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Nose-to-Nose – When friends smell bad - Wednesday Aug 17, 2011

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Kay: (breathless as she rushes in the room) Wow! I think I’m going to lose my expensive lunch!

Gwen:    What’s up? You got a migraine or something?

Kay:    No – worse than that. I was stuck in a cab from downtown with a friend who wears THE MOST HORRIBLE perfume……

Gwen:    I never thought I’d ever hear YOU say that – you, the “capital P” Perfumista.

Kay:    Well, there are some frags that just should never be released into the atmosphere, and I think she was wearing one of the worst on every square inch of her body! Which leads me to a big question – what do you SAY to a friend when they’ve been wearing the same big scent for years, and they wear waayy too much of it . It’s a touchy issue!

Gwen:     It sure is. I remember someone like that – I had a friend who was married to Opium, wore too much of it for far too long.

Kay:    What’d you tell her?

Gwen:    Well, I told her Opium is a great scent, and then I added that there is a great world of niche scents out there and that she’d have a lot of fun if she switched things up from time to time, and since she’s single, she’d get more attention, too. And the best part of the story is that it worked for her!

Kay:     Ah, that’s nice - a happy ending. Well, this person proudly calls this BIG perfume her Signature Scent – she’s worn nothing else for 10 years, and can’t imagine wearing anything else. The problem is she can’t smell it anymore – and, since her perfume curiosity is “zero”, she has nothing to compare it to. Poor thing – she’s missing so much!

Gwen:     She sounds like she needs a “perfume  intervention” – and we’ve got the tools to do the job! Let’s introduce her to some great niche frags that are gorgeous, sophisticated, elegant, classy and open up her world a bit.

Kay:    Yeah, and explain how just one good spritz at a time is all she needs.

Gwen:    And will make the bottle last longer. How about we invite her to a “sniffin party” with a couple of other people we all know and show her what great niche frags are all about. I’ll show her Ormonde Jayne Woman and L’Eau d’Hiver.

Kay:     And I’ll introduce her to Traversée du Bosphore.

Gwen:    Kay, I think this is shaping up as a new sample pack……

Kay:    I think you’re right – the “How to keep your friends from getting migraines” pack, or the “How to make friends who smell bad smell great” pack - or something….

Gwen:    How about the “Perfume 911” pack?

Kay:    Perfect! Gwen, you’re a genius. What would I do without you?

Gwen: Work twice as hard….     

Kay:    ha ha ha…..

Introducing the “Perfume 911” Pack – 3 decants of gorgeous, sophisticated, elegant, classy perfumes for $14.00 plus shipping and handling.

Ormonde Jayne Woman – Ormonde Jayne
Classified as a Woody, and it truly is, it is also a green scent, with a deep, dark green feel. Cardamom and coriander at the opening give it spice while grass oil gives it a thick green note. This is the smell of magic

L’Eau d’Hiver – Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle
Classified as a Floral, this is a very refined, gentle scent that evokes a cold winter’s day, but is gorgeous enough to wear any time. Citrus and floral notes – bergamot, powdery iris, angelica, white heliotrope and jasmine are balanced by the warmth of almond, honey and caramel, and musk brings them all together into a rich but soft scent. Perfection.
Traversée du Bosphore – L’Artisan Parfumeurs
Classified as an Oriental, the top notes on my skin are saffron, leather that’s buttery soft suede, an iris accord that smells dry and slightly smoky, then hints of fruit. After 30 minutes or so, it sweetens slightly with a nutty, rosy accord. The amazing thing about this scent is its sheer lightness – it wafts serenely and is soft, luminous, and very feminine.

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