00 instead of $110.00 MANY TIMES.

The scents are all THE REAL THING...I repeat..


No doubt where this is concerned, as I would not consider buying anything that wasn't.

So, there you have it...My secret, along with about a million others, is out.

One more thing about Perfume (I never buy "Toilette" or "Cologne"  Why would you want a watered-down version?)

You must use your Perfume in a timely manner. Keep it in a cool place and it should smell like new up
to a year. If it starts to get darker or change color, throw it out...
Look what I found while I was doing a bit of research....

"Older perfumes contain musk from other animals or ambergris, whale vomit. These fixatives are intended to make the perfume scent last longer"

"Older Perfumes", eh?  Makes me want to rethink my "Joy"and "Shalimar" obsessions...I have a thing for
scents produced in the twenties...( Shalimar, Chanel #5, Joy, etc...)

How does one capture "whale vomit" anyway? I'm not going to think about this any further....

Wear Your Perfume. 

Perfume is not just for a so-called "special occasion"

Everyday is a "special occasion"

Spritz on a bit when you emerge from the shower...

Go easy for work and crazy otherwise!

They sell both mens and womens cologne and perfume, and certain gift sets as well.
I love the miniatures for traveling...

I must add, that their shipping is extremely timely, except for perhaps holidays...(forget finding anything
around Valentines day or Christmas)

I would be remiss if I didn't share with you my NEW LOVE.

He came to me at Christmas time and I can hardly stand to be away from him.

His name is Kindle, but I call him "Kin"...

Yes, it was LOVE at first sight... (sight...LOL...get it? I crack myself up!)

He is never far from me, and is always the last thing I see before sleep...


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