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Perfumaniac
New Orleans
Vintage perfume reviews written by Barbara Herman (aka Perfumaniac), an obsessed collector of the old stuff...
Interests: We know what the past looks and sounds like, but do we know what it smells like?, it's been one of the many revelations for me in discovering perfume in a sensual/cerebral manner that I can say as much about it as a book or film that moved me., There is a limbic intelligence that we don't cultivate enough and perfume is the perfect vehicle for exercising this faculty..., curious readers can contact barbara herman at yesterdaysperfume@gmail.com or follow me on twitter/Parfumaniac
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Phillip, So glad you like the blog! And I hope you enjoy the book. You can get a reasonably-priced vintage Le Dix by going online to a decant site such as ThePerfumedCourt.com or SurrenderToChance.com. Good luck! You should definitely get some for your mother to smell!
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Susan! Thanks for sharing this charming story. I may get in touch with you to find out more. Thank you! Sent from my iPhone
Toggle Commented Mar 22, 2014 on Perfume Nips: A Short History at Yesterday's Perfume
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Phillip, Im glad vintage Halston is still available, because sadly the reformulation isnt good. So glad you enjoy the blog! Sent from my iPhone
Toggle Commented Mar 18, 2014 on Halston by Halston (1975) at Yesterday's Perfume
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Laurie, it doesn't get a lot of love, but it's wonderful. High-quality ingredients, and it manages to be sensuous and young at the same time — not heavy or overbearing...
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Get back in the game, girl!
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Its so beautiful, Brigitte, and it reminds me of my childhood.
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It came out November 13, Brigitte, so you can catch up! :-)
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Clearly, Brigitte, I moved to the dark side pretty quick! There was only one Jo Malone, however: Orange Blossom. And it caused someone in the office where I worked to ask, Wheres the old lady? So theres that!
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Hold onto it for dear life, Mele! But yes, they exist online...
Toggle Commented Mar 8, 2014 on Ma Griffe by Carven (1946) at Yesterday's Perfume
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Tania, there are multiple issues here. My blog post writing is always a pastiche of my impressions and other writers, and sometimes comments from perfume forums. But I always cite other people's writing. What I encountered in "American Hustle" was plagiarism from my blog. Some of that included references to others ideas, but it doesn't take away from the fact that (I believe) that dialogue came from my blog. I'm not saying every idea and word they copied sprung ex-nihilo from my brain. But I do think they looked at that post and copied it, in sequence. As for your belief that every experience I write about in the Diorella post that references fruit, flowers, or things going bad is a copy of Luca's, well, that's going too far. I had my own encounter with the perfume that led to my own references and choice of language — Leonard Cohen's Suzanne, hence the "garbage and flowers" and the fruitiness of the perfume smelled (as I mentioned) like jack fruit or Durian, hence "sweet/rotten undertones." As for coriander, I don't remember reading that in your Diorella writing, but it may be there and maybe I smelled it, too. It's one of my favorite notes in vintage perfume. As for the "great perfumes having something nasty in them," mention I don't doubt Luca mentioned that somewhere, but I paraphrased it from an article I read, and hyperlinked the article in my post. This was a blog post from a few months into my vintage perfume foray. I don't pretend it's some grand masterpiece, but did I think I needed to call out how familiar it sounded in "American Hustle"? Yes, I did! To the best of my abilities, I give credit where credit is due. And I would say that I have continued in my blog posts and book, to cite and laud both you and Luca. I even went to the Scent Bar to meet you! It was kind of shocking then, to get such disdainful comment from you. But I guess I know how you feel now.
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Copied, Tania? Really? (And "darling" is pretty condescending.) I am influenced by Luca's writing, like many people who are into perfume, and I cite him and put quotations around his writing when I use his exact words. I don't copy him. And the references I listed above that I found echoed in the movie are from my writing, not Luca's.
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Carol, what a perfect speech ! Congrats! Sent from my iPhone
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Haha, Lisa. What a brilliant way for them to suggest that you use up the product...so that you can buy more! I loved this ad.
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Thanks, Sharyl. I added it to the lyrics. And Im glad youre enjoying these! Theyve been very fun to unearth.
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Hi Daly Beauty, I do love that bottle. I havent found a sample of Windsong that I liked though. Do you actually like the scent?
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Hi Liz, vintage Graffiti by Capucci is all over eBay. You should have no trouble finding it!
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Hi Donna, Maybe Aphrodesia? I wrote about that, too. F Sharp? Maybe you can google Perfume Intelligence, and Faberge, and their list of perfumes will be something you recognize. Good luck!
Toggle Commented Jan 15, 2014 on Tigress by Fabergé (1938) at Yesterday's Perfume
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Hi PERFUMEKEV. Thanks for the info. Are you a perfumer? Id love to know how you have this inside scoop! As for the cumin story — which are you referring to? And are you saying the first formulations of Femme had cumin? Ive smelled it prominently in later versions, namely the fluted spray bottle from the 60s or 70s. Do tell!
Toggle Commented Jan 10, 2014 on Femme by Rochas (1944) at Yesterday's Perfume
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Riiiiight. LOL indeed.
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Mmmmm, Patty. I LOVE Aramis. The reformulation is good too!
Toggle Commented Dec 18, 2013 on Aramis by Estee Lauder (1965) at Yesterday's Perfume
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Yes, that is her quote, and so fabulous. That documentary was inspiring.
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Also, did you see this, Jill? http://www.fragrantica.com/news/Scent-Subversion-Decoding-a-Century-of-Provocative-Perfume-by-Barbara-Herman-4853.html By Ida Meister.
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Wow, Jill. What a compliment! Thank you so much!!
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Thanks for stopping by! I think Estee Lauder is one of the few lines that gets their reformulations right. Aromatics Elixir still smells amazing. Ive come to realize that every time I stop a woman now and ask, WHAT are you wearing? I already know the answer; I just want confirmation. Its AE. Distinctive, elegant, and sexy. What more could you want??
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I love the base, Tess, and even better if someone loves it from top to bottom. I bet if I smelled it in public, I would be like Wow. What is THAT?
Toggle Commented Dec 10, 2013 on Rumba by Balenciaga (1988) at Yesterday's Perfume
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