Judy Berman

Aug 20 2012
sadybusiness:

So, here is a fairly girly and embarrassing confession: I am a smell nerd. There is actually a whole weird Internet subculture for this, smell nerds; they have their own blogs, they have their mainstream successes (Luca Turin) and everything. I wear the old Guerlains (which actually are as good as everyone says they are, with the caveat that L’Heure Bleue smells like vanilla and almond croissants and will make you permanently hungry, Jicky is amazing in cold weather but smells like literal poop the moment you break a sweat because of all the civet, and Shalimar, sadly, is great in theory but actually does smell like grammas because it was the most popular “let’s bang” trampy-times perfume of the ’50s and ’60s — in a touch of historical accuracy, it’s what Joan wears on Mad Men — and many ladies kept wearing it in the intervening decades, so you don’t want to break that one out unless you’ve met your date’s gramma and know what she smells like. Mitsouko is reliably awesome, and what I wear most of the time, and your best bet) and Serge Lutens and all of that, and I’m weirdly obsessed with LUSH stuff, and I actually can’t afford any of it, but I also can’t even apply makeup or reliably dress myself outside of this, so this is my one big concession to girly consumerism. 
All of this is prologue, however, to tell you: Affordable bespoke perfume! Over here! And I just got a round of thank-you gifts to ladies who helped me out when I was sick, and it is actually pretty good! The one down side, to making smelly gifts to your ladies, is that when you ask them their favorite smells, everyone says “jasmine.” And it is hard, actually, to make anything interesting out of jasmine, because (a) I am apparently the one person who actually doesn’t like that smell, and (b) it’s a big smell, so you just have to choose toned-down things around it, so that your lady friends don’t stink from around the corner. Quick, somebody who does not like jasmine! Give me something to be grateful for! Now! 

Is there a support group for feminists who have no money and love perfume? Or at least one for women who are quickly running out of a discontinued Serge Lutens scent and don’t know WTF to do about it?

sadybusiness:

So, here is a fairly girly and embarrassing confession: I am a smell nerd. There is actually a whole weird Internet subculture for this, smell nerds; they have their own blogs, they have their mainstream successes (Luca Turin) and everything. I wear the old Guerlains (which actually are as good as everyone says they are, with the caveat that L’Heure Bleue smells like vanilla and almond croissants and will make you permanently hungry, Jicky is amazing in cold weather but smells like literal poop the moment you break a sweat because of all the civet, and Shalimar, sadly, is great in theory but actually does smell like grammas because it was the most popular “let’s bang” trampy-times perfume of the ’50s and ’60s — in a touch of historical accuracy, it’s what Joan wears on Mad Men — and many ladies kept wearing it in the intervening decades, so you don’t want to break that one out unless you’ve met your date’s gramma and know what she smells like. Mitsouko is reliably awesome, and what I wear most of the time, and your best bet) and Serge Lutens and all of that, and I’m weirdly obsessed with LUSH stuff, and I actually can’t afford any of it, but I also can’t even apply makeup or reliably dress myself outside of this, so this is my one big concession to girly consumerism. 

All of this is prologue, however, to tell you: Affordable bespoke perfume! Over here! And I just got a round of thank-you gifts to ladies who helped me out when I was sick, and it is actually pretty good! The one down side, to making smelly gifts to your ladies, is that when you ask them their favorite smells, everyone says “jasmine.” And it is hard, actually, to make anything interesting out of jasmine, because (a) I am apparently the one person who actually doesn’t like that smell, and (b) it’s a big smell, so you just have to choose toned-down things around it, so that your lady friends don’t stink from around the corner. Quick, somebody who does not like jasmine! Give me something to be grateful for! Now! 

Is there a support group for feminists who have no money and love perfume? Or at least one for women who are quickly running out of a discontinued Serge Lutens scent and don’t know WTF to do about it?

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  1. fivedollarradio said: I love Mitsouko. Unfortunately, migraines prevent me from wearing any scent anymore.
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