CQ in Scotland. Photo Essay.

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Val the Cookie Queen.

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Hey there APJ.

As most of you know I spent a week in Scotland recently.   I have wanted to go my whole life and finally got it together to organise a trip.  Well, we booked  flights and our beyond dear friend Kirk, who has cropped up in my posts over the years did the organising.  We just had to get there.   He would be waiting at the airport with a car.  Our flight was from Munich to Edinburgh, so what better way to start the trip than to sleepover in Munich and go to the Oktoberfest?

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Holiday Perfumes; and Jumper Love?

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Val the Cookie Queen.

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Well hello APJ

I am roaming around Scotland as you read this, although I am sat here writing it a good week beforehand.  It is gonna be the shortest post ever as I am up to my eyeballs in cookie dough, packing, decanting, and attempting an online checkin.  altho I lived in England for some years I never made it up to Scotland.  I have always wanted to go and we finally booked a week there.  A couple of days in Edinburgh and the we will head up to Fort William and see that happens along the way.  What scents am I taking?

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Rose & Cuir Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle by Jean-Claude Ellena 2019

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Val the Cookie Queen.

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Hey APJ

Here she comes, you better watch your step, She´s going to break your heart in two, It’s true, It’s hard not to realize, Just look into her false coloured eyes, she’ll  build you up just to put you down, what a clown.  Cause everybody knows (she’s a femme fatale) The things she does to please (she’s a femme fatale) She´s just a little tease ……. The Velvet Underground 1967. 

Rose & Cuir Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle by Jean-Claude Ellena 2019

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Douleur by Bogue Profumo and Freddie Albrighton 2019

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Hello APJ.

There is no pleasure without DOULEUR:  French for pain.

“Pain and pleasure. …… I think it is subtly strange, and uncomfortable, and disturbing …… and yet there is a softness, and a sweetness that gradually shines through, that cannot immediately be seen through the piercing beginning.  This has been a love filled, explosively creative project, and I am so excited for people to experience DOULEUR.”  Freddie Albrighton. 

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Douleur by Bogue Profumo and Freddie Albrighton 2019

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Gucci Mémoire d’Une Odeur by Alberto Morillas 2019

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Val the Cookie Queen.

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Well hello there everyone!

It is an extremely rare thing for me to go to a store and ask for a sample of a fragrance, and even rarer that I write about something that I do not own.  And yet here I am.   It was the chamomile note that intrigued me.  I am no chamomile in perfume expert, but several years ago Vero gave me an old Hermés parfum with chamomile in it, and it gives a most exquisite scent.  This knowledge allowed me to recognize the chamomile clearly in the Gucci.

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Gucci Mémoire d’Une Odeur by Alberto Morillas 2019.

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What Exactly is Heavy Rotation for a Perfumista? CQ’s Summer Scents.

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Val the Cookie Queen

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Well hello there APJ

I recently read a post from one of my favourite UK bloggers, where he mentioned that he had a certain perfume in heavy rotation.  I found this highly amusing and dropped him a message asking what exactly heavy rotation meant.  “Twice” he replied, which was one more time than I thought he would say.

I was totally inspired by Tara’s Most Worn – Summer 2019 post of last week.  It not only had me looking at what I had been wearing, but also stirred the above thoughts on perfume rotation.

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Not the Guerlain Bee. And other current stuff.

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Val the Cookie Queen

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Hey there APJ.

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I was in Prague last week.  My husband (mental age 23, real age just turned 60) and we went away to celebrate his big birthday in peace.  We rode more than 120 km on old bikes through the streets of Prague, discovering the beautiful city, especially fun over the cobblestones. That was all in 2 days.  As we cycled round we came across a Guerlain store, lovely windows, full of bee bottles and the parfum bottles.  I am not a true Guerlain girl and am just not interested in the tons of news stuff, including the Aqua Allegoria series (pastel colours!) nor the bottles that they are in.  If the bottle sucks you can be sure I am not gonna be interested.  I was recently talking to The Candy Perfume Boy about how incredibly important packaging is…..  Talking of CPB, I hope you have all listened to the recent Fume Chat podcast, it is back.   I did get however get excited about seeing Jicky in the window, and decided to return the next day to go in and try all three versions of it.  I had never tried it.   Yeah, yeah ,whatever.  The SA was marvelous and I sprayed hefty doses of the EdT, EdP, and the Parfum, and left.  I rather liked the parfum, but not enough to fork out the dosh.  I could not detect one single tiny hint of lavender in any of them, and would much rather drown myself in Chanel`s Boy, and I have Shalimar which is Jicky enough for me.  And anyway,  I have my own bee.

Not the Guerlain Bee.  And other current stuff.

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