In The Mail: New Arrivals

Hey Gang,

It’s all been mad CER AY ZEE around here lately. I’ve been getting some great new gigs, TSO Jin has been studying for his final electrical exams and our lovely homestay boy has been off working on movie sets as well as attending to his studies. Spring has sprung and as the weather warms and the liquidamber in the front yard puts forth lovely green leaves we should be in the pool in a couple of weeks. YAY!!! We have seen a couple of 28oC/82oF days and life looks good.

One of the amazing things about being in the perfumista world is the swapping that goes on. Say I have a bottle of something and a few samples that I think will suit one of my buddies; decant, wrap & into a post pack and away. It’s so great getting a little fragrant package from someone who knows your scent preferences, wants to help educate you or simply wants to share the love. I’ve had a few of these super packs lately and would like to share a few of my new discoveries. To understand the ratings please jump across to the APJ Ratings System Page.

At The Beach 1966 by CB I Hate Perfume (Thanks Sonya) Has a lovely fresh citrus-like opening that quickly gives a salty blast and something vaguely white floral. I don’t get the Coppertone analogy, or, um, maybe, OK I get it! Ha Ha Ha The whole white sauce sun protection we used to be covered in by our Mum’s, the sand everywhere, seashells, surf, sun, the big fluffy striped towels with fringing. It’s all here. MEMORIES! And after 5 hours wear it smells like the bug spray we wore too. Still pumping soft white flowers and seawater 9 hours later. CB I Hate Perfume 100ml/$80. S=**** L=***** D=****

Interlude Man by Amouage (Thanks Ruth) OH BOY!! The opening of Interlude Man featuring Oudh from the outset melded beautifully with the oregano and spicy pepper. Get your money and buy this fragrance now, man, woman or child. My tummy has got butterflies and I am having a Stendahl Syndrome moment (Thank you Denyse Beaulieu for the SS reference). Full report soon. Amouage 100ml/215 Euro.  S=***** L=**** D=*****

LouLou by Cacharel 1987 (Thanks Amanda) What a fragrance. Pow when it opens with what seems like everything ever put into a perfume, in bags. Such an outrageously OTT spicy floral that is a super statement fragrance. I can’t believe the girls we grew up with used to think this was a soft girly fragrance, it’s a powerhouse based on the tiare flower, though not including it. Still available to buy in the shops but mine is a vintage 90’s bottle. Sweetness lingers for hours and hours. FragranceNet has 50ml/under $50 S=**** L=**** D=****

Jezebel by Bud Parfums (Thanks Howard) I normally shy away from a burst of fruit as an opening gambit by a fragrance but Jezebel opens so lushly that it already feels lascivious, but wait, there is something dirty hiding behind the fruit. A very naughty girl who has sprayed herself with fruit to do THE WALK OF SHAME. When people talked about Ho Panties in fragrance I kind of understood but now I know. It hits you sneakily and remains behind the glow and glamour of nearly spoiled fruit. Everything about Jezebel is a little overblown, pardon the pun. Probably wear this at home or on the prowl ONLY!! After the initial rush and gush I end up with an enjoyable sweet musky dry down that sticks around for a few hours and then disappears. BudParfums 100ml/$100 S=**** L=*** D=****

What has been on your fragrant agenda, anything new? Have you received a scented care package? What was in it? What do you wish had been in it? Leave us a message because the conversation is often more interesting than the post,
Take care till tomorrow,
Portia xx

PS All Photos Stolen Fragrantica

23 comments on “In The Mail: New Arrivals

  1. lucasai says:

    Congrats Portia! I also love swapping. At the moment there’s a swapmeet week at Now Smell This and I hope someone will take unloved stuff for me and offer something that would suit me better.

  2. Tatiana says:

    Stendahl Syndrome? Thanks for that one. I’ve been calling it something entirely different. But I totally know that moment. I have decants of Interlude from Ruth, both man and woman, but for some reason I cannot explain I have yet to try them. I think I know what I’m going to wear today. Thanks for the nudge.

    • OH MY GOD!! Run to your cupboard IMMEDIATELY!!!
      Portia xx

      • Tatiana says:

        Wore Interlude Woman today. Oh my! It is love. I just kept sniffing myself all day long. I love that Amouage perfume lasts and lasts and lasts. Depending on how fast I drain my decant, I may have to make this a FB. Going to try Interlude Man tomorrow. Could it possible be better?

  3. laniersmith says:

    What a haul of treasures you made! Ho panties ha ha ha..I am on the floor laughing my Ho panties off.. Okay, this week the new arrivals are. Lovely by Sarah Jess…you know the rest. Volutes by Diptyque, Bvlgari Black, and Vince Camuto for men….and I was supposed to be cutting back!

  4. Ann-Sofie says:

    Uh, this take me back to the odd old smelly days of naive youth. I was one of these teenagers spraying myself senseless with Lou Lou. Probably I was the incarnation of teargas, walking arround freely suffocating people at random. And my very first perfume was Grès by Cabochard. I was twelve, and by no way an early bloomer. Not so sure I would be able to carry this one of even today…..At fifteen (still not an early bloomer) I wore Femme, the ultimate ho panties frag. Maybe it comes as no surprise that I had severe difficulties finding a boyfriend as a young girl…Older and wiser, I have now recursed to Coco and Samsara and the lot, but Porta – the teenager in me calls out for Jezebel….

  5. Ann-Sofie says:

    I mean Portia, so sorry! I became overexited thinking about Jezebel, and did not proofread. XOXO.

  6. sinnerman01 says:

    Hi Portia ! Yes indeed we shall be in the pool soon ! My sister wore Lou Lou , her name is Louise so I guess it was her signature fragrance ! It has quite a personality , strong and ever present.
    I would love to see CB here in Sydney so I can test and play , have read about 2nd cumming and I want it !
    I have bought a few frags this week at DJ and now have a ton of samples to try! U must check out their new digs , Histories de Parfum , etro , ect ( to early for name dropping) the SA are so wanting my fragrant cash they pile in the samples when I decide to buy! Hope u have a lovely week ! I’m planning a party for my SO and he has a few new fragrances in his package, lucky duck !

  7. Hi Portia, I am so glad you are enjoying Jezebel. Originally the idea was about a “naughty” girl in a lolly shop, but it means so much more to so many people. Enjoy, Howard.

  8. Jordan River says:

    What a pleasant Interlude.

  9. Dubaiscents says:

    I am so happy to hear you love Interlude Man, this is one of my all time favorite scents and one of the best smokey scents out there. Can’t wait to read your full review. If you are ever flying through Dubai you can get a bottle for “cheaper” at the Duty Free 🙂 And I also like Loulou a lot – great, funny bottle to go with a really unique scent!

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