Pandemic Perfume Diaries (Week 7)

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Hello, out there…!

The past week had some ups and downs. One high point: I offered an online talk via the Brooklyn Brainery and spotted a few of you there! But I’ve had some slightly gloomy days as well, especially when it was raining and I couldn’t go out for fresh air.

Not coincidentally, I found myself choosing perfumes that were familiar and very “me.” Here are some of them…

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Balenciaga Paris

I remember attending a breakfast event for bloggers when this fragrance was launched at Bergdorf Goodman. (Those were the days!) I still love this retro-modern blend of violet, iris, pepper, and musky woods.

You can read Robin’s original review at Now Smell This.

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CB I Hate Perfume A Room with a View

A very different violet-inspired fragrance! This one is outdoorsy and springlike and natural-smelling. It’s an olfactory homage to a scene in the E. M. Forster novel of the same name.

I reviewed it for NST a while back.

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Maria Candida Gentile Rrose Sélavy

Now, on to a couple of roses! This one’s a scent tribute to the great artist Marcel Duchamp and his feminine alter ego. I remember Kevin and I both wanted to review it, but Kevin beat me to the perfumed punch!

You can read his NST post here.

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Maison Francis Kurkdjian À la rose

Just a beautifully crafted (and very expensive) dewy rose fragrance with citrus notes. I didn’t seem too impressed by it when I first tried it but I’m still wearing it five years later, which tells you something.

You can read my original NST review here.

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DSH Perfumes Fleuriste

I still haven’t recovered from the miserable reformulation and eventual discontinuation of Caron Bellodgia, which was my grandmother’s favorite perfume and one of my favorites as well.

However, one consolation is Dawn Spencer Hurwitz’s Fleuriste, which conjures up a similar mood. I own a small bottle and I’ll purchase more when I run out.

I reviewed it for Now Smell This in 2015.

How have you been feeling lately? Have you smelled or wore anything that lifted your mood over the past week?

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