Feb. 8th, 2016 09:18 pm
elsewhence: (arkanoid and vaus)
still love vintage perfumes, still feel like they're a tiny bit of time travel. and was there actually a point when i tested arpège and concluded i didn't like it? i don't get it! i don't think it's been reformulated since then or anything. is it just a scent that's an acquired taste for me, like mitsouko and chanel n°5 were? the top notes are still a bit sharp for my taste, but it's not as if they last long. the rest of it is worth it.

Sep. 27th, 2015 02:03 am
elsewhence: (arkanoid and vaus)
oh yeah, i also got a sample set of all of oriza l. legrand's perfumes last week! these are old perfumes that were released starting in the 1860s. the company was around until the 1930s, then disappeared, and now 14 (soon to be 15) of their fragrances have been revived. and i just love the idea of that. it's somehow even cooler than fragrances that have been around for a long time without ever having been discontinued. it feels as if you just snatched them right out of the past or something. grossmith is another example of this, actually - i have samples of hasu-no-hana, phul-nana and shem-el-nessim and they're beautiful, but the full sizes are so expensive that alone makes it hard to get really attached to them. 120€ for 100 ml is at least only moderately crazy.

anyway, back to oriza l. legrand - the sample set i got is 36€ including shipping. 14 x 2 ml vials of eau de parfum in a sturdy little decorative box plus a handful of fancy perfume test strips and a couple of postcards. great deal if you ask me. there's also the option of a set of 7 samples of your choice for 20€, but i figured i might as well go all the way...

Aug. 12th, 2015 09:02 pm
elsewhence: (beauty)
i got common brimstone's honey chai in the mail today and it pretty much just smells like straight up honey on me. i don't regret the purchase though, honey scents aren't that common (or well, i guess they aren't in mainstream perfumes, i've never actually gone looking for it in indies) and it's a great note to layer with linden blossom. it's just a little strange because i also have a sample of caramel chai and that does smell exactly like chai on me...

Jun. 4th, 2015 03:46 pm
elsewhence: (beauty)
man, i'd sure love to try some of black phoenix alchemy labs' scents, but the international shipping alone is so high that it's pretty much a fact i'd have to pay import VAT. plus 25$ for shipping even if i just want a handful of samples is completely disproportionate. come on, other indie perfumers manage reasonable shipping costs, too. about half that price for a smallish order is totally acceptable, and i'm alright with the risk of not paying for insurance too...

good thing there's a lot of other indie perfumers around, huh. i just got a order from possets perfume that i made during their memorial day free shipping offer. two sample packs, orientals and victorian - i was going to take the option of picking my own samples, but got totally overwhelmed with the variety, and these sounded good. only tried dangerous oil on my skin so far, but it's certainly made a good first impression

May. 25th, 2015 04:39 pm
elsewhence: (beauty)
you know what indie perfumes are also totally awesome? l'encens a la vanille, vanille amour and xocolatl amour by alkemia. pretty sure i'll be wanting full sizes of these at some point. in a different scent family, mist becoming rain is also very nice, rainy flowers and iris. you can get five samples of your choice for a pretty good price! (i actually got six, i'd included some alternates as they ask you to and they added one of those for free even though all the ones i'd asked for were in stock. yay! didn't end up liking that one very much, but that's not their fault, the thought counts.)