Smelly smell good smells.

I have the nose of a bipolar bloodhound. I smell all or nothing.

This morning’s mail brought yet another Macy’s advertisement/catalog. Expecting more of the tired, overpriced Grandma perfumes they keep trying to hawk me, I was pleasantly surprised at the slippery little cologne pages that fell out of the ad.

If you know me, you know that last year I dropped some hefty birthday money on a pricey bottle of Versace Crystal Noir.  I love it, my sister says it’s old lady, my daughter sighs nostalgically when she catches a whiff on the air 1100 miles from me. I’ve only ever had one person step up to me and say, “You smell nice. What is that?”  I’ll take that compliment.

[I get the most responses on the Dolce And Gabbana Light Blue that said sister gave me last year and that I’ve now received replacement bottle for at Christmas. It is light and summery and (to me) lemony.]

But back to the Versace.  “Crystal Noir perfume for Women introduced in 2004 and classified as Oriental Floral fragrance. Scent notes include top notes of Cardamom, Ginger, Pepper, middle notes of Gardenia, Orange Blossom, Peony, Coconut and base notes of Amber, Musk, Sandalwood.”  Yum. I do smell the coconut although I’ve seen other reviews that say it does not actually have coconut in it. Who knows.

Astrid likes the Bright Crystal. I didn’t love it till I smelled the paper today. The Versace Bright Crystal Absolu is absolutely delicious. And pretty in pink. Per “research” (ha internet) Top Notes :Yuzu, Pomegranate, Raspberry. Middle Notes: Lotus, Magnolia, Peony
Base Notes: Amber, Musk, Mahogany.  Precious.

Now for man stuff:  Versace Eros.  I like it. And it wasn’t just the buff, shiny guy in the picture. I immediately smelled the mint. Tasty. Thanks to the internet which verified my sniffer there are Top Notes of Mint, Green apple, Lemon and Base Notes of Madagascar vanilla, Vetiver, Oakmoss, Virginian cedar, Altas cedar. I love lemon, vanilla, vetiver, moss, cedar.  Googled Vetiver:
“a fragrant extract or essential oil obtained from the root of an Indian grass, used in perfumery and aromatherapy.”  Alrighty then.

But maybe I like this more….With the Prada Luna Rossa Extreme I IMMEDIATELY recognized the pepper and the juniper berries. There’s an astringent almost leather smell to it which comes from bergamot, black pepper, labdanum, juniper berries, lavender, amber and vanilla. Back to Google to figure out Labdanum.  Sounds dirty. Like a Labrador, eh? Nope, it’s “a gum resin obtained from the twigs of a southern European rockrose, used in perfumery and for fumigation.”  Allegedly smells like, “pine, kind of leathery scent with hints of pepper, tar, coffee, light tobacco,”

I apologize that this blog isn’t really going anywhere, but I was just excited by my mail. (My sweaters from Old Navy are here!) Scent makes people happy. Happy people want to share the happy.  Right now I smell coffee that’s gone cold and laundry beckoning to be done.

Here’s a couple of websites I found interesting if you like to know what the smell is.