Saturday, December 13, 2014

Episode ElevenPointFive: I'll Sleep, You Talk (or, The Siesta/Discussion Fiesta)

Since I didn't explain before quick rundown - on Saturday Siestas I am going to be boring and talk about my self. I might answer tag questions, or make one up myself. The post may be über long or like, the shortest of short.

Discussions will be simply that - I will put forth an idea, mention my stance, and allow further discussion to take place in the comments. There will be some moderation, of course, just for vileness. Today's post is a combo of both those things, so let's get started

I am going to be answering the tag questions from the 7 Deadly Sins Tag. However, I am going to change quite a few of them, so that they reflect fragrance-related questions. The original tag questions are from the Discovering Beauty blog.

1. Greed: What is the most expensive perfume you own?

At this moment it is the 2009 Guerlain Mon Précieux Nectar 120mL. It is a perfume extract and I love the rich scent, and the beautiful presentation. Before, it was the remains of a beautiful, early bottle of Shalimar. Most likely, it was from the original release of the scent, I was owned by my great-grandmother, one of the very few luxuries she had as a farmer's wife. I claimed it when my Grandma was going to toss it in a move. I didn't even care for scent then, but thought the antique bottle should be saved. I wish I had had that perfume looked at by an expert. It would have been nice to have a date and a value. Ah well, you live you learn.

2.Wrath: What perfumes do you have a love/hate relationship with? What has been the hardest to track down?

I love/hate Viktor&Rolf's Flowerbomb. It is so sweet, it smells like a middle school restroom, but at the same time it is so divine and settles my craving for candy like nothing else. The hardest to track down is a scent I don't even know the name of. I owned it Before, it was a gift, and now the name is lost, but I know what the bottle looked like and how it smelled. Perfume counter ladies look at me like I am crazy, and I have yet to brave perfume forums, but perhaps one day... I just want to smell it again and see if my memories are playing tricks on me.

  3. Gluttony: What are your most delecious-smelling perfumes?

The most delicious smelling is a limited edition perfume oil from the indie company Alchemic Muse. The perfume is called Loukoum and it may be the only citrus-scent I've ever been able to bear. It smells like lemon, rose and mint with a soft and sticky sweetness that make it just like its' namesake, Lokoum, or Turkish Delight. It is so, so sosososo good, and what I wear when I need a pick-me-up.

 4. Sloth: What perfume do you neglect, due to laziness?

My Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black and Nirvana White. Truthfully, I doth say the two be-ith incredibly boring worn alone. It is only when the two a worn as a pair that they become something truly marvelous. But, since I have to remember to wear them both I usually just pass, because I am lazy.

5. Pride: Which perfume gives you the most self confidence?

A wonderful, seasonal release from the indie brand Haus of Gloi. It is part of their Autumn catalog and it is the scent The Horseman. This is a scent that costs a fraction of the price of many of my other scents, but when I wear it people notice. I don't get compliments on how I smell, I get treated like I am the finest of old money in the country, like a Rockefeller or an Astor or a Carnegie. It's the most unsettling, amazing thing and I prize it, so I rarely wear my stash of this scent. Of hear from other people who wore The Horseman and got the same reaction, so there is definitely something about this particular fragrance that works in strange ways.

6. Lust: What is your favorite scent on your preferred mate?

Historically, I have loved the drugstore scent Aspen for Men by Coty. It's an amazing fougère, really one of the best of the male scents Coty has produced, in my opinion. For my husband in particular I love the now-discontinued scent Givenchy pour Homme by Givenchy (the red label). It is so masculine and woody, it pretty much makes my ovaries explode. (TMI? TMI.) Now that it is discontinued, I also like Givenchy Gentlemen Only, although the two are not really similar at all.

7. Envy: What you most like to receive as a gift?

I don't have one particular scent. My favorite perfumes are Guerlain, so I'd be happy with anything from them and right now I am totally lemming the Diana Vreeland perfume line. I love Simply Divine and Extravagance Russe. I'd also love to get anything from Parfum d'Empire, especially Ambre Russe.

Now that I've answered all these questions I am going to pose one to you. What one scent note do you despise more than any other and why? I'll go first but remember, all opinions are welcome, all are valid, obvious trolling will be deleted and troublemakers shut down. Have at it.

I cannot stand toasted coconut. Fresh coconut is fine, but toasted coconut smells like burnt hair and makes me want to vomit. I've even purchased scents without a hint of coconut in them, but because something combined to give that smell, I have had to give them away. I hate the smell and because of that have grown to hate the taste as well - so no toasted coconut for me.

If anyone else chooses to chime in, I will be responding to discussions in the comments! So please comment if you'd like and pleasant journeys~

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