Pandemic Perfume Diaries (Week 8)

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Greetings — and much gratitude to everyone who attended my live lecture with the Brooklyn Brainery on April 30! It my first online presentation and I felt so happy to be able to talk about perfume and connect with a few of you.

I’m still wearing some office-inappropriate fragrances during my work-from-home time, including these picks from last week…

Malle Iris Poudre.jpgFrédéric Malle Iris Poudre

I’ve never really felt elegant enough or tall enough to pull off Iris Poudre. There actually was a time, about seven years ago, when I regularly wore it to work; I have no idea how I got away with that.

Victoria’s review on Bois de Jasmin is a short yet lovely read.

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Givenchy Very Irrésistible Rose Centifolia

If I recall correctly, my bottle of this limited edition “harvest” from Givenchy was a gift from my perfume pal Patti F. It still smells gorgeous — a lush, heady rose that feels made for an evening out.

Robin announced its launch on NST but somehow none of us ever got around to reviewing it.


Alexander McQueen MyQueen

Only two McQueen fragrances (plus flankers) were launched during the designer’s lifetime. This was the second one, an aldehydic floral with notes of orange blossom and powdery violet. It’s a bit too piercing and perfume-y for everyday use, but once in while I crave it.

Marina reviewed it for Perfume Smellin’ Things when it was still widely available.

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Arquiste for J. Crew No. 31

This one, on the other hand, I could wear much more often and probably should. I could even get away with a light application at the office. It’s a vibrant and polished fragrance, a wine-y rose with hints of ripe fruit.

I raved about it on Now Smell This when I initially tried it.


CB I Hate Perfume #404 A Room with a View

One of my favorites from CBIHP, and something I’ve never worn to work just because it feels so nature-inspired. It was inspired by the Italian “kiss” scene in A Room with a View. No need to say more!

However, if you do want more details, you can read my NST review.

What have you been wearing? And how have you been doing lately?


  1. Well , I haven’t sniffed any of these, but Iris Poudre is on the “longer list.” Happily I am called back from half time furlough, and none of my near and dear have been affected by COVID. Perfume-wise, I think I can say that the furlough made me realize that I like the pop Guerlains! Yes, I like and wear well Insolence, Champs Elysees, and LPRN Black Perfecto edt and edp. I tried sharing a decant of Black Perfecto edt with a coworker and she kindly had no comment. That sort of leads to another shout out for how much I enjoyed the Zoom seminar. Great to be with a group of curious sniffers! Best wishes for continued health and safety to all.

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    • Hello, Kathy!! We meet again! Do try Iris Poudre someday if you can…it’s a beauty. I like Insolence too…it still feels very Guerlain, but turn-of-the-21st century rather than turn-of-the-20th-century! Wishing you continued health as well…!


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